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Loop & Weft have a simple creed/slogan. It is, "Best Knitwear". Bold statement in an oversaturated market of perfectly produced 'Made in Japan' knitwear and outerwear. But this was the piece that reminded us why Loop & Weft are so confident with their production. They truly epitomize the Best Knitwear that is still Made in Japan.
Taking a form of a 1980s British Wool Sweater motif, the switched panel construction of the knit fabric is an incredibly difficult detail to calibrate, as you can see the patchwork is actually within the weave and not sewn onto the garment, or stitched together. The construction expertise that goes into producing these sweaters, guarantees the perfect balance between stretch and retention of the fabric over extended wear.
These sweaters are produced by a single older gentleman in his 70s, with decades of experience producing some of Japan's meticulously produced knitwear pieces out of a small factory near Yamanashi, Japan. It goes without saying that sewing of this standard rests in the hands of this older gentleman, and with his passing, we will likely lose this level of meticulous craftsmanship with it.
Details make us love a garment, and this piece falls nothing short of spectacular. The Lambswool itself is from Australia, sourced from the Australian city of Geelong (a rich pasture area along the Southeastern Coast of Australia renowned for its prized Lambswool). The wool itself is shaved from a baby lamb, specifically lamb that is up to six months in age. Young lambs are selected in this scenario for two reasons.
The first is the fabric - baby lambs provide exceptionally soft wool that feels simply incredible from the first wear. The other reason is the color, the depth and quality of the color of the wool is superior when compared to the wool of adult sheep. As the wool is derived from a baby lamb, the microns of the wool are extremely small which allow for an incredibly soft feeling and particularly warm knit - hence the description, extra-fine Merino wool.
*Model is pictured wearing a size S. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.
**Dry Clean only. Hand Wash or Tumble Dry are not recommended with this item.
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