Bringing Back the Lennon Hat

Author : Amelie Richards | Published On : 13 Oct 2021

How would you like to own a piece of British pop music history? Perhaps more importantly, how would you like to own a part of our country's cultural history? Both questions apply to the so-called "Lennon hat" – the leather cap sported by John Lennon during the filming of Help!, when Beatlemania was arguably at its peak.

Lennon's cap was created by Helen Anderson, a personal friend of the singer and established fashion designer. Anderson is now creating contemporary replicas of the fabled John Lennon leather cap, enabling Beatles fans and fashionistas alike to celebrate the life and legacy of this icon.

Now, you may be thinking that a replica is all well and good, but you'd rather see the original – even if that's just behind glass in a museum. Alas, the chances of this are virtually impossible. Google footage of Lennon and his band in the mid-1960s, and you'll notice that they were mobbed everywhere they went. 

In the ensuing crowds, somebody invariably snatched Lennon's hat from his head. Nobody knows where the very first of John Lennon leather cap ended up. Helen Anderson was commissioned to create countless replacements throughout the 60s so Lennon could retain his trademark aesthetic. Those, too, ended up in the hands of rabid fans.

It's no longer an option to swarm John Lennon and steal his clothing. It would be pretty irresponsible to do so in the age of social distancing anyway! Thankfully, as discussed, fans can still pick up a version of the Lennon hat from Helen Anderson by visiting her web store

This is a precise replica of the design that Lennon wore at the peak of The Beatles' fame. You can apply it to your own head using the same jaunty angle as John or find your own style. It's safe to say that John Lennon would approve of individuality. 

Priced at £159, the Lennon hat is available in four sizes, from S to XL. Measure your head before placing an order, and don't be self-conscious if you need a larger size - the man himself required an XL to accommodate his songwriting genius brain. 

Orders will also be accompanied by a personalised letter from Helen Anderson, ensuring that you truly feel like part of a cultural movement - and bring you one step closer to the legacy of John Lennon. Pick up the Lennon cap today and keep the memory of one of the 20th Century’s most iconic figures alive.