Driven by our eternal fascination with old vs new, our Limited Edition West Harbor Watch Cap was designed and assembled right here in Hamilton by us at The Steeltown Garage Company.
We spent a lot of time crafting the West Harbor Watch Cap. Probably too much time. We pressed the beanies under weight to stretch out the opening. We hand-dyed each and every label in our own espresso to give them that worn, vintage feel. And we stitched the labels on using an old-ass commercial sewing machine in a friends basement. It turns out it takes a lot of effort to make something look old and nasty.
Inspired by WWII, military-issue watchman caps, our Limited Edition West Harbor Watch Cap is yet another chapter in the epic, on-going history of the knit cap.
Originating sometime in the mid 1500's in Monmouth, Wales, the knit cap would become one of the most worn accessories of all time. They were worn by freed slaves in ancient Rome and by revolutionaries during an early anti-nobility revolt in 15th century France. In the 1830's and 50's, several very cold and violent conflicts (including the Lower Canada Rebellion) made them a common military accoutrement, eventually leading up to WWI and WWII when Naval crews wore them almost religiously. Since, they have become a pop culture sensation, worn by everyone from Jacques Cousteau to Michael Nesmith from the The Monkees.
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