Sashiko Sweatshirt

Reinforced with 4.5km of high-strength stitching.

$595.00 $297.00

Model is 6ft 1 / 185 cm with a 36 inch / 91cm chest, and wears size Small.

  • 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.

The sashiko method helped pioneer sustainable clothing

The technique of sashiko, or ‘little stabs,’ is a highly resilient form of embroidery developed during the Japanese Edo period to repair torn and damaged clothes. Instead of today’s invisible mending, sashiko highlighted the rips, tears, frays and fringes of a piece of clothing, reinventing it with stitching in a contrasting thread. This simple ‘running stitch’ technique, used in repeating or interlocking patterns, not only gave clothes individual style, but also made them warmer, stronger and longer-lasting.

Reinforced with 1 million high strength stitches, and inspired by sustainable samurais

Stitched with thousands of Vs

The traditional geometric patterns of sashiko included arrows, lightning and bamboo as popular motifs. Our stitching pattern is based on the Vollebak ‘V’. The stitching is denser towards the hem of the sweatshirt, and sparser at the elbows. This maximises movement and strengthens the areas where it’s needed most.

Every Sashiko Sweatshirt comes pre-repaired with 4.5km of meta-aramid fibre stitching

4.5 kilometres of stitching that takes 3 days

High strength, flame-retardant aramid fibres are conventionally used to make clothing worn by military personnel, firefighters and industrial workers whose lives depend on protection against fires and electrical arcs. While we’ve used these materials to make some of our other ultra-tough clothing before, we’re pretty sure our Sashiko Sweatshirt is the first time that a single piece of clothing has been reinforced with 4.5 kilometres of meta-aramid stitching.

Knitted in Italy from 100% organic cotton

The Sashiko Sweatshirt is made from heavyweight 470g, 100% organic cotton, knitted in the mountains of northern Italy. The cotton-jersey is built using densely knitted yarn to create a fabric that’s more resistant to wear and pilling.

It pioneers a new approach to creating highly durable clothing that’s inspired by the ancient Japanese art of sashiko

Ancient Edo society hated garbage

Garbage was almost non-existent in the Edo period. They didn’t just recycle and reuse. They understood that everything had a value and that living happily and within their means was a virtue. Repair and reuse businesses were everywhere. Enterprising samurai would turn busted bamboo umbrella frames into kindling, carefully unpicking oiled parasols and turning them into special wrapping paper. ‘Geta no haire,’ or wooden clog repairers, would travel door-to-door. And if your kettle or old pot sprung a leak, an ‘ikake,’ or metal repairer, was never far away.

It meant Japanese clothing wasn’t like western clothing

Clothing was the ultimate non-disposable product. Traditional kimonos were cut straight in equal proportions with no waste, so they were standardised goods – a significant point of difference with Western clothing. If Western clothes were disassembled they would be different sizes and could not be recycled the way kimonos were – effectively making them single-use items.

SIze + Fit

The Sashiko Sweatshirt is designed with a regular fit.

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
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