the howies store, london

Shared Interest is a co-operative lending society that aims to reduce poverty in the world by providing fair and just financial services. We have been part of the fair trade movement for 20 years and work extensively with community-based businesses in Africa and other continents to help them make the most of fair trade.

We work primarily by providing finance up front to producers, often via their buyers, to enable them to buy raw materials, tools and the other things they need at the time they need them. We also offer longer term loans and other credit facilities to support the development of fair trade businesses.

We currently have more than 8,700 members who have invested over £25 million to allow us to make a range of financial services available to fair trade producers and the businesses that buy, market and retail their goods.

There's plenty more info here on the Shared Interest website.

It is taking place on Tuesday, 26th January at 7:30pm here at the Carnaby Street shop, drop us an email at carnabyst@howies.co.uk or give us a ring on 0207 287 2345 and reserve your tickets. As always we will have Organic Beer and Fruit Juice available, and we look forward to seeing you all!

Ben's new blog

  • Posted by tim
  • 19 January 2010

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We lost a good man when Ben our manager left Carnaby street last year to go down a different path, fortunately for us we grew a fantastic new head (just like voltron) called Mark very quickly. Ben has a great blog up here if you're interested in human rights and environmentalism, two things Ben is justifiably very passionate about.

Roll With The Gods

This is the trailer for Machotaildrop. It looks like major fun.

[/youtube] (yes that was Steve Olson, and Rick McCrank. )

I HAVE to get a Manwolfs jacket.

Jeff.

Man up or chicken out*

The snow has chilled out (pun) for a while here in London, but it's still freezing and a little icy. It took me 25 minutes to psych myself up to ride to work, it was just worth it. Just.

I thought I'd done all my manning up for the day, but this trailer makes me want to go skate in the cold when I get home.

;feature=player_embedded[/youtube] via Tweakerzine

But if I wimp out and stay inside, I can watch this over and over again.

;feature=player_embedded[/youtube] via 14 Bike Co. (*pun no.2)

Decisions, decisions.

Jeff.

Winter Wee Dos

We've had some great Wee Dos in store over the past couple of months.  Both these clips are about helping the preserve the mountains for winter sports.  Very apt with the recent snow fall we've had yesterday and today!

Salomon snowboards are helping to push the industry's perceptions on how we can make snowboards in a more environmentally sound way- and even pushing ideas forward, finding ways to set up technology in order to recycle our boards after we've wrecked 'em.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/8040375[/vimeo]

Respect the Mountains is an organisation helping to make tour operators and mountain resorts aware of how they can change their operations, to create sustainability in an industry which was not showing responsibility for their impacts on the environment they rely upon.  They also raise key issues for skiiers and snowboarders to consider, when travelling to or spending time in the mountains.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/8040125[/vimeo]

At some point in the near future all of the Wee Do talks will be available to watch online.

cheer up!

  • Posted by mark
  • 17 December 2009

huskys

i was sent this picture the other day, its from a friend of mine and it's of her dog Winnie and some new arrivals, i've been trying to find an excuse to post it on here ever since, after the video from tim i thought it might help put a smile on peoples faces, this is what i came up with...

december = christmas

christmas = snow

snow = huskies

huskies = puppies

puppies = everyone loves a puppy

20% off for a day and a bit, again

  • Posted by ruben
  • 17 December 2009

dayandabit

Sound familiar?
When we did this at the end of November it made a lot of our customers very happy. But we figured that there are a fair few of our customers who are like us, and leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute.
So we decided to repeat the offer (there’s nothing wrong with recycling) and encourage you to do your last minute shopping with us.
So, for one day (and a bit either side) we are giving you 20% off all our stuff and free postage on all orders.
We’ll ship your stuff in time for Christmas, as well.
That should make things a little easier.
By the way the offer ends midday Friday 18th December online, but our shops in Carnaby Street, Bristol and Cardigan will keep the offer going over the weekend.
To claim your discount just enter code SNOW2F at the checkout, quote it to the folks in mail order or print this out and take it to one of our shops.
Customer Service: 01239 614 122

Sound familiar?

When we did this at the end of November it made a lot of our customers very happy. But we figured that there are a fair few of our customers who are like us, and leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute.

So we decided to repeat the offer (there’s nothing wrong with recycling) and encourage you to do your last minute shopping with us.

So, for one day (and a bit either side) we are giving you 20% off all our stuff and free postage on all orders.

We’ll ship your stuff in time for Christmas, as well.

That should make things a little easier.

By the way the offer ends midday Friday 18th December online, but our shops in Carnaby Street, Bristol and Cardigan will keep the offer going over the weekend.

To claim your discount just enter code SNOW2B at the checkout, quote it to the folks in mail order or take it to one of our shops.

Customer Service: 01239 614 122

Christmas opening hours

  • Posted by ruben
  • 16 December 2009

In case you were planning a trip to one of our shops this holiday, here are the opening hours for our shops -

Carnaby -

24th - 10am til 4pm
25th - CLOSED
26th - CLOSED
27th - 11am til 5pm
28th - 11am til 5pm
29th - 10am til 7pm
30th - 10am til 7pm
31st - 10am til 4pm
1st Jan - CLOSED
Normal service resumes 2nd January

Bristol -

24th - 9.30-4
25th - CLOSED
26th - CLOSED
27th - 11-5
31st - 9.30-4
1st Jan - CLOSED

24th - 9.30am til 4pm
25th - CLOSED
26th - CLOSED
27th - 11am til 5pm
28th - 11am til 5pm
29th - 9.30am til 6pm
30th - 9.30am til 6pm
31st - 9.30am til 4pm
1st Jan - CLOSED
Normal service resumes 2nd January

Cardigan -

24th - 9am til 4pm
25th - CLOSED
26th - CLOSED
27th - 11am til 4pm
28th - 11am til 4pm
29th - 9am til 6pm
30th - 9am til 6pm
31st - 11am til 4pm
1st Jan - CLOSED
Normal service resumes 2nd January

Staircase Gallery- James Whitaker

This morning our Graham Carter exhibition came down and James Whitaker came in to put up his photography exhibition "After Redundancy".

JamesWhittaker

He originally got in touch with us back in July about a project he was working on.

"On the 20th March 2009 The Guardian reported that the Royal Institute of British Architect's president, Sunand Prasad, said that in his estimation 30% of architects were currently unemployed or underemployed.   On 1st April 2009 I was made redundant from a prominent design studio in London and decided to set out alone as a freelance photographer.
A couple of weeks ago I was talking to friends and started to realise just how diverse architects reactions to redundancy have been.   Some have found architectural work again, while others have turned to teaching or academia, labour on sites, medical admin, others have become artists, restaurateurs, chefs, photographers, lighting designers, web journalists...   the list goes on.
So since then I have been working on a photography project taking portraits of architects who have been made redundant within the last twelve months documenting the new directions that it has taken them.   My aim is to gather around 30 portraits in total by the start of September."

His prints will be up for the next month, so come by and check it out.  They are really stunning prints with a really apt concept.

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