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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.

 

Can you dig it?

‘Slow fashion’ is a thing apparently. It involves making products that last and are not disposable, which is certainly something we believe in. As a small business, selling quality goods manufactured in Britain, products take time to come to market and we joked that we would’t launch our shorts until Christmas. We’ve amazed ourselves though and the […]

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Motorcycle Social

Everyone knows that motorcycling is anti social. Bikes with loud flame spitting exhausts, heavily modified and racing around at high speed. The tattooed freak riders with unruly beards making a nuisance of themselves. So what’s this ‘Motorcycle Social’ about? Well luckily for the squares all the naughty bikers were in one place with their machines last weekend […]

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Piece Hall

Hercules the pug was the first dog to set foot in the fabulously redeveloped Piece Hall in Halifax a couple of weeks ago. If it wasn’t for his friendly charm we would have never got inside to take some photos. The Grade I listed building has been having a £20 million facelift over the last […]

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Shotgun Chef

“Can you manage a steak?” We’re in the kitchen taking photos with Robert Owen Brown. We like a good lunch, and so were delighted to find out that the nearest pub to our warehouse-come-office unit, has just become the best place to eat in the area. Jay Rayner, the Observer’s restaurant critic said, “Robert Owen Brown […]

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Motorcycle Social

We are excited to be launching our new Moto Boots at the Motorcycle Social on the weekend of 28-29 July at Canal Mills in Leeds. Ed has been riding motorcycles since he was expelled from school and had to get to a new place of education, under his own steam some distance from home. Every cloud has […]

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Tommy is all over London

Alan Coulson is an award winning Hebden Bridge based artist who regularly exhibits work in the UK and US. Currently his work has been selected for the highly prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Alan’s portrait of Tommy, who makes belts for us, instantly impressed us. We are also tickled that […]

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Dirtquake

“I guarantee that someone here will be leaving in an ambulance today.” These inspiring words were part of the rider briefing for Dirtquake, the alternative motorcycling scene’s answer to the Wacky Races. The event was developed and is still run by Sideburn, the world’s most original motorcycling magazine. Basically it’s a ‘run what you brung’ […]

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Boots

Our Chukka and Moto Boots are in production right now and will start shipping in the next few weeks. We made a factory visit this week and had a sneak peak at the boots as they were being made. The Chukka Boot uppers are made from a wheatbuck suede from a British tannery. This has been […]

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We don’t make it easy

It would be easy to use a courier company to collect and ship our orders. But we like using the local Post Office. We know the people there and they help us to do a good job. Our business also contributes to keeping that vital local facility open. It’s a choice that we can make. […]

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Nice sack

We love a good sack and we’re chuffed to bits that we’ve finally got rid of plastic mailing bags. To replace them we now have British made paper sacks. They are degradable, compostable and easily recycled helping us reduce the carbon foot print of our packaging. The paper is from sustainable forests to meet Forest Stewardship […]

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We love beer

We love trousers, we love beer and we love a good time. Apt then that our little company started as an idea in the pub, the place where idleness and inspiration coexist in such a fertile and relaxed environment. The British pub has always been a place for business and a place for pleasure. Doing […]

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The Printing Bike

Making trousers in Britain is not easy. The skills and machinery to do this is slipping away. Finding authentic English fabrics is becoming difficult. Doing things right isn’t easy. But it’s worth it. It’s a thread that we find in many industries. Beer is one. We spend a lot of time with beer. But there […]

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Pig and Barrel

Hebden Bridge is a remarkable place that’s remarkably placed. It’s where we’re from. Tucked in a valley in the heart of the South Pennines, the town is a convergence for rivers, canals and railways, and gathers people from surrounding areas, many of whom arrive in town by railway at our wonderful local station. The station […]

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Toasted Bacon Sandwich

Everyone has certain foods they go to in times of crisis. For us, it’s probably the Morrisons Toasted Bacon Sandwich. There’s just one problem with us telling you that. It’s not actually on the menu at Morrisons. They make a Bacon Sandwich. Oh yes, that’s there. And for a lot of people that’s fine. But […]

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The Next Step

Our stuff is made to last in the North of England, just for us. Strong heavyweight products from where we’re from. Our boots reflect our desire for durability, quality, style and tradition. We started our company with trousers because that’s what our local town was famous for making. Then we added belts, hand made by […]

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Motorcycle Social

The Motorcycle Social is a two day indoor exhibition, celebrating and showcasing the best of the ever growing new wave custom motorcycle scene. Spanning across Canal Mill’s brutalist industrial interior, the exhibition will be showing the best of British custom motorcycles. With beautifully built machines, music, art and photography all under one roof, the Motorcycle […]

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Magic Mushrooms

Making trousers creates waste. It’s unavoidable. Offcuts from cloth, thread, packing materials all mount up and we didn’t want to just throw it in a hole in the ground. We’ve passed on lots of the bigger pieces of offcut pieces of fabric to local crafts people, but we wanted to do more. And we have. […]

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Big Toys and Big Boys

For Kev Baldwin, trousers and trouser-related problems have been ever present throughout his life.  As an unusually tall child he can remember being taken to a trouser factory in Hebden Bridge to have a pair of trousers tailor made for a family wedding. Fast forward 40 years and 6’5″ Kev is wearing a pair of trousers made […]

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