KIJIMA TAKAYUKI The Rules of Harmony
Balance and modernity, through the harmony of shapes and contours, are the elements of an equation Kijima Takayuki has put together to conceptualize his hats.
Kijima Takayuki revisits the most iconic pieces of hat-making history: the fedora, the borsalino, wide-brimmed hats… and the Stetson itself which has inspired him a few models. All made out of cotton, wool or straw, all rich with a rightful sense of authenticity and the kind of execution Japanese designers invariably demonstrate. Entirely made in Japan, the Kijima Takayuki hats are also hand-made. Expert craftsmen are at work, following a specific technique created by the brand and highlighting the hats’ functionalities. Such a significant attention to details eventually caught the eye of brands like Undercover and TAKAHIROMIYASHITA The Soloist who invited Kijima Takayuki to collaborate.
Takayuki gained his independence in 1994 with the launch of his first label, « Coeur », before joining MODISTE Limited Company in 96. Fall-Winter 2013 saw the designer unleashed his eponymous brand, capitalizing on twenty years spent learning about hats craftsmanship, which included five years alongside Master Hirata Akio, with whom he acquired inimitable Couture techniques.
Kijima Takayuki has since imposed his simple lines, a refined aesthetic, cleared of any unnecessary ornament. The designer’s hats are stripped down to their quintessence, so much as to turn each piece into an instantaneous classic.