Hats have been around for centuries, whether they were worn for protection against the elements, for ceremonial or religious reasons, for safety, or as a Fashion accessories. In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. (says wikipedia and us).
Haven't they always added an element of interest? I love hats even if its odd to trot around in something like a top hat or a Venetian one in India but the Milanese as they're known for, re-invent styles with ease and you'd be happy to strut your hats in Milan.This young lad is like a walking story, found him pacing a deserted street on a Sunday morning near the Roman columns di San Lorenzo. I watched him for quite a while with fascination before I could take a shot of him. Some of them have such stories to tell by way of style, dress and gait. This one in particular was distinctly enigmatic.
PS:There's a great ancient Milanese hat store in Porta Venezia at the corner near one of the metro exits if any of you happen to be there its worth a visit.
AND there are loads more hats to come in the following posts. I'd love to know more from any of you hat lovers or collectors or just admirers!