How one goes to buy a headgear that could be stylish, beautiful, quality, pure wool, very warm, and durable at the same time?
All those characteristics are hard to find in a single item, for there may be found two of them at once in some items. Where do we find an ideal winter knitted cap?
The Ye Olde Cappe brand was initially created to demonstrate that the design of many historic items is still topical today, and those things are to be found not only in museums but also in wardrobes of modern urban dwellers.
All knitted Ye Olde Cappe headgear are made only by hand of pure sheep wool, and after the knitting they are by all means washed according to a special technology thanks to which those caps become denser, plus they develop a felt effect. Thanks to this, those caps and berets preserve heat better, do not soak for a long time under precipitation, and become wind-resistant.
The main thing proven by Ye Olde Cappe caps is that replicas of the 16th — 18th centuries headwear may look beautiful, stylish, and even fashionable in the early 21st century. This shows us the strength and continuity of times and generations' connection.
The principal types of Ye Olde Cappe headwear what you can buy from us::
Monmouth cap, the headgear of sailors and soldiers in the 16th century, the ancestor of all knitted caps of today.
Traveller’s cap, a two-sided, two-colored, and two-layered cap of French settlers in Canada in the 18th — 19th century.
Tam-o’-shanter, a traditional Scottish men’s beret known since the 16th century.
Despite the fact that in previous ages all headwear replicated by Ye Olde Cappe were exclusively men’s, today they look superbly both on men and women.
Our assortment also includes knitted hats from a small factory on the west coast of Ireland, McConnell Woolen Mills.
The hats are available in a large number of colors and two types: single-color (they combine wool from local Irish Galway sheep and soft wool from sheep from New Zealand), and two-color (made from pure wool spun in Donegal at the Donegal Yarns factory). The hats are knitted with a special stretchy knit and are available in one size.
The famous Czech factory Tonak makes not only classic felt hats, but also knitted items. We decided to expand our range with knitted hats in a vintage sports and tourist style, which the factory has been producing for decades. Both pleasant color schemes and beautiful winter-themed patterns along with pom-poms and visors give the hats a memorable appearance.
A new wave of interest in such hats appeared thanks to Zhora Kryzhovnikov’s series “The Boy’s Word. Blood on the Asphalt” (2023), dedicated to the phenomenon of street gangs in Kazan in the 1980s.
There, such knitted hats with visors and patterns were worn by members of youth gang groups; they were a distinctive sign of belonging to one of these groups. They were not easy to get, and these hats even had special names: “Fernandelka”, “Valtovka”, “Pencil”.
The hats are knitted using a stretch knitting method, the surface is felted and they are suitable for all head sizes.