Pure cashmere baseball cap. Six-paneled construction with button top. Cotton and solid herringbone twill. Unlined with cotton twill taping and cotton twill sweatband. Adjustable nickel slider clasp and buttonhole to tuck in strap. Made in the U.S.A. (
The baseball cap was first debuted by the Excelsior Base Ball Club of Brooklyn and the Knickerbockers of New York in the mid-19th century. The original caps were made of straw, and featured the same visor and button top of today’s ubiquitous style.
This grey cashmere cap, made of fine Kashmir goat fibers sheared by nomadic herders on the Mongolian Steppe, has come a long way from those first models, but still pays homage to the history of the accessory.
The casual but luxurious cap is a unique collaboration between a trio of Brooklyn-based designers under the name Knickerbocker and the New York/Mongolia-based cashmere company Naadam. The cotton twill taping and sweatband ensures comfort for long wear. An adjustable nickel slider clasp secures for an individual fit.
Spot clean with a damp cloth. Steam to remove wrinkles.
Brooklyn-based design collective Knickerbocker teamed up with New York/Mongolia-based cashmere company Naadam to recreate the casual, classic style of the baseball cap in an unexpectedly luxurious material.
Knickerbocker’s aim is bring high-quality manufacturing back to New York City - and have fun doing it (you’ll find a skate deck alongside their sewing machine tables). Their combined experience covers design and manufacturing of leather and canvas goods, such as shoes, clothing, bags and other accessories. The company’s mission is exemplified by their actions: they operate out of a 60-year-old factory that was about to go out of business before they took over the space. Knickerbocker strongly believes in quality over quantity, and therefore goods are created in small batches overseen by one artisan without the use of automated machinery.
Naadam Cashmere, named after an important Mongolian holiday and festival, works to provide fine cashmere garments to the consumer while preserving and sustaining the nomadic herder’s way of life. Climate change and an increasing lack of pastures, which leads to deserts and less goats, have endangered the traditional nomadic lifestyle in Mongolia. Out of the country’s population of 3 million, 1.5 million are nomadic.
To support the herders and the fine cashmere products they help to make, a percentage of Naadam’s proceeds is given to the World Bank, where it can be invested into livestock insurance. Naadam founders Matthew Scanlan and Diederik Rijsemus, armed with backgrounds in global investments and banking, travel to Mongolia four to five times a year. The trip entails a 15-hour flight to South Korea, an 18-hour connection into Ulan Bataar (the capital of Mongolia), then off-roading for 20 hours to the nomadic ger settlements (a ger is like a yurt, though with straight roof supports as opposed to curved).
Nomadic herders follow patterns of pasture growth and change locations about eleven times a year. Matthew and Diederick stay with the nomadic herding families in a traditional Mongolian ger and chip in by herding, milking goats and other chores.
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