Happen

Sometimes stuff just happens. Good stuff rarely happens on its own. It happens when good people try hard. And that’s what we have here – these articles are about things that have happened. And will happen.

 

FTH

So @magicrockbrewing have been sold to Lion, a big Australian beer company. LOTS of the comments on their social media remind us of the “road rage” response we sometimes get for selling £125 trousers, or God forbid, the ridiculously expensive Garrison Belt. It’s probably true that the nastiest comments come from people who have no […]

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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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All around the world

Like Lisa Stansfield (who brant’s dad bumped into in CoOp the other day), HebTroCo products are all around the world. This week we’ve been sent photos from some exciting locations. We love hearing from our customers and even if you’re in Doncaster, please send us photos of what you’re up to in your trousers, jackets, […]

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Hand Made

100 new Garrison belt buckle blanks have been delivered from the water jet cutters in Chesterfield. High tech industrial process combines with individual craft to make something that’s more than the sum of its parts. Using one of these and a British veg tanned bridle leather hide, Tommy gets to work on making our belts. Each […]

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Work in Progress

We currently have 200 pairs of moleskin trousers in production to restock our shelves for the winter. They’ll be with us in the first week of December. Remember though, our trousers are not just for Christmas! We recently met a customer who was wearing a pair of original 177s from early 2016 and they still […]

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In search of trousers

Most people would just go shopping. Luckily there are other people who can turn a trip to get a pair of trousers into an adventure. We received the following email from Steve. I got a HebTroCo gift voucher as a present. The folk that got me the voucher and I fancy cycling over from Ilkley […]

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History

As we approach the third birthday of HebTroCo it’s starting to feel like we have some history. After all, just three years ago, these were the actual trousers that we wore all the time. We loved wearing jeans and had been wearing them since watching cowboy films as kids in the 1970s. Jeans were cool and […]

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Moleskin season is here

Leaves are falling and the wind is whistling around your legs. Rain is forecast and the cold days are coming. It’s time to pull on your moleskins. What is moleskin? A luxurious 100% cotton fabric with a brushed surface that’s warm and hardwearing. It’s not made of moles stupid! It just has a similar feel. […]

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Don’t call it a mix tape

It used to be a mix tape. Now it’s a playlist. Don’t worry, the same level of egotism, passion and one-upmanship has gone into this, as it would have in making a tape to give to a prospective friend or sexual partner. So just be chuffed to get what you get OK. This is the […]

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