- 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
- Also available in Oatmeal
It is well known that Loopwheel is the standard for premium quality when it comes to sweatshirt material, 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 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 thread (30-ban in Japanese), the production of these Tompkins sweatshirts uses a thinner 40-ban yarn to create a sweatshirt fabric that gives any Loopwheel sweatshirt out on the market a serious run for its money.
*Model is pictured wearing a size M. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.
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Made in Wakayama, Japan