The Japanese fashion scene is known for its quirky sense of style. From cutesy Kawaii-inspired outfits to creative cosplay, we’ve seen many extraordinary looks emerge from the “Land of the Rising Sun” (take pigeon-themed high heels for example). And while traditional garments such as the kimono still remain popular, they’re often worn with a modern twist.
One item of traditional Japanese clothing to recently get a redesign is the hanten. The short, boxy coat, padded with a thick layer of cotton, was historically worn by common people during the 18th century Edo period during winter. Giving a nod to the classic design, contemporary Japanese fashion brand Mocolle have recently launched their own hybrid version of the garment called the Hanten Parka.
Merging the time-honored style with modern streetwear, the cozy, sweater-style garment comes in three colors—black, cream, and blue—and features traditional elements such as kimono style sleeves alongside a modern hood and an open-style front. The idea began when young creative Sunny Haruharu posted sketches of her design on Twitter. The drawings soon went viral and people started requesting the real thing. After a successful crowdfunding campaign—raising over 3 million yen (approximately $27,000)—and partnering with Mocolle, the Hanten Parka will soon be put into mass production.
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Japanese fashion brand Mocolle have recently launched a modern hybrid version of the traditional Hanten garment called a Hanten Parka.
Merging the time-honored style with modern streetwear, the sweater-style garment features traditional elements alongside a modern hood and an open-style front.
The design was developed after these sketches by Sunny Haruharu on Twitter went viral.
— ❀花月❀ (@haruharu_sunny) December 9, 2017