France meets Japan in Larose’s new hat collab

The Parisian brand pairs with Bed J.W. Ford for a pair of high-end fedoras

To mark the new year, Parisian hat brand Larose is continuing old habits. After a run of successful collabs, it’s opened 2017 by tapping Japanese label Bed J.W. Ford for a pair of collaborative fedoras. Each is made in France from the brand’s signature waterproof rabbit fur, then shipped east, where they’re hand-finished with contrast leather flame details.

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Larose has a knack for picking collaborators. It’s previously hooked up with Nigeria-via-New York brand Post-Imperial, for a pair of collections that reworked the French brand’s hats with traditional fabric dyeing techniques, and sculptor David Umemoto, who crafted a collection of concrete vases that were inspired by the Larose archive.

As with these pairings, the Fire Pit hat’s focus is on craftsmanship. Bed J.W. Ford (pronounced Bed-Ford, to avoid any in-store embarrassment) was founded in 2010 and has spent the past six years giving menswear staples a particularly Japanese inflection – think loose, drop-shouldered coats and wool trousers in pyjama silhouettes – into which MO the Fire Pit fedora nestles readily. It's the kind of new year’s resolution worth sticking to.

The Larose x Bed J.W. Ford Fire Pit hat is out now. The grey colourway is available exclusively from Haven, with the tan version at Unlimited in Nagoya.