John Legend’s dad lands on New York Post’s Page Six for legendary hats

Credit: Popz Topz/ Facebook

Credit: Popz Topz/ Facebook

John Legend might be the most famous of the Stephens clan, but his “popz” might be the most stylish.

Case in point: a story posted yesterday praising Popz Topz, the line of hats Ronald Stephens Sr., Legend's dad, launched in 2012.

The Emmy, Grammy and Oscar winner known as John Legend was born John Stephens in Springfield 40 years ago.

Ronald “Pop” Stephens, a longtime clothes maker and artist, explained to Page Six, a part of the New York Post newspaper, that he started the company after growing weary of doing a “sweep-over” after he started to lose his hair.

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He explained the progression to the website:

“I was doing some spring cleaning, and I got ready to throw away one of my straw hats — very similar to the one Clark Gable wore in ‘Gone With the Wind,’ which is called a gambler. But before I did, my brother came over with a cap on, and I said, ‘That’s really nice, that’s a pretty cool cap.'...

So that started the wheels a-turnin’ and then as I was looking at this gambler hat that I was getting ready to destroy, I said, ‘I wonder what this full-brim hat would look like if I turned it into a cap — just trim off all the back end of it and leave a visor or a bill on the front.'”

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