Americans don’t usually wear hats that make an intentional statement. (See: The Baseball, The Trucker, etc). Aside from the occasional fedora, hats are generally worn more for utilitarian reasons (the sun, the rain, the vortex) than necessarily for fashion. The British, on the other hand, go mad for hats that seem to say, ‘Oh hey, look at me!’ whether they’re going to a wedding in Yorkshire, the Ascot race for Ladies Day, or just to the pub for a pint. Now, Israeli’s are getting in on the hat action—or, at least, one Israeli. Maor Zabar, a 35-year-old costume designer based in Tel Aviv, has crafted an array of outlandish hats, many of which look more like they belong on the plate than the head. Zabar, who’s been designing apparel for theater for 13 years, was inspired to design delectable headwear after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease two years ago. “There was a period of time when I could not eat a lot of things,” Zabar tells The Daily Beast, “so I started creating what I craved.” His diet is now back on track, and he’s excited to take full advantage via his millinery skills. “A friend told me that candies are very hot in America, so I thought maybe I’d do a candy line,” he says. That should be a sweet treat come next Easter, when Americans go batty for bonnets. Until then, healthy headwear (with a side of good ole cherry pie) and other wacky styles will have to do.
Talk about an egghead! This sunny-side-up handmade hat can be purchasd on Esty for $266.