Papa Nui is a small cap making brand that's built all around the love of things with utility! Mixing military, surfing and a big spoon of vintage clothing is the inspiration that goes behind making these products!
Papa Nui himself describes this beauty of a cap like this: As early as 1942, the Navy was firmly in the hands of Admiral King and his dislike of working khakis was legendary. God forbid, it resembled the Army!
King then advocated for a slate grey uniform to be worn as he had long admired the blue grey uniforms of his Allies in the RAF.
Soon he had a tailor work up a naval uniform in a similar grey color variation made from a Herringbone twill fabric not unlike that worn by the US Marines.
So taken was he by his new idea that he decided to roll it out to the entire US Navy, though it met with much opposition especially from the other admirals and in particular Admiral ‘Bull’ Halsey and the Commander of the Pacific, Admiral Nimitz. This resulted in a limited roll out, however the new color scheme saw action with Deck crews, PT men, Sea Bees and UDT teams from October 1943 through till April 1946.
Responding to Admiral Kings demands, the Papa Nui Cap Co produced this unusual variant cap, the N-3 utility cap in ‘King’ Slate Blue. As the only company to be awarded a contract to develop this new working cap, surviving pieces are rare.
This beautiful style has all the elegance and simplicity of style that it’s A-3 Army counter part has but instead is realized in a Japanese milled mini HBT fabrication with an unfixed dye method allowing a quickly developed patina consistent with the sun drenching of deployment in the vast Pacific campaign.
A cool billiard green poplin under visorkeeps water reflection at a minimum whilsta new all cotton canvas insert allows for the most natural customization of visor styling tobe set to suit your personal preferences.
- Papa Nui Cap Co. N-3 USN Grey Cap - Made of 100% cotton mini HBT fabric - Six panel crown - Billiard green cotton poplin under the visor - Canvas liner in visor for easy flip up - Made in Japan