The year-end wrap up is always a challenge. Narrowing down the best of the best of 2010 was not easier than the past years. Even with 160 years under its belt, the baseball cap still endures as a pop culture classic. Brands continue to stepping up the level of production, introducing new techniques and unexpected combinations of materials and colors. Here is our rundown in no particular order. We present our Top 10 Fitted caps of last year.
CHAMPION x NEW ERA 59FIFTY Fitted Cap
This drop caught us off guard. On the stateside of things Champion’s hat program is produced by Zephyr Caps. NEW ERA Japan enters the picture and it’s suddenly an entirely new game. This Japanese exclusive release commemorated Champion’s 90th year in business. A Navy Blue 59Fifty base layered the foundation for the ubiquitous Champion “C” logo. Street and stage official.
LOWERES x NEW ERA “Empire State” 59Fifty Fitted Baseball Cap
You can’t say you didn’t see this coming. LOWERES, the house brand of Japanese NEW ERA retailer ONSPOTZ took a hot song and transformed it into a hot fitted. The Empire State New Era 59Fifty is an obvious nod to Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s anthem to The Big Apple. The style was released in four color ways. Pictured is the New York Giant / ATF General / Brooklyn’s Finest DJ CLARK KENT showing how this is done properly. Oh, yea – did we forget to mention Green under bills? Classic.
BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS x NEW ERA “Malcom” Fitted Baseball Cap
2010 brought yet another striking Japanese import to table. “Handsome” is not a word we often use to describe a fitted cap. This sharp piece combines Navy corduroy with felt appliqué letters. Sharp, conservative and still stylish. Malcom X and Malcom McLaren devotees rejoice.
SUPREMEx EBBETS FIELD “Back Hit” Fitted Baseball Caps
EBBETS FIELD WOOL quality authentic reproduction baseball caps have made a serious impression on the market. Recently the nostalgic brand has branching out and taken on select projects. In 2010 SUPREME aligned with EB to produce four fitted baseball caps that have all the sensibilities of an American classic.
HALL OF FAME x MITCHELL & NESS x NFL “Raiders Flip” Fitted Cap
This short run caused a stir last year. In this quick strike release, several sports team logos were embroidered intentionally inverted. Sight gag or clever design, this collection was one of the fastest moving products to drop in 2010. Out of the group the Raiders was our favorite. Consider yourself fortunate if you got your hands on one (or in our case, all) of this group.
FIVE-O x (50) DUPPIES x NEW ERA “2-Face” 59Fifty Fitted Cap
We’ve always got eyes out for unique and unexpected graphics. The Japanese duo of FIVE-O and (50) DUPPIES 2-Face fitted baseball cap gave us that. Classic Royal Blue and White color way aside, the embroidered two-headed Griffin, got the nod.
MAJOR x NEW ERA “MajorBach” 59Fifty Fitted Cap Preview
Maybach music … Inspired by the makers of the finest luxury automobiles in the world, and Ricky “Rosé” Ross’s movement, MAJOR of DC released its MAJORBACH New Era 59Fifty cap. The style is a less than subtle flip on the Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH logo in a Gucci flavored color way. Add 7 figures to the picture and stunt at your own risk.
CRUZEIRO x NEW ERA 59Fifty Fitted Caps
In 2010, Sports Clubs CRUZEIRO of Belo Horizonte join the ranks of many Brazilian football clubs to have their own official New Era 59Fifty fitted caps. The color combination and logo sold it for us as a one of the best in show of the year.
LAFAYETTE x DJ CLARK KENT x PAULIES x NEW ERA 59Fifty Fitted Baseball Cap
In 2010 LAFAYETTE celebrated their 7th Anniversary. In honor of the occasion, the Yokohama based brand created four way collab including DJ CLARK KENT and PAULIES (Vinnie’s Styles). The 112 _ _ color way made a triumphant return, with a reflective 3M bill an Elephant print under bill and Neon Yellow embroidery. This highly anticipated release sold out within weeks of the drop last June.
MYSTERY x NEW ERA “Heart” 59Fifty Fitted Cap
Shot through the heart…MYSTERY SKATEBOARDS’ Heart 59Fifty fitted baseball cap is something for the lovers and the haters in the audience. Their core logo works well in a stark tonal black. Who says you’ve got to wear your broken heart on your sleeve?
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