Mr Green’s bowler hat fascination
On a dark, chilly night baby Green was left on the steps of an orphanage. It wasn’t until he turned 2 years of age when he was finally adopted by a hat-maker & his wife.
Growing up in the quiet of the countryside in a rustic little cottage, Mr Green spent a lot of time with his adoptive father. They could spend hours and hours at a time in his millinery, coming up with the jazziest hat designs. It’s certainly to no surprise that the bowler hat became one of Mr Green’s trademarks.
Out of all hats, why a bowler hat you ask? Well, one of Mr Green’s biggest icons Sir Winston Churchill was renowned for sporting a fine bowler hat. He was probably one of the very few people in the 20th century to still wear a bowler hat.
The origin of the bowler hat began many years before when it was designed by London hat-makers Thomas and William Bowlers in the 1840s. They were briefed by British politician William Coke to create a piece of headgear for his gamekeepers to keep them protected from low-hanging branches when out riding. Previously, Coke’s gamekeepers used to were top hats which often times used to get knocked off by Mother Nature.
Later on, the bowler became hugely popular with London’s businessmen class and in the 50s and 60s, until the practice died out in the early 70s. Though the tradition didn’t die for everyone…Mr Green certainly still loves to wear his.
You can only imagine the amount of bowler hats Mr Green has accumulated throughout the years. Emotionally attached to every single one of them, Mr Green wasn’t quite ready to let them go. So in Mr Green- fashion he came up with the genius idea to recycle the bowler hats and use them as lamp shades.
It looks quite nifty, don’t you think?