Remarkable Magazine – does exactly what its says on the tin…

We love print. Ok – perhaps it is not the most eco friendly of reading choices, but there is something quite special about the whole experience that cannot be replicated online. The feel, the smell, the touch. And so, we often frequent the wonderful store Magazine Brighton, which stocks a dizzying array of short run, independent and overseas publications – always on the look out for something gorgeous. Our latest find is very special indeed – Remarkable Magazine – which has the tagline ‘Live better. Harm less.’ We were sold.

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So what is Remarkable?
‘Remarkable is a digital gallery, magazine and marketplace showcasing remarkable humans doing and making remarkable things to help people live better and harm less.
We understand that our global population grows while resources shrink, but we believe the solution lies in making simple, graceful and thoughtful choices. Our mission is to inform when you ask why, inspire when you ask how and be there when you’re ready to make a remarkable change.’

And it does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a remarkable read, with inspirational features, beautiful infographics, wonderful calls to action and a very nice design. From fast fashion to Being an Unfucker (more of that in another post…), to smart cities and moving yourself more.

It is an eco magazine for the design conscious.

This may seem a rather odd statement, but in actual fact, despite the fantastic contemporary, sustainable and circular economy designs that are happening all over the globe, by many different types of designers for all sorts of reasons, quite often sustainable designs / products are segmented into a special ‘green’ edition of a design publication, or collected into an ‘eco page’.

Remarkable showcases the range and variety of design led sustainability throughout – without being preachy.

We loved it.

But, with only two issues per year, we are going to have to wait a little more time till we can get out next print fix. In the meantime, we will be keeping a close eye on their online features over here, so ask yourself – do you want to be Remarkable too?

REMARKΔBLE from Remarkable on Vimeo.

(images via Remarkable)

personalised notebooks for World Stationery Day…

Ah, stationery. In a world of digital devices, power cables and updates that mess the whole thing up, stationery is the simple, reliable stalwart of our lives. Always there to take a note, record a thought or progress a design, we are rarely without a nice notebook and a pen in our bags. It does not hold you up in security in an airport and it hold endless power without a top up charge. But there is stationery and there is stationery. So, for World Stationery Day, we are celebrating one of our favourites – the personalised notebooks available at Urban Cottage Industries…

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These, in our humbled, (but extremely experienced opinions), are the top notches of all notebooks. Whether you plump for the Moleskine or the Leuchtturm, plain or lined, A5 or A6, coloured or black, these beauties can be so much more than a notebook.

our favourite – the lime green Leuchtturm (which also comes with archiving stickers!)

Thanks to the traditional hot-debossing service at Urban Cottage Industries, you can choose to have them personalised to you – a name, a number, a phrase. And all included in the price of the notebook – which, until the end of the day, has a whopping 40% off the usual price.

We love these notebooks – and we regularly get them for the office and even as prizes or gifts for others, such as the recent Award for Sustainable Design we gave to the very deserving Meg Walker at the recent BSc Product Design degree show at the University of Sussex. We had the message ‘creativity is a way of life..’ debossed into the classic black notebook, because it is.

So – choose your notebook, ponder your message and get over to Urban Cottage Industries this World Stationery Day. Quick!

(images via Urban Cottage Industries and Claire Potter)

the New Plastics Economy – rethinking the future of plastics…

Plastic has become quite an obsession for us over the last year or so – especially the issues with marine litter and the scary abundance of single use plastics entering our waste streams. This is one of the reasons why we have become involved with the World Cetacean Alliance ‘Untangled’ Project, which involves designers and artists creating new pieces from fishing gear rescued from beaches around the country. Of course, as plastic based products, these pieces of netting and fishing gear – known as Ghost Gear – float about, photodegrading over time into smaller pieces and eventually ending up in the food chain as small fish eat the plastic and larger fishes eat the smaller fishes.

And this is true of all plastics that are in our oceans – not only Ghost Gear. Every piece of litter in our oceans that is plastic based will gradually degrade and be eaten – killing vast numbers of fish and mammals in the process. We have not even started to realise the issues that plastic causes to our own bodies, as we ingest fish that have eaten (and stored toxins from the plastic) in their own bodies.

Plastics are a huge, global issue, that are not going away. Yet, plastics that have become ubiquitous with our throwaway culture are actually valuable and essential materials. 

