Kapital

Toshikiyo Hirata’s Kapital denim emerges from a profound convergence between the traditions of Eastern and Western tailoring. After falling in love with American denim, Hirata brought centuries-old Boro patchwork and Sashiko stitching to his first denim factory, which soon transformed the global market for jeans. Using the juice of the native Japanese persimmon, Hirata’s son and partner, Kiro, dyed his father’s heavy denim until the jeans were stiff enough to stand on their own. This innovation, which quickly distinguished Kapital, is exemplary of the spirit of cultural entanglement, which animates the creative direction of the father-son enterprise. Not only does Kapital provide some of the most finely crafted denim in the world, but its craftsmanship builds an intellectually rigorous interrogation of the history of relations between Japan and the United States.