I generally only part with money for beer. But when I do buy men’s fashion I make damn sure it’s decent quality. Welcome to my review of ethical menswear available online. The good, the dishonest, and…
Volcom Snap Back Cap
The route by which I stumbled upon this brand is truly stranger than fiction, and the more I see of them the more in love with their work I become. Although not really in my ‘niche’ (it’s a surfer brand after all, ugh hippies) I really respect their philosophy and like their designs. You can read more about the brand and their dedication to sustainability here. The cap, and other fantastically sustainable items are available from Volcom via Amazon
What made me buy this cap in the first place was it’s PIMPING graphics. As a tailor I work extensively with every shade of grey, black and navy you can imagine, and so I’m a sucker for interesting and colourful prints. This cap’s construction labels and brand tags are all well placed, provide all the relevant information, and remain consistently ‘true to this’: Volcom’s brand narrative.
So let’s look at some of the specifics that I love, and love less about this cap.
I Love These Four Things
1 – The brand itself is very alluring, with their philosophy of sustainability you can’t help but want to be part of the magic. The ethos of the brand I felt was well imbued throughout the cap, making it more than just a tee with a logo, but a part of the narrative that we’re buying into.
2 – The construction is well executed. Of course I don’t really know everything there is to know about cap making, but my tailoring skills let me spot shoddy workmanship a mile away. Although there were a few stray threads, it’s one of the best manufactured garments I’ve seen in a while.
3 – The print is to die for, and basically the entire reason that I bought this cap in the first place. It’s a Tetsunori print, and gels well with Volcom’s standard love of bizarre artwork.
4 – The price was great, and I didn’t feel it was over packaged at all. This is important when buying things in the Third World from well established brands. Either we forego eating for a month, or support the counterfeit trade to get a piece of a good brand. I’ve been impressed with the price points that Volcom offers on all of their stock, making it accessible to a wider audience.
I Hate These Two Things
1 – 100% polyester…for a sustainable brand…hmmm
2 – This random black chord just chilling here for no apparent reason kinda gets to me. I’m not usually one to talk sh*t on peoples’ creative vision (who am I kidding it’s my favorite past time! Check out what I said about this season’s SA Fashion Week designs) I’m not one to add superfluous features unless they bring something significant to the work. But hey that’s just me I guess.
+2 Overall – Definitely happy with the Purchase
My greatest gauge for the value of a garment is how many random strangers compliment me on it, and this cap is certainly an item of beauty worth a strangers’ affection.
You can pick this cap up for yourself from Amazon here
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