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Style Details – Cashmere cap

A traditional winter accessory, the cashmere cap has stayed the same throughout the decades. It looks great with casual and formal outfits alike, giving an original juxtaposing touch – and it protects you from the winter elements to boot. Yes – a cashmere cap instantly rounds out your persona much more than other more sophisticated accessories. Just look at some of the great actors from the classics – even today, we still picture them with the cap they were donning during the shoot.

So here’s The Savile Club’s selection of films for you to watch and enjoy as you decide what colour you want for your next bespoke cashmere cap.

Serpico (1973) by Sidney Lumet, with Al Pacino

The Seventies, protests, corruption. Frank Serpico, the last non-corrupted cop in a world that has lost its sense of loyalty, roams a cold and subtly disturbing New York where everything has a hidden dark side. As faithful to his ideals as he is to his style, Frank never betrays his uniform: a black sweater, open denim shirt and wool cap. The image of him from the back with his cap as he gazes at New York City’s skyline has made history – in the world of style, too.

Someone flew over the cuckoo’s nest (1975) by Milos Forman, with Jack Nicholson

In the world of cinema, wool caps are almost always worn by the best and most fascinating actors. Take Jack Nicholson, who starred in Someone flew over the cuckoo’s nest as Randle McMurphy, a madman only in the eyes of the casual observer. In fact, this film is one of the most beautiful praises ever of individual freedom and self-expression – all bespoke concepts, if you think about it. And with his wool cap pulled down over his forehead and his wandering gaze, Jack Nicholson seems to be asking us if we’re really what we want to be.

The Deer Hunter (1978) by Michael Cimino, with Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro is an icon regardless of what he wears, so just imagine when he plays the star of a cult film defined as “one of the greatest masterpieces of world cinema.” This film provides an intense and raw narration of war, focussing not so much on images of battles and weapons as on the juxtaposition between them and the daily life of the stars in Pennsylvania. Robert De Niro turns in a memorable performance, donning his leather coat and brown wool cap as he scours the snow-laden forests during a deer hunt, strictly with just one bullet to “give the deer a chance to survive.” The war would turn out to be so different, loyalty of this kind shredded by the bombs.

Léon (1994) by Luc Besson, with Jean Reno

We all remember Léon, the unforgettable “cleaner” (a.k.a. hitman) with a heart of gold who would give up everything – even his own life – to save a little girl, the only person to ever show him what it means to have roots. In a hopeless world where the lines between good and bad blur, with sombre atmospheres, and where yellowish lights shine on abandoned warehouses, Léon and Matilda are two confused and tenderly merciless contemporary heroes. The black wool cap Léon wears on every mission is one of the distinctive features that helped to make his character so iconic.

La Haine (1995) by Mathieu Kassovitz, with Vincent Cassel

Paris’ banlieue, decay, violence as the only means of communication. Mathieu Kassovits and Vincent Cassel paint a masterful picture of a world that seems light-years away but is in fact just around the corner. The film recalls many similar flicks (such as Scarface and The Deer Hunter) and builds up the perfect figure of the avenger from the outskirts – a man who, faced with no other choice, takes justice into his own hands. Leather bomber jackets, baggy tracksuits, tattoos and black wool caps – that’s how a generational revolution is expressed by building a look.

The life aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) by Wes Anderson, with Bill Murray

Don’t worry – not all the films that pay homage to the wool cap are tragic and bloody. There’s also Bill Murray – or rather Steve Zissou, an outstanding parody of the world-renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. The red wool caps Murray and his entire team wear are the most obvious reference to the Frenchman. His quest for the legendary jaguar shark recalls some of Dino Buzzati’s stories and represents what we are all in search of – a purpose. And maybe a defining mark for our look.

Ondine (2009) by Neil Jordan, with Colin Farrell

This film is a splendid tribute to Ireland and its myths and legends. Ondine – a fantasy mermaid who is no less beautiful and charming once her sadly human nature is revealed – is the symbol of everything it’s worth fighting for: life, freedom and self-determination. Colin Farrell as the Irish fisherman Syracuse, with his green wool cap and overalls, is the perfect representation of the contemporary anti-hero – brave in spite of himself, merciless because he has no other choice, dogged because he knows that in the end he’s the only person he can count on.


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