IF you could warm to the idea of having your own one-of-a-kind beanie, Niseko’s has a head start on the rest.
All local and hand-made, this trendy, customisable head gear comes in pretty impressive styles, including interchangeable face masks, neck warmers and scarfs.
Yoshi Aida – a.k.a ‘Grandma Grandma’ because he knits a lot – is the ideas man behind the beanies and started Lade Clothing. And one of the only places they’re available is Niseko Photography.
Yoshi-san has knitted and sewn the beanies for eight years, and they come in 12 designs and around 60 different colours.
“But you can ask me to make you your very own special design that no one else in the world has,” he said.
“My beanies are the best quality and all hand-made, not mass-produced in a factory,” he said.
Made from everything from wool to boar fur, the beanies range in price from ¥4500 to almost ¥20,000, with complicated designs taking a single person three days to make.