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Commonly known as the men’s newsboy cap, the eight-quarter cap is a slouchy, casual hat that features a structured front brim and a generous eight-paneled crown that converges with a button on top. Often times, the brim is fastened with an additional button or stitching at the brim, allowing for a flatter and more streamlined silhouette. The newsboy cap displays a similar front peak and shape to the flat cap and has a body that is much fuller than standard driver caps. Popular for many years, the newsboy cap has become synonymous with a retro casual style or vintage chic look. Throughout history, it has been referred to by a number of names including: the baker boy, newsie, apple cap, eight piece cap, eight panel cap, cabbie, Gatsby cap, pageboy, applejack hat and the poor boy cap.

The newsboy cap pattern first gained popularity among boys and adult men in the late 19th and early 20th century in Europe and North America. Like it’s namesake suggests, the newsboy cap is most commonly associated with newspaper boys, as many of the young working boys wore them during the late 1900’s. However, it’s important to note that though the newsboy was often seen on the young, it was not exclusively made for boys.

The newsboy cap for men became the hat of choice in North America and Europe for all social classes during the early 20th century, and was virtually universal throughout the 1910’s and 1920’s among the ‘lower’ class in particular. Not only has the eight-quarter cap been photographed on countless newspaper boys of that era, but also many dockworkers, high steel workers, shipwrights, farmers, beggars, criminals, artisans and tradesman of all varieties. Not exclusive to men and boys within the ‘lower’ social classes, the newsboy was also sported by the ‘upper’ classes, often as leisure-wear. For those of higher social status, the men’s newsboy cap became associated with the high society country sportsmen,rivers and wealthy golfers.

Newsboy caps have often made an appearance in pop culture and on pop icons throughout more recent history. Movie legends like James Dean (Belfry Gatsby Cap) and Marlon Brando (Belfry Spitfire Cap) have made the newsboy cap pattern and the leather newsboy cap even more prominent. Even sports stars have helped to continue boosting the newsboy’s fashion status. In 1998, Roots Canada outfitted the Canadian Olympic team with a flashy red “poor boy” cap. From royalty like Prince William to music moguls like P. Diddy, the eight-quarter cap has spent quite a bit of time in the lime-light.

In the modern fashion world, the newsboy cap isn't just a popular cap for men, but is also an excellent fashion statement for women. It is often seen on modern trend-setting women and is being strutted on the runway by models for high-end fashion houses.

So whether you’re a man or a woman, young or mature, the newsboy cap is a great casual hat choice. It’s years of being designed and shaped make it an ideal style for just about anyone. For the newsboy cap pattern, the leather newsboy cap and the wool newsboy cap are often very popular, but there are also many linen and light-weight material options for this classic hat style.
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