why this product

This three-thread pure cotton sweatshirt by Merz b. Schwanen features a fluid, seamless design, which is made using a loopwheel process to create one single shirt body without the need for side seams. It's woven on circular knitting machines dating back to the 1920s and based on a pattern from the 1930s. A unique panel on the underside of the arm creates a pocket for ventilation, as well as providing extra comfort and ease of movement. A classic piece whether worn for a jog, lounging at home or running errands.

use & care

Machine wash cold. Tumble dry on low setting.

production & design

In 2009, Peter Plotnicki, a former menswear tailor and vintage fashion a?cionado, purchased some Merz beim Schwanen deadstock at a flea market. He was impressed with the quality but unfamiliar with the brand itself. Peter's research traced the company back to 1911, when Balthasar Merz founded a small German Alps knitwear operation that was family-run until 2007.

With permission from the Merz family to use the brand name, Plotnicki resurrected the line of German-style underwear and undershirts, with a keenness for authenticity. The garments are made on original circular knitting machines dating to the 1920s, and everything—including the trim fabrics, buttons, hangtags and packaging—is made on German soil.

about the designer

Merz b. Schwanen Sweatshirt (Oatmeal)

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Three-thread pure cotton sweatshirt with flat knit cuffs and hem.
Triangle inset at base of sleeve for comfort and ease of movement. Woven on century-old knitting machines in Germany.  

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:



    21 inches wide (53 cm)
    34 inches long(86 cm)
    27½ inches long (70 cm)


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    35 inches long (88 cm)
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    22 inches wide (57 cm)
    35.4 inches long (90 cm)
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    Extra Large

    23 inches wide (59 cm)
    36 inches long (92 cm)
    30 inches long (76 cm)

    100% Cotton

    Made in 

  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283746

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  • We accept complimentary returns within 30 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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