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Papa Nui A-26 Shinki Horse Hide Cap

The Papa Nui A-26 Shinki Horse Hide Cap is a beautiful limited edition mechanics style cap that is realised in front quarter veg-tanned Shinki Hikaku Horsehide. Shinki has a naturally rustic and antiqued grain and is a textured luxury hide that darkens and smooths with time and wear. This cap is the perfect pairing with any A-2 aviators jacket and its seal brown colour is rich and deep and is offset with tonal stitching. An olive-drab herringbone twill sweatband keeps the cap comfortable to wear and the pliable visor allows a nonchalant flip-up implying a devil may care attitude. Drawing inspiration from these Jet Jockeys and their custom caps, Papa Nui has worked closely with Japan’s finest leather facility in Himeji, Hyogo prefecture, and the John Lofgren Company to introduce the A-26 cap.

  • Limited to 40 pieces worldwide, of which we have 5
  • All veg tanned front quarter Shinki horsehide construction
  • Seal brown dyed with tonal stitching and mid brown poplin taping to match the lining of your A-2 flight jacket
  • Japanese milled Olive drab Herringbone Twill sweatband and silk milliners bow.
  • New Papa Maru flag inner patch and Papa Nui rayon cotton labelling.
  • Pliable flip up Visor.
  • Special printed Olive drab Herringbone Twill keep bag.
  • Made in Japan by the John Lofgren Bootmaker Co.
  • Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm)

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Papa Nui Cap Co. is the creation of John Tesoriero and draws on decades of experience in the heritage clothing industry, along with an enviable collection of vintage clothing and militaria.

The brand creates caps with vintage military, utility and surf influences, inspired by the resourcefulness of GIs and their ability to reimagine and repurpose their kit to suit their environment. Much more than simply a reproduction brand, each Papa Nui cap has a story behind it.

The finest military-spec materials are sourced from Japan and each cap is battle-tested under the rays of the South Pacific sun. Manufacturing is left to the capable hands of John Lofgren & Co., who ensure the finished products are made to the highest standards of quality and ethics, resulting in a cap that will last a lifetime and only look better with age.

Papa Nui Cap Co. was our first brand at Those That Know and we stock every release, including many pieces that are not available anywhere else. As John himself says, “anything else is just a cap”.


The A-26 is made from a beautiful leather than will develop even more character over time. Because of the materials used this cap cannot be stretched or shrunk. Do not soak.

Delivery & Returns

We want shopping with Those That Know to be easy. To make sure you’re completely satisfied with your experience with us we have a simple Shipping & Returns process.


We use Royal Mail and UPS to ship orders. We charge a flat rate shipping cost per order based on your location. The costs and average shipping times are:

  • UK – £5 (Delivery in 48 hours)
  • Europe – from £10 (Delivery in 3-5 working days)
  • Rest of World – from £10 (Delivery in 6-7 working days)

We aim to ship all orders within 24 hours of receipt or on the next working day. Once your order has shipped, you will receive a tracking reference to your email address.

You can find out more about our shipping methods and international zones on our shipping page.


We’re happy to accept returns or exchanges of orders in new and unworn condition with original packaging within 14 days of receipt. To return your order, please contact us first at [email protected].

For more information about returns, see our returns page.