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No Power To The People

  • Posted by hollie
  • 11 November 2011

We'll be offline in the office from 11am until about midday today as we're moving some plugs and cables about - you can still order online no problem, but we won't be able to do phone orders or access the system here in the office - but if you need any help just call us on 01239 614122 and we'll give you a bell as soon as we're back up and running.

Now, what to do with that hour without any internet or power...any suggestions?

One giant leap

  • Posted by ade
  • 21 October 2011


So here's our new website. We are very proud of it.

We had been trying to get a new one for 3 years because technology keeps moving on, and now we have.

The clever stuff its built on will allow us to do all the things we dreamed up but never could with the old site.  Now we can keep on keeping on.

And it's not just a new website, but every single system we use to run our business has been replaced at the same time.

Todays launch is stage one of our roll out, and we know that no matter how much debugging we've done before go live, you will find bugs.

You debuggers are good at that.

If you spot something that is goofy then let us know at [email protected] and we will sort it and send you a thank you to say it's been done. Tweaks are good.

This new site will always be in beta.






thank you and good afternoon

  • Posted by ade
  • 20 October 2011


We have finally reached the time to turn off the old howies IT systems in preparation to turn on the new.

For the past 6 months we have been working hard on replacing every single little bit of software that runs our business. From the website, to the printers that print the labels that we stick on your parcel.

Everyone who works at HQ has been frustrated that we have not been able to improve many areas of our service to you, just because of our software was old and stuff just moves on. Look at what your phone can do now compared to 2004.

So there is a conflicting buzz in the office today, feeling great to be moving on, but the fear of  having to switch off something that ain't broken.

But before we upgrade we need to say thanks.

Thanks to Matt and George for the old site.  It's done a ton of stuff well, people still like it and it's never let us down. You guys built it well. We are fussy customers and tough to please, but you guys did.

And thanks to David Wellan. A local surfer who wrote and supported our business  system on his own from the ground up back in 2004, that has chugged through 1/2 million orders.  It's how we were able to move to taking orders over the web and  not just by fax.

Take one last look.

Tick tock.

Free – Advice Posters

  • Posted by ruben
  • 11 October 2011


John at Advice to Sink in Slowly has just dropped us a line to say that their free poster scheme is now fully up and running.

If you're a first year student studying in the UK, you can now request a free poster through the Advice website.

We're also happy to announce that the free posters are funded by the proceeds made from the sales of the howies sponsored 'Find Some Place' design by Lizzy Stewart.

The Guardian has posted a gallery of the designs this morning and it's certainly worth a look at the Advice to Sink in Slowly website if you haven't already.

Keep your eyes peeled for more great howies/Advice collaborations...

Christmas by Colour 2010

  • Posted by ruben
  • 3 November 2010

my first shoot

  • Posted by hollie
  • 7 October 2010

Last week i went on my first howies photoshoot.

- Shooting a spring/summer catalogue in the blustery welsh autumnal weather you say? hmm.

Sure there was rain,

..and showers

...and maybe a bit of drizzle

but there were plently of sunny times too. I had a blast.

Took a few photos here and there. Below is an example of what happens when you let Lydia loose in a beach shop.

Thanks for letting me jump in the van guys.

(No) T-Shirt of the Week

  • Posted by ruben
  • 9 September 2010

Sadly, there will not be a new t-shirt of the week design this week.

Demand for t-shirts throughout summer has been high, and we're running very low on blanks for the printshop to print on.

The good news, though, is that we have a whole load of new t-shirt stock winging it's way to us as I type.

New colours. In all sizes. Men's, Women's and Kid's.

We should have them down in the warehouse toward the end of next week.

Watch this space.
Or this space.
Or even this space, if you have some free time and like HTML5.

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