If the cap fits... The latest must-have
Sports brand New Era may have started out in the bleachers, but it has become part of the street uniform
Streetwear is all about staying ahead of the curve. Which is apt, seeing as the latest must-have is a baseball cap.
US sportswear giant New Era makes baseball caps that are instantly identifiable: the wide, flat brim; the deep fronts with the team insignias stitched carefully on. These caps are as American as hotdogs and bald eagles, apple pie and Don Draper. Rapper Jay-Z has several, but his favourite remains the 59Fifty New York Yankees style, a classic navy cap that he wears whether he's on stage or taking in a game. Robert Pattinson, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, meanwhile, all favour the "snapback" style – an oversized and foamy number, complete with stiff brims that should never be bent or curved: the trick is to perch your New Era just so, rather than fitting it perfectly.
"The authentic silhouette, the 59Fifty cap, reaches an audience beyond baseball fans," says Paul Gils, vice-president of EMEA, New Era's parent company. "Customers can choose from thousands of styles, designs and colours of Yankees hats alone. The art of customisation has also resulted in New Era caps featuring on the fashion runways in New York, London and Paris."
Last month, the brand was main sponsor of the NFL game at Wembley, where one of its pop-up shops was overrun with fans of its caps, team scarves and hats. British attendees might not have understood the rules of the game, but it's clear that the New Era look translates perfectly to UK street cred.
Life & Style blogs
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
- 5 Magna Carta will be 800 years old next year – the perfect reminder of the rights and freedoms we must hold dear
Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...