Eric Javits (left) and Eliot Whittall, both only 22, have enjoyed heady adulation in the fashion industry since they started designing hats last summer to earn some extra money. Already their millinery concoctions (prices range from $12 to $525) are selling in chic chains like Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman-Marcus, and have been featured in Vogue, Women's Wear Daily and LIFE. Javits is the grandnephew of New York's Senator Jacob Javits but, more to the point, is the grandson of Lily Birnbaum Javits, who was head milliner for the Shuberts of Broadway during the '20s. Now 84, she serves as her grandson's consultant. Classmates at the Rhode Island School of Design, young Javits and Whittall are the talk of the trade for their imaginative flair and for their daring use of unconventional materials like upholstery braid, liquid plastic and house paint. ("We spend a lot of time at the hardware store," says Javits.) When they say their lids are works of art, they mean it: Inside the crowns of several are painted tiny original landscapes. Helping to keep the business all in the family is their favorite model, Javits' 21-year-old sister Jocelyn (upper right). Whittall and Javits plan to eventually branch out into clothes and accessories, but right now they're more than busy wearing just one hat.
Sally Nichols, 29, is known as the flowerpot lady in Atlanta—but it isn't because she raises geraniums. Nichols is the proprietor of three fast food restaurants where the star attraction is her own special recipe bread, served in Georgia red-clay flowerpots and filled with various homemade stuffings. The Phoenix-born, University of Florida dropout got interested in baking while traveling through Europe and sampling each country's cuisine. When her father died in 1972 she rejoined her mother, then in Atlanta, and took a job as a mechanical draftsman. But the lure of owning her own restaurant proved irresistible. In 1974 she opened the Good Ol' Days eatery near the Emory University campus and tried out her flowerpot creations. Nichols' restaurants are now so successful that McDonald's chairman, Ray Kroc, invited her out to California last fall to discuss a possible takeover. She declined. "Within a year," she confidently predicts, "I will go national like McDonald's—only I'll be the McDonald's of good, nutritious food."
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