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Norsk versjon 🔗 This is my favourite cap (and headgear in general) of all time. And this is also a good example of something I love in general: Simple products, made extremely well. A navy baseball cap on a wooden desk. These caps are made at the same factroy that does caps for the Japanese baseball league. Several brands have tried to get the factory to produce caps fro them, but without success. According to Self Edge, Hiro (the man behind Poten, who also has a huge baseball card collection) had to visit the factory several times, over three years, to show them that he cares enough about baseball to have them produce caps for him. Lucky for those of us who don't play in the NPB! But what's so good about these caps then?


Ok, so this is by far the most niche thing I've ever written. But after getting a great jacket (that I'll write about some other time!) that only had one problem, I wanted to gather my thoughts on this tiny subject. The “problem” was: It doesn't cuff perfectly.

What's the deal with cuffing anyway??

Cuffing is when you fold the sleeves of a shirt, jacket, sweater etc. It's also commonly used when you do the same to leg opening of pants or shorts. And I'm an avid cuffer! The three reasons are:

  1. I'm 1.75 m tall, and my legs and arms aren't especially long – so clothes are usually too long.
  2. Related, I like watches, bracelets, shoes and socks – and cuffing shows them off.
  3. I often think it makes the clothes themselves look better.

Here's some examples of what I mean by nr. 2 and 3:

A P.O.V. picture of me looking at my watch on my desk. As my shirt is cuffed, I can easily see my watch.

The cuffed shirt makes the watch more prominent - to myself and others.

Norsk versjon 🔗 I'm wearing black leather sneakers in my garden. My dog is in the background, and I'm wearing black jeans. Adidas has made their Stan Smiths since the 70s, and you can see them everywhere all summer. They are good-looking shoes, but where the earlier versions were made in France and had high quality, you can’t quite say the same about the newer ones made in India. They can’t be fixed, uses synthetic materials and someone would prefer a bit more modern design. A pair of white and a pair of black Stan Smith sneakers.

Common Projects

In later years, Common Projects, with their golden lettering, has taken the sneaker world by storm. With a more modern, minimalistic design, Italian leather and good Margom rubber soles, they aren’t cheap.

A pair of white and a pair of black Common Project sneakers.

But when you pay well over £300 for a pair of Italian designer shoes, you can expect excellent quality, right? Well, it’s superior to the Stan Smiths, but for the price you could do better. The YouTube channel Rose Anvil goes into detail in this video, but the short version is that, while the shoes have some premium features, both the material and construction is pretty mediocre. In this article, I’d like to point at a brand that gives you a more premium sneaker, at a (slightly) lower price.

But in the end I will also share why I still understand why someone would opt for the Common Projects!