Well, I finally gone and done it. I finally created, designed, and sold my first New Era 59Fifty. Other than the two Kanji characters, I created this hat from top to bottom. I must say, it’s an awesome custom piece and a super fun experience. The two Kanji characters stand for “Judo” and I made these caps exclusively for my judo club team mates and students over at Portland Judo. The cool thing about these hats is that they were sold out before they were even shipped to me! Below are some more photos!
So I guess the 2012 World Series happened last night? I never know these things. My baseball knowledge is about as bad as can be, I can’t even name three people who are playing in this current World Series! However, I did notice that I own the caps of both the teams playing. The San Francisco Giants lid I’m sporting is from the West Coast gurus over at Upper Playground and the Detroit Tigers hat is from Cranium Fitteds. I got it last year during their epic Cyber Monday sale. Forget baseball, unless it involves the NFL or grappling, I ain’t even interested.
THIS > BASEBALL.
I have a thing for my initials, call it a lust for letters. A peak in to my collection will reveal caps with a wide variety of A’s and H’s ranging from street brands to sports teams. The Arizona Diamondback “A” is one of my favorites and the custom fitted I’m sporting above is from Ecap City. The “Miami Nights” colorway just shouted at me, and I had to cop it. The Old English “H” was gifted to me by my loving girlfriend, who is also from Hawaii. She stopped by Fitted Hawaii and texted me all the hats that were available, I liked this one the most. Check out the post I did about the letter “A” for Strictly Fitteds, I love that frickin’ letter!
It’s been a minute since I’ve been active on my own blog. As most of you may or may not know, through this blog, I gained a paid blogging position with Strictly Fitteds. I currently write for them weekly so check them out! In the mean time, my current collection has been steadily growing. Most recently a good friend of mine returned from a trip to Australia with some goodies for me. He brought me two Australian Rugby League fitteds, one from the Western Suburbs Magpies and the other from the Canterbury Bulldogs. What I like best about these two fitteds is that one would be hard pressed to find both of these teams in the states. Big shout out to Arnaud Versluys for these two lids!
CLICK IF YOU LIKE PAIN. RUGBY PAIN.
The New York Giants are currently 2-1, starting off the 2012 season on the right foot. To celebrate the relationship between NEW ERA and the NFL, Cranium Fitteds have released a whole slew of NFL 59Fifty’s. Being a huge New York Giants fan, I was thrilled to see the new two-tone 59Fifty done up in Red, Blue, and White!
Being born and raised on Oahu, HI. I like to think I have an eye for spotting faux Hawaiian things. Like, what’s the deal with Hawaiian pizza? Just because it has pineapple on it doesn’t make it Hawaiian! It has Canadian bacon on it for Christ’s sake! Anyway, one of my favorite new releases from Cukui is their “Sharky” New Era 59Fifty and it’s as authentic as can be. Based out of San Jose, CA., Cukui pays homage to the local NHL Hockey team, the Sharks, and places a pretty dangerous looking lei o manō in it’s fin.
Mishka is one of my favorite clothing companies not only because of their distinct eye for unique fashion, but also because their 59Fifty’s are always so sick. They have released some pretty unique pieces. Please view exhibit A, B, and C for proof. Most recently I picked up my first “Keep Watch” piece via eBay, brand new, for the low, low price of $25 SHIPPED. Sweet deal right!?
The picture above only shows one side of my journey to the Tokyo New Era Flagship Store, the good side. What it fails to show is the 3 hour trek through busy Harajuku filled with failed internet connections, broken English-Japanese translations, a game of cat and mouse, and a plate of spaghetti. Below, I go in to details.
FITTED HAWAI’I is a dangerous site. Dangerous if you have a taste for rare and extremely limited edition 59Fifty’s. Don’t believe me? Check out my newest purchase from the 808 State outfitters. Their popular Mua design gets hit with four different shades of Grey thread which is then embroidered on a crown of Grey wool. A Black visor keeps the piece looking dark while the Red undervisor gives it some much needed color. Cool story about this piece, I bought this fitted online and it ended up being the very last one in it’s size. After my purchase I refreshed the page and the size was no longer available. SCORE!
The Miami Dolphins are set to be the target of the newest season of HBO’s popular Hard Knocks series. Hard Knocks is a reality series that takes a viewer in to the heart of an NFL training camp. Teams that have participated in the past has included the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, and Cincinnati Bengals. As a huge NFL fan, I absolutely love the Hard Knocks series! Along with the Hard Knocks series, there is also talk of the Dolphins changing their logo in 2013. Check the link for more logo info.