Iwo Corpsman Cap
Every now and then you stumble on something quite rare and phenomenal, and in the case of my world, that equates to cap references.
As one who is always seeking out the unusual, the individual or anything really that advocates my own view that style in war is less regimented than we think, this discovery has really been profound. The thing is I can’t even recall how I came upon it. A documentary perhaps about the Pacific War on Youtube that I’ve quickly screen grabbed is what I’m thinking, either way I haven’t been able to find the reference again. So armed with the one screen shot and ecstatic over my find I’ve gone straight to Troy O’Shea to talk out the project, and here it is, the Iwo Corpsman cap.
This grainy still frame is of a US Marine corpsman wearing a customized Navy Blue ball cap, most likely a Major League team cap whilst plying his trade on the beach at Iwo Jima in 1945. Troy and I have painstakingly attempted to recreate this amazing find in our Iwo Corpsman Cap.
We’ve taken a Japanese milled Deep Navy Melton wool and added a contrast Kelly green on the underside of the brim consistent with ball caps from the mid 1940’s. Then we have constructed the visor lining with 25oz natural canvas which is completely pliable for superior custom styling. In the two front panels of the crown we’ve used horse hair cloth lining, which molds to the wearers head shape and then inside there’s an all Australian Kangaroo black leather sweatband and internal seams trimmed out in satin taping. On the front, a hand cut felted Merino wool medics cross, sewn on, just as on the original in the captured frame from 8 decades ago. We’ve not spared one detail on this cap, and if your thought the detailing was great, we’ve actually made the entire cap using both a 1927 and a 1937 model black Singer industrial machine and then created all the oversized eyelets with a Reece 101 to further enhance the amazing construction of this cap.
This is perhaps the finest small batch cap on the market and represents an obsession of ours to bring to you to very best of vintage inspiration, a piece to own that embodies the attentiveness to quality and detail that hasn’t been seen since for the past 80 years. The Iwo Corpsman Cap is a limited edition cover and is available in sizes Medium 57-58, Large 59-60 and X-Large 61-62.