Kapital | Spring 2013 “Hooligan Ivy”

Kapital Spring 2013 Hooligan Ivy

This is the 33rd book for Kapital. “Hooligan Ivy” is a continuation of the new direction Kapital is going with their style. Incredible leather jackets that are as hard as Edinburgh alleyways, rugby stripes, deadly sweatshirts, elegant paisleys, and countryside shooting jackets are some of the offerings this season. Keep an eye out for hand-stitched paisleys, brass bandana holders, detailed socks, and refined scarves. This is going to be one of the classics for sure.

Forward by Eric Kvatek

“What I find interesting about the two most recent Kapital books (Budapest and Scotland) is the combination of urban European locations and the line being more sophisticated and elegant.

We’ve shot in cities before (Bangkok, NYC, Rio De Janeiro) but our angle was fairly vintage, rugged and classic Kapital.

…I never felt like I’m shooting a clothing catalog. Rather, I felt like I was making a movie.

Something that excited me in particular about shooting in Scotland was that the location, the clothing, the models and the props that I collected really fit together and made sense aesthetically so that as I was shooting it, I never felt like I’m shooting a clothing catalog. Rather, I felt like I was making a movie.

So while I was casting, there were some beautiful people I could have chosen that I passed on because to me they did not fit in my “film”.  For example one of the main guys is a police officer in his normal life, another guy we used Bradley Welsh, is a notorious hooligan and fighter and appears on a British documentary Britain’s Deadliest Men.

So it is kind of refreshing and exciting to do something a little different with these European books.  The difference may be subtle, but at least for me, it is quite noticeable.  Furthermore, being based in a thriving city only helps maintain the camaraderie and excitement necessary to keep the shoot moving along. Because we do use local people as models, each night out also becomes a street casting session, or additional location hunting, or prop hunting.

When we shoot in a place like Iceland or Tanzania there might be a 2 or 3 hour drive… and I’m often driving!!!  So in Scotland, we finished shooting I only had a 10 minute drive home. we actually had time to eat, hit a pub and sleep more than 2 or 3 hours.

It was awesome!”

Also please check out the sneak peak at the Kapital Global Site.

既に33冊目となるKapitalのカタログは、その名も「HOOLIGAN IVY」。


以下は写真家 Eric Kvatek—




モデルのキャスティングも見た目の美しさだけでなく、常に“この映画”に相応しい俳優かどうかで決めていたと思う。選ばれてもおかしくないモデルが他にもいたんだけどね。例えば今回主役級だった男性は現役の警察官だし、Bradley Welshって奴も起用したんだけど、そいつなんか実は「Britain’s Deadliest Men(英国で最も凶悪な男)」っていうドキュメント番組に登場した事もある筋金入りのフーリガンなんだ。





*翻訳:K. Ito. (Special thanks to K. Ito for his translation to Japanese)

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Kapital and Autumn 2012 | Beni-iro in Gion and Higashiyama – Kyoto

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
― William Cullen Bryant.

Autumn is surely in the air here in Japan, and with the changing colors it is time to enjoy the natural red hues that mark it.


紅色, Beni-iro is a beloved Japanese vermillion. There are many shades of red. Natural reds are found in madder, cinnabar, ocher, and safflower (these being the most frequently used). This sultry red is nature’s way of foreshadowing the coming winter. A crimson curtain falling on the last breath of a slow seasonal death. Kapital uses quite a few of these wonderful colors in their autumn/winter lines. This year they did a kenka shirt in this intense red check.


The various earth tones and blue-hue mixed with the red are fun and stylish. The name we chose for our second child is “Benika”, in Japanese it means safflower. So as a sort of celebration of her birth I wanted to feature this fantastic color.


I really love the beni-iro mixed with indigo hues. The combination is stunning and Kapital really utilized these two colors well this season.

私は紅色とインディゴの 組み合わせが大好きです。相性抜群のこの2色は、Kapitalの今季ラインナップにも多く取り入れられています。

The standard “Old Man and the Sea” cap in denim, was reworked by the guys at Kountry. The light indigo hue mixed with the subtle details of beni-iro are shibui. The boro aesthetic of the hat looked at home amongst the old machiya of Gion.


*Thanks to Michael at Kyoto Foodie for taking the pictures.

* Special thanks to K. Ito for the Japanese translation.

Please also check out the interview I did with Stylesight recently, here.