The Crew Neck Sweatshirt

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Whether it's 1953, or 2013, the classic grey crewneck sweatshirt is just one of those rare items that will forever be a crucial piece in what we call 'American style.' And while the staple piece has been reinvented countless time, the first crewneck sweatshirt was invented in 1920 by Benjamin Russell Jr., a football player for the University of Alabama.

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Whether it's 1953, or 2013, the classic grey crewneck sweatshirt is just one of those rare items that will forever be a crucial piece in what we call 'American style.' And while the staple piece has been reinvented countless time, the first crewneck sweatshirt was invented in 1920 by Benjamin Russell Jr., a football player for the University of Alabama. Tired of the itchy wool jerseys he and him teammates would sweat through during games, Russell Jr. thought to swap out the scratchy fabric for a more comfortable, and cooler, cotton. Russell Jr. took his idea to Russell Sr. who, in turn, made his son's design idea a reality, and simultaneously and gave birth to the Russell Athletic Co. Once Russell Jr.'s sweatshirts got onto the backs of the Crimson Tide, the new versions took off both on and off the gridiron.

 Not only were these version 2.0 sweatshirts incredibly soft, but they could also take a beating, as evidenced by the small triangle around the collar, a signature design detail of those simple crewnecks. The triangle wasn't all for show though, it was a utilitarian feature that reinforced the collar by overlapping an additional layer of webbing material. The added support kept the collar from stretching out, even after years of wear. Thanks to the heritage movement of the early Aughts, the most classic of crewneck designs have returned with full force, with companies such like Champion, The Real McCoys, and Mister Freedom channeling the original model from nearly a century ago. The prices may have changed over the years, but the spirit of the crewneck sweatshirt remains - a comfortable, well-fitting piece that will never fade out, even if the colors do.

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