ever since my first trip to japan i've been fascinated by all things japanese. mind you, this was even before my current obsession with sneaker and streetwear culture. i was always mindblown by how the japanese can take something american and just plain do it better.
case in point is a company called loopwheeler which uses ancient (but better) technology to make insanely comfortable sweatshirts. what makes them better you ask? a terribly inefficient and painstakingly slow machine called "loopwheel" that can only knit one meter (about a yard) of fabric PER HOUR. all told, each machine only churns out enough fabric to make 8-9 sweatshirts IN A DAY. the result is a shirt made without any excess tension that is unusually soft and durable.
nike sportswear recently collaborated with loopwheeler to produce a limited number of sweatshirts and hoodies along with this nike blazer mid that i was lucky enough to pick up at their temporary event space in LA's montalban theater.
check out more on loopwheeler here. gotta love the sketchy japanese-to-english translation...