What's With All the Bucket Hats?
Seriously, why? Or should we say... bucket?
(SPOT.ph) We love a good bucket hat as much as the next guy—the fisherman-style topper, which dates as far back as the early 1900s, is a great alternative to the usual cap or visor and makes for a stylish, casual piece that's great for both the city and the beach. The bucket hat first became popular as a fashion accessory in the 1960s, with a resurgence in hip-hop culture in the '80s, and again in the 2010s. These days, it's impossible to shop anywhere without seeing some iteration of it—and it seems the style is making rounds even outside of the fashion world.
Swedish furniture brand IKEA isn't technically new to the fashion scene, with Balenciaga selling a near duplicate of the brand's signature blue Frakta for thousands of dollars and the brand later even collaborating with Louis Vuitton's Virgil Abloh. And it looks like they're making waves in the style department once again with their now-famous bucket hats, which resemble their aforementioned blue totes. The accessory was originally sold in IKEA stores for the price of just U.S. $3.99 (roughly P204), but since selling out in the U.S., the hat has taken on the status of a rare collector's item, now being sold on sites like eBay and Depop for as much as five times the original price. On the other hand, others have tried to create D.I.Y. versions of the hat by cutting up IKEA's readily available shopping bags.
Take a look:
On the other side of the pond, another bucket hat is taking its turn as a fashion sensation via the Internet. KFC franchises in Russia recently released their own version of the fisherman's hat, made in collaboration with St. Petersburg-based streetwear brand Mam Cupy. You can purchase the topper for RUR 1,800 (U.S. $. 29; roughly P1,480). Plus, the accessory can double as a reusable food container to hold Kentucky's famous fried chicken.
Here's a peek:
Would you buy these bucket hats?