- 100% Cotton
- Japanese Tompkins knit fabric
- Cotton thread sewing construction
- Slim fit silhouette
- V-gusset featured on chest and back
- Vintage-inspired attached hood
- Kangaroo pocket
- 4-needle flat seam construction
- Washed fabric (to eliminate shrinkage)
- Vintage-inspired ribbed cuffs (slimmer, to replicate the original)
- Also available in Black
An iconic weave within the Loop & Weft roster, the Tompkins fleece knit is a legendary fabric produced on the Tompkins upright rotary knitting machine. Invented in the mid-1800s, the knitting machine operates at an exceptionally slow speed, and lacks the production efficiency seen from the succeeding loopwheel fabrics that followed it. With only a handful of these Tompkins knit machines still operating in Japan, the weave construction closely resembles in texture and weight to the original fabric from the 1800s. Contrary to loopwheel machines which usually knit from top to bottom at a relatively high speed, the Tompkins construction moves dead slow and in the opposite direction from bottom to top to produce a thick yet soft fabric containing ample air.
The design cues salute the classic double-V-gusset after hoodie, including the V-gussets on the front & back, an after hood construction sewn just below the binder crewneck and a kangaroo pocket that is overlocked at the ends using a 2-needle stitch.
With the raw edge construction on the kangaroo pocket, custom ribbing, 4 needle flat seam sewing construction & the quintessential vintage hoodie detail, the post attached hood. A detail born out of necessity, athletes & laborers alike wanted protection from the elements, and Champion stitched on hoods to their classic crewneck sweatshirts starting in the late 30s.
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.