Few style evolutions have been as remarkable as that of the sweatshirt. From its origins in Medieval Europe to its powerful presence in today’s fashion world, the sweatshirt has become both a style icon and a statement piece. Looking back at the history of the sweatshirt – with its roots in sport and fashion – makes it easy to understand why this has long been an essential item.
What is a sweatshirt made of?
A sweatshirt is made with sweatshirt fleece, which is a heavy fabric that is finished on one side and has a soft, fluffy nap on the other. The garment is designed to be worn with the finished side out and the napped side close to the skin, so the air trapped by the nap will help retain body heat.
The first (hooded) sweatshirt
Initially hoods were added to sweatshirts to keep workers warm during the bitter winters in Upstate New York in the 1930's. Shortly after, supplied as sports kit including sweatshirts to the US military for training exercises and physical education classes.
Fast forward to the mid-Seventies, when hip-hop culture was developing on the streets of New York City. Eric “Deal” Felisbret, one of the early graffiti writers, recalls the hoodie popping up on the scene around 1974 or 1975. “The people that wore them were all people who were sort of looked up to, in the context of the street,” recalls Deal, who says graffiti writers used the hoodie to keep a low profile, and break-dancers wore it “to keep their bodies warm before they hit the floor.”
In the early Eighties, the dearth of skate parks forced skaters to adapt and skate wherever they could, legal or not. “By being a skater, you were sneaking around and trying to get into parking garages and the hood up was this way of masking your identity,” says author and skateboarder Jocko Weyland.
The Sweatshirt of today
Worn by celebrities such as Kanye West and Lady Gaga, to your grandmother, this sweatshirt is a timeless item which is loved by the masses. You can “sweat it out “ in the Winter or keep that swag even in the Summer.
For Oftt, our sweatshirt is a timeless wardrobe staple. It has a relaxed boxy fit, made from 100% premium cotton fleece, with binding seams and collar, which allows it to be reversed, to showcase loopback fleece. Did we say reversable? Yes we did! Lovingly made in Portugal.
The reversible sweatshirt is available for purchase now.