Snapback to Reality… The Rise of the Snapback
Cast yourself back to the steamy streets of 1940s Brooklyn. The Empire State building had only recently been completed. Sailors stroll casually across Brooklyn Bridge. Young families rest and play on the shores of Coney Island and the Snapback cap is born.
The Brooklyn Excelsiors initially wore the very first style of baseball cap in the 1860s, which was a soft cap with a peak at the front to protect the players’ eyes from the rays of sunshine. Over 80 years passed and the hat slowly evolved into the modern baseball cap that we all know and love today. These hats typically have an adjustable button fastening at the back that you can snap into place in order to make a better fit for your head and display logos of your favourite sports team or brand.
During the early 90s the rise of hip-hop and artists such as Mobb Deep, N.W.A and Tupac saw the love of snapbacks go through the roof. Sports teams also had an important role to play and there was never a shortage of famous faces wearing the favourite snapback on live TV. Who can forget Michael Jordan donning the Gatorade snapback after his career defining shot beat the Cavaliers in the NBA finals?
At the turn of the millennium the snapback cap and most baseball caps had seriously fallen out of fashion. But in recent years the snapback has surged straight back to the forefront of men’s fashion with big names such as Chris Brown, Jay-Z and Kanye West all supporting the snapback and its latest revival. It’s safe to say that this fashion accessory is well established as a staple for every man and we have selected our favourites below!
Vans White/Imperial Classic Patch Mesh Logo Snapback £24.95
The Classic Patch Mesh Logo Snapback from Vans comes in White/Imperial colour, featuring a trucker style and a straight peak. With a mesh dome and plastic snap adjustment at the back, this cap for men sports a foam front with a logo on it.
Emporio Armani Black Ea7 Logo Snapback Cap £49.95
The EA7 Logo Snapback Cap from Emporio Armani comes in Black colour, featuring a flat peak and plastic snap adjustment at the back. With ventilation holes around the dome, this cap for men sports a logo on the front.
Hilfiger Denim White Flag 11 Logo Cap £24.95
This Flag 11 Logo Cap from Hilfiger Denim comes in White, featuring a curved peak and plastic snap adjustment at the back. With logos on the front, this cap sports eyelets for ventilation.