Fisherman caps have captured their own place along the way from the early days of being adopted by Greek fishermen and factory workers to nostalgic hats for the ’70s fashion scene. It enjoyed notarity in “Fiddler on the Roof” where it became know as the fiddler cap and as the biker cap in “The Wild One”. It became a unisex favorite and a preferred hat of the ’60s counterculture. It combines structured fit from its band and stiff bill with the cooling comfort of it relaxed crown and continues to be the cap that finds it way onto heads time after time. It is a traditional casual favorite.
Fisherman caps topped with relaxed crown and distinctive band with accent buttons and bill.
Cloth Caps in Virtual Festival
Rawls-Riley Creations created a Virtual Festival on cloth caps. It includes: duckbill flat caps, fisherman caps/biker caps, ivy flat caps, and military patrol caps. Please check it out to see the cloth caps at the show.
Fisherman Caps in Virtual Festival
The fisherman caps were featured in this virtual festival and include the new Folies Headwear line ones, too.
Fisherman Cap Popularity and Names
The fisherman cap became popular for factory workers and sailors early in the 19th century because it was cheap. The fishermen in Greece, along the Aegean sea, used the fisherman cap since 1866.
The fisherman cap took on the fiddler cap name when it was worn by the milkman character, Tevye, in “Fiddler on the Roof”, a 1964 musical. The musical enjoyed a popular and sustained Broadway run. It was the daily cap for Jewish boys in the times of the story and Tevye was Jewish.
During the early days of motorcycling the fisherman caps found their way into the biker culture as a result of its being used by Harley-Davidson in some of their headgear. That also lead to their being adopted as part of the greaser culture. It became known as a biker cap.
On February 6, 1964, the Beatle’s broke records for largest television audience in the United States with their Ed Sullivan Show performance. It was on that trip that John Lennon was seen wearing a fisherman hat. It was such a favorite of his that it became know as the John Lennon hat.
Baker Boy Hat Name
The latest trending name for fisherman cap is baker boy hat. In 2017, designers included baker boy hats in their Fall lines and the lines tended to blur as to which traditional, hat styles actually fit and could ride the growing popularity wave. The newsboy hats with their relaxed, six-panel crowns have been referenced by the bakerboy name since their early days. Press here for the newsboy hats. With their similarly soft crowns that are rounded and not sectioned, fisherman caps, glide into the same baker boy hat style.
Fisherman Cap Gets Created
The fisherman cap had been on my list of hats I really wanted to make for some time. It was early in 2018 that its time had come. I had to take a picture of the first fisherman cap. It is like the one Tony got.
Biker Looking Cap
Tony had a similar cap back in the 70’s that he was very fond of, so he was glad to get one of the first fisherman caps. It has a classic look that is very similar to those biker caps that were worn back in the early days by motorcyclists. Nice to get his picture in his cap on his motorcycle.
Fisherman Hats for Us
It was unusual to get snow in April, but that did not stop us from getting the picture. I have a red fisherman cap. I made a darling one for my daughter with small flower bouquets on black. My granddaughter picked the turquoise and black material for her’s because that is a favorite color. Tony went for the warm, wool, gray fisherman cap.
Gotta Go Blue
He saw the headwear at the John C. Fremont Days and stopped. He took the time to check out several and the fisherman caps had the style he liked. It was the blue one that he kept coming back to and finally settled on.
Pleased to find the cap in blue, he gladly let me take a picture.
The next year, he stopped by in his hat. He wears it daily and the people who work with him say they really like it, too. It is his Mom who says that the most.
His Mom liked his fisherman cap so much, he had to get one for her the next year.
Love the Hat in Boulder
She came to the Boulder Creek Festival with her family and had to take a look at the cool hats and caps. It was the rust-colored, plaid one that really looked good with her reddish locks. Her comment back on the messaged picture of her in the fisherman cap was, “Thanks!! Love the hat!”
With the approaching winter, Tony really wanted a warmer hat. It was the first opportunity to make the biker hat in wool and that was perfect to fit his needs. At the family holiday dinner in Iowa his sister, Sandra, really admired his hat. So, guess who got to wear it home. Really glad to receive the pictures of her in the wool, fisherman cap. The light gray compliments her natural, gray curls and the cap looks so cute on her with her short haircut.
It was a fun time for the gals at the Apple Butter Festival in Mt. Vernon. They were drawn to the fisherman caps and had to try several of them on. The mustard colored one had a second try by the redhead gal.
They kept looking. The brunette preferred to stay with the basic, black and white, structured plaid once she found it amoung the slouchy beanies.
When the redhead gal saw how pleased the brunette was with her find, she began to seriously consider what she was finding. The third lady, who was their mother, was quick to encourage her to look those beanies over more closely. Oh, no, the brunette assured her, those wouldn’t do. With that, she directed her back to the golden biker cap.
Perfect. They gladly posed for a quick picture and the brunette shared, they were sisters as she threw her arm around her sister’s shoulder. They looked great together!
Press here for the available slouchy beanies that are one of the styles made from the slouchy drawstring headwear.
Fisherman Cap Details
Fisherman Cap Style
The banded hat has a stiff bill to shield against bright sun and a soft, round crown. Its pleated, front band has accent buttons.
Fits Three Sizes
Comfortable wide sweatband contains a concealed Velcro along the back for sizing. That gives them a three size range from a smaller-sized head with a circumference of 21″/Adult S/Hat Size 6-5/8 and up to fit a larger-sized head with a circumference of 23″/Adult L/Hat Size 7-3/8.
How to Set Desired Bill Curve
The pressed, foam bill is sturdy and may be set into a personalized curve.
- Get the bill completely wet with water.
- Bend into the desired curve.
- Secure curve with a rubber band.
- Air dry.
- Remove rubber band to reveal the custom curve.
Made in the U.S.A.
All of Our Fisherman Caps—Made in the USA
All of our fisherman caps are original designs by Rawls-Riley Creations. They are 100% made in the United States of America.