Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hissing Hats and Heads that bear them!

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!  

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