Blue Bandana Rework Button-Down
Inspired by mid-century American jeans while teaching karate in the U.S., Toshikiyo Hirata founded what is now known as Kapital in 1985 in Kojima, Japan — where almost half of the nation’s denim is produced. The company focused on recreating heritage workwear, eventually instilling traditional Japanese embroidery, weaving, and dying techniques.
In 2002, Toshikiyo’s son Kazuhiro became the creative director, bringing with him a penchant for bandanas and hippie culture. In 2015 Kazuhiro released The Bandana Book, which outlines the history of bandana patterns and catalogues his personal collection of vintage bandanas — many of which can be viewed at Kazuhiro’s bandana museum at the Kapital HQ.
A signature motif in the Kapital clothing archive, the brand celebrates the bandana for accomplishing a rare feat: simultaneously epitomizing workwear and bohemia with rugged aplomb.