Thursday, 25 February 2010
CA4LA is a gem of a hat shop, hidden down a side street in East London. Japanese owned, the shop itself is stripped back to the bare bricks with old wooden shop fittings, chandeliers, shabby antique display cases and shelves made out of ancient doors.
The hats are all designed in Japan. From cossack-style fur to fascinators and the crazy inbetween: silver straw hats with dotted veils and tiny top hats with coloured feathers. (Click to see details on picture above.) Oh, and a stuffed boar wearing a leather top hat embroidered with the face of a Japanese dude wearing shades.
But there are everyday felt porkpies and trilbies for those feeling less adventurous. The perfectly hatted and seemingly straight out of Shinjuku staff are as helpful as can be, padding out bands or stretching, to get you the best fit.
To counter the February weather (drizzle, grey, sleet, drizzle) and with a fringe to protect, I decided to invest. LOVING my new hat. I don't CARE if it keeps raining, now.