About Eric Javits

A Diverse History

Eric Javits is an artist turned accessory designer.

In 1978 he designed his first hat right out of Art School for a friend who wanted to be noticed at the door of Studio 54. When Steve Rubell saw her approach wearing the black velvet pillbox hat that Eric had created, he ushered her in past the hundreds waiting on line outside. That night was the beginning of his creative journey in accessory design.

During the early years Eric's focus was designing exclusive high fashion head pieces. In the late 70's and early 80's he created hats for the Monet jewelry ads worn by Christina Ferrari. He also designed theatrical hats worn by Bette Midler for her concerts. That same year he created head pieces for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. In the early 1980's Eric Javits designed hats for the fashion designer Adolfo, many of which were featured in Adolfo's advertising. For nine consecutive years beginning in 1984 Eric Javits designed the hats for Carolina Herrera's runway shows.

In 1986 Eric Javits was commissioned to create the hats and faux leopard skin stiletto shoes that Madonna wore for the Broadway production of "Speed the Plow". Between the years of 1986 and 1995 he created hats for the runway shows of numerous designers such as Donna Karan, Arnold Scaasi, Bob Mackie, Pauline Trigere and Mary McFadden.

In 1987 the city of New York presented Princes Diana with an Eric Javits hat at the British Consulate in New York City. In 1994 Eric Javits was the only American Hat Designer featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Exhibit "Flor", Fashion inspired by Flowers. In 1997 first Lady Hillary Clinton wore a hat designed by Eric Javits to Princess Diana's funeral. In 2002 first Lady Laura Bush wore a hat designed by Eric Javits to the Queen Mothers funeral.

Britney Spears wore an Eric Javits hat while performing at the MTV awards 2002. Alicia Keys wore an Eric Javits fedora while performing at the Super Bowl 2005. Eric Javits' design work has been prominently featured in numerous films and tv shows. Woody Allen's "Alice","Sex in the City", "Married to the Mob", "Bonfire of the Vanities", "Mr. T & the Women", "Big Momma's House II", "The Stepford Wives", "Will & Grace", "Desperate Housewives", "Dynasty" & "Gossip Girl" to name a few.

For the past ten years the Eric Javits firm has been the number one supplier of designer headwear and straw accessories at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Nordstroms.

Eric Javits is the inventor of Squishee and Shenia unique materials which he developed for the exclusive use of creating packable accessories. Today Eric Javits' collection includes Footwear, Handbags and hats that can be found in the best specialty stores throughout the United States.