Often chosen for a dressy straw, for men and women, thus can be worn originated in Italy by gondoliers in 1880 and immigrated to the America. popular for two centuries with the middle class for summer weekend headwear for dressy afternoon, evening and formal events.
Known as Hat of the People, vaudeville and musical entertainers trademarked this style. the sailing crowd, world over also took to this shape, a young Coco Chanel in her version of Breton. by the 1950’s it had permeated popular culture as summer head wear, think Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly