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  • Posted by howies
  • 21 July 2010

So today is my last day here at howies.

It's been good fun...and I have the awesome team here (and Bristol and Cardigan on the other end of the phone) to thank for that.   Moving to Brighton and starting a new job...looking forward to what's a head, but definitely going to keep in touch with you guys!

I'm going to leave you with Journey... just because they're awesome really!


'The Live Show'

  • Posted by howies
  • 21 July 2010

Matt, Sam and Barny have been hard at work today, getting the gallery above the shop ready for Friday's live painting show to launch the 'Weapon of Choice' exhibition which runs until 22nd August. Here's a sneaky peek..

There will be beer, rum and music, a perfect start to your Friday night out in Brizzle.  Tickets are not required but there will be a bouncer to keep an eye on numbers, so come along early, and if its like today, bring a brolly in case you have to queue in the rain!

For more information call us on 0117 9298928, email at [email protected] or go the the facebook page for the event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129325927103645&ref=ts

This Thursday Wee Do Bristol

  • Posted by howies
  • 15 July 2010

On July 29th we have our second Wee Do of the year. As usual there will be free drink and good conversation on offer.

Come along and listen to a woman who has been changing lives for the better since she began the Deki project whilst still at University in Bristol. Find out what motivated her to not just chatter about the state of the world, but do something to make a difference.

Pop into the shop to get your ticket or reserve your place via email at [email protected] or call on 0117 929 8928.

Our Wee Dos are always a relaxed,  inspiring way to spend an hour or  two on Thursday evening, whatever the weather, so see you there.


  • Posted by howies
  • 9 July 2010


The boys have been training.  Nathan brought in this little machine of evil to tell us all what our body fat % is.

Hollie is the skinniest girl in the office.

Tomos is the skinniest boy (although good effort from Davey).  I am convinced that all the metal plates in Tomos contribute to his

his solidness!

As for the fattest, well I'll leave it up to the rest to let you know their personal body fat %.  Let me just say that Pete's on salads for lunch, Hicksey has given up fizzy drinks and crisps, Ade is off the sugar.

I am very concerned that cake Friday is going to turn into lettuce leaf or dried oats day at howies. :-(


  • Posted by howies
  • 8 July 2010


I wrote this blog a few years ago now. It was a day when we were trying to recruit for our brand new Bristol shop. I remember the day very well. Nerves, but very exciting times. And we found our team!

'This weekend I am going to get some rest, before we head to Bristol in search of the perfect team for the shop.
I remember my interview for howies. I drove from Devon to Wales so early in the morning, the dog in the back and the boyfriend driving.
I talked all the way because I was so nervous. I then got the call from Scania as David and Chris were running early!! So i rushed in. I was so nervous.
I took a sneaky call at my last work place and did a silent scream in the staff room when David rang me from what sounded like the windiest place in the Wales to say i had the job.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that if you have an interview for the Bristol shop on Monday, don’t be scared, come as yourself, and tell us some fun stuff.'

I came to work for howies because it is a company that is full of ideas, creative people, a place full of dreams and hard workers making stuff happen. I took the job like an excited child because I believed in everything that David and Clare had started.

Today is my last day at howies. It has been amazing and lots and lots of fun.... oh and of course tea drinking!

Thanks to a grand old team of super hard working people.

A couple of things i will never forget are team RAD, Ruben turning up to work as some sort of running machine, Mark from the london shop on model searching days, the shoots and long drives, amazing team riders, the print shop and the dancing, the day Jon broke my bike, then the day we found my new bike.... there are many more I am sure.

So, good luck team, ride fast, run like Ruben but just don't cut your hair like Ade! ( haha!)


  • Posted by howies
  • 7 July 2010

As the sale is now in full swing we just want to remind you that the shops will have things in stock that Cardigan have sold out of. For example, we have plenty of Orange Mighty Whoosh jackets and some Charcoal Vincent Tee left that are sold out online, we also have many of the trousers that have sold out too.

So contact Bristol on 01179 298 928 or email [email protected] , contact Carnaby St London shop on 020 phone 0207 287 2345 , email [email protected], the guys at the Cardigan shop may be able to help you out too, they just had a delivery of merino  phone: 01239 623745 email: [email protected]. All shops can send items directly to you in the post.

Friday 23rd July sees howies Bristol doing something a bit special with our mates at Weapon of Choice, a live painting show using pens upstairs in our gallery. There will be drinks and a DJs, an authentically Bristolian evenings entertainment.

We know that you guys are appreciative of great illustration, so get yourselves down to the Bristol shop on Queens Rd to witness some of the best bring their work to life before your very eyes.

Check out the Facebook group at Weapon of Choice take over howies with 'The Live Show' .

We think that this is going to be a very popular event so get here early.

Sea kayaking Pembrokeshire

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 July 2010


Last weekend, when some of us were racing around Ramsey Island in rowing boats, a couple of friends of ours were not to far away kayaking near Ramsey and a near by group of Islands called 'the Bishops and Clerks'.

I have kayaked there once when the weather suddenly changed and the breeze turned into a force 6 gale and I didn't think I would ever want to go back.

However in this video it really does look beautiful, so I must go out there again sometime.

Great vid and Music Tom and Lou, looks like you had a great day and it's what summer in Pembrokeshire is all about.

A trip to the bishops & Clerks

Pedal Wallas Wanted

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 July 2010

Thank you to all those who came to the Wee Do last night, it was a lovely, relaxed  evening.

For those who could not attend, here is some of the fascinating stuff that you missed.....

Dan Wedgwood from The Adventurists told comedy tales of how Tommy set up the mad cap adventuring team and explained that they are moving away from vehicle based trips to horse journeys, a dug out canoe race down the Amazon and the Pedal Walla rickshaws around Bristol. The Pedal Wallas created the biggest buzz, such a genius idea, and if they manage to get permission they may very well be taking people up Park St too with a bit of electrical assistance! The first major outing of the Pedal Wallas will be at the Harbourside Festival so look out for them there. They are looking for keen cyclists and co-operatives of cyclists who know Bristol well to be the Pedal Wallas of Brizzle, go here if that is you. Money raised from the Rickshaw Run across India that The Adventurists organise, goes directly to Frank clean drinking water projects throughout India, currently funding around 28 projects.

“Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore, a basic human right. Contaminated water jeopardizes both the physical and social health of all people. It is an affront to human dignity.”

United Nations Development Programme.

Did you know that bottled water from the likes of Evian travels on average 666 miles to get to you and therefore has a rather large carbon footprint, not to mention the plastic packaging and the fact it is owned by a huge multi-national?  Frank water on the other hand sources spring water from the UK and wants to put itself out of business because it wants to support refill bottles instead, so that they have a smaller carbon footprint. But whilst bottled water is still needed for specific events where refill is unavailable, all of Franks profits go to clean water projects in India that use suitable technology and train local people to do any basic maintenance needed. All projects also including education programmes so pass on potentially life saving information about hygiene and keeping water safe from contamination.

Frank is currently championing the 'Turn Me On' campaign which includes a petition to Bristol council to re-establish drinking fountains throughout the city so that people can refill their water bottles on the go (remember we have a refill point in our shop if you ever need a refill, Carnaby St shop has one as well.) It's part of a country-wide campaign you can find out about here.

The next Bristol Wee Do is by Vashti Richards from Bristol-based micro-loan organisation Deki on 29th July and all details will be online very soon.

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