Dubai: cap collectors aim for new world record with largest vintage cap display

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During the Latagan sa Gitnang Silangan in Abu Hail, Dubai on March 23, 2024.

Cap collectors and enthusiasts in the UAE gathered in Dubai recently for the first of its kind vintage cap collection display called Latagan sa Gitnang Silangan (Laying Them Out in the Middle East).

The event in Dubai’s Abu Hail neighbourhood on Saturday (March 23) saw an astonishing 3,100 vintage caps from private collections displayed in a bid to create a new world record.

The event, organized by local collectors in collaboration with Bangketa.PH, transformed the venue into a vibrant showcase of headwear history. From classic snapbacks to iconic corduroy hats, attendees flaunted an impressive array of caps spanning decades of fashion and culture.

“What made this event truly remarkable was the diversity of its participants. Enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds converged, each bringing their own distinct flair to the event. Families strolled along, with parents passing down their love for vintage caps to the younger generation, while seasoned collectors swapped stories and tips with newcomers, fostering a sense of camaraderie and community spirit,” organisers said in a statement to Expat Media.

Attendees were encouraged to engage in friendly exchanges, trading caps, sharing anecdotes, and forging new connections amid the sea of headwear.

Some caps showcased were relics from the 60s to 90s. One dedicated collector showcased an impressive collection of 509 vintage caps.

Some rare caps fetched prices of between Dh5,000 to Dh10,000. Among them, the crown jewel of the event, was a singular cap valued at a staggering Dh65,000, organisers said.

“Each snapback tells a unique story, representing a moment in time, a sports team’s glory days, as fan or a brand’s iconic design. They evoke memories, spark conversations, and add a touch of authenticity to the style,” organisers explained.

What makes vintage cap collection a growing trend? “Like all any other collections, there’s a thrill in hunting down rare finds and discovering the hidden gems that add depth to their collections. Collecting vintage caps is a way for others to preserve a piece of history and appreciate the craftsmanship and creativity of bygone eras,” organisers said. ICA/Expat Media


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