What makes a Big Apple cap different from a standard newsboy cap or 8/4 panel cap is its size. It is the same basic design with 8 panels, but it is often a much wider cap than the other caps.
Big Apple caps are often made of wool, linen, leather, or cotton. Some leather Big Apple caps come in bright colors. Wool caps come in more traditional colors and herringbone and houndstooth designs. Some Big Apple caps feature one-of-a-kind designs made of different patches of cloth, colors and materials.