howies are a Wales-based clothing company making some very nice stuff aimed at bikers/skaters/paddlers/dreamers who have a few quid in their back pockets. Their approach is very much about having fun and doing the right thing. Their website and catalogues are thought-provoking, entertaining and well worth a read, even if you can’t afford their pricey clothes.
They’re planning to produce a wallet. If it’s anything like their clothes it will be made by hand from sustainable, organic something-or-other, extremely high quality, with a correspondingly significant price tag.
Seems like they want to make this new product right, so they’re canvassing public opinion, through their blog.
So here, through my blog, are my replies to their questions:
howies: Who are you?
me: I’m Clive
howies: How old are you?
me: I’m 31 and three quarters
howies: What sports are you into?
me: Mountain biking. I try other stuff now and then, but never very convincingly. In fact, my mountain biking can be pretty unconvincing…
howies: Why do you like howies clothing?
me: Because I just managed to pick up a couple of very nice items in the Brighton sample sale. Plus I like reading the catalogue and the blog. They make me smile.
howies: What kind of wallet do you have or what do you use as a wallet?
me: It’s a worn-out, knackered, broken RNLI promotional wallet made from neoprene and a kind of metallic mesh fabric.
howies: Why did you choose that one?
me: It was gift from my parents – big RNLI fans.
howies: What do you love about it?
me: It contains the means to buy beer for me and my friends.. And it’s been moulded to the shape of my right buttock by its constant presence in my right back pocket.
howies: What would you change?
me: I would prefer it without the broken zip or the threadbare holes which dispense the contents into my pockets and/or the floor. It has to be tough if it’s going to survive. Especially the zipped pocket for change. Zips always break.
howies: What do you keep in your wallet?
me: Not enough money. Too much other crap. Have a look here.
howies: Do you always take it with you?
me: Mostly, yes. I feel naked without it. Sometimes, I try to be clever and just go biking with a credit card wrapped in a tenner, but after the ride it’s invariably a week or so before I reunite the card with the wallet, so I’m buggered at the supermarket checkout.
howies: What other stuff do you want to get off your chest?
me: It would be nice if there was no leather in the new wallet. Some of us don’t like to buy the stuff, so would be good to see a 100% animal-free solution.