New Era caps used to be the on-field caps worn by Major League Baseball players and that's all.  Those days are over.  

New Eras have evolved into fashion accessories that are just as likely to be seen on the runways of Paris during Fashion Week as they are on the sets of music videos.  That's what makes Raymond Bargallo's accomplishment so cool.  

Since January of last year, New Era's team of world renowned designers have been working with Raymond and other Sweat Equity Enterprises (SEE) students to create an original line of caps & t-shirts.   The line launched about a month ago - including Raymond's Crazy Panda design. 

Inspired by Asian design, the Crazy Panda look plays with the culture's iconic panda character, adding a bit of edge and a bit of fun. 

As Raymond described the creative process, “I started by doing research and finding inspiration, then I put the elements together by sketching on paper and using Photoshop and Illustrator. I had to think about who I wanted to sell to and why they would buy this cap. You have to think about your audience: the consumer. It is different from a regular art class where you are just making a project for your portfolio; this is real.”

Raymond is now enrolled at F.I.T. and he hopes to become a "famous designer" after college.  It looks like he's well on his way.

You can purchase Raymond's Crazy Panda cap here, here or here.

You can learn more about Sweat Equity Enterprises here.

And you can learn more about the New Era x SEE collaboration here.

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