Friday 29 January 2010


I was just going to do another 'ladyshape offering' but decided this time round to add a point to looking at the fairer sex in all their glory. So here's a look at PETA's rather interesting advertising.
PETA which if you didn't know already stands for 'People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' have an interesting way of getting a message across, using striking ad's involving the stars, of particular interest here of course are the vast array of females in a state of undress. But let's not forget it's all for a very worthy cause indeed.

Thursday 28 January 2010

The first in a series of several... "What Abouts!"
In which we look at a character from the silverscreen, which - where possible will be a lesser known character or a memorable role we feel deserves the right to be highlighted on this here blog.
First up "What about ...Willie Ross as "Sue's Father"

From legendary director Alan Clarke and based on a play from Andrea Dunbar Rita, Sue And Bob Too was a film about working class in the 80s. The quote on the poster summed it up "Thatcher's Britain with her knickers down". A hilarious, yet bleak piece of cinematic gold. Several of the cast could've featured here. There certainly could be a shout out for any of the title cast in particular George Costigan as Bob, but we've plumped for Sue's father as the stand out.

Willie Ross portrayed the role as Sue's father, which is all he's credited as by the way. (Though I believe his name is Kevin) with great aplomb. Never before or since has an on screen alcoholic been so convincing, too often you see someone trying to act in an inebriated state and overdoing it and looking a right bellend. If there was an award for pulling off acting drunk then he'd have nabbed it, he's so spot on here he could actually be blottoed! He's got it down to an artform.
Sadly he parted this world in 2000 after an accident at home. He's not actually been in a great deal, a fair amount of TV stuff, a notable small role in Our Friends in North, The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover and a great turn in Ken Loach's Riff-Raff aside. Oh, and some cigar based TV adverts with Russ Abbott.
This was definitely his stand out.
His performance steals the show and some of his lines are memorable belters. His look is a reliable well worn in dark brown suit, over the top of a dirty, ripped shirt or polo. Pure piss can chic.
A reliably sturdy carrier bag in his pocket, for his 'take outs' and a smashed pool cue under his arm like that of a well decorated army Sergeant.

The stale stench of drunkenness attracts the local mutts. The smells of sweaty loose change, stale smoke and piss from the local estate pub, The Beacon.
Despite his selfish sozzled state, he still maintains good old fashioned family values, ensuring his daughter doesn't stay out all night, and expressing deep concern when she does come home late.

Standing up for his family's honour by putting himself on the frontline...

In his castle, he is king, what he says goes. He's done some things, and is shamelessly unafraid to call a spade a spade, quite literally. Just make sure you're gone when he re-awakes from his drunken, stinking slumber.

Willie Ross Selected Filmography :
Purely Belter (2000)
Riff-Raff (1991)
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
Rita, Sue And Bob Too (1986)


Just spotted these excellent pieces on the WWW -
Quentin Tarantino Graphic Film Poster Series By Ibraheem Youssef

Monday 25 January 2010


Finally new stock and samples are filtering through, the quiet period is getting busier.
Three new tees will be available within the next few weeks.
We've also seen a sneak peak at the long awaited Connoisseur polo we're having produced to our own spec, which looks promising. But we'll leave it at that for now. We've been tinkering behind the scenes on the site (which is still in progress) and should help for your viewing pleasure with a more improved sleaker look to most pages.

The new tees are now up to preview, simply click on the images below.

The Abbey Road tee

Based on the dawdlings of our comrades and forum member Artyom Chernov and with Mila Mijanovich, we liked their freehand sketches so much we put them on a tee, tweaked by ourselves this gives a fresh, alternative and Connoisseur take on the Beatles famous Abbey Road shot. Available on Sky and Slate grey tees.

The Subb Collar tee

The new Subb collar tee sees our little plastic mascot and his mates in a fresh and original style.
Available on Grey Marl with orange and chocolate men, and possibly Navy with yellow and tangy blue men - subject to a final screen print capability! We push the boundaries with this one.

Hooligans Against Acid

A design which has been in the pipeline for yonks, in the late 80's during the casual to rave crossover - the whole country went mad for ecstasy during the heady club days.
So much so that, for a while briefly killed of the casual era, it was alleged that a group of Chelsea's lads released their own t-shirt depicting their dis-satisfaction for it. This tee pays homage to two bygone era's, as time has passed with an added twist of irony.

Thursday 21 January 2010


New Balance Pub Pack.
I do like NB's and their often quirky and interesting Limited Editions are always pulled off very well. No crappy half measures that's for sure.
Here the 576 model has been given the theme of the time honoured tradition - the English pub. Superb detailing such as the insole and interior based on pub interiors and flooring. I do hope the bar towel and beer mats are included.

Friday 15 January 2010


A gallery of our Weir bobble hats, the second run of which, released this Autumn/Winter, before Christmas sold out after a fortnight, I'm sure there'll be new colours released next Autumn. If you have any photos in CC wears, and you're not shy, then get in touch.

Sent in by Bill, Preston.
Sent in by Alan, Lapland.

Sent in by Adam, Barnsley.

Sent in by Lewys, Cardiff.

Sent in by Luke, Middlesbrough

Sent in by Alexi, Hibernian V Hearts

Sent in by Sebs, New Mexico USA.
Your Humble Narrator.

Sent in by Martyn, Newcastle.

Spotted in Vice Magazine.
Sent in by Chris, Vale Park.