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dkstott

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Late arriving Christmas present. Sterkowski "Rambler" newsboy cap.

I'm trying hard to like it, it needs some shaping
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Short Balding Guy

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Yes, this was the cap that pushed me over the edge to buy my thick Cordova!

Thanks. I really enjoy the thick caps in our winter weather. Yours is a stunning colorway. A pleasure to see it out on cap adventures.

Late arriving Christmas present. Sterkowski "Rambler" newsboy cap.

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Congrats on the Holiday gift. The fabric looks terrific against the snowy backdrop.


Back home from work yesterday in a Cordova green tweed (Fox Brothers) cap. I was too tired to remember to grab inside pics to share. Next time.

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Tonight I am home on a walkabout in the "balmy" mid 23'f weather in a Well Dressed Head cap. Tired again tonight, but I remembered to grab "interior and exterior" pics.

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Hey who is that tired short balding guy?

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Cheers, Eric -
 

Short Balding Guy

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Feel like temps of 13'f (-10c) found me sport'n a cap for the dog soirre this morning. The Well Dressed Head cap, Letoille model.

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A Dashing Tweed cotton material with a water buffalo sweatband. The cap has a 1950's Japanese kimono wool liner. The fine weave finds the liner feeling like a smooth silky fabric. No scratchy feeling on the head.

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Best wishes, Eric -
 
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Short Balding Guy

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View attachment 395468 View attachment 395469 Final late arriving Christmas present.

Wearing a Gamble and Gunn newsboy for my 4 mile hike in 4 degree F and a -10 wind-chill.

Gamble and Gunn calls itView attachment 395468 View attachment 395469 mid blue Donegal cap.

This has to be the warmest cap I've ever owned.
FYI Ear muffs are separate and not part of the cap.

I really like the blue Donegal fabric. I imagine, characteristic of Donegal, that the colorway of the fabric allows the cap to worn with a variety of one's wardrobe. Congrats on the new cap.

Cool temps prevail and caps are my frequent head gear.

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This morning it has warmed up to nearly 10'f already.

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Cheers, Eric -
 

Short Balding Guy

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I think I can safely say I won't be moving to Minnesota any time soon, and certainly not during winter.

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Zombie; I think I recognize the man in the pic. ;):) I am the right guy for the weather. Outside of the below 0'f and of course the hard wind chills, I do enjoy our winter.

A work Sunday found me enjoying my Dashing Tweed cap.

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Cheers, Eric -
 

regius

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Been zapped with the question of "wider vs narrow" newsboy cap lately. Keith has provided helpful insight but want to explore further here. I have a $175 Wigens newsboy, however, I feel it is on the narrow/contemporary side, it is not one of those baseball-like design that'd align with the side of the face, but it also lacks the panache of the wider looking ones. My issue is that the wider ones begin to appear too flat, more like Keith's famous five points.
I wonder if it's my eyes or there is such a Peaky Blinder-ish newsboy cap that has the rounded top and volume, yet wider and drape over the sides?
 

Short Balding Guy

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Been zapped with the question of "wider vs narrow" newsboy cap lately. Keith has provided helpful insight but want to explore further here. I have a $175 Wigens newsboy, however, I feel it is on the narrow/contemporary side, it is not one of those baseball-like design that'd align with the side of the face, but it also lacks the panache of the wider looking ones. My issue is that the wider ones begin to appear too flat, more like Keith's famous five points.
I wonder if it's my eyes or there is such a Peaky Blinder-ish newsboy cap that has the rounded top and volume, yet wider and drape over the sides?

Good question. I answered the question of preferred dimensions by getting and wearing a variety of styles. In my size and neighborhood, I did not have the ability to shop the variety. I have picked up many caps, only to return, give away or gift them to others.

Yes years ago I purchased and wore a modern driving cap. Regardless of the style question it did not work. It wore tight to my bald head and did not shade my eyes. The cap lacked depth in back and sides and was not able to tug "low enough" or over the bone on my back skull. The Wiggens "apple style" I struggled with fit and style. The wide and medium were big in the small size I wear. Almost like it was out of proportion. The large and medium had too much material and it did not drape, rather hung down over the sides and band. Small - looked comical as it appeared like a cone on the band around my head. I have purchased other cap makers caps who did not proportion the material "enough" for the smaller sizes and the caps always appeared off.

Another deal breaker, for me, is having a leather sweat. It provides comfort and durability. Perhaps I am sensitive with a bald head to the extra wear I put on materials.

Over time I have zeroed in on having a 2.5" brim. The brim size is a style for sure, but it adds a sun protection that I really desire. Not spoken about often is where the "snap" of the crown material is attached to the brim. I prefer it to be back on the brim so that the brim can be shaped without significantly altering the drape of the crown. Snap location matters.

Brim material matters (IMO). A brim that can easily be shaped, unshaped, that does not alter the drape or crown dimensions is my preference. I have worked with WDH caps and Cordova on brims that meet my preferences.

