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Shellie McDowell

All hats are not created equal. Just ask Shellie Mcdowell. Shellie has the uncanny ability to interpret her client’s desires in meticulous detail, coupled with a flair for the unusual has catapulted McDowell to the top of the industry. Dubbed by the New York Times as “one of the nation’s top designers of the church hat,” McDowell creates “See Me Coming” hats, an eye-catching line.


Employed with the Social Security Administration before becoming a designer. Shellie’s design career began when she mistakenly signed up for a millinery techniques program, instead of a millinery business course at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). What Shellie thought was a mistake proved to be divine providence. Her successful transition from the public sector to the world of entrepreneurship was profiled in a Crain’s New York Business article in 1994. Hats by Shellie McDowell have also been featured in the New York Times, Hallmark Channel, Victoria, Women’s Faith and Spirit, Black Elegance, and the NBC Sunday Morning Show Positively Black.


Hats by Shellie McDowell’s clientele includes working women, as well as the rich and famous. Her stunning elegant creations have caught the eye - and adorn the heads of such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Serita Jakes (wife of Bishop T.D. Jakes), Louise Patterson (wife of the late Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson), Bishop Jacqueline McCollough, Bishop Carolyn Showell and many others . Today, Hats by Shellie McDowell continues to bloom.


30 years later her business continues to bloom. Shellie without reservations shares her most cherished accomplishments are her sons the talented Johanan McDowell and Matthew McDowell. A poised gifted inspirational speaker and ordained elder of New Life Cathedral, Shellie is available for speaking engagements on spiritual, business and fashion topics.

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