Sweatshirt Nerd Alert
What Everybody Ought to Know About Sweatshirts...(For Your Next Party)
Embroidered sweatshirts are an essential item when the weather turns cold. Our corporate customers love the
idea that 6,100 potential customers see their logo neatly embroidered on a sweatshirt. Have you ever
wondered how the sweatshirt was invented? You probably don't care, but here it is anyway:
The first crewneck sweatshirt
was invented in 1920 by Benjamin Russel Jr a football player at the University of Alabama. He
was tired of the itchy and hot, uncomfortable wool jerseys. He brought the idea of replacing the wool fabric with
stretchy fabric to his father, and the Russell Athletic Company
A natural evolution of the crewneck sweatshirt was the addition of zippers. A short
length of zipper near the neckline allows the wearer to remove it quickly. This type of garment is known as a 1/4 zip. As the
sweatshirt evolved a wide range of quarter and full zip sweatshirt styles
The Hoody Is Born
A milestone in the evolution of the sweatshirt came in 1930 when the Knickerbocker Knitting Company, later
renamed Champion Products, added a hood to their crewneck sweatshirts.
The hood was added to protect outdoor workers and athletes from cold weather, and the hoody was born. Champion produced a
sweatshirt with a hood
and special double thickness material.
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