Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Now then, lot's of goings on here at CC HQ. As you might be able to tell on the shop we've been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring a bunch of new product out. Over the coming weeks there'll be t-shirts a-plenty, as always each one as different to the next. We've also got a selection of new prints being added soon too. PLUS as we continue to progress this little brand we've got some ACE new shorts on the way, made in Portugal with Newfangle just like our equally awesome Union II shirts, these will probably be gone as fast as they were! We've got our collaborative Black Project Capandula with 6876, another round of quality shirts with tuktuk, not to mention some cord, yes cord shoes with Veras and as well as Round Two of Curva Nord, we've also joined forces to bring back Rather Not Say for a limited edition collection. We're continuing to seek new ideas, designs and new products for the future including some more rather interesting collaborations.
Sometimes you might forget about the blog with the social networks being that bit quicker and instant but it's always worth checking here for more detailed updates. As technology continues to evolve it's probably instagram for the first previews, so if you're not following us get involved and follow us on instagram.com/casualco. On instagram we do have quite a few comments asking when? How much? and where?
As always it's shop.casualco.com product is either live and ready to go (unless it sells out quickly) or it's coming soon and where possible the date and details are on there. TC
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Keyrings, why are they called keyrings? That's the metal ring that goes on keys and not the colourful interesting part, isn't it? They should be called keyring decal or keyring special or something. Anyway what ever they should be called, we had a bunch produced like last Christmas and we're finally getting them online now!
They're really ace made from a flexible raised PVC in vibrant colours and six choices no less. AND yes the metal ring thing comes with them too, for free.
Online Thursday at 7pm (GMT) TC
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Tomorrow evening sees the release of our 'Union II' shirt. Made in collaboration with NewFangle Clothing in Portugal, it's a reworking of our original Union shirt release from a few years ago. This time we've gone with a smoother, softer indigo chambray, details are :
5.6 oz indigo Chambray, two button tab collar, box pleat and locker loop. Utility is key on this one; features five pockets : two pen inserts, jetted 'coin' pouch, secured button top pocket and one specifically designed to fit your iPhone/other.
Twin stitched shoulder seams with contrast bar-tack detailing on pockets, reinforced elbow patches, darted cuffs and curved hem, contrast stitched button holes. Low key branding sees just a small woven Connoisseur label to hem and etched Mother of Pearl buttons with dual branding, with contrast black Mother of Pearl button to cuff placket.
Made at the same place as some of our favourite brands, we're very happy how this one came out and it's continued progression for the brand. The shirt is made from our own specific block which is the same measurements as all previous releases including those we've collaborated with tuktuk, so your normal size should apply. The shirt is online through both stores : Newfangle Clothing and ourselves from Monday 7th April at 7pm (GMT). TC
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Monday, 24 March 2014
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Our last bobble hats of this winter are released tomorrow at 7pm (GMT).
The trainspotting hat is a special edition release over two colours in blue and brown shades and in limited numbers of 50 hats per colour. This one pays tribute to a bygone era and a nod to the 80s jibbing on those football specials and Inter City trains as well of course as the geek chic unintentional cool of that of a retro-trainspotter. For more reading click here. TC
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Proper Magazine interview with The Casual Connoisseur:
Click here for the interview.
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Now then, just a quick update that from March onwards there will be new products arriving online from the little niceties of mugs, keyrings and new pin badges, to lots of new tees and premium tweed headwear as well as a very limited, very special edition jacket with 6876 and Our Culture as part of 6876's Black Project, this is some serious outerwear; Ventile outer with taped seams, made with the Ministry of Defence in England. There'll be a lot more on that one soon, so stay tuned.
Please note whilst the shop remains open as normal, for the next twenty days there may be slight delays with sending orders as our local distribution centre (Post Office) is closed for a refurbishment. "Use another?" We will/are, but no where else is willing to do the system we have implemented and is vital our regular one does - hence time delays and a difficult decision had to be made of no new releases during this short period. Please also note any orders purchased from Thursday 27th Feb will be subject to a little delay with normal service resuming on Wednesday 5th March, (4 working days in total) we hope you can understand this brief disruption, they'll be plenty coming online in a week or so.TC
Friday, 21 February 2014
One of the greatest, coolest logos in British design history has to be the 'double arrows' British Rail logo, for me, anyway. Now pretty much defunct due to all the changes and privatisation over the years, however, the logo is still in use at most stations and visible on most tickets and signs throughout England, simply for that very very reason, it's unmistakable, it's classic, it's iconic.
Designed in 1965 by 21 year old Gerry Barney, along with it's own accompanying Alphabet, designed by Jock Kinneir still in use today and adopted worldwide. The logo is so simple and timeless and as a corporate identity it's unforgettable. Seen on anything from the side of trains, the conductors and drivers great old uniforms, to it's own condiments, cutlery and even carpets, which we'll soon come to.
During the late 1970's to the 80's, the logo really came into it's own, with the train the choice of travel for football fans, with the now defunct, but infamous ramshackle Football Specials. The trains, which carried thousands of unsavory fans across the country during the days of yore for the football bovver boy. Coinciding with the boom of the casual era and those who wanted to go undetected, taking the better, posher trains like the Intercity 125, First Class of course, Bex Bissell style. The 80's saw a real peak for British Rail, old posters and television adverts featuring their tagline 'This is the Age of the Train'. Those adverts featuring the now 'orrible c*nt Jimmy Savile promoting the service in his Mountain Equipment Fitzroy coat. Once an iconic piece of footage - in an unlikely style icon kind of way. Now, the less said about it the better, especially as I've got that same coat! Persil also did those special deals with their product which allowed you to collect tokens for rail travel, these were easily tampered with and were taken advantage of once again, by football fans on their away jaunts.
To look at it today, the trains are a bit bland and boring. Conductors had ace uniforms, topped off with their own hats, it wouldn't happen today. Even Rail workers out in the field had their own outfits, Orange parkas, boiler suits, their own yellow trucks and vans. There was even British Rail ships on the seas. Uniformed throughout, from head to toe, pencil to paper. Everything touched by that 'barb wire' logo, a real identity.
Anyway, getting massively carried away here, people might think I'm dead into trains, this takes us to our next idea, it's another carpet inspired pattern, back when British Rail started it's corporate takeover, everything was covered in that cool logo, even carpets. Our nod to that superb logo comes in the form of new hats.
Would that make a good hat? Yes it would. Available very soon. DC
Reference : Creative Review, Test Pressing, Bring Back British Rail.