In Tokyo in the depths of winter earlier this year, I was delighted to see young Japanese men wearing hats on the streets.
They seem to have embraced all kinds of styles, from striking black felts perched on top of their dark hair to a range of soft knitted and pattern made hats. There is endless variety to choose from in the hat shops that line the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya.
ca4la is the most famous of these shops and is well stocked with an impressive array of local manufactured styles along with top international brands. ca4la has multiple store in Japan and recently opened a shop in London.
What inspird me about the Japanese was their willingness to be playful with hats as a fashion accessory. They are not afraid to make a statement about what they put on their heads, in fact they proudly experiment, unafraid of what others may think.
I beleive they are leading the way in contemporary hat wearing.
I had some fun with a few hat freaks and my photographic companion, Katerina Stratos one night out in the Tokyo hat shops.