Thursday, May 24, 2012

Combat Beach Battalion.

In a long line that stretches back from Roosevelt's Rough Riders, Carlson's Raiders and Merrill's Marauders comes Papa Nui's Combat Beach Battalion. Join the Papa now and enlist for the CBB!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

AHOY! Masters of Vessels, Skippers and Mates avast!
The wait is finally over.

In the true spirit of 'field-made', the Papa has taken the humble Daisy Mae hat, added native labor and some good 'ol Seabee know how and rebuilt it from 100% cotton herringbone twill in the vintage frog skin camo pattern of the USMC.

The ultimate utility in sun protection this exclusive beach hat has a multi-layered soft brim styling with 4 panel construction and 8 breathable eyelets and is the essential addition to any summer kit. Shield your eyes from the shimming heat of Oriental waters, the fierce Pacific sun or the savage tropical coral glare.

The perfect combination of Papa's styling makes this hat an absolute necessity for beach landings and surf recon missions, standing in the chow line or tinkering under the hood in the motor pool and of course just the right attire for nocturnal manoeuvres inside the nurses compound.

A truly inspired piece that's individual, personal and looks better with every wear, so wash it, dry it, fade it, bash it, pop the eyelets out and trash it; the saltier the better.
Choose a look or wear it your own way!
The Napoleon with front brim turned back, is the choice of future Generals. 

The BARRYMORE, worn with the correct tilt, is for the casual debonair type. 
The PAUL REVERE is a tricorn effect and most becoming to slim, long faces.
The PORKPIE is for the studious type and is reminiscent of college campuses. 
Papa Nui's Surf Surplus & Supply department have created this limited edition run of only 30 hats to be sold world wide and exclusive to Papa's online cohorts.

So dont hesitate one minute, BUY one NOW! and join Papa Nui's Combat Beach Battalion.

Papa Nui's Combat Beach Battalion Hats are available in 3 sizes, 58cm, 59cm and 60cm and have been pre-washed for initial shrinkage. Orders should be placed by email to and payment through PAYPAL at the same address.  Hats are $45 USD plus $5 shipping by airmail to all locations worldwide. Please feel free to ask all questions prior to purchase.

Papa Nui, storming a beach near you.

 Papa Nui, Papa Nui's Combat Beach Battalion, Papa Nui Surf Surplus &Supply and Papa Nui Soul Crafted are all the intellectual property of John Tesoriero curator and author of the Papa Nui Says Blogspot.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Papa's PX sale, The Last Blast!

 So folks here we have the final last blast sale. This is the moment you realise there are other priorities to focus on. For the Papa there's major work to be done on the Cherokee plus registration, a pending nuptial and Chief Urulu's dowry and let's not forget the Papa's secret projects. So much to be done, so little money.
And we begin, email me and ask any questions or if you wish to take advantage of any of these great items. First in best dressed. Shipping is always a bitch and so I'll try to keep that at a bare minimum but remember that's out of my hands. 
Item 1. Vintage Mexican leather tooled brief case with silver conchos. A real beauty and a Papa favourite, excellent condition, could do with a condition maybe, press studs a little stiff but what a killer item.
Price $50. SOLD to the illustrious and talented Mr. FCC my man on the Continent.

 Item 2. Vintage sweat medium size, great scoopy neck, looks great with white tee and jeans, beaten and weathered with the best print I've seen in a long while. You know how much these sell for in Japan?, well lets say they have them in a glass cabinet in all the stores in Shibuya.This one is all about looking lived in!
Price $100

 Item 3. 80's USN deck jacket UDT-20, A custom print and a beach favourite of the Papa, fleece lining is great for early morning patrols on the sand. Size Medium 38-40.
Price $60 SOLD to a brother.

 Item 4. Magnificent vintage Lee Union-alls, the au rigueur of the Salt flats. Add a pith helmet and you have the ultimate in true Hot rod style, think SCTA! Sized to fit a medium from my height 5'6" with turn ups or 5'11" perfect. Condition is perhaps deadstock but they have been washed and cleaned because of original fold marks, almost perfect.
Price $75

 Item 5. Oh man I've had this baby so long, purchased in Long Beach 21 years ago, what an amazing jacket! I absolutely love G-1's but have never had much luck finding a smaller one in the condition I want and with the orange/brown collar. Possibly an earlier Brill Bros but definitely a Size 42". Elastic is battered but very livable and jacket has the best patina ever, photos tell all.
Price $225

 Item 6. Ah the Real McCoy! On pay day once a month I'd finish work and hump from Ebisu Garden Place up Komazawa dori to Daikanyama and down to the McCoys store for my monthly spend up, those where the days! this is the last of my Chambray work shirts. This is their Steelers shirt in a size 16-16.5, its a beautiful chambray with lots of grain and character and beautiful detailing. Has a couple of spots but big deal this is where it all began, the 8 hour union.
Price $100. SOLD

 Item 7. Better than CHAMBRAY? This is the wool version of the Steelers shirt. A limited edition made in super low numbers and sold through the original hole in the wall McCoys ( the Rough Riders )store down the back side street that runs parallel to the local Eki. This was in the pre-catalog days, pre-volume1 and back when the collection was printed on a color A3 sheet and then folded over. Unbelievable shirt and worn lightly one winter when I lived further south. Immaculate but with a little flaw in the bottom front fabric as seen in photo.
Price $180 SOLD

 Item 8. The piece de resistance! the Real McCoys Michigan Ave jacket. heavy melton type wool with leather detailing in the true 30's workers style. Half belted and pleated to perfection this jacket is the best ever and in immaculate condition. Cotton unbrushed flannel lining. Size 40.
Price $450 SOLD to the illustrious and talented Mr. FCC my man on the Continent.

I really hope some of my friends out there buy and enjoy this stuff as it represents a very special time for me when there wasn't too many people switched on to what was happening up in Japan,( my first visit was Tokyo and Osaka in 1982) I was just fortunate enough to be there at the start of so many of the brands that now represent the pinnacle of the art, so you are not just buying a replica shirt but a part of contemporary style history. For me it has been a wonderful journey and I wish that you all enjoy these pieces as much as I have.
Always the PAPA.