Aki Sashiki painstakingly creates her Sashiki hats in a small studio in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The shelves of the shop on the first floor are lined with original hats made from straw, raffia and woven paper blades. For CRAFTED FOR LEXUS, she created a gray paper blade fedora and a raffia hat. Thin ribbon thread is woven into a helix to form the shape. To create the shape of the crown, she uses a little hand weaving, then a specialized sewing machine for straw. The shape and size are fashioned according to the feel of the ribbon thread as she holds it in her fingertips for sewing. That way she can adjust the tension and direction of the thread as she likes.