denim our way

We make jeans for a living. It puts the food on our table. And when you make something, you have a choice: Either you have to be cheaper than the other guy, or you have to be better. In our eyes, being better is a more worthwhile thing to chase after

Make it so it keeps doing what it was made for. Find out its weakest link and make it strong. That's why we use the toughest, meanest twine. It's why we make pockets that last as long as the jeans they inhabit. And why we triple stitch where everyone else just double stitches.

It's why our waistbands go un-bleached. And it's why we chain stitch hems for extra strength.

In a world of cheap, be the odd guy who believes in quality. Let’s make things that stick around for a long old time. Like they say, every company needs an enemy. In which case, let ours be the landfill.

Rain Doesn't Stop Play

Most cotton products don’t do rain. If you are caught in a sudden downpour, you’ll more than likely get soaked to your skin.

This, however, ain’t most cotton.You could say it looks like most cotton and it feels like most cotton, but it really is a bit special. If you get rained on in this, you’ll stay as dry as a bone. That’s because this is Epic cotton.

51 Patents So Far

Epic cotton is a rain-proof fabric that is unlike any other. Most water-resistant fabrics rely on coatings, laminates or Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatments to provide water protection.These techniques involve dipping the woven fabric in a chemical bath to treat the whole surface, which often leaves them feeling a bit rigid and plastic-y.

To have a fabric that is both comfortable, yet still performs has kept those clever folk at Epic burning the midnight oil for years. But then one day, they had their Eureka moment. Ping. They had finally worked it out. And then quickly patented the whole process before someone else could work it out.

What they had discovered was a way to put each and every fibre through an encapsulation process individually so it keeps the overall fabric breathable.

That magic coating won’t wash off either, in fact, you can bung it in your machine with your regular wash. Which is great when you consider that coatings such as DWR gradually wear off each time the garment is washed.

So next time you get caught out in the rain you can watch those little raindrops bead right off. And you can’t say that about most cotton. But like we said, this ain’t most cotton.

designed by nature

What if we told you that we've developed a new, high-tech fabric that is the ultimate in performance sportswear? And what if we told you that it easily out-performs every other like-minded fabric out there, because of it's truly remarkable attributes?

What if we told you that it's capable of regulating your body temperature in all conditions? That it will insulate you when it's cold, yet keep you cool when it's hot? And what if we told you that it's the most breathable fabric in the world, able to wick moisture away from your skin so you stay dry? That it is designed to be the silkiest, smoothest, most comfortable fabric you will ever wear next to your skin? And that it is quiet, flame retardant, odour resistant and naturally antibacterial?

By now, you'd probably be wondering what kind of space age fabric this was.

But what if we told you this fabric was wool? Pure, simple wool, from a sheep. You'd be a bit surprised, wouldn't you?

The truth is, Merino wool is the perfect example of brilliant design by nature. Without us doing anything to it, Merino still beats anything man has tried to make to do the same job. And what if we tell you it's 100% natural, easily sustainable and completely biodegradable?

Then surely that makes it the most advanced fabric known to man. Or sheep.

Hand Printed In Cardigan Bay

T-shirts are the the first product that howies ever made. Since then, we've done hundreds of designs and they have continued to be close to our hearts. They are a great canvas for ideas, for how we think and what we believe.

And one thing you can be sure of when you buy one of our printed organic t-shirts, is that it was screen printed by hand in our own little printshop, here in Cardigan Bay.

Using an old-fashioned carousel, silk mesh screens and a bit of elbow grease, Tomos prints each and every one of them with the same level of skill, craftsmanship and respect for the end product as they deserve.

We are very proud of that.

the human body has no seams

The seamless circular knit technology used in this range means that these pieces are precision built to fit your body, just like your own skin. They provide a snug fit that will go virtually unnoticed as you wear it.

They are made on specialist machines capable of knitting yarn into a single continuous tube shape. This means we can make body panels in one piece, minimising the need for seams - seams that could potentially cause painful friction and chaffing on longer rides or runs.

say goodbye to chafed bits

The circular knitting machines are also capable of varying patterns in the fabric as they knit too. This means that we can have different weaves on the same panel and precisely tailor them to match specific parts of the body. For instance, we can integrate lighter breathable panels in sweatier areas like the underarms and back, or produce areas with more compression around hems and places where you need a tighter fit. We can now do all this without the need for separate panels, seams and stitching.

This makes a truly comfortable, formfitting garment with a minimalist design.
Just like us humans.

common sense cotton

We all think that cotton is one of the most natural things around – remember your old comfort blanket when you were a kid? Yeah, like that – all cosy and safe and familiar. The truth is it simply isn’t as ‘natural’ as we’d all like to think.

Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops grown by man, with a myriad of insecticides used on it during the growing process. And you can bet the shirt on your back that those nasty insecticides stay on that cotton for the whole time you wear it too. Common sense says that can’t be doing you any good.

That’s why, wherever possible, we use organic cotton – cotton grown without any of the nasty stuff — so you needn’t worry about anything bad rubbing off on you.

Now that’s comforting to know.

ventile. wear it out.

