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Bike cave!

  • Posted by howies
  • 4 November 2010

Thought I'd share with you the pictures of an Aladdin's cave I stumbled across on an industrial estate in Cheddar. My Dad had spotted it so we thought we would have a quick ride over there, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find what I did. A bike mountain! there are new bikes added to the pile every week so you never know what you are going to find when you turn up. From racers to mountain bikes he has it all. There are no bargains as he is on the ball with prices, but its worth it just to have a chat and geek out. That's your Sunday sorted...
Cheers then Matt/45

Bristol Cycle Summit Talk

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 October 2010

This Thursday the guys and girls from the 'Cycle Summit' team will be coming into the Bristol shop to tell us about their recent trip to the Alps.

The team of nine amateur adventurers and four support members set of from the north of France on a 600-mile cycle to Chamonix. There they spent seven days in the Alps challenging themselves to their limits against the altitude, summiting some of Western Europe's highest peaks...all to raise money for charity.

So, come and join us for a cuppa or a beer from 7pm-9pm. You can pick up a free ticket from the shop, or reserve one by giving us a call on 0117 929 8928 or e-mailing us at bristolshop@howies.co.uk...but be quick, numbers are limited and we haven't got many tickets to give away!

See you on Thursday!

We need a new person!

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 October 2010

Here at the Bristol shop we are looking for a new team member.

We need a believer to come run our women's section for 3-4 days a week.

If you think you could be that person or know someone who would be great, drop us a line and we'll arrange a chat this week.

bristolshop@howies.co.uk 0117 929 8928 (Ask for Matt)

Early Christmas present

  • Posted by howies
  • 15 October 2010




My dad has just given me this gem of a book. It's a 1973 book of 100 bike posters from around the world.
He saw it in the window of an antiques shop and was there first thing the next day to pick it up. It was a case of "I could wait till Christmas but I'm too excited to, so have it now."
I need to get him a "best dad" t shirt as this is now on my list of top possessions.
Can't wait to get them scanned and printed so I can get some in frames...

Cheers then Matt/45

Wool wool wool

  • Posted by howies
  • 13 October 2010

This week is wool week, thanks to HRH Prince of Wales creating "The wool campaign" trying to help farmers get better prices for their wool fleeces and help promote the use of wool and its benefits of wool over its cheaper synthetic alternatives.

Hundreds of brands are doing their bit to promote wool, there have been sheep tottering around the streets of London and high street labels talking about why wool is so great, but we have been talking about wool over here in Cardigan bay for 9 years.

We introduced our first wool base layer in 2001, there was only one and we talked about the properties of wool as a fiber for use for sport when we were looking for a more environmentally conscious alternative to polyester which was the usual fiber to use for sports. Since then our range has grown and grown to 100% merino wool base layers in different thicknesses, cuts, colours and styles, to fleeces, underwear and jumpers, we only use the best quality fibers which are monitored through Zque and MAPP.

All howies autumn & winter jumpers are made from 100% wool, we never use a synthetic fiber, it would be cheaper, it would be easier but its not nice and doesn't keep you warm, it smells and it's made from chemicals.  The thing about wool is it does cost more and the prices keep rising, but it works, synthetics don't work and we believe in quality and things which are functional.

We love wool and we will keep talking about it, through our catalogues and website but the best way to tell people about the properties of wool is word of mouth and experience, especially with our base layers. Its one of those things where it all makes sense why they should be good but until you have tried it and experienced it you can't quite believe it and then you can't help tell everyone about it.

stitch by stitch

  • Posted by howies
  • 8 October 2010

I've just had some new protos in for next winters knitwear and I just had to tell everyone, they are amazing.

Its weird doing my job sometimes:

I have an idea

I draw it

I create a coloured drawing of it

We argue about it should it be in or out

I create a technical drawing of it

I create an excel specification sheet and send it to our supplier

I send artwork (this was artwork created from scratch, stitch by stitch) to our supplier

I wait a bit

I answer some questions

Then I get a proto, sometimes its bad and sometimes its great

Then I remember that through all these processes there was an idea, a vision and now I have a thing which I have designed and has been created for us.

And you get to wear it all next year :-)

Beach ride

  • Posted by howies
  • 7 October 2010

Here are a few pictures from a great weekend down on the Kent coast.
It started with the internet purchase of a £40 pound old Peugeot racer (bargain) I spent a day fixing it up in my grandads shed, which is heaven -the tools are all antique, and everything smells of oil and varnish. It took a while but the bike fixed up a treat


The second it was finished I took it to the beach for a rainy ride. I was the only idiot there but I had the biggest smile on my face

Then the sun came out, my Dad finished work and rode down. He has just bought a mountain bike and has got the bike bug -which is perfect as father son time now involves a ride. Chuck that in with beach time and I'm happy.

I've always beach-combed since I was a little kid and my lass makes jewellery out of what I find. It's the most relaxing and satisfying thing to do and it's mad what the tide brings in. This hoard includes a plastic hand and half a china joker's face. To sum it up I'd say a perfect day -it couldn't be more stress free.

Cheers then Matt/45

Movember

  • Posted by howies
  • 6 October 2010

The month of Movember (formerly known as November) is quickly creeping up on us and plans for the 'Month of the moustache' are starting to take shape. Here in the Bristol shop we will be dedicating our gallery space upstairs to artwork influenced by the mighty moustache in order to support the international campaign for awareness of Prostate cancer. 

This is the first shout out for all of you to get your creative caps on and start thinking about possible moustache masterpieces that can be featured in our collaborative exhibition. It is definitely a case of 'the more (moustaches) the merrier'... if only to ensure that Matt H and his eggs with tache's don't take over the show. As you can see, anything goes... illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, film and eggs.

Watch this space for more info on Movember in Bristol, but until then take a look at Movember's website.
 

Spent a bit of time (maybe too much time) last night drawing some eggstra characters... 

Summer shootin'

  • Posted by howies
  • 5 October 2010

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We have just got back into the office after a week outdoors for our Spring Summer 2011 shoot.

Thanks to everyone involved for all your hard work, bringing lots of laughs and for generally making the week thoroughly enjoyable.

Team 2011: Millie, Mel, Aron, Pete, Lyd, James, Joby, Dan, Rich, Jack, Lucy, Holls, Rube, oh.....and me.

See y'all soon for winter fun and frolicks

;-)

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