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    The History of the Hoodie: Rebellion & Empowerment

    Few garments have created such controversy as the hoodie. From its association with youth-driven communities, iconic sports players and the runways of Paris, the hooded sweatshirt is one of our most iconic menswear wardrobe staples.

    Its design has barely changed over the last 80 years. The blank canvas has appealed over the generations, as different walks of life adopted the hoodie as a symbol for music, innovation and rebellion.  

    1930s: Invention

    In the 1930s American clothing manufacturers began experimenting with fabrics traditionally used in undergarment mills to create what we now know as the hoodie. The apparel company now known as Champion Athletic Apparel produced a sweatshirt material to keep athletes and labourers warm and protected from the elements. The design evolved into sportswear for the mass market over the 20th century.

    The hoodie made a transition from practical clothing to a personal statement when athletes started to give their sports attire to their girlfriends to wear. The trend emerged throughout high schools in 50’s America, along with polo shirts & letterman jackets. This started the early adoption of using sportswear as a fashion statement.

    1970s: Rebellion

    In the 70s, hip-hop culture emerged in the Bronx, inspiring rap music, graffiti and break dancing. Wearing a hoodie at this time meant you were keeping a low profile, and with a design like a cobra hood it was worn to intimidate others. The hoody allowed unrestricted movement for the dance routines and concealed the identities of graffiti artists on the street.

    In California, skaters rejected the mainstream culture, and with the closure of many skate parks skaters maintained their lifestyle however they could, legal or not. To feed the rebellion, music in the area gravitated towards hard-core punk and hoodies became a staple of the culture.

    In 1976, the release of “Rocky” added another layer of symbolism to the hoodie. The grey marl silhouette became a symbol of his hard knocks, and work ethic, and reestablished the hoodie’s connection to its working-class roots, reaffirming its look into today’s mainstream society.

    1980s: Empowerment

    In the 80’s, the hoodie became part of a look associated with street style. Its mass adoption began with the parallel popularity of hip-hop from the US, where rappers modelled themselves after athletes in a bid to emulate strength and status.

    1990s: Mainstream

    By the ‘90s, the hoodie’s duality as both a trend and iconic staple was well established. It was during this era when the term “hoodie” became part of American vocabulary, filtered by hip hop’s rise into the mainstream and the huge rise of urban fashion.

    The 90s saw the growth of hard-edged gangsta rap, and groups like Wu-Tang Clan and Cypress Hill had a pared-down dress code to suit their hard rhythms. By this time the hoodie had quickly become a cultural symbol.

    2000: Tech Uniform

    2012 was a reminder that whether positive or negative, the hoodie can always be used to make a statement. Mark Zuckerberg caused a stir by wearing a hoodie to meet Wall Street investors, which was ultimately seen as a power move. Whether or not this was an intentional tactic, we conclude it convincingly established an identity for Zuckerberg as a non-conformist rather than creating a casual fashion statement.

    This contemporary piece has become a sartorial classic for the Luca Faloni essentials collection. Several fundamental details have been introduced to transition this piece from casual attire to a high-end contemporary look.

    The Cashmere Hoodie by Luca Faloni

    This hooded sweater is knitted in Italy with 100% two-ply pure cashmere from the prestigious Cariaggi Fine Yarns Collection.

    Fitted and elegant silhouette: The design has been streamlined removing bulky pockets and zip to ensure a fitted and flattering silhouette.

    Quality Buttons: By replacing the basic zip design with premium Italian buttons, the hoodie has a more elegant and distinguished feel.

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