Exclusive to Cento Cycling, The Portland Cycling Cap was designed by our team in Portland, Oregon and made in Italy by Apis. The Portland cap's design is an homage to the classic 'Brooklyn' Cap worn by racers on the professional Italian team sponsored by Brooklyn Chewing Gum from 1970-1977.
Then nearly two decades later, iconic filmmaker Spike Lee made Brooklyn cap memorable as Mars Blackman in the Nike commercial series with Michael Jordan for his signature shoe, the Air Jordan.
Replacing 'Brooklyn' for 'Portland' across the top and underside of the cap bill, Cento also swapped the Brooklyn Bridge for our own unmistakable piece of gothic architecture, St. John's Bridge in North Portland. Portland's tallest bridge with two 400-foot-tall (120 m) towers, was completed in 1931 prior to San Fransisco's Golden Gate Bridge. At 2,067 feet (630 m) long, the St. John's bridge spans over the Willamette River and Cathedral Park on the east bank, which is named for the gothic cathedral-type arches that support the bridge from below.
The colored bands across the top of the cap - blue, white, and green - also reflect the colors of the Cascadian region of the Pacific Northwest. The same colors are used in a flag designed by Portland native Alexander Baretich, in 1994.
Baretich described his flag for Cascadia Now with the following:
Portland is a city of inclusivity, so with elastic in the center back, this cap comes in one size which fits most adult head sizes between 58-61cm or 23-24 inches in circumference. The cycling cap fabric is a breathable and flexible 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton blend. Get your's today while supplies last