WHY WE LOVE IT – HYKE SNIPER CAPE
WHY WE LOVE IT - Nov 16, 2021
Few people would suspect that this black wool bias cape is based on a 1950s British Army Sniper Cape.
Utility by nature - whether in workwear or military gear - implies a certain ruggedness, a roughness around the edges. Few designers can make utility look elegant. But Hideaki Yoshihara and Yukiko Ode, the husband and wife duo behind the cult Japanese label Hyke, excel at doing just that. Whereas most designers who dabble in making vintage new again more or less faithfully reproduce old garments or give them a mere tweak, Hyke makes them radically new. Moreover, whereas vintage utilitarian gear is mostly aimed at men, Hyke morphs them into utterly desirable womenswear. Few people would suspect that this black wool bias cape is based on a 1950s British Army Sniper Cape. Knowing this fact gives new insight into this garment's asymmetry - one of the sides - the rifle side - is held together by a single snap, allowing for quick release. This bit of history elevates this design from a mere creative whim to a functional element impregnated with symbolic meaning.