This is the story of my 1957 portrait of the UK's King of Skiffle, Lonnie Donegan - and how it sparked my art school friendship with John Lennon of The Beatles.
I thought I was the bee’s knees, travelling solo to London to stay with a real life popstar and his family, who were delightful and so kind to me. Little did we know at the time that John and Cynthia Lennon (my close friend since Junior Art School) would eclipse them just a few years later.
I also tell how Lonnie and I were reunited in the year 2000, courtesy of a marvellous Channel 4 tribute show to John Lennon, hosted at Air Studios by the late, great Beatles producer George Martin and presented by Jools Holland, at which performers and guests included Liam Gallagher and Kate Moss.
These John Lennon caps are made to last! Helen Anderson's original design, originally created in 1964, worn here by the Beatle in 1975, still with the Ferrari pin he stuck into it when he passed his driving test and bought a powder blue convertible.
For the inside story on John Lennon and loads of memories from fashion designer Helen Anderson - Lennon's friend and of course the designer of his famous leather cap - listen to this great interview with Jude Southerland Kessler.
If you are in such a hurry to get hold of a cap that you don’t have time to measure your head, you could also check the size of another hat that fits: hat sizes are universal… in theory. Don’t see your size? Have a special request?