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 6.12.2019)
Milan-based brand NEMEN was established in 2012 by Leonardo Fasolo and Fabio Cavina. Inspired by Stone Island founder Massimo Osti, NEMEN aims to carry on the tradition of Italian sportswear by making timeless technical products that are both beautiful and reflect intensive research in new fabrics, functions, and dyeing.
Nemen offers a revised kimono construction with military inspired pockets realized in nylon twisted and texturized fabric to achieve natural hand-feel noragi jacket.
Naked & Famous
Instead of relying on celebrity endorsements and expensive ad campaigns, Naked & Famous devotes all of their resources to sourcing the world’s best fabric and turning it into awesome clothing at a reasonable price.
Based in Canada, Naked & Famous travels to Japan multiple times a year to find new fabrics, working with denim mills to develop crazy things like glow-in-the-dark denim, cashmere blends, raspberry scratch-n-sniff, reflective denim, rainbow-fade denim and so much more.
FDMTL produces products with details that can not be imitated in mass production without making any compromise, centering on world-made Japan-made denim. Shop here for quality luxury wear such as their kimono noragi jackets that exude premium fashion.
Blue Blue Japan
Blue Blue Japan was launched in the early '90s with a respectable collection of natural indigo clothing. Blue Blue Japan uses colors and materials that feel the four seasons, focusing on the traditional Japanese technique of Honto dyeing, which is comfortable to wear for many years. Check out their noragi jackets that have a traditional feel with appealing patterns and textures.
AliExpress is an online marketplace based in China that is owned by Alibaba. Launched in 2010, it is made up of small businesses in China and other locations, such as Singapore, that offer products to international online buyers, and a great source to find a range of quality yet affordable noragi jackets.
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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