Friday 25 February 2011


New Loach! I just stumbled across a trailer for old Kenny's new one. Route Irish which was a pleasant surprise as it was the first I'd heard about it. British institution and one of our faves brings us a political revenge thriller. Fergus and Frankie have been best friends since childhood, with a bond as close as brothers. Both men serve as soldiers in Iraq, then return to the conflict zone as private security contractors. When Frankie is killed on Route Irish, the most deadly section of road in Iraq, Fergus refuses to believe his death is an accident and doggedly pursues the truth, piecing together the intricate puzzle. Interesting cast which includes Scouse comic John Bishop. Released 18th March

Also this looks a little wacky, directorial debut from Richard Ayoade Submarine
is a laugh out loud coming-of-age comedy. Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two goals: to lose his virginity with his somewhat dysfunctional girlfriend before he turns sixteen, and to save his mother from the advances of an amorous mystic. Starring Craig Roberts, Jasmine Paige, with notable turns from Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine. Also released 18th March YHN

Thursday 24 February 2011


Hear that? it's the Wanderers war cry, it's the North side of the Bronx, it's the 60's, we're off to smash the Baldies, fuck with the Wongs and take the Ducky Boys head on, and even try a bit of elbow tittin' on the way home, join our gang with this ace new sweatshirt.
Coming Soon to the store...YHN

Tuesday 22 February 2011


Recognise these mean streets? well you ought to, that's right, this is the famous Italian Market where Rocky Balboa jogged through during his punishing training regime that took him to the top, pics from Esher in Philadelphia.

The Brandenburg Gate Berlin, pics from Brad, Grimsby.

This lovley setting is Carcassone in the South of France, pics from Perry Bhoy.

La Bodeguita del Medio, Havana Cuba, a famous old haunt of Castro and Hemingway, pics from Placid Casual.

Bescott Stadium, Walsall, pic from Daniel, Sheffield.

Preston, Lancashire, pic from Proud. Keep 'em coming, Project Sticker.
*The Casual Connoisseur accepts no responsibility for where this sticker is stuck.

Monday 21 February 2011


Gôd mórgon! Late last week we received a nice package from our comrades at Our Culture.
We have become good friends with our Scandinavian cousins over the last few years, our friendship will be cemented further with a special collaboration in the not too distant future. Watch this space. CD

Friday 18 February 2011


Firstly apologies for the delays, we've had some right old setbacks this week which has meant for the first time ever we've had to delay a release with the 'Beat a Storm' cagoules. Without wanting to bore you with the details too much - here at CCHQ we've had to have a whole new floor and joists fitted which saw any work and productivity grind to a severe halt! On top of all that we've had seizures and 24 hour hospital stays to contend with plus re-decorating the mess. The downside is the cagoules didn't make it out on their planned release date unfortunately, we apologise for this but it was out of our hands.
So in the interest of fairness, most people are at the football or in a pub on a Saturday we thought it better all round to release them on Sunday now. CD

Wednesday 16 February 2011


Sid James.

Sigourney Weaver.
Peter Sissons.

Michael Douglas.

Don King.

Eric Cantona.

From an old exhibition titled 'Wonga', these mixed bills were put together by Made by Tony D and Russell Davies from Wieden+Kennedy London and photographer Lesley Davies-Evans, spotted via

Sunday 13 February 2011


Our new Connoisseur 'Beat a Storm' cagoules are finally now with us and will be available to purchase from Friday the 18th February Available over 3 colours - A 'Royal' Blue, an 'Amber' Orange and a 'Cola' Brown. Strictly Limited Edition as always, just 40 pieces per colour. For all the details, sizing specifications, images and the like please click here.CD

Saturday 12 February 2011


New from New Balance -
A 3 pack of Premium 576s inspired by the Lake District - home of the New Balance Flimby Factory in the North of England. The colourways and chosen materials are designed to reflect the Lake District and Cumbria. The Product details are a subtle reference to the pastimes popular in these locations.
The Pack is nicely finished with a limited edition wooden box and a Map of the Lake District.
Available from hanon.

Thursday 10 February 2011


The Art of the Band T-shirt - I was given this book at Christmas just gone, a nice little coffee table style book from Amber Easby & Henry Oliver featuring a well informed inspiring and entertaining guide to the most noteworthy tees of the past fifty years, some you will be very familiar with, others not so, from soft rock to hard rockers, indie favourites to hardcore, with backgrounds and facts accompanying each design. Available from all good bookshops and any libraries that are still open, probably. CD