One front patch pocket Hooded Sweatshirt based on the type worn in America in the 1940s. The organic cotton fleece knit body, the custom-made circular rib cuff, and waistband are made using a customised loop wheel machine, and it has no shoulder slope. The material is dyed using natural mud and plant dyeing methods.
Taiga Takahashi was invested in researching the history of the hooded sweatshirt and how it went from a form of underwear to an everyday staple of the American wardrobe. Linked to advanced manufacturing processes and the economic boom that enabled this in the wake of World War II, the 1940s saw the hooded sweatshirts become more widely worn as a piece of outerwear. Looking into how these hooded sweatshirts were made, Takahashi found that the technology, a process completed on a loopwheeler machine, was almost obsolete. There are only two factories in the world that still produce clothing in this way, in Japan and Germany. The Hooded Sweatshirt is made using the technique in Japan, where Takahashi spoke with the craftspeople about how to get a more accurate representation of the hooded sweaters worn in the 1940s. The result features an organic cotton fleece knit body made using a customised loopwheeler machine. The material is dyed using natural mud and plant dyeing techniques to achieve a unique and beautiful patination.