Hats that raise the bar!
Sacha Walters-Gregory, Staff Reporter
Kahyee Mullings loves fashion and gets to express that love through the hats she crafts and designs.
"I love high fashion and I love to wear my hats and my shoes," said Mullings, general manager of Lakeem Hats in Kingston.
Mullings says since her denomination does not allow trappings such as make-up, earrings, and processed hair, she and women like her, get to express their fashion sense through suits, their shoes and, of course, their hats.
The young businesswoman discovered her love and talent as a milliner when she was at a low point in her life. After being involved in a car accident and, subsequently, being physically ill and unemployed for a couple of years, Mullings started selling hats she had sourced online to other women. A friend encouraged her to take it a step further and try making hats herself and that friend would give her the push she needed to pursue a passion.
The auditor by profession acquired her business Lakeem Hats, formerly Chapeaux, approximately a year ago. They sell wholesale, retail and custom-made hats.
"We take pride in doing custom-made hats," said Mullings who explained that in order to match customers' outfits and hats, they can dye the materials for the hat.
"We're also really good at dying," she said. Customers will bring in their outfits for her to create a matching hat, a picture from a magazine, or she will just create one based on her inspiration.
"It's all about fitting a customer and what she likes."
With the assistance of five employees they create a variety of hats to delight their customers.
Models: Faithlyn Johnson, Carlene Leslie and Maria Ashman
Lakeem Hats, 12 Slipe Road Kingston 5
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