Kapital Fall 2022 Lookbook
Kapital’s collage of references, craftsmanship, and creative elements layers so much compelling presence that the clothes command a double take. For this fall lookbook, we get down to the details on each piece’s mix of eclectic aesthetics...
Sulfer dyed velvet toro-toro souvenir jacket in black/ecru
We wrote a big feature a while back on the cultural significance of Suka, or Souvenir, jackets from Japan. Most commonly fabricated in bright rayon, Kapital kicked it up a notch on this one with a luxurious velveteen body. Reversible, this jacket features a traditional map motif on the back (common in the history of the style) and phoenixs on the front. Over all that is something like a glacial drip obscuring the designs in a quilted silver rayon. The reverse side features some of those Kapital BONES - skull and crossbones that riff on their signature Rain Smile design.
Leather navy supply boots (blk vivram)
Based on vintage navy boots, these pull-ons are a classic shape with a flip. The heel features Kapital Smilies in bright yellow leather to say goodbye in style. Comfortable shape and sharp silhouette with an easy on and off side zip.
This look also features orSlow's 107 Ivy Denim that were inspired by a pair of vintage 505s from the 1960s.
Wool Hand Knit Tugihagi Kesa Cardigan in Navy
A cardigan of extreme comfort in a Japanese noragi style. Heavy waffle cotton with baggy, robe-like sleeves that incorporate a beautiful boro style. Patch pockets big enough for a paperback that hang low and a tie off at waist level. This thing is an aesthetic beast for some serious relaxation.
14oz Denim Mexican tuxedo 5P Okagilly in indigo
Working from their now iconic Monkey Cisco fit, which is a higher rise and comfortable taper from the knee down, Kapital shows off their Blue Hands indigo roots with a clean one wash denim that comes out raw, but not too stiff. These pants also feature a back buckle (or martingale) that dates back to denim prior to the late 1930s when belts weren't a big thing. Kapital gives some options here by including belt loops as well. Putting their signature twist on these, Kapital includes some hand-looped patches for leg bones.
12oz feather denim 3rd jacket in indigo
There's a lot going on with this standout piece. Starting with the iconic Type III trucker that Levi's first unveiled in 1962 - this update became the most popular design and it's been worn by everyone from Elvis to Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club. Kapital covered this version with an all-over feather pattern that fringes at the bottom hem as if the design comes to life. All the classic details of the Type III are here with a slimmer silhouette, two V seams on the front, two chest pockets with western style flaps, a paneled back, and buttons very similar in branding design to the Levi's original.
The rest of this fit are the Leather Navy Supply Boots and orSlow 107s that are featured in Look One.
8oz Denim Lined Cactus Coverall (O/W) in indigo
A Kapital forte that tips its hat at pre-industrial workwear, but then makes it something extra in every way. A familiar silhouette with a wider sleeve that tapers to double button cuffs. Patch pockets at the chest with a button flab on the right and a pen and utility knife pocket on the left. Two more large patch pockets at the waist and another in the back. And in case you have even more stuff to squirrel away, there are two more interior zip pockets with pulls. Done in a dark indigo denim with a forest green corduroy collar, raglan sleeve for easy movement, and a quilted, satiny lining.
Gauze Bandana Patchwork 1st Jacket in red
Kapital's obsession with bandanas is well known. Along with One Ear Brand Bandanna founder Jonathon Lukacek, Kapital designer Kiro Hirata started the Elephant Brand Bandanna Museum to highlight designs throughout the bandanas long history. His personal collection is vast and he regularly riffs on them in his own bandana designs as well as incorporating them into other clothing. This jacket takes its silhouette and construction from Levi's original Type I Trucker from the early 1900s. A boxier fit that sits higher at the waist than later iterations, this version holds true to the single patch pocket on the chest, knife pleats, and back cinch. A patchwork pattern of classic bandana prints makes it pop.
This look is finished off with orSlow's Slim Fit Army Trousers and Birkenstock Arizona BOLD sandals.
Fulling Wool Happy Scarf Peace in black
Written about extensively in our blog here, Kapital's fulling wool fabric was originally developed for sweaters. The fabric proved difficult to shape when patterning, but the results were perfect for scarves. Exceptionally soft and lightweight, these scarves mix in some fantastic patterns and designs like this field of peace signs in a variety of sizes and colors.
Reverse fleece big SWt in black
A sleeper you don't want to overlook, Kapital's fleeces have an almost 'wet' feel due to their incredible softness. A boxy, somewhat oversized silhouette that is as cozy as a sweatshirt gets. As an added bonus, Kapital tucked in some hand pockets on the side seams with zipper pulls that feature their branded Tiger Tags.
