Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 3, 1973 · Page 17
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r T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N SATURDAY, FEE, 3, 1973 · FOOD FASHION FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT HOMES FOCUS PAGE 17 Hats: The badder the better By CHERYLE RODRIGUEZ cillzcn Stiff Writer "A hat is ]ust a hat -- until you put it on." And Walter Hopkins, owner of a popular clothing store at 2032 Si-..Park Ave., proves it in just three easy lessons. ''I can make myself look like'", anything I want," he says, picking up a nondescript beige hat and twirling it on his finger. · manicured afro, barber.) (He's also a "Looks sort of like a: cowboy hat doesn't it?" And it did until Hopkins flipped the brim down aU the way around. Then he turned up the back of the brim and cocked the hat to one side. "Now this is a 'Su- perfly' hat." ("Superfly" is a film about how a Harlem junkie made it big.) He plopped it atop his well- Finally he turned the bum Perched precariously on her head is a rounded stove pipe; that Edwannette Smith, 16, found among her mother's church hats. up and dipped the front :brim- down over one eye: "Now he's experienced." Hopkins showed the same technique with what might-be discribed as a wide-brimmed fedora. His customers call.it a "gangster" hat. "The manufacturers may put their own names on them," Hopkins said, "but the names don't fit." Hopkins' store, Fashions and Sounds, was well represented at the recent Curtis Mayfield concert at the Community Center. Hopkins, along with many of his customers who attended the concert, said that most of his hat line was represented in the audience. The- store, began- as,a small barber shop in 1967. But it was only a few months before Hopkins began to sell records and it wasn't much longer before men's clothes were added to the inventory. The "threads" were wedged into 'an open corner in the shop until ; it became too cramped and in September 1972 the store was expanded to two : rooms and a stock area. He's planning to open another store in San Diego and has been thinking about an East ·Side branch here. At first he carried only : 'men's fashions. "But the men's : stuff was so out-of-sight that the women got mad" and wanted Hopkins to stock things for them. So now he does -- including hats. Louis Strong, 9, wore an "Apple Jack" cap to the Curtis Mayfield concert. Walter Hopkins, owner of Fashions and Sounds, 2032 S. Park Ave., says the style is especially popular with the younger set. , who caters to amul: tiracial clientele, attributes his shop's success to the fact that other stores are too conservative to carry the far-out styles. Now that people have been exposed to a different look in movies and magazines, they want to "dress right," he says. "They come here to get it all 'together'." "If you put your clothes on right," Hopkins explained, ."you'll look like someone, not like you're going to rob some-one." Citizen Photos Lew Ellwit Doris Strong's crochetted cap was, according to her, ; unremovable because it was "smashed" to the top of '; her afro.. Hopkins also carries the furry caps that Ruby Martin, left, and Sandra Spaien wore to the Mayfield concert. The cap, a modified "Apple Jack," comes in all colors. AI Reid's crochetted cap is only one of several that his cousin made for him. Reid, 20, is a Phoenix College student: · Jackie Cooksey, right, said not to let Tyron Haynes kid you. "This is really his 'Super- fly' image." The two heard Curtis Mayfield sing some of the songs he wrote for the film "Superfly." Alfred L. Doctor of Philadlphia looks "super fine" in a white straw fedora with a wide brim and black and gray band. Doctor's duds were all black and white. Whoever sat behind Jeanie Spates had to do some neck craning to get a glimpse of Mayfield. Miss Spates, 16, made her black, white and gray hat to match the trim on her coat. JU V

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