Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Iconic Headwear Brand, New Era Cap, Opens Its First Store in the Philippines

New Era, the world's most renowned headwear brand and official provider of on-field caps to Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL), has just opened its first store in the Philippines last Tuesday. 

one of the pretty models present during the store launch
Cap enthusiasts get to choose from over 500 cap styles inspired by different sports leagues and iconic characters, including the much celebrated 59FIFTY fitted cap, which has been considered as the premium cap of choice. 

my top choices :)
It's quite overwhelming, actually, to see all the very nice, authentic merchandise displayed all over this flagship store because I saw a lot of designs I like, especially the ones with the Avengers and Iron Man logos. 

New Era logo
According to Melvin Lloyd Lim, Chairman and CEO of Authentic Caps Retail Inc., the New Era store opening in the Philippines has been a much-anticipated event. "There are a lot of cap enthusiasts and New Era cap fans in Manila alone. Bringing the brand here and giving it its own store is sure to amplify the resurging interest in caps and headwear in general," he shared, adding that they are ready to fuel a cap revolution.

licensed sports caps
The first New Era store in the country is said to bring the best interior designs from other flagship stores around the globe. Another interesting feature is the cap blocking machine, which helps shape recently-bought caps and freshen up worn ones. In addition to caps, New Era also carries apparel, bags, cap care products, and other cap accessories.  

cap blocking machine
As to designs, New Era has an impressive and comprehensive archive with licenses that are among the most extensive in the headwear industry. Choose from beautifully-rendered logos and characters from Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, Looney Tunes, DC Comics, Peanuts, Wu Tang Clan, Flintstones, and Muhammad Ali. Apart from the MLB and NFL, the store also carries sports licenses from the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA)

apparel, bags, and more are also available at New Era
“The brand’s heritage is so rich that it is known in many parts of the world," revealed Jonathan Lau, Authentic Caps President and COO. "We are bringing Filipinos closer to this heritage while providing options for high quality headwear.”

Captain America and Spiderman caps
To those who are not familiar with its history, New Era caps was founded in 1920 by Ehrhardt Koch with a US$ 5,000 capital from his aunt. His small shop became known for men’s casual and uniform caps, including what is known today as “newspaper” or “flapper” caps. Later, he eventually forayed into creating professional baseball caps, catering to pro teams such as Pittsburgh Pirates, the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, and Detroit Tigers, among others. In 95 years, the small shop in Buffalo, New York spawned a multi-national business. 

what's up, Doc? ;-)
The flagship store launch was graced by performances by The Crew Dance and Red Bull BC One Philippines Cypher winner B-Boy Haslah while VIP guests included David Guison, Mikey Bustos, RA Rivera, Quark Henares, Jinri Park, Erika Padilla, Kean Cipriano, Raimund Marasigan, and Luke Landrigan, among others. 

more sports caps
Daniel Broderick, New Era Cap Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, described that New Era is an American lifestyle brand rooted in sports that translates very well with the Philippines market. "We are delighted to work with an experienced partner like Authentic Caps to assist in growing the brand and delivering New Era products to the Philippine consumer,” he said. 

cap fun with blogger friends
photo credit: Ed Uy
Visit the store at the Upper Ground floor of SM Megamall Building B. For more information and updates about New Era Philippines, like and follow @NewEraCapPH on Instagram.

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