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MocT Loopwheeler Sweats at Bows & Arrows

Posted on January 11 2022

Ministry of Clothing started in 2008 with a new marketing idea that responds to the demands of young adults who are interested and highly aware of new fashion trends. The current generation is much more aware of trends, fabrics, and history then previously, especially Japanese youth.

Moc’T is a brand belonging to one of the most important spinning company in Japan. Shinnaigai has been at the very beginning of many sports high-tech fibers. Shinnaigai works with all the major Japanese fashion brands, supplying them with best quality cotton or wool. In 2016, Shinnaigai’s president was visiting an old sweatshirt factory in Osaka’s country side and decided to buy the 1950’s machines that he found in a corner of the factory: the Moc't project started here.  Shinnaigai brought the machine back to their Osaka factory, creating one of the only remaining three or four factories producing authentic loopwheel terry cloth in the world.

The loopwheel process was developed by Italian inventor Guiseppe Negra back in 1926, using machines which rotate around cylinders at an incredibly slow rate to create layer after layer of cotton. These machines can only complete twenty-four rotations per minute, meaning it takes an hour to produce just one meter of loopwheeled terry. All that time and effort is well worth it though because the resulting fabric is remarkably durable. While the resulting product is first-rate, the loopwheel process itself was just too slow for these rapidly scaling companies and in the mid-century they all traded up to faster, side-seam manufacturing for their knits.

As vintage garments have continued to inspire modern designers, there has recently been a significant resurgence of interest in loopwheel sweatshirts. For years now, reverent workwear brands have turned back to loopwheel as no other fabric can create that soft and sturdy texture which characterises the legendary sweatshirts of the forties and fifties.  In Japan, most of the good vintage clothing you can find that are still in good condition were made on these loopwheel machines.

Moc't collection is limited to very few pieces in only one colour: the legendary “GR7” grey, the most classical colour used by the most famous sport brands from the 1950’s. Competitors will surely continue to modernise and digitise their processes, but Moc’t small Japanese factory will continue to churn along at onemeter per hour to guarantee premium comfort and quality.

Moc't collection has a very limited distribution in Japan, only being sold at three prestigious shop in Tokyo. Bows & Arrows is the only store outside Japan to carry Moc't line. 

Bows & Arrows has a selection of MocT sweats and Tshirts at our Marais store and on our e-shop. Click Here to see the MocT collection