Why Do They Call It a Pork Pie?
Well. It’s a crust filled with a lot of pork and sometimes a hard-boiled egg.
Wait, I bet you’re wondering why they call some fedoras a pork pie hat.
Well. Because it looks like a pork pie without the crust, ham or egg.
All right, all right. I kid.
A pork pie fedora features a cylindrical crown with a flat top that is pinched in
around the outer edge. That last feature looks very similar to the way an actual pork pie is baked. Check out the pictures, and you’ll see the similarities.
The pork pie fedora has been around for at least a century. Silent film star Buster Keaton was the
most famous wearer of the hat in the 1920s. He would buy 20 or 30 at a time and spend weeks crushing them into his trade mark style. Many wouldn’t survive the weeks of soaking and wringing and ironing and stiffening he would put them through to get them just right.
Later, blues and jazz musicians, such as Lester Young, would make the pork pie a hat almost strictly identified as a jazz man’s hat.
Still popular with musicians, these days a lot of people love the pork pie hat. It is classy and modern. The stingy brim look is particularly popular.
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