The scorching month of July 2015 saw a lot hot, fresh and delicious caps served for the summer season. The legacy of iconic martial artist, the late Bruce Lee, was well-represented with a striking snapback drop. New York-based shop Kith and the New York Yankees made history with their “Classics” collection delivery. New Era collectors LeKid26, Kevin Raphael and Dionic Design put on for Montreal, Canada with the ”Le Castor” 59FIFTY cap. Speaking of Canada, rap Superstar Drake and them OVO boys dished up a collaborative 59FIFTY fitted to heat up the streets of The Six. And if you were still hungry for more New Era caps; the Fresno Grizzlies cooked up Taco Fitteds to make sure you got your fill! Check out our July Top 5 to see what New Era cap took the top spot.
The Albuquerque Dukes team recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary. The Dukes were an Albuquerque-based minor league team that still has proud sports history and legacy in the city to this day. When the Dukes left Albuquerque in 2000, Fred Matteucci, an Albuquerque local and fan of the team, purchased the rights to the team for a small price. The Dukes have since become a big business, with their hats flying off the shelves! The Dukes 100th anniversary 59FIFTY caps were recently released. These hats come in a variety of Dukes-inspired yellow and red coloways, with the iconic Dukes logo on the front and a commemorative patch on the side. We’re tipping our caps to Mr. Matteucci for keeping the memory of the Albuquerque Dukes alive and well. Don’t miss out on these home running hitting hats. Check them out here.
This past May, we saw many New Era cap contenders step into the Fight Club for dominance in our Top 5. A small super hero made a huge impact with his Big Face 59FIFTY cap, as he gets ready to take on the evil brewing in Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man” flick. Toronto-based Legends League made a stand to fight the powers that be, with a collection that comments on important issues that are currently affecting society. Packer Shoes payed homage to baseball’s most iconic rivalry, New York city’s cross town Mets-Yankess subway series. And finally, Pikachu made his long-awaited appearance in the arena, with the highly anticipated Pokémon x New Era Japan collection. Did you catch all of these caps, and what was your favorite release for May 2015? Hit the jump to find out which cap took our number one spot!
April 2015 was a huge month for New Era. The Avengers assembled with a SMASHshing collection to coincide with Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” blockbuster flick. The new NFL recruits were honored with New Era NFL Draft Caps – and fans were stoked to be able to sport the caps that the pros wear. Italian toymaker Rody rode back onto the scene with a vibrant, creative cap that turned heads all around the world. New Era Japan commemorated their recent Flagship store opening in Okinawa City, with a collection that honored the culture and history of this southern Japanese city with pride. And finally, one of the most iconic caps of all time came Straight Out Of Compton once again to make an appearance at Hat Club. Make sure to check out our April Top 5 to see what New Era cap took the #1 spot!
Colorado-based by way of The Bronx, NYC, New Era enthusiast Paul Rodriguez’s collection started off with humble beginnings that many of us can relate to – a few Yankees caps back in 2001. Today, his collection has grown to almost 300 hats! Paul’s hat stash has a lot of variety and includes team licensed, character/comic and streetwear hats. Make sure to check out our Cap Talk interview with Paul Rodriguez – AKA STPaulNY – to find out what inspired him to start collecting, some of his gems and his thoughts on the New Era cap enthusiast community. What’s on your mind? Want to show off your collection? Hit us up at email@example.com.
March 2015 will do down as a month marked by New Era caps that featured unique and inspired designs. New Era Japan brought back classic properties such as Aliens, Predator and TMNT, with designs that jumped right off the big screen and onto our heads! American designer Mark McNairy created a series of snapbacks for 180 year old brand Woolrich that payed homage to the brand’s heritage, while keeping up-to date with current fashion trends. New Era Design Manager Shawn Curtin and Atmos NYC teamed up for a timeless Yankees 59FIFTY cap to honour Derek Jeter’s legacy and historic career. And finally, a brand known for keeping watch on styles from all around the world, NYC-based Mishka, took us on an voyage to India, with caps featuring creative Hindu-inspired designs. Check out our March Top 5 to see what New Era cap took the top spot.