So, it was great to see that the circular economy specialists, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation publish a report on the issues with plastic, and how the whole industry could be transformed if we worked in a more circular nature. This makes perfect sense – our production of plastic has increased 20x over the last 50 years and is only set to increase, whilst plastic itself is a perfect material for reuse – so long as it is recovered, and not leaked into our oceans.

This ‘leakage’ of plastics from the waste stream into our oceans is currently estimated at being a staggering 32%. If we rethink ocean plastic as a resource for recovery and of value, rather than of waste, then we could go a long way.

And something needs to be done – as the projections are that if we continue with the business as usual model with plastics, there will be more plastic in our oceans and seas than there are fish, by weight, by 2050.

That’s a scary thought indeed…

This report demonstrates the importance of triggering a revolution in the plastics industrial ecosystem and is a first step to showing how to transform the way plastics move through our economy. To move from insight to large scale action, it is clear that no one actor can work on this alone; the public, private sector and civil society all need to mobilize in order to capture the opportunity of the new circular plastics economy. – Dominic Waughray / World Economic Forum

Want to read more? You can download the full report here. 

(images courtesy of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

SPOTTED – the NURDkit by Alice Kettle…

In the last of our SPOTTED’s we are looking at a project that really caught our eyes and hearts at New Designers this year – the NURDkit by Alice Kettle, which educates people to the problems with nurdles.

 

So why did this catch our eye? Once upon a time, in a childhood far, far away, I wanted to be a marine biologist and spend my life studying sharks with a view to conserving their numbers and educating people to their true, non-killer personalities. Fast forward a few years, and marine conservation is still very high on our concern list as a studio. And one of the biggest concerns of ours is plastic. There is too much generally and too much is ending up in our seas and oceans.

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But, despite the images of deceased birds full of plastic, scenes of great oceanic gyres full of a plastic soup gradually degrading to particles that are eaten by fish and get into the food chain, many people do not know the true scale of the issues with plastic in our seas.

And although we can all spot the empty drinks bottles and spent lighters on the strand line of a beach, there is a particular type of plastic that we all see, but many of us do not recognise. The nurdle.

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But it is these tiny dots of raw material plastic that end up manufacturing the vast majority of the plastic products we consume globally.

We were immediately drawn to the work of Alice Kettle for these reasons – she has created a kit that allows people – and particularly children – to sieve out the tiny pieces of plastic (the nurdle) from the beach, safely remove them and even use them to create another NURDkit. A simple, yet elegant premise that aids to educate as well as creating something responsible.

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Speaking to Kettle, who was both passionate and highly knowledgeable on the subject, we could see clear similarities with one of our all time favourite projects – the Sea Chair by Studio Swine, which also seeks to reclaim plastic from the ocean, turning it into one off chairs. Whilst poetic in nature, both projects are seeking to educate about the overwhelming scale of the issue – much of which is unseen by the general public.

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We are passionate that these are the sorts of projects and products that we should be championing – one that deals with a real issue – in even the smallest of ways. If we demand these kinds of responsible products as consumers, more will be created.

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However, given the scale of the issue, can well meaning projects such as the NURDkit really create change? It’s certainly a start. And starting is what we need.

We just hope that there will be more projects like Kettle’s at New Designers 2016.

(all images via Alice Kettle)

REVIEW – the Factorylux workshop at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015…

We love a good workshop. There is nothing better than getting away from behind the desks at the studio and doing something hands-on. It is even better if it has a real relevance to the everyday work too – allowing you an insight into exactly what goes into doing, making or creating something that you specify on your projects. And so, it was with great delight that I attended one of the first ever Create Your Own Simple Light workshops with the fantastic Factorylux as part of the Clerkenwell Design Week this year.

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Based in the courtyard of Look Mum No Hands, (a great cafe – fabulous Red Velvet cake too…) Factorylux had temporarily decamped from their home in Yorkshire to the depths of central London, bringing with them a selection of their simple, beautifully made industrial fittings – and a huge Linotype machine… Factorylux 8

Arriving at the our workstations we were confronted with a range of neat and tidy cables, plugs, tools and machinery. Choosing our own cable colours and plugs (neon green for me of course, plus a rather fetching orange plug), we set about starting the workshop, led by Technician Sophie.

