New Era is known for their caps, producing approximately 35 million per year, and they supply all the Major League baseball teams. New Era Introducing is their global way of nurturing new talent with a competition based around created a statement using the New Era 59FIFTY caps as the starting point. They’ve just announced the inner of this years competition and there are some pretty amazing New Era hats to feast your eyes on.
Entrants came from all over the world, as the participating countries were the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Students from all these nations have spent the last few months creating unusual hat designs, and now the judges have finally chosen a winner.
To be honest, I think every entrant is a winner, and not in a ‘it’s the taking part that counts’, soppy way, but more, ‘would you look at the talent these kids have?’. Two of my favourite designs are featured above, a cute teddy bear cap, designed by UK artist Matt Saunders and a geek chic typewriter hat created by Spanish artist Pol.
[South Africa entry]
There are so many fab designs that I literally can’t post them all- so feast your eyes on this page for some more head candy.
[The winning entry by Lina Al Amoudi from UAE]
The winner overall was 23 year old from Lina Al-Amoudi from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates who will see her design exhibited in galleries round the world and featured in a book. Her design was inspired from the tale of the Queen of Sheba and certain regal elements can be seen in her headpiece.
The judges deliberating over entries- some great ones in here!
Should you want to see Lina’s hat in person- or any of the other finalists- you should check out their homepage for details of when the gallery might be showing near you.