Conversation in Creation Summer Hats
Every Arts & Science standing shop has their own wide variety of items respective of each shop’s individual concept. In this feature, we will focus on a specific product and their brand background of creation.
In this first feature of the series, we share our seasonal hats that have just been released including a collaboration with KIJIMA TAKAYUKI. We have been collaborating with their brand for numerous previous seasons under the title of, “Summer Hats.”
The Brand - KIJIMA TAKAYUKI
KIJIMA TAKAYUKI is a hat brand developed by designer Takayuki Kijima. In 2013, the name grew independent and developed its own men’s and women’s lines from its predecessor brand title, “coeur” which started in 1995. The concept of the collection is “design that lives by styling.” Incorporating the atmosphere of hats that match the era / moment with an unique perspective and original sense of balance. All the products made by skilled hatmakers are carefully crafted by hand.
The Product – BRAID HAT
The Blaid hat made by KIJIMA TAKAYUKI does not have a fixed sewing pattern and is formed using only by the craftsman’s fingertips and their use of the sewing hand. Not everyone can go through with this method, and designer Takayuki Kijima is personally in charge of the sewing procedure. Currently, these Blaid hats are produced in-house by only two people who have the most skillful professional craftsmanship technique. The sewing machine used for the Blaid hat is made by a Japanese company, which is rare to see in this day and age. Because this Japanese manufacturer has stopped its production a few years ago, they are extremely careful of the use, and the machine has been repaired and remodeled over the years to last a long time.
The Story with ARTS&SCIENCE
Arts & Science opened in 2003. The collaboration began with “coeur,” making a casquette made by Angola and cashmere during the holiday season of 2003, and our collaboration between designer Takayuki Kijima has continued since to this day. We have developed many hats incorporating our original A&S fabrics produced each season into the patterns of KIJIMA TAKAYUKI. This season, we are introducing a brim hat made with our seasonal theme - botanical dye fabric, a plain cap made of standard linen material, and another unique cap with brims on the front and back.
At Arts & Science, we also offer items such as the boxed hat from ＜Shinonagumo＞ boxed hat, that features classical elegant form, and the hat from ＜mature ha.＞ which has a unique creative style. We welcome you to please try the styles at the shops.
Designer Shino Nagumo spent her childhood in Germany and has 10 years of experience as a hat designer. The original brand ＜Shinonagumo＞ launched in the fall winter season of 2019. She uses only Japanese materials in her hat making, and sometimes will add antique materials with high rare value. The design is developed based on the background of the production of fabrics and materials.
mature ha. is brand born from the desire to explore and enjoy the lifestyle of wearing a hat. Based in Kobe, the brand proposes hats that are particular about comfort and texture. Simple designs with a minimal statement and emphasis on freedom of shape – the ability to change the form of the shape and wear it in multiple ways, are the main characteristics of mature ha.
- All items are also available for direct mail orders. Please contact each store listed in the product credits or through our contact form.