For this week’s Cap Talk interview we link up with Nottingham, UK-based cap collector Jason Shepherd. Jason connected with us so he could share his collection and passion for the New Era brand with fellow New Era enthusiasts. But he also did so for another reason; to raise awareness for Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects his daughter Mia. Jason and his daughter were overjoyed by the support that they received from the New Era cap cap collecting community in helping to raise awareness for the disease. Check out our interview with Jason to find out about his collection, and also to learn more about Moebius Syndrome, and how Jason plans to raise awareness for this condition in the future. Want to show off your collection? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org
With the MLB baseball season now underway, according to Forbes, the MLB has extended their agreements with New Era until 2019. New Era, the second most active sponsorship partner of the MLB, will continue in their role as the makers of the Official On-Field cap of Major League baseball. The Originators of the True Fitted will also continue to produce authentic custom and throwback headwear for the league. This new extension will mark 25 years of New Era being the exclusive On-Field cap maker of Major League Baseball caps.
As New Era cap collectors, most of us have that one special cap that inspired us to start collecting. For New Era enthusiast Chris Keogh, and like many of us, it was a classic New York Yankees wool On-Field 59FIFTY cap back when he was a kid. Chris has been collecting for 23 years, and has amassed over 500 caps! As a self-professed “huge sports” fan, Chris’ collection consists of mainly sports headwear. Check out our Cap Talk interview with Chris Keogh to find out what his favorite team caps are to wear, how he felt about the release Spike Lee series and Derek Jeter caps, what fitteds he’s looking forward to adding to his collection this year, and more! Want to show off your collection? Hit us up at email@example.com
The cold temperatures of February didn’t stop hot New Era caps from hitting the market. We saw hats chase goals, and celebrate milestones, culture, art and food. The Clink Room released the Shams limited 59FIFTY designed by TJ. Meek Mills dropped a collection for all the dream chasers. Asphalt Yacht Club paid homage to Black History Month with a stunning snapback. Brazil-based artist Atsuo Nakagawa used a New Era Brazil 59FIFTY as a canvas of expression. Hungry for home runs? the Hiroshima Carp knocked locked it right out of the park, and filled up their fans, with yummy collection that served up hot udon Carp noodles and tasty Momiji Manju pastries. Make sure to check out our February Top 5 to see what New Era cap took the #1 spot!
For Edinburgh, Scotland-based New Era enthusiast Pawel Sendak AKA Klaq, collecting caps isn’t just a hobby – New Era is part of his life! Through his love for the New Era brand, Pawel has made friends, picked up a knack for photography and has amassed an impressive collection of caps from all around the world! Check out our #CommittedToTheKlaq Cap Talk interview to find out what inspired him to start collecting, hear about the time he met up with fellow collector Macall84, learn a bit more about his “French Army” of caps and more! What’s on your mind? Want to Show off your collection? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our latest edition of Cap Talk, we connect with Chicago-based New Era enthusiast Jeff Townley – AKA #Geoffrey. Jeff has been collecting since 2010, and currently has over 400 caps! His collection features a wide variety of hats, including sports licensed headwear and character-themed caps. Make sure to check out our interview with Jeff Towley to find out about what inspired him to start collecting, some of his favorite caps, how he feels about the New Era cap collecting community and more! What’s on your mind? Want to show off your collection? Hit us up at email@example.com.
The cold winter temperatures didn’t stop the competition from heating up in the New Era cap world this past January. Our friends at Beau Monde celebrated 8 years of dominance in the game. The Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch went into Beast Mode to try and take home the Super Bowl trophy, with his much talked about 9FIFTY snapback. Charlie Brown and the gang all showed up to play ball, went pro and hit a grand slam for collectors on “The Pros” 59FIFTY. Mexico’s baseball team took on the Serie del Caribe with an extremely popular collection that was full of Mexican pride, history and tradition. And finally, it was Shady vs Everybody with a cap that sold out in a matter of minutes and took on problems affecting at-risk youth. Make sure to check out our January 2015 Top 5 to see what New Era cap took the #1 spot.
Well respected retailer, Fitted Hawaii, has been making its mark globally in the headwear game since 2005. Through their clothing the brand focuses on teaching youth that their is a great importance and rich Hawaiian culture that must be embraced and protected. We’ve been fortunate enough to have been covering Fitted Hawaii’s releases since day one, and if you’ve been following us since day one then you’re already familiar with the Mua, Kamehameha and H Pride custom New Era exclusives. JJ Parkz takes the time out of his busy design schedule to go in depth on the brands history, designs and touches base on his three favorite releases. Make sure you hit the jump and check out the entire Fitted Hawaii interview!
