The Thinking Cap
a state of mind marked by reflection or concentration:
If we put on our thinking caps, we may come up with the answer.
Truth be told we named project #4 as the The Thinking Cap during lighthearted banter in the studio, but the reality is we believe this cap is just that, a physical manifestation of its agenda, to inspire us to think differently about how we create, consume and continue moving forward in the world.
The Thinking Cap comes in two variations:
without ear flaps and with ear flaps.
The with ear flaps option features a strap that enables the flaps to be fastened under the chin or on top of the head giving adaptability both aesthetically as well as functionally during varying weather.
Unisex and minimalist in design, the Thinking Cap is tailored in London entirely out of luxury materials left over from menswear production that we source ourselves from local factories. The outer section of the hat is crafted from offcuts and end-of-rolls.
Offcuts are just that: cut off from the material needed for a product. In mass production garments are cut in bulk and often material is wasted in the cutting process. The leftover pieces of material are called offcuts, which are considered waste and in most cases are destined for landfill or incineration. We rescue these viable fabrics by hand to provide them with function and utility.
The level of detail we have taken toward conscious production is not only skin deep, even the materials used to give the cap structure internally were bound for incineration or landfill.
These odd shaped pieces are carefully patchworked together, ensuring our philosophy of mindful creation is present in each design decision we make.
The cap features a 7cm brim finished off with a bound edge. We cut and piece together four layers of tailoring canvas offcuts to give the brim its shape and form. Offcuts of wadding material discarded from technical outerwear production give gentle padding on the skull of the cap as well as give the cap its gently structured shape.
The cap is lined with water-resistant offcuts that were also discarded during technical outerwear production. Like all our projects thus far each cap features a handcrafted and hand-stamped rescue label with the number showing its limited edition nature and represents the number of pieces (re)vision society has been able to craft out of materials bound for waste.
As a final touch, each cap features a small embossed (re)vision society leather label made by hand out of offcuts we rescued from a leather accessory factory.
With such meticulous attention to detail and handwork, The Thinking Cap takes time and patience to realise, but we find it to be refreshing to create the space for such time as well as the opportunity to promote the concept of mindful production.
Henceforth, The Thinking Cap will only be available made-to-order for you.