Ventile is no ordinary fabric.

Made with 100% cotton, densely woven from long staple cotton.

Indeed it takes 16 hours just to set up the machine with the necessary 24,000 strands of cotton that go to create Ventile.

It’s the combination of the dense weave and the swelling properties of the fibres when wet that provide such excellent weatherproofing.

It is a natural product that offers a softer, quieter hand feel, as well as being windproof and highly breathable, making it ideal for our climate. 

Also, when the sun comes out, because it’s just cotton,
Ventile also breathes really well – unlike other water-resistant fabrics, which can sometimes leave you a bit clammy when you warm up.

Ventile cotton has been around for a while too. It was invented in the 1940s, for use as pilots flying suits. It’s really hardwearing, meaning no matter what you throw at it, your Ventile jacket should last you 10 or 15 years. Probably more. And even if
you do 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.

Don't worry you won't get splinters

This underwear has been made from an amazing fibre called Modal. Modal is a natural material made from the humble Beech tree.

The fibres are ultra smooth, which makes the fabric feel softer than cotton. Unlike cotton it remains soft, wash after wash, as the soap scum has nothing to cling on to. It also doesn’t lose its colour. Oh, and wood also has natural hygienic properties and is resistant to shrinkage.

We used a fine circular knitting process when we made this underwear to make sure that there are no annoying seams.

The Modal fibre is made by an Austrian company called Lenzing. The beech trees are sustainably grown and the wood pulp is turned into fibre in a closed loop process, which uses up to twenty times less water than cotton production. Any waste is used for by-products.

Pretty impressive, huh? It makes other underwear seem like “pants”.

accessories

  • Blue Red

    Crafs Lambswool Scarf

    Women's knitted 100% lambswool scarf. Reversible, with a subtle spotty pattern.

    £25.00
  • Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set

    Green Oil Eco Rider Deluxe Set

    The Best of Green Oil in one handy tub. Set includes Green Oil's lubricants, degreasers, cleaners and cleaning utensils to keep your pride and joy looking spick and span.

    £34.99
  • Green Oil Agent Aple Professional Degreaser

    Green Oil Agent Apple Degreaser

    Powerful, natural citrus degreaser without the petrochemicals and dirty smell. 200ml.

    £7.00
  • Blue Red

    Tah Lambswool Bobble Hat

    Women's 100% lambswool bobble hat. Knitted in a traditional cable knit pattern, with a contrasting bobble on top.

    £15.00
  • Blue Red

    Govel Lambswool Gloves

    Women's 100% lambswool gloves. Thick knit, with a subtle spotty pattern.

    £15.00
  • Women's Hat, Gloves & Scarf Bundle

    Women's Hat, Gloves & Scarf Bundle

    Women's knitted lambswool hat, gloves and scarf set. Keeps you warm and saves £10.

    £45.00
  • Water Bottle Bundle S / L

    Sport Water Bottle

    Sport water bottle with a large screw cap
    and soft popper-closure spout.
    In 2 sizes and 3 printed designs.
    Available with a removable cap for muddy folk.

    from: £4.00
  • Nom Nom Chocolate Bundle

    nom nom Chocolate Pack

    Chocolate made in Wales from the finest Venezuelan cacao, combined with the very best of local Welsh ingredients. Bundled in 3's with 9 different flavour combinations to choose. Much more exciting than a Lion bar.

    £9.90
  • Advice To Sink In Slowly 2015 Calendar

    Advice To Sink In Slowly 2015 Calendar

    Illustrated 2015 calendar bringing together 12 artists' illustrated advice for creative development. Funds raised from calendar sales go to sending free posters to first year creative students across the UK.

    £15.00
  • Green Oil CF3 Re-Useable Spray

    Green Oil CF3 Re-Useable Spray

    Re-usable lube spray bottle. Spray convenience, without the PTFE headaches. Compatible with Green Oil Cleaner, White, or Clean Chain degreaser. 100ml.

    £7.00
  • Green Oil Chain Lubricant

    Green Oil Chain Lubricant

    The UK's first biodegradable bike chain lube. Good for you. Good for your bike. Good for the environment. 100ml.

    £5.99
  • Green Oil Chain Clean Degreaser

    Green Oil Chain Clean

    100% Natural and biodegradable degreasing gel that sticks to the chain for effective degreasing. 100ml.

    £4.00
  • Green Oil Ecogrease

    Green Oil Ecogrease

    Teflon & PTFE-free bicycle grease. Great for quick release pins, seat posts, pivots, bike building and other grease applications. 100ml

    £5.99
  • Green Oil White Wax

    Green Oil White Wax

    Green and dry alternative to chain lube. Lubricates without oil and attracts minimal dust. 100ml.

    £7.00
  • Green Oil Bike Cleaner

    Out of stock

    Green Oil Bike Cleaner

    A natural, biodegradable bike cleaner from Green Oil. 1 Litre.

    £7.99
  • Green Oil Power Pack

    Out of stock

    Green Oil Power Pack

    Power Pack nozzle for use with CF3 Spray. For getting into those hard to reach areas when cleaning your bike.

    £1.00