The Independents: CA4LA

Okay, so some may argue that this is not strictly speaking an independent shop. Yes, there are branches in throughout Japan, but, here in London, this wonderful little hat shop stands alone just off Old Street roundabout and opposite a kebab shop and so strictly speaking, in my book, this qualifies it as Independent.

CA4LA is pronounced, KA-SHI-LA and it means "head" in Japanese.

CA4LA is a well appointed boutique that houses a large and varied array of hats and head/hair accessories. You can find anything here from, top hats to bowlers, trilbies, fedoras caps and more.

The shop opened in 2006 and is the 1st branch outside of Japan. All of the hats are designed and made in Japan and are created in limited amounts.

The shop itself has two floors and is curiously furnished with old chandeliers, worn looking wooden units and a fair share of taxidermy animals. The staff are very helpful without being bothersome and were quite happy to leave us to try on every single hat on display without even raising an eyebrow.

We visited CA4LA during one of their sample sales. We both left with 2 knit hats each. Here is but a fleeting glimpse of mine:

Very handy now that my neck is utterly exposed! I shall certainly be making many return visits to this shop. We both love hats and it is such fun trying new looks. Why, I think even Alice's Mad Hatter would like it here!

Visit the CA4LA website here


  1. Amazing!!! Where in London are they?
    I love the theatricality of their website

  2. Wow there are so many hats!! I want!! :D the place looks very beautiful!


  3. i love the conversion they've done in the third and fourth shot. looks great.

  4. what a lovely place!!! i dont think i've ever been inside a hat store. that chandelier is just lovely!!! hope to see u sporting those hats soon :D

  5. Oooh a hat shop! I think the chandelier is so pretty too! Would love to visit this store. I will be sure to bring my boyfriend so we can get his and hers hats. I have a fair few, he doesn't have any because his head is too big! XD

  6. Seems like such a fun place to take pictures in!

  7. this is why i miss London x


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