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the Woolly Hat, live from Tokyo
  1. Woolly Hat • Nezumi Grey
  2. Woolly Hat • Karashi Yellow
  1. Woolly Hat • Nezumi Grey
  2. Woolly Hat • Karashi Yellow

Woolly Hat

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We passed a particularly good woolly hat bobbing down Ometesando on a chilly morning one day last year. A brief chase ensued, the bewildered owner accosted, embarrassment soon turning to enthusiasm as we ran through the hat’s merits. Not knitted on vintage looms in an obscure factory in Southern Japan (which we’d hoped.) Not (as far as anyone knew) worn by Japanese fisherman as they trawl the icy waters of the Sea of Okhotsk (as we’d imagined.) Not even bought in Japan. No - made in Guernsey, and pretty much perfect. So here it is, with one or two tweaks, and a slightly off-centre Niwaki hanko.

Knitted from 100% raw wool, like the famous jumpers, these hats are something to be reckoned with - they naturally repel rain (up to a point) and will keep you dry far longer than you’d expect.

The colours? A slightly speckled mouse-grey (銀鼠) evoking sea mists with notes of freshly poured cement, and a wicked karashi yellow (辛子) that wouldn’t be out of place at a 551 Horai Butaman stand.

Hand wash only, if you really have to.


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Karashi Yellow

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Nezumi Grey

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Woolly Hat • Karashi Yellow
  • 110g
  • Wool
  • Made in Guernsey
  • In Stock - Available to dispatch worldwide, or to collect


  • Free delivery for orders over £100*
  • £4.00: 48 Tracked with Royal Mail - delivered by the postie, can be left in safe place, limited tracking info. Approx 2-4 working days.
  • £7.50: FedEx Tracked service delivered next working day for orders received before 1pm GMT Mon–Fri (ex Bank Holidays).

*Surcharges may apply to some larger or heavier items to some areas.


  • Free delivery for orders over £/$/€100*
  • Price depends on location - adjust the COUNTRY tab in your basket to see the price.
  • We use DHL or FedEx, and we’ll email you the tracking info.

*Surcharges may apply to some larger or heavier items to some areas.

Please note Niwaki are not responsible for any import duty, taxes or fees incurred and these will be will be collected by our courier during customs clearance — For EU countries, when possible DHL will provide an estimate on the order confirmation page.

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