John Lennon Authentic Leather Cap

History of the cap

I first designed this cap for John Lennon in 1964 and he was still wearing it the last time I saw him, in 1975 - he said it was his all-time favourite hat. I was touched - John was more sentimental than he cared to let on - and I occasionally wondered what kind of condition it was in! I've since discovered from archive images that Yoko Ono also wore my cap.

It's still made in the home city of the Beatles - and my favourite town - Liverpool!

Why people love this cap

People are in love with this cap mainly because of its history and iconic fashion status. But when you put it on, you know why! 

It's soft and comfortable and cleverly shaped to sit towards the back of the head, just as John wore his. It seems to suit everybody, regardless of age, race or gender.

If you love the Beatles, you need this John Lennon Leather Cap. It's perfect for superfans and anyone looking to honour the fashions and clothes style of John Lennon and the Beatles. As a collector's item it's an important piece of Lennon/Beatles memorabilia and can be used as part of an entire John Lennon costume.

All the details

  • 100% super-soft nappa leather cap.
  • Viscose/silk lining, in paisley design.
  • Leather braid and two leather buttons.
  • Made and hand-finished in Liverpool, UK.
  • Original British design - this is not a copy!
  • Breton style cap, also called Greek fishermans, Bakerboy or Newsboy

Available in four sizes: please measure your head using our Size Guide 

When you check out you will be asked to provide this measurement in cm. This is because Helen measures every hat to ensure the best possible fit for you.


Photo Credits - Henry Grossman
By kind permission, Julia Baird, Mark Hayward & Javier Parisi.

John Lennon Leather Hat 1964 - 60s fashion personified.

Please note, shipping is calculated at checkout.

Size Guide

Customer Reviews

Based on 32 reviews
Allan Dempster
Everything he could have wished for!

I bought the cap as an incentive for my 15-year old son who is learning the guitar and a great fan of John Lennon. He was absolutely delighted and the hat has been major hit among his fellow students. For my own part, I'm impressed by the design and workmanship involved; a real collectors item. I understand this was the first sale in Thailand but am sure that as my son's prowess on the guitar improves and his following increases, there will be more to follow!

Allan this is so lovely to hear thank you for taking the time to leave this detailed review. It means so much to me when people really appreciate the cap: it's history and the quality! I look forward to hearing about your son in future years!


Authentic, stylish and comfortable. Fantastic service on top as well. 👍

Neil Deverill
It's Really Great

The cap is everything you would expect and more. It’s superb quality, extremely comfortable and really fab! It’s a perfect fit, due to the great care taken by Helen and Danielle to ensure it and beautifully packaged as well. I’d also add …

As a matter of fact, it’s a very good hat, but not just any old hat you see
It’s stylish and chic and very unique, I’m certain you must agree
The design is iconic, so it’s not ironic to have been worn by the famous and great
You’d like it I’m sure, for it has the allure and is made by the late JL’s mate

Lanea Stagg
Exquisite Quality & Design!

I think the best way to channel John Lennon into your soul is to adorn Helen Anderson's magnificent cap. Whether you are rewarding yourself, or purchasing for your loved one, this cap is a memorable experience from the time you open the box until you place the cap on your head. I am in love with this cap and highly recommend it for fashionistas and Beatlemaniacs alike!

Kathy Hable

The cap that I received made by Helen Anderson is absolutely wonderful and comes in wonderful packaging with a personal letter from her. I cannot find the words to express just how thrilled I am to have 'The Cap'. Thank you Helen for all you have done. God Bless

How to measure your head for my leather cap

sketch of John Lennon by Helen Anderson 


A message from Helen about sizing: 
Hats are a bit like jackets and dresses: sizes are supposed to be universal but may vary from one manufacturer to another. I can’t guarantee you a perfect fit, but I can do my best to help.

My cap is available in 4 sizes: Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L) and Extra Large (XL). It’s an investment piece, so I encourage you also to invest three minutes to find the perfect fit.

Don’t just guess your size!
John Lennon’s head measured 23.5 inches. He was a size XL (big brain!). Here's how I measured it, back in 1964 - and how you can measure yours now.
  1. Don’t panic if you don’t have a tailor’s tape measure handy. You can also use a length of string or ribbon, and then measure it against a ruler.
  2. Place the string or tape around your head about 3mm above your ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head. Hold the tape firmly, but not super-tightly.
  3. I’d like you to measure your head exactly where the cap will sit. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next size up.
Remember: If you have big hair, you’ll probably need the next size up!



You will need to tell me your size at the time you order.


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?

Email Me!