The English Baker Boy Cap, also known as the Newsboy Cap in the States, is a casual-wear cap with a wide, round crown, often made of Eight Panels, stitched together with a button on the top. The cap’s size is measured in inches, 9, 10, 11 and 12 inches, and refers to the diameter.
Also referred to as the: Baker Boy, Apple Cap, Eight Panel 8-piece, Gatsby (after The Great Gatsby), and similarly know as a Redford Cap. It is the same basic style as a Brooklyn, but with a rounder crown.
The style, very similar to a Beret, or the medieval Bonnet was popular in Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among both boys and adult men. As the name suggests, it is now associated with Newspaper sellers, or newsboy, and baker boys, making deliveries on their bikes around London and New York.
Today, the bakerboy comes in a variety of sizes; but the modern cap originated in the working guilds. An apprentice would join a guild wear a beginning with a small bakerboy cap. As they rose through the ranks their cap size would increase until they became a Master Baker, who was allowed to wear the largest size of cap.
In the 1920’s, the cap was adopted by foppish golfers like Bertie Wooster and the ‘Cambridge Set’ in their plus fours.
Although traditionally a man's cap, it has been popular in various forms since the 1960’s, with a much larger, floppy head, and longer peak, with famous shoots of Twiggy wearing a variation of the basic style in the swinging sixties.
It was then made popular by the Great Gatsby, as worn by Robert Redford, and both gave their name to the cap.
Of late the Bakerboy is synonymous as the Peaky Blinder’s Cap of choice, worn by Thomas Shelby and his gang. Famous for wearing razor blades in the cap brim and used as an unlikely weapon. Peaky Blinders has elevated the bakerboy cap to the most asked for cap at the moment, thanks to the Shelby Lads and “by order of the Peaky Blinders”