This hat has been created and generously donated by Karyn Ruiz, who has been the driving force behind Lilliput Hats, an atelier and boutique in Toronto for over 20 years.
This vibrant purple hat is 100% rabbit fur felt. It is the same shade of purple as two of the hats Karyn specifically designed for Gord Downie during the Man Machine Poem concert dates in Toronto. It made its debut with the incredible iridescent leather outfit.
The style is somewhat modified in terms of the scale so as to accommodate more head sizes and make it more wearable. It has the same flair and drama as the original, with many of the feather and band detail very similar to the hand-picked embellishment. This auction hat was created in the spirit of Gord Downie, and it is our hope that the wearer will cherish it as a piece of Canadian history and as a testament to a national hero.
Finally, also included inside the hat are lyrics from "Bobcaygeon":
It was in Bobcaygeon
I saw the constellations
Reveal themselves one star at a time
We are thrilled to add this unique item to the the Courage For Gord Online Auction. Created in the spirit of Gord Downie, and as iconic as the ones he wore so beautifully on the Man Machine Poem tour, this hat will be on display in Toronto at the Courage For Gord Fundraiser Event on October 21st. Details here.