Loop & Weft

Loop & Weft LTS1003 Tompkins Knit 1950s Ski Sweatshirt (Oatmeal)


  • 100% Cotton
  • Japanese Tompkins knit fabric
  • Cotton thread sewing construction
  • Slim fit silhouette
  • Vintage inspired ribbed neck construction
  • Triple lockstitch construction throughout
  • Washed fabric (to eliminate shrinkage)
  • Vintage inspired ribbed cuffs (slimmer, to replicate the original)
  • Also available in Black

While it is known that Loopwheel is the standard for premium quality when it comes to sweatshirt material, and ultra rare, with only two factories left in Wakayama still able to produce the esteemed fabric. But Tompkins is like the new (actually, really damn old) standard, with a single factory in Wakayama left that only allows 1-2 machines to keep running production for Tompkins fabric. The reason? Simple economics - Loopwheel is more profitable, and better known amongst clients, hence easier to sell as a fabric and garment.

Want a sweatshirt with an inner that feels like a Lambswool sweater? Tompkins is the answer, look no further. The Tompkins Upright Rotary Knitting Machine, a rare vintage find (especially in Japan), creates an even and light fabric with its slow and steady pace. This produces a fabric that is similar in texture and weight to fabric knit in the late 1800s.

While most sweatshirts are produced using a thicker threading (30-ban in Japanese), the production of these Tompkins sweatshirts use a thinner 40-ban yarn to create a sweatshirt fabric that gives any Loopwheel sweatshirt out on the market a serious run for it's money.

*Model is pictured wearing a size S. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.

Size - CM Chest Shoulder Centre Back Sleeve
S 96 37.5 54.5 56.5
M 100 40 60 59.5
L 108 44 60.5 60.5
XL 116 48 61 64
Size - Inches Chest Shoulder Centre Back Sleeve
S 37.8 14.8 21.5 22.2
M 39.4 15.7 23.6 23.4
L 42.5 17.3 23.8 23.8
XL 45.7 18.9 24 25.2
Made in Wakayama, Japan


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