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Papa Nui Invader Cap

The Papa Nui Invader Cap is inspired by the experiences of John Tesoriero’s father during WWII. It comes in a rugged, starchy black herringbone twill that is full of character and is completed with hand cut and stitched satin numbers.

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About the Papa Nui Invader Cap

Like all Papa’s caps, the Papa Nui Invader Cap has a story behind it, but in this case a very personal tale. It’s inspired by John Tesoriero’s father’s real life experience during the struggle for New Guinea during WWII. Caught by a Japanese shore battery, his convoy was saved by the arrival of a B-25 from the 418th NFS. This is John’s tribute cap.

It comes in a rugged starchy black herringbone twill with a proud call out to the 418 in hand cut satin stitched numbers. The fabric is truly beautiful and full of character, whilst the skilfully stitched contrasting numbers. The result is an aviators cap of exceptional quality that will last a lifetime and that has a personality all of its own.

The Invader Cap is made ethically in Japan by John Lofgren & Co.

Key features

  • Made in Japan by John Lofgren & Co.
  • Rugged, starchy black herringbone twill construction
  • Hand cut and stitched satin numbers
  • Hino Maru internal country of origin patch
  • Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm)
  • Cold wash/soak to shape or stretch, hot wash/soak and tumble dry to shrink

Medium, Large


Heringbone Twill, Satin






Papa Nui Cap Co


Coming from the South Pacific and taking cues from vintage military, utility and surf styles, Papa Nui Cap Co. is the creation of John Tesoriero. Drawing on decades of experience and an enviable collection of vintage clothing and militaria, each cap has a story all of its own. Every cap in the collection is designed and tested on the Atoll before being manufactured in Japan by John Lofgren & Co to the very highest quality. Designed to be rugged, handsome and to last a lifetime, every cap will age beautifully, reflecting the life of its wearer. As John himself says, “anything else is just a cap“.


The Papa Nui Mike Forney Cap is a low-maintenance piece designed for rugged wear.

When necessary, we recommend a cold machine wash and line dry. If you are happy with the sizing of your cap, avoid tumble drying as this may result in slight shrinkage.


Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm).

To find out more about how to measure your head to get the sizing of your cap perfect, see this detailed post about Papa Nui sizing. Need more information on how to fine tune the sizing of your Papa Nui cap? Our sizing page also contains information about how to stretch or shrink your cap.

Before attempting to stretch or shrink your cap, please see the Care section to see if this is possible with your model.

Shipping & 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 to ship orders. We charge a flat rate shipping cost per order based on your location. This is:

  • UK – £5 (Delivery in 48 hours)
  • Europe – from £6 (Delivery in 3-5 working days)
  • Rest of World – from £6.50 (Delivery in 6-7 working days)

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 the process, see our returns page.