In 1996, when Spike Lee made the game-changing call to New Era requesting a red Yankees fitted, he didn’t know that he would make such a huge impact on fashion and culture – setting the trend for the modern-day custom cap and changing New Era’s business model forever. Things in the cap world came full circle in 2014, with New Era releasing the Heritage Series collection, paying homage to the iconic red Yankees cap that Spike Lee originally requested back in 1996. 2014 in general was one of the greatest years we’ve seen for New Era releases, with a wide variety of headwear to choose from that featured many different styles, designs and licenses. It was a year that saw hats that stayed fresh and stylish while guarding the galaxy; caps that came from a galaxy far, far away ; and even On-Field headwear that came straight out of the frying pan! With so many great New Era caps this year, it was a challenge for us to decide on our Top 20. As the year has come to a fresh close, we can’t wait to see what 2015 holds. We don’t know what will drop this year, but we do know that 2014 is going to be a tough year to top! Do you agree with our list? What were some of your favorite New Era releases of 2014? Behold! The Top 20 Caps of 2014!
November 2014 was full of fresh releases from a wide variety of brands and licenses. It was all about Veni , Vidi, Vici for World Cup champion Lukas Podolski, who scored a huge goal amongst New Era cap collectors and enthusiasts with his New Era Strassenkicker limited edition 9FIFTY snapback. It must have been like Sunnery & Ryan house music to his ears! But that’s not all. Yo Gabba Gabba! had a hunger in their tummy to drop a New Era Japan collection, and London-based fashion KTZ house wanted to show the world their sleek New Era Europe collaboration. Make sure to check out our November Top 5 to see what New Era cap conquered the #1 spot.
The Daytona Tortugas are the new Advanced-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds! The team were formerly known as the Daytona Cubs, when they were the affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, from 1993 to 2104. To celebrate their new affiliation with the Cincinnati Reds, the team has rebranded with a fresh, new turtle theme. Why turtles you ask? The Daytona Beach area is full of turtles! The team recently unveiled their logos that were designed by Louisville-based studio Simon. These logos will be featured on the Tortugas jerseys and New Era headwear. We know supporters of the team and logo enthusiasts won’t be slow to scoop cop these caps when they drop. We’ll make sure to keep you posted on release dates, so you can #FlyYourOwnTortuga proud.
Raptors fans: If you’re free on Tuesday, December 16th, make sure to drop by the New Era Toronto Flagship store, located at 202 Queen Street West @ 4:30pm-6:00pm, for a chance to meet the Toronto Raptors’ James Johnson. You will also be able to purchase the “We Are North” 59FIFTY New Era cap and other fresh Toronto Raptors New Era merchandise. Do not miss out on this amazing event. Get out and show your Raptors pride on the 6ix side!
This week, the Rome Braves, the Class A minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, unveiled a very fitting new, alternate logo that will soon be featured on the team’s official New Era headwear and jerseys. The logo, which was designed by Chris Henwood, is a baseball-wearing an ancient Roman soldier’s helmet, with a “R” on the front, and features a red, blue and grey color combination. The Rome Braves will definitely be conquering caps with his brand new logo, and we can’t wait until the hats start turning up on store shelves. We have a feeling they’ll be a hot commodity among New Era collectors and enthusiasts. Some team merchandise with this new logo is already available online. Be the first to wear it and show your support for the Rome Braves.
Our boy from the bay SFGrippy – AKA “The Most Hatted Man in San Francisco” – just started his YouTube channel where he’ll be showing off his hat collection. The first video will be released on Friday 12/05. He just dropped a teaser for the project that you can view here. SFGrippy is a huge fan of San Francisco sports teams, fitted hats, and is well-known in the cap-collecting community for originating the SFGrippy half-face shot that he uses to display his New Era fitteds – a shot that has been adopted by many New Era enthusiasts. We can’t wait for this upcoming project. Make sure to connect with SFGrippy on Youtube, and don’t forget to: Like, Share, Subscribe!