14oz Blk Denim 5P Monkey Cisco (3YearsFade) in black
Also based on their Monkey Cisco fit, Kapital has created something really special with this iteration. Thoughtfully distressed and weathered for a comfortable broken-in look and feel from day one. Making it even more special, Kapital has used traditional patching and stitching methods throughout the piece that adds aesthetic depth.
Deer Leather Pueblo Sabot in black
Made from hand-tanned deer leather, Kapital's take on the sabot slide adds volume to your stride. A mix of roughout and polished grain side leathers compliment the natural tone of the footbed. Some aesthetic stitching on the outer sole give these some visual movement. Slapping a Vibram sole on the bottom and these are footwear that are as head turning as they are comfortable.
Fulling Wool Happy Scarf Peace in orange
As described in the last look, Kapital's wool scarves are winter wonders of artistic charisma. Kapital has been revisiting these every year since 2005 with over 100 patterns developed - incorporating traditional motifs, folk art, cultural touchstones, and travel inspiration from around the world. Each one is handbuilt, unique, and of heirloom quality.
Reverse Fleece BIG SWT in brown
Also described in the last look. A fantastic fleece that will become a daily go-to when the mercury drops.
The rest of this fit are the orSlow Slim Fit Army Trousers and Birkenstock Arizona BOLD sandals.
Gauze Bandana Patchwork Quilted Blouson in Sax
Made from a super soft, gauzy linen, quilted with light down filling, and a satiny lining - this jacket is very comfortable and with its bandana patchwork is sure to turn heads. Two patch pockets at the waist and an interior pocket in the lining.
ECO Swt knit Crew Swt (Little Bear & Harmoney) in white
A slightly oversized silhouette made from a soft fleece-back cotton. Straight forward sweatshirt with a couple of great references. Kapital brought back the bear that tips its hat to the Ralph Lauren Polo Bear. That bear became an icon of hip hop thanks to the Lo-Life Polo Boosters in the early 90s. As per Kapital's collage specialty of mashing the references together, this iteration adds the guitar and dove from the original 1969 Woodstock poster. To top it off, Kapital put some of its own Smilie socks on the bear. These are collectible fan favorites that only show up every other year or so.
The Deer Leather Pueblo Sabots in yellow (as described in Look Five) and a pair of orSlow's 107 Ivy Denim in 2 Year Wash finish it off.
60/40 Cloth x Tugihagi Fleece Hutte anorak in navy
Anoraks originate in the cold climes of Greenland - originally made of leather from seal or caribou to battle the wind and rain. Put simply, it's a hip length pullover coat (most often hooded). This season, Kapital adds a half zip and big collar lined with cozy corduroy to keep your neck warm. Japanese boro patchwork fleece on the chest and shoulders that pays tribute to both traditional Japanese design and nordic sweaters. A really big kangaroo pouch with some slick flap button closures. You could keep a laptop dry in this thing. Cinching bottom hem and two buttons at the cuffs to keep the wind out or the air moving. Fabricated in complimentary color-blocked 60/40 cloth on the shell. The leading tech fabric in the 60s through the 80s, 60/40 has a firm structure, but a pretty soft hand to take on whatever the weather dishes out.
This look also features orSlow's 105 Standard denim (modeled after a pair of Industrial Era 501s in designer Ichiro Nakatsu's vintage collection). Also featured are the HOKA ONE ONE Kaha 2 Low GTX in black.
12/- SWT Knit Raglan Mock Neck Swt (1966 Sleeve) in Pink
A classic crewneck sweatshirt with a sporty '1966' on the elbows for a nod to the vintage inspiration this sportswear comes from. Super soft fleece-back cotton, raglan sleeve, higher profile mock neck collar, and a comfortable fit makes this a daily driver in the wardrobe.
14oz Denim 5P Monkey Cisco (66PsycheKneedRemake) in pro
Same Monkey Cisco fit as described above, these are a nod to the hippie counter culture stylings that are prevalent throughout the collection. Starting with a beautifully washed-out indigo denim that appears vintage, Kapital has put their touch on these with hand-patching through the thighs and knees to make each pair unique.
Rain Smile Slop-On Shoes in Ecru
Modeled after some Van classics and popularized by California skateboard culture, this slip-on is cool comfort. Made from a sturdy leather instead of canvas, these are going to wear in without wearing out. Finished off with some signature Rain Smiles, these add some punch to your kicks.
There's so many references and notes on Kapital that I'm sure I've missed some. The best way to discover Kapital is to pick up a piece and learn through osmosis...
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