The Strong Return of the Original Bob Hat

The bob was invented in July 1924 by a certain Robert B. Robert. This simple and cheerful American, whom his many friends called Marcel, succeeded where the bob hat industry had been struggling for years. The hat thinkers had first designed a rigid tube-shaped headgear with a small brim. The top hat, as this product was later called, proved to be delicate wear in strong winds. Its use declined rapidly after the great storms of 1902.

A diametrically opposite path was then followed with the development of a hat of low height but with a very wide brim. The sombrero was an immediate success in Central America. Elsewhere, we remember its great vulnerability to the wind, even greater than that of the top bob hat. The first pilot test of the sombrero was carried away by a gust on a squally day. A stele in his memory was placed by the hat industry at the northeast corner of the Place of the Republic in Paris.

 Then came Robert B. Robert and his flashes. The distribution of bobs in the colours of an aniseed aperitif began shortly after during the Tour of France. At the beginning of the 21st century, a shop in Dinard took the initiative of selling hats with the Barbour logo at the exorbitant price of 36 Euros. We are there and nothing says that it will go by getting better. At the beginning of the 21st century, a shop in Dinard took the initiative of selling hats with the Barbour logo at the exorbitant price of 36 Euros.

We are there and nothing says that it will go by getting better. At the beginning of the 21st century, a shop in Dinard took the initiative of selling hats with the Barbour logo at the exorbitant price of 36 Euros. We are there and nothing says that it will go by getting better.

Fashion and Popular Culture of The Bob Hat

Just like so many classic garments and accessories, the military use of the bucket hat mens has seen this piece of utilitarian headgear influence the fashion world. It was around the mid-sixties that bobs had been adopted by civilians and celebrities. Bob Denver’s character on the mid-’60s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” sported a  khaki bucket hat throughout the series, and esteemed American journalist and author, Hunter S. Thompson became known for regularly rocking a fuzzy bucket hat in white cotton.

The sixties also saw the ladies of the Mod subculture wearing adaptations of the bob hat which featured much longer brims and elongated crowns to house their puff hairstyles.

The 80s and 90s saw the bob gain popularity thanks to hip-hop cultural movements in the USA. This is how many sportswear brands have produced bob hats so famous rappers such as Big Hank from Sugar Hill Gang, LL Cool J and Run DMC champion the BOBS by labels such as Adidas and Kangol.

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