If you are familiar with the No Bad Ideas brand, you have probably noticed by now our commitment to quality and comfort. One big part of that commitment is our partnership with Flexfit.
With 40 years of manufacturing experience we have come to trust our production to meet the highest quality in industry standards. Utilizing The Original Flexfit shape, new innovations in cap technology, and exclusive access to limited edition performance and fashion fabrics gives us a key advantage in the fashion headwear market. Our Flexfit product is a testament of experience, talent, and hard work from all the hands it touches before completion and ultimately arriving in our customers hands.
In addition to making a high quality cap, we have shared values with Flexfit in their commitment to using the best environmentally sound business practices. Keeping inline with key European standards as a benchmark, all raw materials and processes are carefully selected and monitored to ensure they are not harming our planet. This is very important to us!
No Bad Ideas looks forward to continuing our partnership with Flexfit and staying on the cutting edge of innovation and performance to bring our customers the best quality goods that we can. Its our passion to share this with you!
You may have heard people refer to a hat as a “cap," but are the terms interchangeable? We are here to clear up this mystery of headwear for you, so that you can carry on the information to school everyone else you know.
First, lets start with the definition of each term. A hat is described as “headwear characterized by different brim sizes and shaped crowns” while a cap is said to be “headwear characterized by an unshaped crown and a visor." Let’s just say that after reading these two definitions, our understanding of the differences wasn’t much clearer than when we began, so let's break this information down a bit for an easier picture.
A hat is usually circular in shape with a brim that goes all the way around it. With this image in mind, I picture a man with cowboy boots, old dusty jeans, and a lasso, and he is wearing a cowboy hat. Though my description is quite particular, it is, in fact, correct. A cowboy hat is just that, a “hat”. The features of the full brim and shaped crown authenticate it. Fedora is another example of a brimmed "hat." See below pic for example of a "hat."
Now to distinguish the cap from the hat, we take a look at its design. The definition tells us of an unshaped crown and a visor. To give you a better idea of what exactly an unshaped crown is, imagine the shape of an Ivy cap, a cabbie’s cap, a beret, a beanie, or one that we are all familiar with, the baseball cap. Modern style has updated this defintion by adding structure to the cap, which is something you see in snapbacks and structured baseball caps. By comparing these styles, we see that some have visors, and some do not, but they all have unshaped crowns and more specifically, no brims. See below example of a baseball "cap."
Now I feel like we may have a more clear dividing line of the true difference between a hat and a cap. Just to keep things confusing, a cap is really just a sub category of hats. So if ever in doubt, labeling your headwear as a “hat” is the safest bet.
For over a decade now No Bad Ideas has been curating fashion headwear on a global level. We have been putting our own creative spin on timeless classic shapes. One shape in particular has become a staple for our brand, The Classic Baseball Cap. For a style that has been around for nearly two hundred years, it has evolved and appeared in many forms. Let's go back in time and investigate the origins of the baseball cap.
Baseball's first uniform made a debut in 1849 when the New York Knickerbockers took the field in blue wool pants, a white flannel shirt and a hat made of straw, of course functioning as a sun shield from their eyes. This style looked more like a sun bonnet type hat than a baseball cap. A few years later in 1860, the Brooklyn Excelsior's sharpened the efficiency of the sun shield by rounding it and adding a brim, making it an ancestor of what we know today. This style cap had a more "floppy" appearance and a much shorter brim. By the early twentieth century, the "Brooklyn style" cap became a steady presence as it became very popular with the masses. During the 1940s, latex rubber came into play and was used as a stiffening agent inside the hat giving it more structure and ultimately the modern baseball cap was born. By the mid 50s, every player on the field was wearing a cap, differentiated by team colors and a team logo. Major League Baseball has played a major part in the development and popularity of the baseball cap. America's Game helped forge a new fashion industry, giving way to an item that can be seen in most peoples' wardrobe/outfits today. The hat game was born!
The top portion of the cap. The crown is made of 5-6 panels.
The height of the Crown. A cap comes in one of three profiles: High (Snapback), Mid (Classic Baseball) and Low (Dad Hat)
Stiff woven fabric for structure in the front two panels of the Crown.
Fabric covered plastic attached to the front of the crown
NBI Metal Crown
The standard for hat quality, excellence and integrity.
The cap back, which determines the fit size and style such as stretch fit, adjustable and fitted closures.
Stretch Fit: A closed back featuring special fabric which stretch to fit a range of sizes. Typically sizes include S/M and L/X.
Adjustable: A closure which can be adjusted to fit a larger range of sizes. Most often you will Snapback, Velcro or a fabric pull through buckle.
Fitted: A Closed back which provides a fit specific to the size of your head. Often times measured in inches; 7 1/4", 7 5/8", etc.