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The Black Collection - Hat

Courage For Gord Auction

Bidding for The Black Collection Hat starts on Friday Feb 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST

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The exclusive design for The Black Collection by Karyn Ruiz of Lilliput Hats is a stylish combination of the iconic Man Machine Poem tour hats and the classic Secret Path hats.

Fashioned from luxurious midnight black beaver felt, the hat considers both men and women in its styling and details. Black-on-black embroidery silk stitching, bone pipe, and over dyed peacock feathers add depth and character to a classic, wearable one-of-a-kind creation. Bespoke detailing includes poignant and powerful lyrics from "It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken", hand etched onto black leather and inlaid on the brim. 

As the designs for the Man Machine Poem Tour hats evolved into the colourful, feathered creations that we all saw and loved, Karyn found herself working often late into the night with the music of The Tragically Hip playing. The idea of creating hats for Gord Downie’s head was at times dark, daunting, exhilarating and bittersweet. The first four hats, while being finished, sat on her dimly lit work table. As the daylight faded, the feathers and textures the hats cast offered the most incredible shadows, and were among her favourite moments of seeing them, before they were worn on stage. The Black Collection is inspired by that which lives in the shadows.

This dark, poetic stunner comes with a customized hat box, and a silk screened carry bag. There is a bonus mystery gift as well that is sure to delight the winner. The hat can be sized to fit the auction winner.

Courage For Gord Foundation is honoured to be collaborating with Karyn Ruiz of Lilliput Hats on this unique project and we're thrilled to be offering such an iconic piece of history to the fans. For more on Karyn Ruiz, please visit her website here.

All proceeds will support the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

 



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