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Sunika Kuraun | Desti
Sunika Kuraun | Bryant
Sunika Kuraun | Ewing
Sunika Kuraun is translated from Japanese to Sneaker Crown. The secondary name for this crown is SneakTip. We have always been inspired by the innovation in the design of sneakers and through that inspiration created a crown that combines architectural precision, thoughtful proportions, layering of materials, and a new patent pending double strap enclosure to increase the ability of the crown to contour to your head. This design is over a year in the making, and it went through multiple variations before reaching this point. The combination of premium yet breathable materials merge to bring forth something completely new. This is the first functional adjustment in headwear in a long time and we made it sexy.
The front of the hat is split in material layers that coincide with curved side panes aligning to create the illusion of one cohesive piece. This also streamlines the look of the hat and minimizes the visible crown depth. The top two panels are layered screened cotton twill and mesh combined to create a hidden message. In this case the top simply says Dungeon Forward. Sewn onto the side panel is a new feature to headwear which we will simply call the cage. The term cage has been used in sneakers for some time now. This is where the innovation occurs. One nylon strap centered between two molded rubber/silicon blended elements creates a secondary enclosure and contouring mechanism. The two pivot points for for this strap sit high to create a secondary sizing adjustment.
The Original Sketch – Late 2016
Innovation is common among sneakers because performance has become currency. Any slight edge can be woth millions of dollars. Innovation in headwear has long been ignored. Quite possibly because of the lack of those implications. We have taken inspiration from the layering, the adjust-ability, and the use of material science in sneakers. We have done this through pure invention and a patent pending element that will change headwear forever.
The high crown strap offers a second degree of adjustment capability to the crown. The typical cap only adjust in the axis perpendicular to the head. The high crown strap adds additional contouring for an even more comfortable fit. Its depth also offers a wider range of fit.
This crown is over a year in the making. We will share much more of the process in the months to come, but the original sketch is shown above. It took forever to find a manufacturer that would take a chance on this project. The version that is being sold is the 3rd iteration of the design.
The First Pattern Attempt – July 2017