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Papa Nui Zeke Cap


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The Papa Zeke Cap is a rebuild of a WWII Japanese aviation mechanics cap. It comes in rugged, crispy cotton twill and has a deep-ish crown and short, stubby visor. It is finished with rear adjustable lacing, a detail synonymous with Japanese headwear of the time, that makes it flexible and easily adjustable.

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About the Papa Nui Zeke Cap

The Papa Nui Zeke Cap is a rebuild of a WWII Japanese aviation mechanics cap, the Nipponese A-3 if you will. Like its American counterpart, it is simple in execution, comfortable in wear, practical in styling.

A deep-ish crown keeps the cap secure and a stubby visor allows for unobstructed peering into engine cowlings and bomb bays. The rear adjustable lacing, a detail synonymous with most headwear from Japan, allows for ease of adjustment and the rugged, crispy twill provides a robust fabrication to endure the tropical climates of the “greater sphere of prosperity”. Worn by the finest Tokkotai fighting elements, the Zeke Cap is completely original in concept and made with the care and attentiveness to detail as only the Papa’s production facilities can deliver.

Key features

  • Inspired by a WWII Japanese aviation mechanics cap
  • Deep crown and short, stubby visor
  • Cotton twill construction
  • Includes a Papa Nui Atoll Defence lithograph badge
  • Made in Japan by John Lofgren & Co.
  • Hino Maru internal country of origin patch
  • Sizes Medium (57-58cm) and Large (59-60cm)

Medium, Large


Cotton twill






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“.


Papa Nui caps are low-maintenance pieces designed for rugged wear. Because of the wool liner, we recommend avoiding soaking or machine washing this cap.


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.