Ed Oxley

Brexit Balaclava

Brexit is so much fun.  We’ve been enjoying the whole process as long as we’ve been in business, because it’s been the political backdrop that’s defined the three years we’ve been in existence.  The first time we ordered moleskin from our German supplier (it’s no longer made anywhere in Britain) was on the day that […]

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One million pounds

We’ve just hit the milestone of £1 million gross turnover for our small business. Loads of money! But where is the £1 million? Who’s got the money? Nice as it would be, neither of us has half a million quid in our British made pockets. Most of it has gone into the British economy. We […]

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The biggest fraud in British history

Benjamin Myers wrote his historical novel, the Gallows Pole, about the real places and people that inhabited Cragg Vale, the same part of the upper Calder Valley that HebTroCo has as its stronghold. Actually we’re based in a former chicken shed, but lets keep a bit of poetic licence going here. In the late eighteenth […]

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Made. Right. Here.

Two years ago we were a good news story on the front cover of the Yorkshire Post Magazine. The pictures show us in a nineteenth century mill in Hebden Bridge, having trousers made and selling them to people all over the country and overseas. It was a great story and inspired us and many customers. […]

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The Fourth Year

A year ago today we had our photo taken in Old Gate, the pub where we’d originally come up with the idea for HebTroCo over a few drinks. This was around the time that we were going into our third year of business. Look at us with our 1485 Wool Jackets, spectacles and haircuts. We […]

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Legacy

In a world full of the forgettable some things you buy will be memorable. For example here’s a photo of my dad with his Vincent Comet. I never saw the bike but I cherish the photograph and the feelings that it inspires. “Some dance to remember some dance to forget.” Sometimes you cringe as you […]

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Places make people

Benjamin Myers – writer I used to think that people made a place. Now I understand that places make people. For centuries we have been shaped by our surroundings. The way we talk, interact, eat, breathe and live has always been closely tied to our environments. Only in the past century or two have we […]

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Wuthering Heights

We live in a beautiful place. We’re not lucky though, we live here on purpose. It’s the pennine way. En route back to base, from dropping cloth off at the factory in Blackburn that’s making our next batch of t-shirts, the timing was just right to blow away the cobwebs of the working day, with […]

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Steve Bate MBE

Steve our local Paralympic Gold Medalist called round to pick up a 1485 Wool Jacket this week. As a professional cyclist he spends most of his time in Lycra. Luckily he has the physique to get away with it, unlike many of the specimens out there on the public roads! When he’s not dressed like […]

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