I do like the caps that show vertical dimensions - side goes up to the material that shows shape and has structural dimensions. This requires some artistry in the cap liner material and the attaching to the sides and leather sweat.

Style is style. I can easily fall into the 8 point cap that Cordova Caps and I have worked out over many commissions. It has "just enough" drape to give the 30-40's image of style that I wish, but does go to far and make me a "cosplay-er". The other makers caps challenge my idea of the "ideal cap" and I believe that is a healthy challenge. I know myself and can see myself getting stuck in a "rut."

We have not spoken directly about style - 20's style, 30's English style, 30-40's French style, American 20-40's styles, flat cap styles or more fancy or exotic styles. I should not skip the 60's styles or the modern slim fitiing models. All have a place and many devotees.

I hope the above assists. I deliberately did not chose any illustrative pics as I can not imagine what would assist the conversation. Please yell if I can elaborate or assist. I am curious to read and see other folks answers to the OP's question about drape and preferred cap characteristics.

Best to all cap folks, Eric -
 
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dkstott

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This is a great discussion and hopefully others will chime in.

In a lot of ways, I'm still in the trial and error phase of cap buying; including my personal appearances likes & dislikes. I've got caps that family and friends compliment me about. But personally aren't sure about if I like them.

Right now, I'm leaning towards 6 or 8 panel, medium width. The body has to have substance, no pancake flat laying on my head or flop. Leather sweat bands tend to be cold on my forehead during cold early morning hike.

My newest Sterkowski Rambler cap is growing on me. It might need just a little more body width & in a color other than grey or black. ✌



Good question. I answered the question of preferred dimensions by getting and wearing a variety of styles. In my size and neighborhood, I did not have the ability to shop the variety. I have picked up many caps, only to return, give away or gift them to others.

Yes years ago I purchased and wore a modern driving cap. Regardless of the style question it did not work. It wore tight to my bald head and did not shade my eyes. The cap lacked depth in back and sides and was not able to tug "low enough" or over the bone on my back skull. The Wiggens "apple style" I struggled with fit and style. The wide and medium were big in the small size I wear. Almost like it was out of proportion. The large and medium had too much material and it did not drape, rather hung down over the sides and band. Small - looked comical as it appeared like a cone on the band around my head. I have purchased other cap makers caps who did not proportion the material "enough" for the smaller sizes and the caps always appeared off.

Another deal breaker, for me, is having a leather sweat. It provides comfort and durability. Perhaps I am sensitive with a bald head to the extra wear I put on materials.

Over time I have zeroed in on having a 2.5" brim. The brim size is a style for sure, but it adds a sun protection that I really desire. Not spoken about often is where the "snap" of the crown material is attached to the brim. I prefer it to be back on the brim so that the brim can be shaped without significantly altering the drape of the crown. Snap location matters.

Brim material matters (IMO). A brim that can easily be shaped, unshaped, that does not alter the drape or crown dimensions is my preference. I have worked with WDH caps and Cordova on brims that meet my preferences.

I do like the caps that show vertical dimensions - side goes up to the material that shows shape and has structural dimensions. This requires some artistry in the cap liner material and the attaching to the sides and leather sweat.

Style is style. I can easily fall into the 8 point cap that Cordova Caps and I have worked out over many commissions. It has "just enough" drape to give the 30-40's image of style that I wish, but does go to far and make me a "cosplay-er". The other makers caps challenge my idea of the "ideal cap" and I believe that is a healthy challenge. I know myself and can see myself getting stuck in a "rut."

We have not spoken directly about style - 20's style, 30's English style, 30-40's French style, American 20-40's styles, flat cap styles or more fancy or exotic styles. I should not skip the 60's styles or the modern slim fitiing models. All have a place and many devotees.

I hope the above assists. I deliberately did not chose any illustrative pics as I can not imagine what would assist the conversation. Please yell if I can elaborate or assist. I am curious to read and see other folks answers to the OP's question about drape and preferred cap characteristics.

Best to all cap folks, Eric -
 
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...My newest Sterkowski Rambler cap is growing on me. It might need just a little more body width & in a color other than grey or black. ✌
After asking you about this cap in the Sterkowski thread I took a look at the website and thought I'd probably prefer this pattern:

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And just as I was having a discussion in another thread with @Frunobulax about how my tastes in clothes tend to run more toward being conservative. :p
 

dkstott

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I'vegot their Shelby in blue and this flat cap in transit to me.

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After asking you about this cap in the Sterkowski thread I took a look at the website and thought I'd probably prefer this pattern:

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And just as I was having a discussion in another thread with @Frunobulax about how my tastes in clothes tend to run more toward being conservative. :p
After asking you about this cap in the Sterkowski thread I took a look at the website and thought I'd probably prefer this pattern:

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And just as I was having a discussion in another thread with @Frunobulax about how my tastes in clothes tend to run more toward being conservative. :p
 
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