4 easy ways to do Kapital (without overdoing Kapital)

4 easy ways to do Kapital (without overdoing Kapital)

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Cortis
Jun 19, 2024 • 5 min read

Kapital is known for being at the forefront of experimental & innovative denim design. In recent years, the beloved maximalist Japanese brand has recently (and deservedly) experienced a tremendous amount of growth and popularity in the United States.

But while it has become ubiquitous among both old heads who relish the unique influence of Japanese denim and style makers who have just discovered the brand, Kapital remains fresh as a mountain spring, even as more people discover its simple pleasures.

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Do it, don't overdo it.

While certain people can get away with doing an entire head-to-toe Kapital outfit, it takes a certain amount of I-really-don’t-give-a-crapness.

But that’s ok! Kapital is a brand that speaks loud even if you are wearing just one of their very distinct pieces.

Here's how you can do Kapital without overdoing it.

Embrace the power of the cap.

Kapital’s hats are a great way to experience the joy of this brand without going full Boro. They are wonderful in their not-overdone individuality AND they are super comfortable.

My personal favorite is the iconic Old Man and the Sea Cap. I made this purchase as a purely stylistic choice. But now it’s become my go-to cap to wear during hikes & runs due to the comfort component. A case study in portability and durability, it also has a highly unstructured feel that allows you to shove it into your back pocket.

Every season Kapital creates new, unique versions of these caps, some more limited-edition than others. If you want to begin your journey into the world of Kapital, this is a fantastic way to start.

Chino THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA Hat (CRASH REMAKE) - Beige
Color: Beige Hat made of solid thick chino. Reinforced stitches that fill all sides of the brim and more than half of the crown look like a decoration. Distressed version by craftsmen from KOUNTRY There are individual differences for each product 100% Cotton One size Made In Japan Style #: EK-1499

Get your pants on.

Cargo & painter pants are back, and by far the coolest modern versions of these that I’ve seen come from Japanese brands such as Nonnative, Engineered Garments, and Kapital.

One of the standout designs I really love come via the Kapital Ringoman pants, which put a contemporary-heritage twist on the cargo pant.

If you really want to try some elevated workwear, Kapital’s recent version of the iconic painter pant is it. And if you are ready to go all in on your Kapital style, try some of the reconstructed pants they have been making lately.

Light Canvas ZIPPER Wide LUMBER Pants - Ecru
The lumbar pants, which feature a loose silhouette, have been made even wider. Inspired by overalls Zip on front A number of pockets are in various places Color: Ecru 100% Cotton Made in Japan Model is 6′2 wearing a size 3 TAGGED SIZE 1 2 3 4 WAIST 30 31.5 33 35 FRONT RISE 16.5 17.5 18 18.5 BACK RISE 20 20 21 21 UPPER

Just one-up everybody with this all-time great sweater.

If you just want to come in hot and own the Kapital game completely, this knitted cardigan sweater is the way to do it.

Don’t bother Googling to see if John Mayer was spotted wearing it. He was.

Don’t bother asking Siri if this will have people gawking at you in wonder and amazement. It will.

Don’t bother asking if I would play a game of riddles with a weird cave-dwelling goblin to win this sweater, my life being the opposite wager. I would.

I would indeed.

3G Hand Knit SPRING TUGIHAGI KESA Cardigan - Charcoal
A hand-knitted cardigan made by splicing various materials and knitted fabrics The hand-knit design has a natural texture and the deep melange-like fabric creates a warm feeling. Loose wide silhouette. Comes with an inner string so you can enjoy wearing it like a kimono. 90% cotton, 10% hemp Made in Japan There are ind

(For more on this particular sweater read this cool article from Jonathan Lucacek at Bandana Almanac)

Enjoy Yourself and Lean Into The Kapital Vibe

Kapital is a really fun brand that should never be taken too seriously. Because that would take the fun out of it. Jeez, this article may be taking some of the fun out of. So if you want to go full Kapital, by all means go full Kapital, my man.

Whether it is a distressed sweater with happy face arm patches, a coat that looks as if it’s made of feathers, a huge hyper-comfy scarf with strange characters on it, or even just some sick denim, Kapital offers a little bit of everything for you consumption.Have Fun!

Check out the places below to locate your own Kapital style.

Favorite Places to Get Kapital From:

Check out these fine retailers online, or, even better, visit them in person to get your Kapital fix.

Cotton Sheep

Independence

Glasswing

Haven

Mannahatta NYC

Union

Blue In Green Soho

Pancho & Lefty