February '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 F E B R U A R Y P R I N T W E A R || 55 HEADWEAR TERMINOLOGY When shopping for headwear, there are certain terms you'll commonly come across. Many are self-explanatory, but not knowing can make a world of dif- ference in the appearance of the final product and how it decorates. Her e is a short list of some of those terms and their definitions to help ensure that you get the right topper every time. FIVE-PANEL: Caps constructed of two top panels, two side panels, and one front panel. SIX-PANEL: Caps made of six same-size triangles that come to a point on the top of the hat. ADJUSTABLE HOOK-AND-LOOP: The generic name for Vel- cro, which is often used for closures. BRIM: The piece on the front of a cap that shields the face from the sun. Also called a visor. BUCKRAM: The stiffener used inside a structured cap to keep it firm. CROWN: The front of the cap above the brim. EYELETS: The small holes on top of a hat typically made of metal or reinforced stitching. PELLON: Interfacing placed behind embroidery to give the needle something to grab onto. SNAPBACK: Caps that use plastic snaps on the back to adjust diameter. STRAPBACK: Caps that use an adjustable band to adjust diam- eter. STRUCTURED: Caps made from stiffer fabrics that hold their shape if crumpled. UNSTRUCTURED: Caps made from softer fabrics that don't hold their shape if crumpled. PROFILE: Refers to the size of a cap's crown. The lower the profile, the less structured the cap and the more snugly it fits to the head. Neon caps have been increasingly growing in popularity. (Image cour- tesy Kati Sportcap) Classic five- and six- panel caps continue to be top buys in the whole- sale market. (Image cour- tesy Thinc Actionwear) Prints on the brim of caps add a retail- influenced flair. (Image courtesy Kati Caps)

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