Independent Trading's Version of the Best Sweatshirt in the World
I see you have a new style available now, the IND5000 Pullover and Crew, what’s the story on that?
Yeah, the IND5000 is something we worked on for a while and we’re calling it the Legend. We’re pretty excited about showing it off and getting it to our customers.
What’s different about this sweatshirt?
The IND5000 is basically our version of the best sweatshirt in the world. So we were able to throw out some of the limits that we place on ourselves when designing a blank that needs to work for certain price points or appeal to the majority of our customers. We’ve gone for a heavyweight 450gm/13.5oz fleece, and true 1x1 ribbing, and a ton of premium features. Our main goal was to make the IND5000 the best of the best without any limitations.
What sparked your interest in making a Premium Heavyweight Hoodie?
One reason is that we wanted to put a stamp on the Premium Heavyweight market. When we hear people say “Have you seen how nice So & So’s sweatshirt is?”, or “Have you seen the $200 blank hoodie these guys make?” it really gets to us. Not to mention the Marketing campaigns....“The best hoodie ever made” - says Forbes Magazine. We Thought...“What the #$%@ does Forbes know about Sweatshirts?...We can make a better hoodie than that one! We’re gonna make a new heavyweight...and it’s gonna be the best.”
Is there any particular type of brand or group you designed it for?
Heavy Tees and Premium Heavy Fleece has been popular for streetwear brands and workwear brands over the past year, so this garment is for those types of brands, but really anyone who appreciates the finer details of this garment.
What are the key features of this garment?
The IND5000 Pullover and Crew are full of premium features which define this style. It starts with the fabric, a 450gm fleece with a 20 singles face yarn we use for durability and has a unique texture. The body panels are sewn Cross-Grain to limit vertical shrinkage, and all the seams are Reverse Coverstitch for durability, fit & finish. We have perfected the fit, and added trims like antique silver eyelets and heavy duty shoelace drawcords with antique silver tips to top off the styling. We added Double Rib side panels to give a classic look, add some stretch, and used this same super heavy 520gm 100% cotton ribbing used for the side panels on the cuffs and waistband. Like our IND4000, this style has a double fleece lined hood, but he IND5000 features a tear away woven neck label which gives it a premium look straight out of the box, which can be easily torn out for relabeling.
Are there any features that you’d like to point out that people may not notice?
One of the things we most proud of is the overall fit and finish of this garment... Take a close look at all the materials and construction... This sweatshirt is beautiful.
Tell us about the Color Palette.
The Color Palette we’ve chosen is based off the classic colors we have in the IND4000 with the addition of some more unique fashion colors. Black, Navy, and Grey Heather are the staple men's colors that everyone wears, so it wouldn’t be a premium Hoodie without those colors. From there we added some unique colors that we’re really stoked on, which are our Bone and Dusty Pink colors. Both colors are super unique and have an elevated look that you don’t see in a stock blank. Then we brought in some of our favorite classic men’s colors, our Maroon and Alpine Green. These 2 colors bring the collegiate look, and really round out the line for a classic offering with a little twist.
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