Being in the Southern Hemisphere does have it’s advantages when it comes to this hobby 🙂
The seasons are right opposite to the regions were our favourite brands are heavily marketed, so I can often find ‘last season’s’ stock at a nice price in preparation for changing weather conditions.
Here are a couple of Studio D’Artisan sweats from Naoki at Pants Shop Avenue that have arrived today.
Lovely 4-needle set-in sweats made from loop-wheeled cotton in a vintage tube-body design.
V-plackets on the neck front and back, and of course, no side-seams on the body of the sweat.
Oh, and did I say I love Indy and Clipper???
Can’t get enough of them~
I’m very glad that Studio D’Artisan has chosen to keep the production of most of their sweats & parkas in Japan.
Much of their military repro jackets and T-shirts are made in China nowadays (and some poly/cotton sweats made in India).
A sign of things to come?
I respect how long these Japanese companies have held off (and in some cases, still holding off) having to shift their productions overseas.
But I guess as less and less people are interested in the actual ‘quality’ of garments, our favourite brands may be left with little choice if they are to survive.
Better stock up while we still can 😛
Anyway, back to the sweats at hand.
Very similar construction technique to some of the Buzz Rickson’s and McCoy sweats.
Although the ribs and cuffs are not seamless as the others.
The cut is also longer in the body compared to Buzz Rickson’s offers, and for that I’m grateful 🙂
The stitch run-0ff at the cuffs are very interesting, although I don’t see what purpose they might serve.
I’ve tied the run-off threads at the base to prevent them from breaking in the washing machine (see below).
The weight of the fabric feels to be around 12 to 13 oz.
Very soft, very supple, and very warm.
The inner surface has not been napped, and retains the ribbed texture.
As a fellow SuperFuture member had stated: wearing loop-wheeled sweats is like hugging a giant teddy bear 😛
I’m thinking about experimenting with some dyeing at home, and possibly I may dye these sweats oatmeal or a light shade of charcoal.
Will have to see if I can be bothered 😛
But yes, that’s all the sweats rant for now – enjoy your week!