Stephen Fry Hates Panama Hats

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Stephen FryIn an exclusive interview in The Chap, legendary actor, raconteur and author Stephen Fry puts forward some frank and unashamed views about headwear, including comments to the effect that Panama hats make him want to vomit.

What started as a jovial discussion about the usual Chap matters, in which Mr. Fry waxed in his usual lyrical fashion on common courtesy, cricket, Englishness and whether flip flops are an appropriate form of footwear in the civilised world, this soon developed into a heartfelt outpouring on the subject of hats. “Anyone who wears a Panama hat ought to be thrashed,” was his opening salvo on the subject.

This publication has always championed the wearing of headwear on all occasions, when outdoors. From trilby to flat cap to straw boater, the bearing of hats has always been the mark of distinction between Chaps and mere men. According to Mr. Fry, however, “As well to have tattooed on your forehead the words ‘I am a fatuous twat’ as to wear a Panama.”

Readers are invited to form their own opinion’s of Mr. Fry’s views, by reading the full interview in the June-July issue of The Chap, which can be purchased here


The Chap was founded in 1999 and is the longest-serving British magazine dedicated to the gentlemanly way of life, with its own quirky, satirical take on a style that has recently entered the mainstream.

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