Did I start a controversy of something I don't know where N&F came up with "slow vintage". Maybe it is a lost in translation thing. There are loopwheel machines out there which are less than 20 years old and maybe they did not want to get confused with the more recent machines. Bottom line, the fabric is produced in the one factory in Wakayama, Japan that owns the vast majority of the the vintage loopwheel machines from the 1800's. The fabric is nice. As for price, N&F is able to make this product, and nearly everything including denim, for a much lower cost because there is agreement between Canada and Japan to allow raw goods to pass through each country without being charged duties or tarrifs. This is only raw material, not finished product. Thus N&F can bring the loopwheeled fabric to Canada, make the hoodie there, and charge a much better price than other loopwheeled items made in Japan and sold in USA or Canada. Additionally NAFTA (North Atlantanic Free Trade Agreement) allows finished products produced in USA or Canada to cross the border without being charged duties as well.