When the cadets of the Admiral Farragut Academy fall out for an away game they change out from their trusty Grey flannel Academy caps and into their tour blues.
Groomed to become candidates for the highest ratings and service in Naval Aviation, Papa Nui has them covered at every stage on their journey.
Their flannel academy caps becoming favorites that eventually ship out in sea bags accompanying them to the war in the Pacific.
Recreated in amazing detail, these beloved caps are released once more under another awesome collaboration between Papa Nui and head wear aficionado, Troy O’Shea.
Taking a traditional navy blue pure wool flannel, Troy crafts an A-3 profiled cap with added eyelets and squatchee on his 1929 Singer sewing machine. The visor is then lined with 3 layers of 25oz natural canvas which provides superior customizing capabilities and styling memory. Underneath we’ve trimmed out the under visor with billiard green to help cut the suns glare and then the internals are no exception, with a beautiful Navy blue leather sweatband and silk trim. Adorning the front of the cap is a hand cut wool felt Naval Academy ‘N’, seen in yellow gold, alerting all to the prestige of this institution for young men and acknowledging their destiny as the Air Aces of tomorrow.
As soon as I saw a preview of the Chesty on IG I knew I had to have it. It’s design is pretty awesome and a beautiful tribute to the classic utility cover without being an exact repro which isn’t a negative thing my any means as it shows that design and originality are on point.
Out of the box the M was a bit snug with the bill flipped up but after my usual soak and wear until dry procedure it fits like a glove.
All in all it became an instant favorite amongst my Papa collection.