Loop & Weft

Loop & Weft LTS1004 Tompkins Knit 1950s Hooded Sweatshirt (Navy)


  • 100% Cotton
  • Japanese Tompkins knit fabric
  • Cotton thread sewing construction
  • Slim fit silhouette
  • Vintage inspired ribbed hood construction
  • Kangaroo pocket
  • Triple lockstitch construction throughout
  • Washed fabric (to eliminate shrinkage)
  • Vintage inspired ribbed cuffs (slimmer, to replicate the original)
  • Also available in Oatmeal and 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 a balanced fabric with its slow and steady pace. This produces a fabric that is similar in texture and weight to sweat jersey 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 M. He weighs 75kg (165 pounds) and is 175cm (5'10") tall.

Size - CM Chest Shoulder Centre Back Sleeve
S 99 44.5 62.5 59
M 104 47 66 61
L 111 49 66.5 62
XL 114 52.5 68 63.5
Size - Inches Chest Shoulder Centre Back Sleeve
S 39 17.5 24.6 23.2
M 40.9 18.5 26 24
L 43.7 19.3 26.2 24.4
XL 44.9 20.7 26.8 25
Made in Wakayama, Japan


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