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Hat brand Kijima Takayuki launches Ryuichi Sakamoto-inspired work cap

The drop comes with a collaborative name tag as tribute to the late composer

  • Adrianna Cheung
  • 22 March 2024
Hat brand Kijima Takayuki launches Ryuichi Sakamoto-inspired work cap

Kijima Takayuki, a high-end hat brand led by Takayuki Kijima, has launched a special work cap that resembles the style favoured by the late Japanese music maestro Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The foundation of the hat is a work cap that was beloved by Sakamoto, who had a penchant for the understated charm of workwear fashion.

It has a distinctive elegance that captures the essence of the Japanese high-end hat brand through meticulous pattern adjustments and the application of urban sewing techniques.

"Our first meeting took place on August 12, 2019," Takayuki Kijima recalls meeting with the late composer — a memory that remains vivid in his mind. This special collaboration takes root from that moment.

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The hat is crafted from a 100% cotton canvas with a high twist, giving it a texture and firmness that resembles nylon.

The cap is softened and gains a subtle wrinkled appearance through tumbler processing, making it more flexible than just being stiff.

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It's also made to be effortlessly cleaned after each use, making it a practical daily accessory that fits smoothly into everyday routines.

Available in black, a tribute name tag is also sewn into the inner part of the cap.

WORK CAP for Ryuichi Sakamoto will be out on March 28; more info here.

Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.

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