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make things people love

  • Posted by ade
  • 1 April 2011

We have two types of pen in the office.

The ones on the left that people guard with their life. The thing they choose write with every day. The pen of choice in every meeting. Kept in their draw, never on their desk. And never lent out.

The ones on the right always go missing through neglect. No one ever knows where. And we have to buy another box.

I estimate we use 1 loved pen to every 10 unloved pens.

What ever you buy, buy something that you love. If you love it you will care for it.

Make sure it is made well.  If you love it you won't want it to wear out.

Made to last the duration.  One day landfill will be landfull.

Made to do what it say is does, perfectly. Then you won't want to replace it.

Buy well, buy once.

More ideas, less stuff

  • Posted by howies
  • 23 February 2009

Just in case you missed the HMD launch

  • Posted by tim
  • 22 December 2008

We have just launched a micro site for the hand me down project. Please check it out here of you'd like to see it. 

Here are Davids thoughts about it:

We live in times of limited resources but unlimited desire to consume them. The answer though is real simple: to consume less as a consumer; to make a better designed product as a manufacturer.

Going forward we will have to take more responsibility for our consumption. The manufacturer and the consumer will both have to share that responsibility.

We live in interesting times.

From where we stand as a manufacturer, a product that keeps working for longer uses less-resources in the end. The key ingredients to this are quality and good design.

To make something well, you know, the best you can do, means going that extra mile. Every stitch, every zip, every little feature considered. The weakest points made strong. Then, and only then, can we say that we have fully understood the responsibility of making something.

This product is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years from the date of original purchase. The chances are it will last a good deal longer than that. So now all you have to decide is who you’d like to hand this product down to. 

Here's a quick word about the tweed we use for the Jackets:

The organic tweed that lines the jackets has been created especially for us by Ardalanish Tweed Weavers in the Isle of Mull. The wool comes from native breed sheep that roam freely on the island. The colour of the tweed is the natural grey of the sheeps wool and the light and dark blue lines of the check have been created by dyeing the wool with woad.

Woad is a herb that looks like a cross between spinach and sugar beet and it produces an indigo colour. It's a natural alternative to the chemicals dyes and it has the full approval of the Soil Association.

We have a few threads running about this line and to find them if you need to just type HMD into the search box. 

Here are some great links to check out from the isle of Mull Weavers website.


  • Posted by howies
  • 19 December 2008

After two years in the making they're finally here. 

These products are so special we've created a little microsite just for them.

Click here to launch it.

A couple of the jackets are already in the shop and the bag's are on there way now.

This afternoon we sold our first one in Bristol to a chap called Tom, we just got this email:

“The HMD jackets are not cheap, but they are just gorgeous. Your staff in Bristol are lovely. I have just been in there and bought a jacket. I didn't think I would at that price but the jackets have a compelling quality about them; when I had it in my hands, I couldn't resist. I am very pleased with my purchase.”

Mens Jacket / Womens Jacket / Backpack / Messenger / Satchel

Hand-Me-Down Jacket Collection

  • Posted by howies
  • 12 December 2008

All good things come to people who wait

Hand Me Down Jackets

Many months in the making

Arrive to us at howies on Monday

Limited edition

30 Men’s

30 Women’s

The jackets are produced using fabrics chosen for their ageing qualities, woven exclusively for howies in the UK, we are using organic and traditional fabrics where possible and in the process supporting traditional production skills. The designs are clean, with all fastenings chosen for their strength durability and high quality.

Outer shell

·       Organic Ventile


·       Organic Tweed, woven in the Isle of Mull


·       Manchester UK

We are building a site for the HMD collection to live

Not long now.



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