Elements of Classic Style and Culture in the American South
Friday, June 4, 2010
The newsboy cap (also known as an Apple cap or Gatsby cap) is a brimmed casual cap made of eight fabric panels that converge at a buttoned top. As the name suggests, the caps are widely associated with newsboys of the early 20th Century. Newsboy caps provide a stylish alternative to the ubiquitous baseball cap.
I recently purchased an excellent green linen newsboy cap from Brett Stiles at the B! Wear Cap Co. in Mariposa, CA. I am impressed with the quality of the cap. It is made from a coarse, open-weaved linen that makes the cap breathable and light as a feather (the B! Wear caps are available in a wide variety of fabrics including wool, leather, cashmere, and linen). The lining is a silky blue material and the hat band is of light brown suede. One nice feature is a wire that runs through the bill that allows you to shape it as you may desire. I was also impressed with the reasonable price, the prompt delivery, and the friendly customer service (the cap arrived with a nice handwritten note). B! Wear has similarly received rave reviews from members of The Fedora Lounge, an online forum dedicated to classic style.
If you are in need of a casual hat, consider the newsboy cap. And consider B! Wear as a good source.