In 1860, the Brooklyn Excelsiors wore the ancestor of the modern, rounded-top Baseball Cap, and by 1900, the "Brooklyn style" cap had become popular. Based on an 8-Panel construction with a button top, the Brooklyn, or Newsboy Cap, was different to the English Bakerboy style, being narrower, more oval shaped with a curved peak. There is a similarity between the two and the Newsboy is clearly a genesis of the British Cap, and is much to do with the migration to America throughout the 1900s of British and Irish settlers.
Laird make them in winter wool, tweed, vegan wool, linen and Raw Silk as well leather, and it is one of our most popular styles second only to the flat cap.
The Brooklyn/Newsboy Cap has become a staple, becoming as synonymous in the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century as the flat cap was in England. Of course, now, the modern Baseball cap has taken over, but never forget that this was the original and not so dissimilar in construction. The Brooklyn/Newsboy Cap crown is , stitched to the edge, whereas the Baseball Cap is a 6-piece but unstitched, with a pronounced peak.
In the States, the English Bakerboy is known as the ‘Newsboy’ cap, but also a ‘Redford Cap’, so synonymous with the style was Robert Redford, in ‘The Sting’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’, and in fact ‘Gatsby Cap’ is another name for the style.
The Newsboy and Bakerboy style caps today are very popular with the vintage scene, particularly the 50s workwear look. Notable wearers are Jason Statham and David Beckham is rarely seen without one these days.