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We learn about the exact precision that goes into creating the lights in the Factorylux workshops – and how detailed the attention has to be to ensure that the end result not only looks fantastic, but that it works and is safe. Working to British Standards BS 4533 & BS EN 60598 certifies that the work has been carried out to the strict guidelines – which we are not joking – is strict, but completely necessary to ensure a safe light. Factorylux 7

One millimetre over or under when cutting your cables made a difference. Nicking the protective sheathing on the cable meant you needed to start again. Talk about pressure. But, quite soon (well, about an hour and a quarter), and after lots of guidance and support from the wonderful Factorylux technicians, all of us around the table were ready to test our lights. We were also delighted to see that Factorylux had gone to the trouble of printing our own names on the cable end wrap – along with our own tracing number, unique to our light…

Factorylux 6Testing the light was a worrying affair. It it buzzed at one point it was fine. If it buzzed when connected to another testing machine, it was not fine and had to be rejected. Fortunately, due to the expert guidance of our technicians, we all passed and were able to package up our lights and choose our bulb.

I plumped for their quite beautiful new, large round eco filament bulbs.

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Heading back to Brighton with my bag full of goodies I was delighted – not only was I coming away with something that looked fantastic, there was the immense satisfaction of knowing that I had created it. There was also an immense feeling of appreciation for the Factorylux technicians, who work to incredibly high standards with an attention to detail that is incredible. Every step of the process was as critical as the last, but the results are of the highest possible standard. These are the real crème de la crème of lighting – and it was a real honour to see, and experience the workshop first hand…

Now. Where to hang that light?

(images by claire potter design)

REVIEW – Revolution – a real must watch environmental film…

Whilst growing up, I was adamant what I wanted to become. I was not interested in being a princess or a fairy, certainly not a ballerina – I wanted to be marine biologist. I am sure I was not alone, and many pre-teen girls wanted to be a marine biologist too, but what was slightly different was there was a particular animal which held an incredible fascination over all the others to me – sharks. I did not see them as monsters, but beautiful relics from a long distant past that were designed so efficiently, yet with so much variety that they were enchanting. Fast forward a few years and despite not being a marine biologist, the ecology and protection of our seas and oceans hold a very deep concern for me. The beautifully shot award winning 2006 film ‘Sharkwater’ told this story too, and so, it was with great delight that I was recently invited to review the second film from filmmaker Rob Stewart – ‘Revolution’.

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From the outset, Stewart frames the issues – he created Sharkwater to save sharks, yet by creating the film, he realised the issue is far wider reaching than that. We need to save ourselves. Our continued lack of realisation of how we are effecting our home is quite staggering, despite the mass of signs in front of our eyes. Hence, ‘Revolution’ was conceived. Since its release at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, ‘Revolution’ has won 10 awards – and deservedly so.
A feature length film, filmed over 5 years and in 15 different countries,  ‘Revolution’ covers many of the pressing issues that are facing our planet today, starting again with the acidification of oceans, which are leading to huge losses in corals – the building blocks of community life in the oceans, all the way through to deforestation and it’s impact on indigenous people and global climate change. It tells stories of the delicate balance species have with their ecosystems – and how we as a species are inconsiderate to fish stock levels, natural, irreplaceable habitats and how our insatiable thirst for oil has driven us almost to the end of the road.
Rob photographing a 1500-year-old Baobab tree in Madagascar. When this was a sapling there were 300 million people on earth. Photo © Paul Wildman www.builtbywildman.com from the documentary film Revolution.

‘Revolution’ shows the global impact we are having to our environments, but also those who are desperately trying to get the message to those who have the power to create change – the politicians and policy makers. Attending the Cancun Climate Change Conference in 2010, ‘Revolution’ covers the attempts by campaigners to influence discussions going on behind closed doors – many of which end up thwarted and frustratingly with no real progression in strong, applicable policy

It would be very easy for a film like this to leave nothing but a breathtaking image of despair – how the beautiful world we live in is being pillaged and destroyed, but ‘Revolution’ actually gives a great deal of hope. A particular story of how a group of children writing appeal letters translated into a shark finning ban after watching ‘Sharkwater’ in Saipan shows that no matter how small you think you are, you can create change.

