Trav : As I was looking through our past posts, I realized we’ve never done an entry on headwear. Since I’m the proud owner of the BKc 8-Panel Hat, it’s befitting that I did a post on the newsboy cap. The newsboy cap, also known as the Bake Boy, Apple Cap, Lundberg Stetson, and of course, Eight Panel, first gained popularity in Europe and United States during the late 19th century. Along with the Flap Cap, the newsboy cap was worn mostly by working-class men, hence its name.
What I like most about these hats is their ability to change the entire aura of an outfit. They implement a different type of “cool,” which I find very much refreshing. Take a look at the 1975 movie Cooley High and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. All of the main characters, in their everyday wear, sported a variation of this cap. These hats flawlessly added some charisma to their ensemble.
Fit details: BKc 8-Panel Hat, J.Crew multicolored corduroy shirt, Goodwood x Chace Infinite Africa necklace, Nudies, Clarks Desert Boots:
The J.Crew shirt was yet another lucky eBay find. It’s now one of the most unique shirts I own. The details and color placement are both great, and the fact that it’s corduroy adds to its uniqueness. I really like the BKc hat, too. The red silk lining and leather sweatband make for a justifiable price. I don’t usually wear it buttoned out, but I wanted to show the versatility of hats like this. The buttoned out look works really well for people with long hair.
Photography/Video : While scouting out an area to shoot this quick video, I thought to myself, “Why not shoot it at the BKc?” It was the perfect call seeing as all of the guys at the store happened to be wearing the hat that day. If you haven’t already, be sure to check the store out. It has a cool, laid-back, welcoming aura. Much thanks to Adam Kerchman for bringing yet another post to life with this video.
Location: The Brooklyn Circus- 150 Nevins Street, Brooklyn NY
Reggae legend Peter Tosh and the cast from Cooley High sport the cap below.