SAN FRANCISCO — Perched on a stool in her hat shop, Ruth Garland-Dewson, a vision in purple pants, colorful tunic, clanking baubles and fuchsia lipstick, is enthralled with the recent change in City Hall.
"Honey, you have no idea what Willie Brown has done for my business," she gushed. "I have had people from all over the [San Francisco] Bay Area calling to ask for the 'Willie hat.' "
Unfortunately, she added, "they usually don't want to pay the Willie price."
Before the inauguration, the stylish mayor-elect bought three Borsalino fedoras--in blue, black and gray--for about $450 each from Garland-Dewson's shop, Mrs. Dewson's Hats.
For the inauguration Monday, Brown wore a fedora given to him by Borsalino, an Italian company. But for the Pier 45 bash that night, the new mayor wore one of his purchases from Garland-Dewson's shop--the blue snap-brim fedora.