Newsboy Caps: A Fashion Statement with a History

Whether you are looking for a Sixpence in Norway, a Cheese-cutter in New Zealand and Canada, a Dai cap in Wales, or a Scally cap in North America, what you are really looking for is a flat cap, or a newsboy cap. Other names that have been attributed to newsboy caps include: bunnet, derby, driving cap, Gatsby cap, Golf cap, Hogans cap, Ivy Cap, Scone bunnet, and a Windsor cap. Regardless of the name, however, the basic shape and style of the newsboy cap is the same. A newsboy cap is a flat, gently rounded cap. It has a small brim in the front with a stiffer peak in the back. Usually the material used to construct a newsboy cap is tweed or wool, but they have often been made of leather, vinyl and suede as well. The style of the newsboy cap has been dated as far back as the 14th Century in England where it was often worn by working class men. The style eventually became considered to be casual country wear that was worn by wealthy English men during leisure activities which led to the cap being known as a gold cap.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, young boys living in North America and the United Kingdom considered the flat caps the height of being fashionable and the popularity grew exponentially. Eventually the flat caps became associated with newsboys, and thus became known as newsboy caps. Newsboy caps are a reoccurring theme in popular culture and the fashion world. They became very popular in the 1980s with the punk and skinhead subcultures, and even by heavy metal singer Brian Johnsonn of AC / DC. Currently, the newsboy caps are again often seen being worn by A-list celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson, Dave Chappelle, Kate Moss and various members of the hip hop and ever changing music subculture.