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our little shop in cardigan

  • Posted by ade
  • 22 September 2008

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bit by bit we are clearing out all the corners where stock resides.

the product designers have been going through the boxes of beautiful samples that we had no room for in the production ranges.

today we took the blackboard van, full to the brim to the shop with one off's.

so if you have ever been to our sample sales, and you are in the area, then drop in to get a real bargain.

and the sea is warm, so pack your coZZie if you come.

autumn preparations

  • Posted by ade
  • 22 September 2008

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We had a weekend of building in the sun.

Our house is warmed by fire wood only and until now the wood has been piled under tarpaulins.

So we got all the busted pallets from work, hammers, nails, rope, pen knives, chain saws, rakes, mitre saws, brushes and matches and we built 3/4 a new woodshed so that we have kindling, small logs, big dry logs and big logs to dry all ready.

We ran out of nails and wood before we finished putting the roof on.

A great feeling of satisfaction, and heat from the sun.

bristol shop jobs

  • Posted by ade
  • 17 September 2008

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our brand and our shops are built by the people. they are the most important thing for it to work.

you got to love people.
you have to want to look after customers like a traditional outfitters. like they are your family.
you have got to love sport, art, photography, the world, words, design, doodling and outdoors.
you need to know what howies is and what we are doing.
you need to care about the little stuff.
and let's be honest, you have got to want to work in a shop.

we have learned a lot in Carnaby street, and want people who can help us constantly challenge and change normal retail.

think 1kg of a traditional outfitters shop
1 jug of creative world
4 floz inspiration
pinch of sport
a bunch of energy
table spoon of learning
2 steps into the unknown
1 egg

Bristol is an important step for us to do more stores, so the staff must just be brilliant.

We need a manager who will be more like a curator, and 6 other staff to make it all happen.

if it ain't you maybe you know somebody.

cv's to ade@howies.co.uk

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you got to love people.
you have to want to look after customers like a traditional outfitters. like they are your family.
you have got to love sport, art, photography, the world, words, design.
you need to know what howies is and what we are doing.
you need to care about the little stuff.
and let's be honest, you have got to want to work in a shop.

our brand and our shops are built by the people. they are the most important thing for it to work.

bristol is an important step for us to do more stores, so the staff must just be brilliant.

if it ain't you maybe you know somebody.

cv's to ade@howies.co.uk

tonight the fairies bring the new stuff

  • Posted by ade
  • 10 September 2008

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Lisa, Anna, Mark and me are taking down all the sale clothing and putting in the new range.

Last time we did it we were here till 12, but tonight it looks like we could have it ready by 9pm.

Testament to Anna's planning, and Carnaby's preparation.

You live and you learn.

180 on a road bike

  • Posted by ade
  • 10 September 2008

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On my ride to work i have a lovely downhill into a very steep 180 hairpin bend to negotiate.

And it's always peppered with mud, stones, oil, water, slurry, leaves...

Every day i go round it i worry about crashing cause i've seen it done.

Today on the road bike the back wheel stepped out. Right out.
I unclipped and got my foot down before i hit the tarmac.
Then the back wheel continued right round and the front wheel slid out and i ended up facing up hill.

Heart in mouth with all skin intact.

let's make fire

  • Posted by ade
  • 9 September 2008

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we had a bushcraft man at the do who taught us how to make fire with a bow and drill.

i have seen it done on tv and read the books, but seeing it done in front of you on a windy and wet day it's just magic.

I took two of my kids to watch and they are big Ray Mears fans, so they were spellbound to.

We sat with Poppy and Sam from Cooler magazine and when it came to all of us having a go got to find out just how easy and hard it is.

All you have to do is drill a bowl into the flat piece of wood, cut a notch, drill lots of dust and then the dust becomes an ember that you put onto your tinder and FIRE. I think to make the bow, the drill, the block to spin the drill in, and the wood to make the embers and to drill to the point of making fire would take about 40 minutes to an hour.

Unless you struggle to drill a bowl. Then get told off for using your own knife. Then ping the drill out the bow at people. Then never get the drill to stay in the bowl long enough to make the dust that makes the ember.

Lot's of people did get fires going and I plan to make my own drill and bow.

Practice makes fire.

Go invent

  • Posted by ade
  • 5 September 2008

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Last night Trevor Baylis arrived at the Do.

I got to drive him the 30 minutes down the coast to his hotel.

Imagine that you had one of your hero's in your car for a 30 minute journey, all relaxed and chatty. What would you say?

We chatted about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, stunts, high diving, kids, Bob Monkhouse, iron ages tools, Carningli mountain, life...

And then I watched him talk today. Funny and at ease.

He is a great inventor, a brilliant raconteur, motivated, a bit of a pirate, full of life and one liners.

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