Debuted in 2012, Popz Topz is a brand over 60 years in the making. Crafted with inspiration to alter old hat traditions, founder, Ron Stephens, also known as Pop Legend or Popz, has spent a lifetime remixing apparel. With his spin on tradition, Popz has carved out a new space for the headwear industry to the delight of hat lovers everywhere.
From his early teens, Popz built a reputation re-fabricating clothes, shoes, and even cars to fit his unique size and style. By his thirties, as a laborer at International Harvester in Springfield, Ohio, Popz helped support his family of 6 with needles, thread, pencils and paper. Throughout his 30 years on the job, during occasional layoffs, Popz made ends meet designing, tailoring and altering clothing while also drawing and selling exquisite graphite portraits.
Years later, the gifted artist and long time tailor found his greatest inspiration with an old straw hat. One night, just short of tossing it, he thought, “What would that hat look like with a visor?" It was then that the 62 year-old father of 4, including award-winning singer, John Legend, went for a remix of his own. He cut off the raggedy brim, took a baseball cap, chopped off the bill, and encased the bill in black leather. Finally, he sewed the bill onto the straw hat.
At first, Popz was content to just wear his new hat around town. But, as soon as he stepped out in his “remixed” hat, people started asking…
"Man where'd you get that hat?"
So, he raided his closet and did the same to 10 more full-brimmed hats. People kept asking. The lifetime artist, tailor, hat wearer, and now haberdasher eventually decided to bring his hats to market.
In the same spirit and care Popz designed his own remixed hats, Popz Topz offers a hat line crafted by high quality manufacturers in the US and abroad. For the creatively confident man and woman, with evolving style, Popz Topz will complement your personal style, whether you are wearing hard bottoms or sneakers, on the subway or on the runway.