Since time immemorial, cardigans have always been part of a stylish man's wardrobe. It performs two functions: one, keep you warm and two, elevate whatever you’re wearing underneath to something more refined and fashionable. Despite the cardigans' dominance of the wardrobe, a new contender has risen, the noragi jacket. But what exactly is a noragi jacket? Inspired by traditional Japanese working class kimono-wear, the noragi jacket is being hailed as the modern cardigan. An alternative to the cardigan with more versatility due to its layering ability and eye-catching designs.
(Article Updated 3.13.2018)
Etsy is a go to marketplace for unique and creative menswear. Here you will find custom-made noragi jackets to vintage treasures. Discover your next noragi jacket from our top three recommended Etsy boutiques.
Kapital is based out of the old merchant town of Kojima, Japan. The brand was developed from its operations as a sewing and dyeing factory, originally established as “Capital” in 1984. Their indigo, denim, and noragi offerings have become highly sought after items, the brand has also developed an eccentrically detailed signature look with inspirations from many traditional sources.
Taobao is a popular online shopping platform based in China. It currently has nearly 500 million registered users with 48,000 items sold per minute. You can find varying norgai jackets on this platform ranging from minimalistic to boro style, however there are only four colors available: dark blue, olive green, gray, and black.
Affordability and style are two things that rarely work together. Aesthetic Homage is an online store wherein those two instances work. They feature one of the largest selections of noragi jackets with contrasting design and style.
Based in Malaysia, this online store is mostly focused on selling noragi jackets. Affordable and ships worldwide, this store features noragi designs that are mostly on the minimalist side.
An online store selling the latest in Japanese streetwear, it can be a bit daunting at first to navigate around Meanswhile since the website is in Japanese. But hey, we have Google Translate now, right? The translation is sometimes off, but it gets the message across. They also ship worldwide so that’s a plus.
The Kimono Kid
It wouldn’t be a surprise that the online store of designer Sasa, who specializes in the traditional craft of kimono, would be one of the few that offer customized kimonos and noragi jackets. All hand made in New York City, they offer kimonos and noragi jackets in all styles and ensure that only the highest quality fabrics are used for production.
Based in British Columbia, Canada, this online shop offers minimalist noragi jackets. The selection is a bit small compared to the other online stores, but the garments they have are of topnotch quality and have great design.
The brand that brought the noragi jacket to the world stage, Visvim was founded by Hiroki Nakamura, a native of Japan. John Mayer’s newfound obsession with the noragi jacket was what finally brought the Japanese workwear staple its much-deserved popularity.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Kiriko Made first launched in 2013 as a small brand that offers batches of handmade soft accessories. Fast-forward four years and it is now an established brand that has also branched out to producing traditional Japanese attire in the form of the noragi jacket. The noragi jackets they have depart from the usual minimalist design and instead flaunt vintage nature-inspired themes.
Tate + Yoko
Founded in 2011, Tate + Yoko is a store that specializes in Japanese denim products. The name itself is from the Japanese words for warp and weft (tate and yoko), the two directions for weaving fabric. Widely acclaimed as one of the best denim shops in the world, Tate + Yoko has also started including noragi jackets among its vast selection of denim-based menswear.
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