If you want to get ahead, get a hat

Nov 20, 2012

Blue felt hatPerhaps my favourite part of the Monsieur London collection is the selection of hats. For a long time I have wished to find the perfect hat, the hat that compliments my lifestyle, and who I wish to be. It’s an integral part of an outfit, it says more about the man than say, his belt or tie.

One hat hero of mine, Johnny Depp, is rarely seen without a trilby or straw hat of some sort. He revealed in an interview recently that he often buys his hats from homeless people. He explained that they carry more of a story and a life. I like this idea, but would prefer to buy my own hat and give it a life of its own.

A hat typifies the wearer. A flat cap would suggest a hunter, or country gentleman would be donning it. Baseball cap would very probably be worn by a fan of sport or a summer tourist. The straw hat will be seen on a farmer shielding his face from the sun, while a pork pie hat could be seen on the man about town or a jazz musician. The trilby is the hat of the rockstar or poet. This brings me on to another hat hero of mine, Pete Doherty. The singer/songwriter is demonized in the press for his drug abuse and rockstar antics, but he cannot be criticized for his use of the hat, he is a modern day king of the trilby. Doherty wears the trilby in a way that others only aspire to.  Rather than seeming like a teenager going through a phase, he gets far more from his hat. Worn with a backwards tilt the trilby gives of a rebellious yet poetic perception. The reason why it works for Doherty is because his image sits perfectly with the trilby.

It would be fair to say that your character commits itself to a particular hat. For me, without boastfully calling myself a man about town or a rockstar, somewhere between the pork pie and the trilby is where I see the perfect hat. Of the collection at Monsieur London, the Charles anthracite is the hat that I’d wish to be affiliated with.

George Marsden

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