TOP WINTER PICKS FROM WORKING CLASS HEROES
Whilst the upper classes dress down to go out, the working class dress up. Dating back to the second half of the 19th century, and ever since, sub-cultures have been created and driven almost exclusively by those in the working class communities. Starting with the Scuttlers of Manchester in the 1870s and their monotony towards life in the slums, advancing through to the Teddy Boys, Mods and Rockers era of the 50s, through to the Punk and Skin scenes, Ska, Reggae, the 80s and 90s skate scene, right up to today's contemporary minimalism. They were all the brainchild of those fighting for an identity - an identity that correlates conclusively with fashion - so it makes sense to call these people heroes. With this premise as his inspiration, Working Class Heroes was founded in 2006 by Thomas Bowden. The initial intent was to sell a range of skate and street clothing from all around the globe to the good people of Ulverston, Cumbria, from his tiny shop in a shady looking alleyway. Since 2006 the company has moved to a bigger, better, less creepy location, sweeping up new brands, stories and people along the way. Here are our top winter picks to keep your eye on this winter:
Haglofs Roc GTX Jacket - £260
A shell jacket from Swedish outerwear brand Haglofs made from a lightweight yet highly resistant 3-layer 75D GORE-TEX membrane which has been treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and a smooth lining.The jacket has a full-zip front with a laminated zipper, elasticated-drawcords to the hood and hem, Velcro-strap cuffs and laminated handwarmer pockets. Branding is simple with an embroidered logo to the chest, and GORE-TEX script to the side.
Haglofs Vide GTX Jacket - £190
A shell jacket from Swedish outerwear brand Haglofs made from a lightweight yet highly resistant 2-layer GORE-TEX membrane which has been treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. It has a mesh lining for a sporty design. The jacket has a full-zip front with a Velcro stormflap, elasticated-drawcords to the hood and hem, Velcro-strap cuffs and handwarmer pockets, along with a laminated chest pocket. Branding is simple with an embroidered logo to the chest, and GORE-TEX script to the side.
Karhu Fusion 2.0 Shoes - £125
The uppers of these sneaks are made from a versatile blend of durable suede, tough leather and a lightweight and breathable mesh. The lining is heavily cushioned and made from a soft textured textile fabric. This padding is also present in the tongue, and the moulded sockliner is lightweight yet shock-absorbent. The midsole is made from an expanded polyurethane which is extremely comfortable and provides a smooth ride, and sits on a tread made from a tough rubber which is highly grippy. Other details include metallic eyelets with round laces and breathable perforations down the sides. The heel has a pull tab and branding is included on a woven tag to the tongue and an embossed name to the back of the sole. Finishing the look are reflective details to the toe and heel. In recent years Karhu's athletic heritage has been elevated to new heights of fashion, so get on the trend, it's here to last.