‘Revolution’ is a beautifully shot environmental film with clear and strong messages, but it is a call to action. It is about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something – globally or locally. It is a must see.

And you can see it here… Plus, for every film purchased through the link below, $1 will go directly to the WWF, with the remainder going to Sharkwater Productions further projects. Money well spent we say.

(images and movie courtesy of ‘Revolution’)

 

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 – a preview…

Clerkenwell Design Week is upon us once more – beginning today, the annual three day event in the part of London that has the densest population of creative studios, practices and showrooms, per square mile – in the world. Quite something. And each year, these doors are thrown open to all for three days of talks, exhibitions, workshops, launches and parties – for free.

We will be heading up to Clerkenwell on Thursday for a look about, plus we will be on the FIXPERTS stand in the Design Factory between 1-5 (come and say hello!) and then we are off to a very special workshop with the guys at Factorylux (Urban Cottage Industries) – more on that later on in the week, but for those of you not familiar with Clerkenwell, here are our top tips:

1 – Looking for furniture, lighting and product design? First stop has to be The Design Factory located in the Farmiloe Building on 34 St John Street. Not only is the building absolutely stunning (a real 19th century industrial beauty), the variety of work on show is staggering.

2 – want to see the hot off the press new designers in another architectural gem? Check out the House of Detention next, which features interlocking subterranean spaces filled with great design and furniture.

3 – Clerkenwell Conversations is another real highlight of the three day festival, with world class designers, architects and manufacturers – this year talking about everything from public art to the architects insatiable desire to create furniture (ahem). Take a look here for the full programme.

4 – there are multiple showrooms open too, where you can discuss projects directly with the manufacturers, or just have a nose. This year we will be heading to Camira, Interface, The SCIN Gallery and Vitra – for starters…

5 – check out the Fringe too – there are some great event on in the smaller workshops and studios…

And want to whet your appetite? Take a look here at this round up from last year.

(video via Clerkenwell Design Week)

in praise of the refurbished…

We are very lucky at the studio to be located along a very long road in Hove that can only be described as ‘eclectic’. With Portslade Station at one end, and well into the reaches of Hove in another, Portland Road is about a mile or so of houses, schools, a park and a variety of retail spaces (plus our little studio, based in the old public toilet). But theses are not any old retail spaces – they are all mostly small, independent shops and cafes – all very different. But what struck us recently whilst walking to the Post Office (6 minutes from studio) was how many great examples of repair, refurbished, service based industry and reclaimed goods shops there were on Portland Road.

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There are two launderettes. A sewing and alteration workshop, two computer repair shops, a cobbler, an refurbished oven place. A scattering of secondhand stores, a hardware store and the Bargain Vacuum Centre, to name but a few. And it was in the last store – the Bargain Vacuum Centre that we found the latest addition to our studio – an almost new, refurbished Dyson City vacuum cleaner.

Complete with all the bits and bobs – and a 9 month guarantee, this little vacuum only set us back £50. ‘Any problems and whizz it back’, we were told. ‘Sure, we replied – we are just along the road’. And this is what is great about this type of ‘High Street’ – the mix of people, skills and services – all independent and backlit acrylic sign free – offering the personable experience that is not found elsewhere. This is what we love and this is why we are very proud to be part of Portland Road.

We need to save these types of road, because there is very little that we are not able to access within a 7 minute walk of the studio – and we are very aware that this is a precious rarity. Chains have their places, but these are the roads that can offer us repair, reuse or leasing – on our doorsteps…

Here’s to the refurbished.

Growing food on waste coffee – the Espresso Mushroom company…

We are big supporters of creating new things from waste, especially as most waste – with a bit of thought – can be redirected into creating new products. This can come in many forms, from buildings that  can be created from waste materials (like the Waste House in Brighton) through to new consumer products (such as truck tarpaulin bags from Freitag). And we predict that this pattern will escalate over the coming years as we start to realise that raw materials are either too scarce or expensive to use. It is a huge opportunity for designers to think in the circular rather than linear. But it is not just products that can be created – what about our food? This is exactly what the Espresso Mushroom Company are doing…

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Founded in Brighton, the Espresso Mushroom Company grow, and create kits allowing you to grow mushrooms from a substrate based on reclaimed coffee grounds which are gathered by bike from local cafes.

