An OD+FM Collaboration | The Black Sashiko Adventure Hat

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And just like that, the Year of the Tiger repping ‘22 is here! We're truly grateful for all the support last year, the year of our 10th Anniversary in the Japanese Denim game. Stoked to continue to bring you the best of Made in Japan this year! Before we truly part ways with 2021 however, we are excited to announce one final 10th Year Anniversary collection item which, though originally slated to drop just before the end of the year, is going to make its entrance in this first week of Jan. Our third collaboration project with Osaka hatmakers The Factory Made comes constructed in one of the stealthiest Black Sashiko fabrics we have had the privilege of coming across. Stepping out of our relative comfort zone of producing collaborative 6-panel caps in the past, we wanted to experiment a little - leading us to develop an Adventure Hat featuring this stellar fabric.

The OD+FM Black Sashiko Adventure Hat ($145)

The construction of this hat takes the form of a classic military inspired adventure hat (or boonie) which pairs perfectly with the stealthy sulphur-dyed Black Sashiko fabric. What is particularly special about this fabric is the raw edge trim, bringing out the white core of the yarns to give the hat a more wild appearance while at the same time, accentuating the construction lines of the brim and dome. The washed nature of the fabric gives the brim excellent malleability for you to truly make this your dome-piece when out and about.
The signature OD Red and White stitched eyelets add a nice element of color pop to offset the tonal color stitching. Not only representative of the OD logo, the red and white pay homage to the colors of the Japanese flag. One subtle yet welcome touch we could not leave out was the 日本謹製 (Humbly Made in Japan) rayon tag featured on the left panel of the hat.
With the "adventure" aspect of this hat at the forefront of our design ethos, we opted to line the inside with a traditional yet thoroughly functional Japanese fabric. Shijira (しじら) weave has a long history dating back to the Meiji era as a fabric base used for Kimono and Yukata. The texture prevents the cloth from sticking to the skin of the wearer during the hottest months of the year and as a result of the low-tension weave is a very light, breathable fabric.
It is speculated that this type of fabric was discovered by accident, when cloth was left out in the rain. An uneven warp and weft combination followed by a sun dry resulted in a unique, "pucker" like fabric face.

The OD+FM Black Sashiko Adventure Hat drops on 1/7 @ Midnight (JST)

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