Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would’ve done a column on who we’re dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Felipe Delerme writes about the New Era Scripter 9FIFTY Snapback.
I’ve never been to Philadelphia. Not even just to visit. I’d planned a pilgrimage some time in the mid ’00s to visit the Mitchell & Ness store during what some of my more perceptive colleagues have termed “the throwback era,” but at this point in the game the only thing still calling me is the Please Touch Museum. Even that should be an expedition I deny myself until I have some kids to share the experience and ward off accusatory glares with. I became an Eagles fan (of sorts) this past football season when they picked up Mike Vick, a person I didn’t really care about until he got out of jail, but as far as attending live football goes, I’d much rather be in the crib with the heat turned up and a couch to sink into. Really, I say all of this to say that I don’t have any feasible connection to Philly. But that’s not going to stop me from wearing a Philadelphia Phillies New Era snapback.
Firstly, red, white and blue look great together, just ask ol’ Betsy Ross. Situated as they are on this hat, the colors work atop almost anything, save for gratuitous amounts of orange. (Sidenote: gratuitous amounts of orange is a bad idea any time, every time). The hat, though adjustable, might be most notable for having a deeper crown than the popular Starter brand models of the ’90s, hats that ride so high on your head, they’ll have you feeling like K-Ci Hailey from Jodeci. And by way of some clean script across the front, this particular model has that vintage feel people are paying fedora prices for on eBay right now. So if you’re like me, and you wear hats because of how they look and not where you’re from, these New Era snapbacks are that deal for hat-heads of any size, whether you’re claiming a set or not.