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If you look back throughout history, there has always been at least one fashion item that characterizes a particular generation. Fashion accessories become popular for a period of time only to be forgotten later when new things become fashionable. For several years now, five-panel caps have become the dominant symbol of street-wear culture.
The five-panel cap is made of five individual pieces of material, with each part intended to cover a specific part of the head. The use of five panels makes the cap a tight-fitting one, which translates into a favorite fashion accessory because of its classy appearance.
In the early part of the 20th century, these hats were the domain of courier boys. They wore them so frequently that they became an acquired taste in popular culture. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, five-panel hats made a resurgence, possibly due to the massive number of club-going hat wearers in London and Berlin. Today, the five-panel hat is no longer a niche item that is worn only by a particular group of people. Rather than just topping the heads of couriers, it is worn by all kinds of people looking to get in on the five-panel fashion craze.
James Jebbia’s Supreme is a favorite brand of five-panel caps. The company produces high-demand t-shirts, backpacks, and caps, including the five-panel. Supreme is now among the leaders of five-panel cap producers in the world, with branches in Los Angeles, Japan, and London. The brand is so popular that the moment they come out with a new version, buyers snatch them up right away. Some of their limited edition five-panel hats are priced upwards of $100. The other leading brands are not to be left behind. Norse Project is the European version of Supreme, enjoying the same popularity as its American counterpart.
One reason behind the popularity of the five-panel cap is that it’s economical. Plenty of big name brands sell these hats for a low price. While some people may not be able to purchase the elite brands, most people—even those on a budget—can afford a version of the trendy five-panel cap.