Newsboy caps are strikingly similar to flat caps in style, but have some distinguishable differences, such as a fuller, larger crown, with a button fastened on top. They are commonly referred to as baker boy caps, apple caps, eight piece caps, pageboy hats, applejack hats, big apple caps, poor boy caps or Gatsby caps. Newsboy first became popular in North America and Europe during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and were associated with both boys and men of all classes.
Typically known as men's headwear, Gatsby caps have seen a comeback as they have become popular among men and women of all ages, and are now seen in many high end retailers around the world. Newsboy caps are crafted for seasonal wear, cotton and linen options are favored for summer as the brim offers sun protection and keeps your head cool on those hot summer days. Wool blend varieties are preferred for the chillier months of fall and winter to keep your head warm. Newsboy caps are a timeless accessory, and have remained popular for the last century.
Poor boy hats have recently soared in popularity due to the hit series “Peaky Blinders”, a gangster drama set in the heart of London during the 1920’s. The main character Thomas “Tommy” Shelby can be seen sporting a variety of flat caps and newsboy caps throughout the entire series. Not to mention a variety of other notable wearers, such as, George Clooney, Pharrell, David Beckham and Ryan Reynolds can be seen sporting flat caps in style.