Sashiko Sweatshirt

With 4.5km of reinforced stitching it takes 3 days to make.

$595.00
Size

Model is 6ft 2 / 188cm with a 38 inch / 96cm chest, and wears size Large.

  • Sweatshirt is 100% organic cotton for softness
  • Embroidered with 4.5km of strong meta-aramid thread
  • Loopback construction

Reinforced with 4.5 kilometres of high-strength stitching, the Sashiko Sweatshirt pioneers a completely new approach to creating highly durable clothing, inspired by the ancient Japanese art of sashiko. The technique of sashiko, or ‘little stabs,’ is a highly resilient form of embroidery developed during the Japanese Edo period, where worn out garments were repaired using decorative hand stitches. Clothes would be mended again and again as they passed down the generations, getting stronger as they got older.

Rather than waiting until an item of clothing needs to be repaired, we’ve simply applied sashiko-style stitching in super-strong meta-aramid thread over the entire sweatshirt at the start of its life. By combining 100% organic cotton with 4.5 kilometres of high-strength stitching, we’ve created a sweatshirt that’s as soft and comfortable as it is tough and durable. Every Sashiko Sweatshirt takes a dedicated artisan three days to construct.

Technical Details

Material made in Italy: 100% organic cotton
Embroidered with 4.5km of sashiko thread
Sashiko thread composition: 100% meta-aramid
Engineered embroidery follows body contours
Machine wash 30°C
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Every sweatshirt is reinforced with 4.5 kilometres of high strength stitching

It’s a completely new approach to adding strength to materials inspired by the ancient Japanese art of sashiko.

Repairing clothes made them tougher

The Japanese tradition of mending clothing with sashiko stitching was a brilliant example of how a sustainable approach to clothing could actually improve the clothes at the same time. Sashiko was used to keep farmers warm, fishermen dry, and make firemen’s coats thicker. So we wanted to explore whether this stitching technique, which creates very strong repairs, could be applied to a whole garment as a way of building in durability from the very start of its lifespan. Our Sashiko Sweatshirt is soft and extremely comfortable to wear, but with 4.5km of meta-aramid fibre stitching, it’s also tough and hard-wearing at the same time.

SIze + Fit

The Sashiko Sweatshirt is designed with a regular fit.

Size XS S M L XL XXL
Fits chest 83 - 90 91 - 98 99 - 106 107 - 114 115 - 122 123 - 130
Fits waist 71 - 76 76 - 81 81 - 86 86 - 91 91 - 96 96 - 101
Size XS S M L XL XXL
Fits chest 33 - 36 36 - 39 39 - 42 42 - 45 45 - 48 48 - 51
Fits waist 28 - 30 30 - 32 32 - 34 34 - 36 36 - 38 38 - 40