The bowler hat is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown originally created in 1849 for the British soldier and politician Edward Coke, the younger brother of the 2nd Earl of Leicester. The bowler hat was popular with the working class during the Victorian era, and later on with the middle and upper classes in the United Kingdom. Soon after in the United Kingdom, it came to be worn as work dress by the officers of the Queen’s Guards. In Ecuador, bowler hats have been used since the 1920s, especially by the women of Quechua, when British railroad workers made them famous.
working class – those who earn wages esp. as manual workers
railroad workers – people who built the railway lines