The R&B singer’s oversized Vivienne Westwood hat--which became an iconic, heavily discussed fashion phenomenon after he wore it to the 2014 Grammys ceremony--sold for $44,100 on eBay; the top bidder was the fast-food chain, Arby's.
During the Grammys ceremony, the official Arby’s Twitter account tweeted at Williams saying:
— Arby's (@Arbys) January 27, 2014
The oversized brown headgear has been compared to everything from the Arby’s restaurant logo to Smokey the Bear’s hat; others thought the headpiece resembled Woody’s from “Toy Story”, or the Sorting Hat from "Harry Potter”.
In an interview with CNN in February, Williams explained his choice of the Vivienne Westwood hat, revealing it was actually a nod to the early days of hip hop music:
This was her [Westwood’s] ode to Malcolm McLaren and the '80s and where, you know, when hip-hop was just sort of, you know, showing its face to the world and the way that it was sort of penetrating all of the demographics," he said. "She was there very early on with Malcom McClaren and, you know, the 'Buffalo Stance' and the 'Buffalo Gals', and, that song was just like huge in all the neighborhoods of, you know, across America and respectively around the world."
The proceeds from the iconic hat's eBay sale will go to William's non-profit charity, From One Hand to Another.