The accessory which evokes images of velvet trimmed wooden furniture, library shelves filled with first editions and a hint of tobacco and Scottish Whisky in the air. The ivy cap has been a favorite of scholars, aristocrats and society figures as far back as the 1920’s when Mac Belford began selling these caps in Brooklyn, New York.
Today, Mac Belfords’ grandson has continued the practice of exceptional quality while retaining the designs’ traditional charm. The modern version of the traditional Mac Belford ivy cap is even more refined as it is made from 100% Scottish Wool Harris Tweed.
The extra light weight wool imported from the Outer Hebrides is made by a cottage industry of weavers who work out of their homes and garages, powering their looms with bicycles. This tweed is then crafted by milliners at Mac Belfords’ Brooklyn factory, who create the iconic cap shape, carefully sew in the soft lambs’ skin forehead lining and quilted polyester under the wool.
The cap has a bronze snap that allows it to be opened up in front. The snap is visible when the hat is opened and invisible when snapped shut. The brim itself also allows for versatility. It is malleable to change from a curved baseball cap shape to a flat bill shape depending on your preference.
The hat size will stretch slightly with wear. Sizes are:
Medium (7, 22”, 56 cm)
Large (7 ¼, 22 5/8, 58 cm)
Extra Large (7 ½, 23 1/2”, 60 cm)
Extra, Extra Large (7 ¾, 24 1/4”, 62 cm).
Hats like these are known as Scally Caps, Driver Caps, Ivy Caps, Irish Caps, Newsboy Caps, Flat Caps, Gatsby Caps, Hunting Caps or Cabbie’s.
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