We had a crazy idea in the pub in December 2015. It was to start a trouser brand in our town.
Hebden Bridge, used to be known as Trousertown, because it made over 20,000 pairs of trousers a week. That’s a million pairs a year! But on that day in the pub, we heard all that was left was just one factory on the brink of closure.
In its industrial heyday, Trousertown was a hive of mill production and garment manufacture. Our aim is to use local suppliers as much as possible to make and market trousers worthy of the reputation that the town once had for quality products.
At the time, we didn’t know much about trousers, but we had been wearing them all our lives, which had to count for something! With the help and skill of the staff in the factory and other amazing local people, we were able to do it.
HebTroCo was launched on Kickstarter, a crowd funding website, at the end of January 2016, with the aim to sell an initial batch of 176 pairs of trousers. We sold that batch in five hours.
So we quit our jobs, and committed to trousers full time. One year on, the factory is back up to capacity and orders from HebTroCo make up the majority of its production. We’re selling hundreds of pairs a month all over the world, keeping Trousertown alive, and helping to revitalise the local economy.
We sell proper trousers, British made to last, and we guarantee them for life. They’ll be the best trousers you ever buy.
We’ve tested and perfected our garments. A lot. We want you to be able to rely on them every day and be completely satisfied with everything you order from us at HebTroCo. That is why all our clothing is guaranteed for life for manufacturing defects. If at any point your trousers become damaged, get them back to us and we will arrange for the item to be repaired or replaced or – if the item is no longer available – we will send goods of the same value. The guarantee does exclude damage that may have been caused by misuse, unusual wear and tear, accident or alteration, but we’ll always try and help you out whatever you’ve done.
brant – (Left – bald, lowercase b, designer, you know the sort…) With a life in bicycle design and brand development, my manufacturing experience started with me sewing trousers for my teddy bear, making tents and bivibags, panniers for my bike as a teenager. Evolving to a brand manager, designing bike frames for myself and thousands of other people – whether that’s super fast carbon fibre road bikes, or full on downhill race bikes. I’m also a former national magazine and website editor. Now I’m applying everything I’ve learnt, with consumer-direct business models, manufacturing efficiency and those 40+ years of trouser wearing, to bring trousers back to our hometown so I can pick my children up from school rather than having to fly half way around the world to check quality.
Ed – (Right- beard, tattoos, motorbike, that sort…) For the 7 years before becoming a Trouserman I worked in the outdoor industry running my own mountain bike skills and guiding business. I’m still a sponsored rider and brand ambassador for industry leading equipment and clothing companies: Santa Cruz Bicycles, Shimano, Sweet Protection, Mavic, Sealskinz, Acre Supply and Wilderness Trail Bikes. I ride mountain bikes for fun now as well as presenting bike events and film nights. My working life started out in community arts, leading drama, video and music projects, mostly with groups of young people. Practical work has always had appeal and I worked as a massage therapist for 10 years with practices in Hebden Bridge and Leeds. All my jobs have had the common thread of working with people and trying to make them happy. Trousers were the obvious next step. Oh and I ride motorbikes most days and I drink beer and like playing records on the HebTroCo PA in my living room.