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Ventile. Wear it out.

  • Posted by alex
  • 1 March 2013

It’s a good thing we’ve got Ventile. It’s perfect for our climate.

  • Airman Ventile jacket
  • Earhart Ventile jacket

There are lots of words to describe British weather, but ‘predictable’ isn’t one of them.

So it’s a good thing we’ve got Ventile. It’s perfect for our climate. Made with 100% cotton, so tightly woven it doesn’t need any extra chemical finishes to protect you from rain, sleet, wind and snow. During a downpour, the fibres swell and the holes in the weave close up and water just beads off.

Also, when the sun does finally come out, because it’s just cotton, Ventile also breathes really well – unlike other water-resistant fabrics, which can leave you all clammy as soon as the weather cheers up.

Ventile cotton has been around a while too – it was invented in the 1940s, for pilots’ flying suits. It’s really long-lasting stuff, meaning no matter what you throw at it, this jacket should last you 10 or 15 years. Maybe 20. Even if you snag it on something, a needle and thread can easily repair it.

So whatever you or the weather get up to, Ventile can take it. Today, tomorrow and for a long time to come.

Mens Airman Ventile jackets | Womens Earhart Ventile jacket

Ventile Sneak Peek

  • Posted by alex
  • 21 February 2013

The return of Ventile. Our Airman and the Earhart jackets will be here soon.

Ventile is coming. Soon.

And we're very excited - not just because our new Ventile jackets are the first
pieces from our Spring '13 range to arrive but because they look truly amazing.

Pete, Hazel and Lou have sweated over every detail; the colour of the drawcords,
the stitching around the vents, the peak on the hood and made subtle tweaks to
the cuff to make it fit snugger and wear better. All the way down to the weight of
Ventile cotton fabric and the density of the weave we have used to make these
weatherproof jackets Spring-(and probably Summer)-proof.

Here's a preview of the little details that are making a big stir in the office.

Ventile Jacket preview - howies

Ventile Jacket preview - howies

Ventile Jacket preview - howies

Ventile Jacket preview - howies

Ventile Jacket preview - howies

Ventile Jacket preview - howies

love at last

  • Posted by howies
  • 25 March 2010

So I have been on a mission for a while now, to find the perfect waterproof jacket.

In the past I have bought 2.5 layer polyester man made jackets and find they feel horrible to wear one minute your hot, then your cold and noisy and you look like your wearing plastic.

You get the feeling you had when you were a kid and your mum told you it was going to rain and put your waterproof on, groans and mumbles followed of course.

Now more recent ones have looked better but they still feel the same.

Then a few years ago I borrowed an old howies ventile jacket which had been returned due to a minor stitching problem, with a lining and a detachable hood and although I found the fit not quite right for me and my jumpers and dog walking it always kept me dry, felt good and I saw there was potential.

The problem was I got quite hot in it, the collar was tight and the pockets were fiddly, its amazing how things so simple can be a pain in the rain...haha poetry.

Anyway I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the new howies ventile jacket, all I wanted was a shell which I could layer over my jumpers, covered my bum, breathed well and  kept the water out properly. But it also had to look like cotton and not a plastic jacket so I could wear it with a dress and flip flops on holiday and it would look as good as

if I was wearing it at home walking the dog or in Paris or London running between the shops doing research in the rain.

Finally they have come in and I have one.

I have tried it on with jumpers, t-shirts and it looks and feels great, not like a waterproof at all.

Now all I need is for it to rain.

No I don't mean that really, but if it does I am now prepared and I won't get wet, hurray.

Not quite jeans... but...

  • Posted by howies
  • 24 February 2009

Yeah, yeah, I know they’re not jeans. I also know I can’t buy any more either, which makes them all the more special. When I saw your blog about jeans stories though, I had to drop you a line.

My Ventile Towpath trousers have been going strong since summer 2004. They’ve travelled all the way around the world. They were my only trousers when I spent six months living in a tent. They’ve accompanied me into trees and over rocks on mountain bike spills. They’ve kept me warm in my sleeping bag above the snow line. They’ve been the first thing to throw on once the midwinter wetsuit and rash vest comes off and I’m freezing in some god forsaken empty seaside car park. They’ve motorbiked the length and breadth of New Zealand (as well as most of the UK), where I trusted them to protect me should the worst happen. They’ve kept me dry in winter storms, but been cool enough to wear in the summer. I can wear them to the pub one evening and then take them out for a few miles tramping or biking the next day. They are simply genius.

The best thing is, being so full of great memories, they make me smile every time I wear them. Here’s to a good few years more of Ventile happiness.

David Forbes


  • 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

HMD Jackets first look

  • Posted by howies
  • 16 December 2008

HMD Jackets — First Look

Men's Jacket, size S,M,L Only 30 made in UK.

Women's Jacket, size 10,12,14 Only 30 made in UK.

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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