There is a store directly managed by Takayuki Kijima in Daikanyama, Tokyo. Our atelier is directly below it and the history of our artisans and hat-making since our establishment in 1995 is carved into a space of about 70 square meters with a focus on the designer Kijima. In our atelier, we craft things using various materials such as felt, straw, and braids. Depending on the material, the sewing machine, tools, and methods used vary, but our ability to produce consistent work is one of the interesting things about this atelier. Other than samples of our collections, mass production of seasons are also produced in this atelier.

東京・代官山にキジマ タカユキの直営店があります。アトリエはその真下にあり、1995年設立からデザイナーの木島を中心に職人たちや帽子作りの歴史が70平米ほどの空間に刻まれています。アトリエでは、フェルト、ストロー (麦藁) 、ブレードなど様々な材料を使用してものづくりを行なってます。材料によって使用するミシンや道具、製法などが異なりますが、一貫して生産することが出来るのが、このアトリエの面白いところです。コレクションのサンプルはもちろんですが、シーズンの量産もこのアトリエで生産しています。

The method we use to make felt hats is not mass production by pressing them with metal molds. Instead, we use wooden molds and carry out every single step by hand. By doing so, our hats feel soft when worn, which is impossible to achieve by using the former method, and this is a distinctive factor of our brand. Also, other than using wooden molds, we also proactively incorporate the haute couture technique called buckram (spartre), a “chip” made using tree bark and paper in a fibrous state. As the chip is allows for a high degree of freedom of expression, we often make original molds for collection brands with strong elements of design.


(A part of a wooden mold. The white thing that can be seen on the top right corner is the chip)


A single hat is the result of each step being broken down into parts, such as precise tasks such as inserting the molds, attaching ribbons, and sewing by hand, as well as those who can handle braid machines to sew only by intuition.


The designer himself gets involved in the production.


In particular, controlling the braid sewing machine requires a high level of skill. The length of the stitches are adjusted by the pressure of the thumb and index finger and the ring and pinky fingers pull to shorten and tighten the stitches. As the hat cannot be placed onto the mold while sewing it, the sewing process is repeatedly stopped to match the mold before it is finished. The fewer steps there are to this process, the more beautiful and less likely a hat is to get out of shape. He imagines what the finished hat will look like on someone’s head while sewing it and tries to match it to the mold as much as possible. To carry out these tasks at the same time, experience and skills cultivated over many years are necessary and there are also methods of sewing and materials that only Kijima can handle.