Under the headline "Blazing summer becomes boon for haberdashers", Japan Today reports that sales of men’s hats at Seibu Department Stores Ltd.’s flagship store
in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, more than doubled in July from a year earlier.
"Buyers include salesmen who make their rounds by bicycle and those who
are now riding trains and buses as they minimize use of their cars …
Collapsible hats, which users can take out of their bags when
necessary, are selling well", say Seibu officials.
At Toraya, a venerable hat retailer in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district,
foldable Panama hats are said to be in strong demand. Mitsuhiro Yokoyama, spokesman for the Tokyo Hat Club, is quoted as saying "Hats
have become a necessity in summer for today’s middle-aged and older men
as many of whom are quite fashion-conscious and often go out with their
Anyway, I’ve deemed this article a good enough excuse to post some of my favorite headwear looks from the A/W ’08-’09 season.
All images via Style.com