Carhartt - Available online now

Jan 24th 2011

We told you it was coming and we can tell you that the Spring/Summer 11 collection from Carhartt is now available to purchase online.

Carhartt is definitely a brand you will of come across at some stage, but some will not realise the vast history the company has. So we thought we would give you a little history lesson in the hope it gives you a better insight into one of America's greatest exports.

Hamilton Carhartt was born in 1855 in Macedon Lock, New York. He grew up in Southern Michigan and his entrepreneurial style was reflected in the modifying of his last name by adding an extra "t" to ensure he would stand out from other businessmen. He initially established a furnishing business which would continue to drive his ambition to succeed and lead him to create his own products.

With some helpful advice from his first potential buyer, he realised his products had to be different. After talking with a railroad engineer, he created an overall garment specifically for the railroad worker which had never been made before. Hamilton Carhartt founded his namesake company in 1889 and began making work wear with a single goal in mind: Set a standard of excellence to which all others would aspire. Starting with only 4 sewing machines and about 5 employees, the first products manufactured were overalls in duck and denim fabrics. By traveling from town to town and visiting each railroad division, he was able to establish himself in the overall business. With entrepreneurial vision and determination, Hamilton Carhartt established a brand that has stood the test of time.

The Great Depression had a devastating effect on Carhartt resulting in only three plants remaining in the U.S. after 1930. Hamilton and his son Wylie established the "Back to the Land" campaign leading to the joint opening of the Irvine, Kentucky operations with the towns people of Irvine. Carhartt's Manufacturing Administrative offices are still located in Irvine, Kentucky today.

Carhartt grew throughout the early 1900's establishing more than 17 plants and three mills throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. "From the mill to millions" was their motto and was reflected in their operations which included cotton production, denim mills and apparel manufacturing facilities. Carhartt Master Cloth was designed and woven especially by their mills for use in Carhartt garments and was pledged to be the best cloth that could be produced.

Hamilton Carhartt passed away in 1937 at the age of 82. Today, his company remains a family owned operation committed to the mission of providing Best-in-Class apparel for the active worker.

The products themselves are fantastic with an equally impressive price point to match. You can now view and purchase the collection here.


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Stone Island

Jan 21st 2011

If you love your outerwear or are simply a massive follower of all things Stone Island, then things dont get much better than this!

Of course, those of you who have followed SI since their inception in the early eighties will not be surprised that this is yet another first for the brand - they constantly push the boundaries in terms of fabric research and have been without doubt the most forward thinking outerwear company of their generation. However, whilst the Ventile fabric used in this jacket is a pretty new addition to the Stone Island make-up, its actually the famous compass arm badge which provides us with perhaps a glance into Stone Island's future. 

So with this in mind, step forward the Ghost Jacket. Perhaps one of the most anticipated SI products for some time, the jacket takes its name from... well you guessed it, the fact that it is totally white! Everything from the Ventile fabric itself to the heavy duty buttons. But its the most famous part of any Stone Island creation that is getting the SI disciples hot under the collar - for the very first time EVER, Stone Island have also produced their famous arm badge in a full white colouring!! The end result looks amazing and again shows just why Stone Island are so loved and desired. 

The best jacket we have seen in a long time, and it is available here for you to purchase. We have received it in extremely limited numbers, and as this jacket is not available to all Stone Island stockists, this is definitely one to own.

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Belstaff - Now Available.....

Jan 21st 2011

Possibly one of the most iconic outerwear brands ever, and traditionally British, has just arrived instore and online here at Triads.

Founded in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son in law Harry Grosberg in Longton, Staffordshire, Belstaff produced high-performance, all-weather jackets for motorcyclists, and was the first company to ever use waxed cotton. The company later created weather-protective jackets for other uses, goggles (primarily for the growing aviation market), gloves and several other garments intended to keep the wearer warm, dry and safe.

The hard wearing nature of their garments, which is a trait they are world famous for, stems from Belstaff at an early time in their history placing the emphasis on safety and protection. Their now iconic Trailmaster jacket is one such product that built its reputation amongst motorcyclists, based on this hard-wearing nature. The jacket was also famously worn by Che Guevara on his epic journey through Latin America.

The brand was given a new lease of life in 1996 when it was purchased by Franco Malenotti and is now based in Mogliano Veneto, Northern Italy.

For the forthcoming Spring/Summer season, we have kept it light with some fantastic jackets including a summer weight Trialmaster. We couldnt ignore accessories though, with some superb bags sitting nicely alongside the apparel collection.

Our initial delivery is available to purchase here online and also in our Linthorpe Road store with more items arriving very soon. 

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Pointer x Porter luggage collection

Jan 13th 2011

For Spring/Summer 11, Pointer Footwear have joined up with Japan's Yoshida company, under their Porter moniker, to launch a small super limited edition luggage collection. The collection which has been produced using a heavyweight canvas throughout, includes a backpack, shoe/tote bag and a wallet. All three also come in a lovely navy and tan colourway.

The collection is on route as we speak and should be with us any day now, and will retail approx. at backpack (£210.00), shoe/tote bag (£150.00) and wallet (£85.00). As we said, these have been produced in highly limited numbers and will not be around for long. If you would like to declare your interest email us as steve@triads.co.uk

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