But one of the staggering elements of this project is the sheer scale of the waste coffee grounds that are produced daily – and usually get directed straight into landfill. For instance, the Espresso Mushroom Company puts it into perpective:

‘Less than 1% of the coffee cherry harvested from the coffee tree is in an espresso coffee and over 70 million cups of coffee are drunk every day in the UK.’  That’s a lot of coffee – the grounds of which are currently wasted.

And the kits are simple – open, water, grow, harvest. (and we are planning on getting one for our new studio…)

So – fresh food created from waste. What’s not to love? Check out the main Espresso Mushroom Company website for full details of the kits available…

(images via the Espresso Mushroom Company website)

2015 trend predictions – we give our insights to Terry’s Blinds…

Today, we are continuing our trend predictions and are delighted to report that we have been featured on the Designer Insights section of the Terry’s Blinds blog – talking about our work and five of our top tips for interior design in 2015…

Courtesy of: Terrys Blinds

2015 trend predictions… 1 – green…

Ok – we are DONE with 2014 and are now looking towards 2015, so for the rest of the month, we will be looking at our predictions for what we think will feature heavily in the coming 12 months. This will be a mixture of design predictions, fashion predictions and behaviour predictions – all based on what we have noticed developing in our studio work and the work of those we admire.

So, to start off, we have our first prediction of 2015 – green.

Pantone may have declared 2015 the year of ‘Marsala’ (Pantone 18-1438) – which, according to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth, but we are not that sure.

We for the first of our 2015 trend predictions, we think that 2015 will be the year of green – as do Farrow and Ball, who have put together the image above. With an increased interest in internal planting, and the incorporation of nature into our homes, offices and retail spaces, we think that green shades will serve well to support this ‘naturalisation’ of our interiors. We think that this will link into other styles that will develop in 2015, such as a softer industrial, and productive spaces, which we will speak about in future posts… This also ties into very important political meetings for the future of our environment, such as the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris where a binding, global deal on carbon emissions will be critical.

So we think green is coming our way in 2015…

2014 recap – December – Not Another Bill…

Ok – we know it was not that long ago – and that Christmas stuff feels a bit weird in January, but that said, there is something for getting a nice surprise in the post, regardless of the time of year. So, we are recapping back to early December today, and our very popular post on Not Another Bill…

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Today on our December wish list we are looking at a bit of a service. Something with the element of surprise that can last longer than the 30 seconds on the 24th or 25th December when you rip off the carefully folded paper. There is something rather delightful about getting an unexpected package in the post – and there is a lovely service, that for a monthly fee will deliver a beautifully wrapped and highly considered package to you every 30 days or so. Something unexpected in the post that, as their name says, is Not Another Bill.

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Now, Not Another Bill is not a new service as it has been around for a while, but as a concept we think it is rather marvellous. It is also an ideal gift for those difficult people who either have everything or are just a nightmare to select a present for. My brother falls into both these categories, so you never know bro. This could be winging its way to you this Crimbo. not another bill chopping boards

The subscription service is also very easy to set up (either as a gift for someone else, or even for yourself). Select your preferences, likes and dislikes, select how long you would like to subscribe for, on a sliding scale from £24 per month, then wait. not another bill necklaces

The gifts are tailored around your selected preferences and are, quite simply, beautiful. High quality designed objects, jewellery, prints, decorative things, practical things – some specially commissioned by Not Another Bill. Really nice surprises indeed and items with a higher monetary value than your subscription price each month. One of their stated aims is to ‘introduce our subscribers to great artists, designers and brands’ Hooray to that we say.

So – stumped for what to get someone this December? Why not take a look at Not Another Bill and hand the selection process over to someone else.

(images via Not Another Bill)

december wish list day 17 – a subscription to Monocle magazine…

Well. We are nearly there. Our last day on our december wish list and we are choosing something that will enrich our post box for the next 12 months. With online ordering dates long gone, today we are looking at something that you can purchase for a loved one and not worry about delivery – yet. Today we are wishing for a subscription to Monocle Magazine.

The monthly round up of all things business, arts, culture, design and global affairs, Monocle is a hefty read indeed. Each month it is crammed full of beautifully written articles from across the world, with insights into a range of issues from politics to retail trends. It is one of those publications that cannot fail to inspire. Plus, Monocle has a very good radio station, Monocle 24, with hour long specials being aired weekly and downloadable through all podcast services. We are particular fans of both Section D (the design roundup) and The Entrepreneurs, which is er, rather self explanatory.

