The Santiago Cap ( pre-order ) Papa Nui x Troy O’Shea Special edition.
There’s lots of stories around Ernest Hemingway and his caps.
With the first commercial long billed caps associated with his name arriving on the market in about 1949 one is left to speculate what was he wearing previously?
The best estimates is he arrived in Key West in the early 1930’s and moved his way further South following the big fish to Bimini and then Cuba a little later and was sedentary there in Santiago through out the war years and into the 1950’s.
My readings suggest that much of his purchasing at this time was done via catalog through the original Abercrombie and Fitch Safari Outfitters and that his caps could have been chosen from the fishing category of this publication. Before this however one can only imagine that much of his kit was formed up from whatever he could find, perhaps in a local tackle store in Key West or maybe crafted from an old skiff sail and gifted to him from locals in Cuba.
It’s in this clouded mist of time that the conceptual ideas of Papa Nui and the crafted talents of Troy O’Shea shine brightest. Our version of the famous Hemingway Cap goes beyond the hokum and humbug and produces the product in its most pure form.
Consulting with Damian Monsivais & Co and drawing on his Latino heritage, the concept emerged of a crafted cap, rustic and rural and pieced together in a small coastal village somewhere in a sheltered cove on the Cuban coastline.
Taking a beautiful 8 oz piece of full grain Buffalo hide we’ve cut a visor of consequence, 10cm of shade to protect from the glaring Florida Straights. Pairing this with an early World War II khaki GI shelter half that appears randomly stitched together from 3 different kinds of fabrications, we then built a crown deep with comfort. The mix of fabrics lend an inherit character that truly embody the personality of Ernest Hemingway himself.
Maybe Papa took this on his 1933 Safari or wore one on patrol with the Crook Factory in the Gulf Stream in ‘43 hunting U-Boats? Either way this handmade version is the real deal and has been painstakingly produced to be the finest offering on the market and a collectors piece that reveals it’s never been about for whom the bell tolls but about for whom the cap fits.
*This is a pre-order, the Santiago is expected to go into production in the next few weeks and so with an initial run of 13 caps this prepayment method is the fairest way to see them distributed.
- Fullgrain Buffalo leather 10cm Visor will age and darken beautifully with wear.
- Reclaimed Original WWII GI shelter half cotton twill crown.
- Handmade by Troy O’Shea using a 1929 Singer sewing machine.