This lightweight fabric, form-fitting and snug crop top is one of our best-sellers. Made of a ring-spun cotton/polyester blend, this crop top has a soft hand feel and light texture.
• 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester
• 40 singles thread weight
• Form fitting
• Side seamed
Where did it all begin? In 1743, Belgian-born inventor John Joseph Merlin, skated around a masquerade party while playing the violin with inline skates that only had two wheels. Although this invention was considered ingenious at the time, Merlin ended up injuring himself shortly thereafter by skating into a mirror since the skates had no mechanism to stop. His invention was actually inspired by a 1743 theatrical performance where actors affixed wheels to their shoes to mimic ice skating while on stage.
After Merlin, French inventor M. Petitbled patented a three-wheeled inline skate model in Paris in 1819. This inline skate was made of wood, metal or ivory and wasn't as seamless as iceskating plus it was also slippery on hard surfaces.
Now moving on to 1863, the year that the quad skates we know today were invented. James Plimpton “revolutionized the roller skate” by designing quad skates, according to the National Museum of Roller Skating. These skates gave the skater more control than previous inventions by placing the wheels on pivots so they can turn independently from the frame of the skate. Plimpton also established the New York Roller Skating Association and opened the first skating rink at a Rhode Island resort in 1866.
Fast forward to more modern times, the resurgence of skating in the Western Hemisphere has to pay homage to the inventor of quad skates but also recognize some of the cultural aspects to rollerskating and roller dancing. From 1979 in Venice Beach, California where roller dancing really took off to cities such as New York which was a sanctuary for Black skating culture.