What is interesting is that Monocle has a very male orientated tilt, with the advertising certainly being aimed at the guys. We think that they are missing a bit of a trick here, as there must be rafts of females who are also readers that are not being targeted, but hey – we are not that bothered – it is just rather interesting to see where their readership is based. Is there a publication which is the ‘female’ equivalent of Monocle? That has such a business / design / culture mix? Hmmmm. Personally, we see Monocle as being a very gender neutral publication, but that is certainly not what the advertising will tell you…

Anyway – we are not here on Christmas Eve to get all political. We think that if you are (still) seeking a gift for someone on Christmas Eve, this is your get out of jail free card. Whether you are looking for a male, or a female gift…

(image via Monocle)

december wish list day 9 – a personalised moleskine from Urban Cottage Industries…

Today, I was part of a photoshoot of ‘makers’ in Brighton, where we were all photographed in a portrait fashion with items representative of our craft. First off, I thought that this would be rather hard, but when I looked at the items I used on a near daily basis, there were a few that stuck out. My mechanical pencil, my hard hat and my little black moleskine notebook. 

 

And I am certainly not alone. Many designers become very attached to their notebooks even though we are also surrounded with digital devices that can record our thoughts, notes and musings. There is something special about a bit of paper and a pencil.

But what is more special than a black notebook? How about a personalised moleskine notebook, with your choice of message, embossed in the traditional way? Well. Our friends over at Urban Cottage Industries have just the thing…

Their personalised moleskine notebooks come in a variety of sizes, colours, plain, lined and as diaries or address books and once you have chosen your 30 character message, it will be embossed using a 1930’s sans serif font. They really are things of beauty.

Want to ensure that nobody steals the notebook? Or want to gift a creative a notebook with an inspirational message on? This is the place.

Plus, there is something even more special about receiving a personalised gift, as the giver really has to think about what to put. There is extra thought in there, and with this very traditional, hand-made process, you are giving something with history and tradition of craft also.

Really stumped as to what to put? Don’t worry. They also do gift vouchers

(images via Urban Cottage Industries)

december wish list day 7 – anything from Hiut Denim…

Ok. So we are being a bit self indulgent for our latest december wish list post, but if anyone wants to buy us clothes this Christmas, we are putting anything from the rather fantastic Hiut Denim on the list. For even though in their words, they ‘only make jeans’, they make the most wonderful jeans, in the most wonderful way.

Many people (including us) didn’t know that the little Welsh town of Cardigan was once a powerhouse of the denim jean industry, with 400 locals creating in the region of 35,000 pairs a week – enough to clothe the residents of the town about nine times over every seven days or so, for 40 years. Which is incredible. However, one day, the factory was closed and the production stopped.

Fortunately, David and Clare Hieatt, (who also founded another studio favourite – Howies) thought that this was wrong, and realising that the skills and expertise were still in the town, reopened the factory as Hiut Denim. So, once more, the jeans are produced from marvellous denims in the little Welsh town.

This is wonderful. A beautiful story – but this is not where the story ends. Actually, this is just the starting point for the stories as each pair of jeans comes with its own ‘History Tag’ – a code that is logged and is unique to the pair. And instead of this being a static record of the piece of clothing, you are encouraged to engage with your History Tag and upload information – pictures, places and memories – to your tag, so the jeans are able to digitally store their history as well as physically, with the little bumps and scratches that they will build up over the years.

This type of personal, or emotional attachment is very interesting to explore with products. If we feel ‘attached’ to an item, are we less likely to throw it away? Will we retain it for longer? And if we do give it away, can another user access the stories that we have attributed to the jeans? We have probably all stroked the arm of an antique wood chair and pondered on the people who have sat on it, touched it. Wondered about how old it was, who made it and where it has travelled. These stories we can fill in ourselves, but what if we were able to really understand the life of an object? Would it cease to be an ‘object’ and be something of more value?

Anyway. We digress into another area of studio obsession. But day 7 of our wish list belongs distinctly to Hiut Denim. Wonderful.

(image via Hiut Denim)