The Bowler Hat

Popular in the 1920s, bowler hats were created for British soldier and politician Edward Coke who requested close fitting, low crowned hats that could protect his gamekeeper’s from low hanging branches while horseback riding. The hat became such a staple in Britain that it was used to define civil servants and bankers. Once the trend arrived in the Americas, it was used to define working class men. It became so popular that it was referred to as  “The hat that won the West”, worn by cowboys and railroad workers for its resistance against strong winds. From working class to beloved characters like Charlie Chaplin, many took a liking to the style.