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Men’s caps: headwear originally from the US?

Like many other familiar and comfortable garments, the modern look of the cap came to us from overseas. In 1954, the New Era company introduced a new 59Fifty hat to baseball players that protected the head and eyes from the sun. This accessory quickly gained popularity, as fans began to wear it at games as a sign of commitment to a particular team. However, experiments with visors began much earlier.

The first “prototypes” were found among Egyptians and in knight’s helmets. In the 14th century, the flat cap was popular in Italy and later in England among workers and drivers. Hence the name “driver’s cap” originated.

The next boom occurred in the 19th century in France. The military introduced a “kepi” to their uniform which was much more comfortable than the cap, so it quickly reached the masses. At first, the kepi were with a rounded visor, later on they acquired square shapes. Therefore, our American fellows only popularized caps, but they cannot be called the inventors.

Types of men’s caps 

If the cap does not suit you, then you simply haven’t found your format yet, as there is a great variety of them:

  • Baseball / Needle Hat.

The average-sized crown consists of 6 parts. There is a button at the top of the panels. The medium-sized visor is firm and curved. The color is usually solid, but always with the manufacturer’s logo. There is a clasp on the back to adjust the size.

  • Trucker Hat.

High crown that consists of 6 parts but has a longer visor, the back panels are made of mesh.

  • Hip-Hop cap, Fitted Hat.

High crown as in the trucker hat but without mesh in the back part. There is a featured straight visor.

  • Cycling cap. 

A small soft crown with a small visor. 

You can buy hats by Aviatsiya Halychyny right here or at our stores in Kyiv and Lviv.

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