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, Jay 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, 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 and baker boys, making deliveries on their bikes around London and New York.
Today, the bakerboy comes in a variety of sizes; in the 19th Century the cap denoted level of seniority within a working guild. An apprentice would join a guild (for example, a baker’s guild) and wear 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 the foppish, upper class golfers, and well know by fans of Bertie Wooster’s escapades.
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.
It was then made popular by the Great Gatsby, as worn by Robert Redford, and both gave their name to the cap, and is still known as a Gatsby or Redford Cap.