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Larose Paris

September 3, 2012

The emerging Parisian label stitching a mean five-panel cap

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Guest Feature by Richard Bridgman

In the space of little more than a decade, the five panel cap has grown from a relatively niche accessory sported on London and Berlin club scenes to a full-blown style essential. Following in the footsteps of market leaders Supreme, Obey and Norse Projects, temples of hype including Kenzo and Marc Jacobs continue to bash out souped up, five panel cap pieces. At a point when mass-produced models are starting to be churned out by Urban Outfitters and the like, Larose Paris is a breath of fresh air, stripping the five panel back to bare necessities.

Due to launch this month, Larose Paris is a Paris-based five panel specialist, the brainchild of fashion journalist Marc Beaugé and nightlife mogul Isaac Larose. The label owes its strong identity to their equally strong style savvy. From the moment we met Marc, we could sense his own brand of style, somewhere between the edginess of Warriors of Radness and the old-school feel of Ebbets Field. Isaac, meanwhile, is keen advocate of vintage-inspired headgear.

Their first ever collection, which boasts 15 different models, demonstrates an innovative use of materials and a painstaking attention to detail. Each cap is handmade in Paris under milliner Pauline Brosset’s watchful eye. Having made headwear for clients ranging from Kenzo to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, she knows a thing or two about making great hats for demanding men.

The real strength of the collection lies in the breadth and quality of materials used, ranging from the finest Harris tweed, to Liberty prints and vintage American floral canvas. True to a sobre design aesthetic, Larose caps have a slightly shorted visor and little visible stitching, keeping details to a strict minimum. The inevitable success of Larose Paris lies in the fact that there really is something for guys of all ages, from openly streetwear-inspired designs to caps of a more timeless appeal.

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