The sweatshirt is a wardrobe staple. And, like all staples, it's worth paying a bit extra to get the best one you can.
Based in Japan, Studio D'Artisan was founded in 1979. Starting out with denim, they cut no corners - even going as far as ordering copper from France for their rivets. They've since expanded their product list, all with the goal of creating the most painstakingly authentic recreations possible.
When they moved into sweatshirts, they scoured the US for the original loopwheel machines factories used to use before they got rid of them. Have no idea what Loopwheel is either? Let us explain.
Loopwheel refers to the machines themselves, which were originally used in the US before the general shift to mass production. Making only a meter of fabric an hour, they created superior product but were deemed inefficient, so were scrapped.
These machines found their way to Japan, specifically the Wakayama prefecture. The machines, while slow, create fabric with a much more relaxed yarn than mass produced sweat fabric - creating a product that's softer than a fluffy rabbit.
All of this makes the Studio D'Artisan sweatshirt painstakingly well made, incredibly soft and, at the risk of sounding weepy over clothing, rather special. As the sizing is in Japanese, you'll have to order a size up from your usual (or risk looking like you've stolen your teenage cousins clothes).
But, that note aside, you're now one step away from having one of the best sweatshirts in the world. (Superdenim, £130)