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.

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!

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.

Size Guide

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews

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

Lars Trägårdh
Stylish and Wells made.

With pride I will wear the cap. Quality and craftsmanship in top class. All to great satisfaction! Warm greetings Lasse / Sweden.

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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!