AHEAD has launched its collection of 2020 U.S. Open Championship (Winged Foot) headwear, for those who truly want to be “ahead” of the curve! The company also features the Jack Nicklaus Majors Collection: four caps created as a tribute to the game’s most decorated champion and the owner of a record 18 professional major championships.
Look for the trend-setting changes, according to Chuck Lord, the company’s COO and Chief Creative Officer.
“With more than 20 years of leadership in the golf headwear business, we are excited about some of the trends we are seeing in the industry,” Lord said. “We are seeing, for example, a shift to embrace everything from the Southern California lifestyle, with a surf-like look, to the European market, with a lot of stripes and bold new colors. Our lineup for Spring 2020 is a response to the intrigue the industry is showing for these styles.”
While adopting new design trends and inspirations, Lord stressed AHEAD isn’t straying from many of the classic, signature styles that have made the company’s headwear offerings so popular over the years. He cited AHEAD’s unparalleled attention to detail, first-class fabrics, inspired offerings, industry-leading alternative graphics, and innovation ornamentation techniques as reasons why the company continues to evolve and grow in popularity.
AHEAD’s new Matrix hat (pictured above) combines a modern surf look — think Southern California — with a performance fabric making for a perfect fit and smart appearance. The Matrix marks AHEAD’s first-ever laser-etched cap and it debuts in eight colors, including Cozumel blue and Crimson red. “We are confident the market will respond enthusiastically to the laser-etched style,” Lord said, “and it’s the ideal opportunity to use our proprietary SonicWeld technique to add some pop to the cap’s logo.”
Other new headwear styles for Spring 2020 include:
The Colonial, a flat-brim rope cap available in five classic color combinations. This “throwback” offering has returned hip and trendy, and AHEAD is betting it will be a hit with the younger demographic;
The Peak, a tone-lasered panel cap is great from a performance aspect but its eye-candy appeal is hard to ignore;
The Van Gogh, a performance heather mesh back cap brings different textures together for an attractive look in three color combinations; and
The Skipper, a bucket hat that has been particularly embraced in the resort industry. The relaxed cotton twill hat debuts in five colors.
The men’s Spring 2020 collection also includes an impressive array of new fitted caps, fleeces and visors, all hinting at a classic past with modern upgrades and performance benefits. The digital print toque Hombre, with its super-soft yarn knit shell, boasts a fashion-forward, futuristic look sure to draw in any trendsetter.
For women, the Kate Lord offerings focus on a color palette that is timeless and in high demand. The new Maddie textured poly hat with a fashion-forward custom woven closure strap is feminine yet sporty. The Tiffany sun hat, with a ponytail hole, continues to be a popular pick as sun protection never goes out of style.
“Every few years, we go through a big revamp with creating a new collection of hats and Spring 2020 may go down as our most significant one yet,” Lord said. “A great deal of the credit goes to Tabatha Francisco, our headwear buyer, who understands the influences of the marketplace and how to keep us cutting edge as we respond early to the latest industry trends.”