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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Pharrell Williams’ Hat

hatHow much do you know about Pharrell Williams’ hat?

The “Happy” singer, songwriter, producer, and dad has been sporting a uniquely tall hat all over the place — from the Grammys to the red carpet to the video for his song “Marilyn Monroe” to just walking down the street. But it’s not just ONE hat. He has it in several shades. We’ve seem him in a black, brown, green, and even a red version. And what could have been a one-time fashion statement is making repeat appearances and has thus become an iconic look for Williams.

All the attention that the hat created wasn’t totally intentional. “I was just wearing a hat,” said Pharrell after the Grammys. “Some people like it and some people are like ‘What is that?’ At the end of the day I feel good if I’m expressing myself.”

And expressing himself he is. But there is a lot more to the hat than just an object to keep his head warm. Check out these seven things you MAY not know about Pharrell Williams’ hat:

1. The hat is not new — it’s old!

1980 buffalo hat

You might think that this hat is some newfangled fashion statement, but it was created by the acclaimed designer Vivienne Westwood back in 1982 as part of her Autumn/Winter 1982-83 collection called “Buffalo Girls (Nostalgia of Mud).”

Photo Source: Vivienne Westwood

2. It was inspired by women in Peru.

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Ms. Westwood said her inspiration was:”Peruvian women wearing bowler hats and full skirts, dancing with their babies tied on their back.”

Photo Source: Flickr/Nathan Gibbs

3. He’s not the first pop star to wear it.

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Vivienne Westwood’s ex-husband — music producer, star maker, and pop star Malcolm McLaren — wore the hat as well, and it was featured in his video for “Buffalo Girls.”

 4. Oprah wore the hat!

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Yes. That happened.

Photo Source: Pharrell Williams/ Instagram

5. The hat even has its own Twitter account!

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And it even has over 20,000 followers. Yes, a hat has THAT many!

Photo Source: Pharrell’s Hat/ Twitter

6. Arby’s bought one of Pharrell’s hats for $44,100.

 

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Pharrell put one of his hats on eBay and after a funny tweet from Arby’s, the fast food giant bought the hat with the proceeds going to From One Hand to Another, which is a charity that helps children with technology and the arts.

7. You can buy your own for $180.

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It is “available in camel, black, navy, green, bordeaux, red and fuchsia pink felt and a woven straw version for the summer.” If you want to channel Pharrell you can buy it here.

Photo Source: Vivienne Westwood

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