Are Newsboy Caps the Same as Scally Caps?
The newsboy cap has a puffed crown with 6 or 8 panels and a button at the top. While these hats are often made with similar materials, the shape is going to give the hat a different look and style than the traditional scally. If you want to go with the authentic Boston look, you’re gonna be asking for something more along the lines with the ivy cap or scally cap.
The main difference between a flat scally cap and a newsboy hat is that a newsboy cap has puffy edges. Flat scally caps can have 5 or 6 stitched panels, but for the most part, they’ve got two stitched panels along either side of your head with a nice, flat top.
Some may be flatter on the sides of your head, while others will keep a round shape throughout. But once you see those puffy edges, 6 panels, and a button on top you’ve a newsboy cap.
The newsboy and scally caps are similar in materials, most often made of tweed with a herringbone pattern. The bill is even quite similar, yet the structure of the hat clearly shows the difference.
The show Peaky Blinders is based on a fictional family in post WWI Britain. It is based around a true life criminal gang in that era. The gang members were recognizable by their style which included flat caps and sectional caps, which they sewed razor blades into. Peaky was a nickname for the flat caps in that time.
These flat caps had eight panels. And while the original was a floopy 8 panel cap, it needed some adjustments for every day modern wear.
For years, we worked on developing an eight panel scally cap that looked just right. We had dozens and dozens of prototypes over the years, but they were never quite right. They were either too floppy, too small, too big—you name it.
Finally, we got it right. We were able to “Boston Scally-ize” the Peaky Blinders-style 8-panel cap. We gave it our signature form fit with a narrower look. It has a similar look and feel as the 6 panel, but with a slightly larger profile to give it an old-school look with a modern feel.