When it comes to traditional Japanese garments, the diverse range of styles and designs can be both captivating and bewildering. From the graceful kimono to the relaxed yukata, each attire holds its own unique charm.
Traditional hanten padded jacket - images Japan Objects
Today, we delve into the realm of Japanese outerwear - specifically the hanten, haori, happi, yukata, kimono, and noragi - exploring their distinctions and significance. Furthermore, we will explain why we chose the noragi style to incorporate into our popular Freedom Noragi Jacket, now in its second iteration.
Unveiling the distinctions in traditional Japanese outerwear
(From left to right) The Japanese yukata, hanten, noragi and happi
According to Japan Objects, the hanten is a quilted jacket that is perfect for colder seasons, characterised by its straight shape and wrap-around front. On the other hand, the haori serves as an exquisite jacket worn over the kimono, adding an extra layer of elegance to the ensemble. The happi jackets, with their vibrant colors and eye-catching sashes, are customary during joyous festivals.The noragi, once worn as workwear, has now become a popular fashion trend due to its minimalist style and unisex appeal.
The yukata, a lightweight and casual summer kimono, captures the essence of relaxation and comfort. Lastly, the kimono itself, a pinnacle of Japanese fashion, is a formal robe adorned during special occasions, featuring intricate patterns and elaborate obi belts.
Embracing the Noragi
So why did we choose to incorporate the noragi style into our innovative Freedom Noragi Jacket design? Two reasons, -
1) Leonard, our founder, spent a couple of years living and working in Japan. During his stay, he was gifted a lightweight kimono jacket from his host family. He noticed its practicality, especially during the spring and summer seasons, where he would often wear it to the onsens (hot springs) and during his travels. He also noticed his colleagues donning it in the office as an alternative to the formal western jacket.
However, it was in Tokyo's bustling streets that he witnessed Japanese youth incorporating the kimono style into their everyday streetwear. Inspired, Leonard envisioned an incredible opportunity to incorporate this highly versatile look into his collection and make it an integral part of his brand.
2) At the core of our design philosophy lies a pursuit of comfort, freedom and style. Recognising the noragi's embodiment of these elements, we saw a remarkable opportunity to contemporarise its appearance while preserving its essence.
Convenient side welt pockets on both sides for easy access to your wallet and/or gadgets, and mid inner tie for multiple styling options.
The noragi, with its loose-fitting silhouette and unisex nature, offers unparalleled comfort and freedom of movement. Its simple yet elegant design allows for versatility in adapting to different styles and occasions. By adopting the noragi as the basis for our jacket, we were seeking to create a garment that effortlessly blends functionality, comfort and modern aesthetics.
That is why our version 2.0 now comes lined with a silky smooth inner satin, an inner travel pocket for your valuables and passport, external side welt pockets for your gadgets and a mid inner tie so you can dress it up or down for whatever occasions you're going for.
The world of traditional Japanese garments is a fascinating realm of cultural heritage and fashion. From the warmth of a hanten to the grandeur of a kimono, each attire has its place and purpose. Through our Freedom Noragi Jacket II, we breathe new life into the classic noragi style, embracing its comfort, movement and modern contemporary style.