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Folk Fisherman and the birth of The John Lennon Hat

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Unquestionably, the chapeau most closely associated with The Beatles, and John Lennon in particular, is the Greek Fisherman cap – so much so, that the style is still often simply referred to as a “John Lennon Hat”. Inspired by Mediterranean sea captains and other nautical types, as well as Bob Dylan (who inadvertently brought the cap into vogue on the cover of his eponymous LP in 1962), Lennon famously donned a “Greek Fisherman” throughout the Fab Four’s wildly photographed premier US tour in 1964. A year later, Donovan would sport one on the cover of his album, Catch The Wind, and the style’s position as the unofficial headwear of the beat generation was solidified.