LONG by name LONG by nature

Jun 30th 2010

Ok, we all have a wardrobe full of what you could call "normal" t-shirts, and here at Triads we pride ourselves on having some of the best t-shirts brands around, think Stussy, Obey, Sixpack and Billionaire Boys Club. But if your looking for something a little different then LONG could be right up your street.

Formed in 2008 by young designers Gareth Emmett and Rhys Dawney, Long has quickly built up a cult following that is stretching across the UK and the rest of the world. The idea behind the brand was simple - super length t-shirts but with a skinny fit.

Bored with over complicated prints the pair decided to take things back to basics in terms of design. Bold and simple shapes were used as the Long signature statement and screen printing by hand ensured each t-shirt was unique.

The brand first started its life on clothing markets around North and East London then quickly found itself in a number of independent shops. After attending the Margin tradeshow in February 2009, Long gained further stockists throughout the UK and also featured in a number of fashion magazines across Europe.

Long now has a successful website, carefully selected worldwide stockists and recognition from top fashion websites across the globe.

From a very tight collection, we have chosen five styles of t-shirts, some coming in either white or black and remember, all the tees are ONE SIZE only and as recommended by Long themselves, are UNISEX - so maybe you might want to pick one up for the lady in your life too!

You can purchase Long tees here

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Ayame - Made in Japan!

Jun 11th 2010

Just arrived are the beautifully crafted Socks from Japanese brand Ayame.

These are amazing, and offer a fresh alternative to the mundane Black, Brown or White which is generally the norm in men`s legwear. Socks are possibly the most under-thought piece of a men`s wardrobe, which is a shame as they can offer even just a small splash of colour to the blandest of outfits.

So who are Ayame?

Ayame was founded 2007 by Aya Agaoka who wanted to carve a niche in the leg fashion universe with its own brand and label. Formally, Aya Agaoka had created socks with precise attributes. Attributes that continue to be the hallmarks of this collection today : refined materials, details and production quality that ensures the products maintain shapely legs. The whole infused with a creativity that makes Ayame collections unique in the leg fashion landscape.

Each season the Ayame collection will be the result of a product development philosophy centered on quality enhancement, research and innovation. Ayame collections are thought out and crafted by rave Japanese factory for the refined customer, for these accustomed to recognizing the highest quality.

We have a number of different lengths, styles and colours and all are made in Japan.

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Triads Staff Picks

Jun 10th 2010

Like us, we guess you are bored as anything when you visit an online store/blog and they are basically telling you what you should be wearing for the current season. Yeah, its nice that they are thinking of us, but who really cares what so-and-so is wearing or what was featured in ".......... high-end fashion magazine", or what is "on trend (please, we cant take much more of this term!)".

So we thought we would let you know what is happening in our world, what our staff are wearing or what they would love to be wearing, but never what they think you should be wearing!! Of course, you can buy the products should you wish, and theres even a nice little link taking you to the products themselves but we hope you take it simply as an insight into what we`re liking at the minute.

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The story of....... Filson

Jun 10th 2010

You may of noticed some new happenings in our accessories offering lately, namely Filson bags. We have been looking forward to their arrival for some time. Initially we have three styles available, the classic Medium Field Satchel, the Padded Computer Briefcase and our personal favourite, the super rugged Sportsman bag. But whilst Filson is a new collection here at Triads, it is a company steeped in history. So before you purchase your Filson bag, we thought we would give you a little further insight into the Filson company.

Filson - rugged quality for over 100 years

Born in 1850, C. C. Filson inherited his father's pioneer spirit and love of the outdoors. After homesteading in Nebraska and roaming the country as a railroad conductor, he moved to the small city of Seattle, Washington in the 1890's. Filson's timing couldn't have been better. By 1897, the Great Klondike Gold Rush was on, and thousands of fortune hunters were stampeding into Seattle, headed north. Armed with a strong work ethic, a reputation for honesty, and several years' experience operating a small loggers' outfitting store, C. C. Filson was ready to stake his claim to fame.

The Gold Rush Years: 1897-1899

In 1897, Filson opened C.C. Filson's Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers, specializing in goods to outfit the stampeders to the Klondike Gold Rush. Stories of harrowing experiences in the Yukon were widely reported. The diary of Hume Nisbet, 1897 painted this picture: "Try to recall your sensations on the coldest night you have ever known: try to intensify the most bitter ice blast that has ever pierced your marrow by a thousandfold; even then you will not be able to realize spring in the Chilkoot Canyon, far less midwinter on the Klondike."

It was for these terrible conditions that Filson designed his goods. He owned his own mill and manufactured Mackinaw clothing, Mackinaw blankets and knit goods, as well as selling boots, shoes, moccasins and sleeping bags specially designed for the frigid North. Filson kept in close contact with his customers, improving his goods to meet their specific needs. The stampeders depended on Filson. In that era, clothing wasn't a matter of choice, but of survival.

Tough, comfortable outdoor clothing for hunters and fishermen, engineers and explorers, mariners and miners.

The Gold Rush faded into history, but Filson kept listening to his customers, and outdoorsmen kept coming to Filson for rugged clothes. Drawing from his past experience outfitting loggers, he soon added clothing for the timber industry, including the Filson Cruiser, the garment that was to earn Filson a place in history. Designed and named by C.C. Filson and patented on March 3, 1914, US Patent #1088891, the Cruiser has remained Filson's best selling item. Today, Filson has sold over half a million of this trademark coat.

Worldwide reputation for honesty, quality and durability

Filson continued to make his goods from the best materials obtainable, and guaranteed every piece of merchandise. If he didn't stock an item a customer needed, he custom-made it for him. Filson's name became synonymous with reliability, satisfaction and honest values. By the 1960s, Filson' reputation as the premier outfitter for outdoorsmen had spread around the globe. In addition to being stocked by retailers of quality outdoor wear, Filson garments were being ordered by mail from places as far away as Greenland.

"The goods we quote must not be confounded with the cheap and vastly inferior grade with which the market is over-run. Such goods are not only useless for the purpose for which they are intended, but the person wearing them would be better off without them."

What worked then, still works now

Over the years, Filson's philosophy has never changed: make sure it's the absolute best. Clinton Filson spent a lot of time talking to his customers and refining his designs to their specifications. So it's not surprising that the items that worked then still work today, over 100 years later. Comfort, protection and durability never go out of style.

  1897 Klondike gold seekers come to C.C. Filson for rugged outfits to survive -50 cold.
  1902        Loggers line up for Filson's new clothing line for loggers.
  1914 Patent is granted for Filson Cruiser coat, still made and sold today.
  1927 Filson Cruiser becomes copied extensively when patent expires.
  1941 Filson expands its line of boots.
  1945 U.S. Forest Service commissions new water repellent garments, dyed Forestry Green.
  1985 Factory moves to Seattle's historic Pioneer Square, 5 blocks from original 1897 store.
  1991 Luggage line is re-introduced, made of Rugged Twill and Bridle Leather.
  1996 Fly fishing vests are introduced after 10 years of research and development.
  1998 New lodge-like store opens in historic building 10 blocks from original location.
  2003 Original Wool Shirt made of 100% virgin Merino wool is introduced.
  2005 New Recoil Pad Technology introduced in our Super Shooting Shirts and in several of Shooting and Hunting Outerwear products.

Also arriving for Autumn/Winter 10 will be further fantastic accessories as well as the equally impressive Filson apparel collection.

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