W'menswear for Quaker Marine Supply 'Chao Phraya Hat'
We worked with our friends at Quaker Marine Supply Co. to create the Floodplains Collection, a series of shibori-dyed garments that take iconic Quaker Marine designs and dive a little deeper.
Prior to dying, each piece of fabric was hand sewn in specific shapes to create that distinct shibori pattern. The fabric was then repeatedly dipped into indigo dye vats to give the fabric a rich color and texture. Our favorite part? Thai indigo dye has a bit of a sweet tooth, thriving on a diet of bananas, tamarind and palm sugar, making it smell like a delicious tea. So when we say these garments are steeped in traditional dyeing techniques, we mean that literally. Take a close whiff of each piece of clothing and you’ll know what we’re talking about.
Quaker Marine Supply’s founder and Coast Guard veteran, Joe Kadison, designed the original version of this hat with function in mind, based on his own experiences on the water. Like many purpose-built items, it developed a singular personality along the way. To start, the bill is long. At 3 3/4”, the Swordfish’s brim is 25% longer than your standard ball cap. Why? Because it actually offers sun protection when this long.
While most hats today are a standard 6-panel, this hat is constructed with 4 lateral panels to deliver a low profile that reduces windage. It features four eyelets on each side panel that provide ventilation. It is made in lightweight knit fabric and has a dark purple underbrim to absorb reflected light.