Isolation Inspiration: Summer Dreaming

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We’ve been been spending our lockdown looking at some of our favourite designs and putting them into mini themed collections. This week, the theme is Summer Dreaming.

Right now there are a lot of things we can’t do and places we can’t go – but we can still dream, and things will get better. So jump aboard and take a look at our Summer Dreaming t-shirts…

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Catch a wave – graphic shapes come together to create a wavy seascape for our Hawaii design – a distinctive, beach-inspired t-shirt. Available in mint blue and sky blue.

 

Fire up the Quattro – our Roadtrip 1 design captures the essence of any good roadtrip – the idea that the journey matters as much as the destination. Or check out our Roadtrip Berlin t-shirt, currently on offer at just £15.

 

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Feel free – made from organic denim-style soft piqué cotton with a small but eye-catching peace-and-love graphic embroidered on the chest, our Freedom Polo shirt has a built-in easy-going vibe. Or take a look at our Freedom men’s t-shirt and (on special offer) Freedom womens top.

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Tan those legs – made from smooth but hardwearing cotton canvas with a contemporary slimline cut and bespoke metal button fastener, our Faro shorts walk the fine line between rugged and elegant. Shown here in Navy, Faro shorts are also available in Burgundy, Sand and Olive.

 

Let the sunshine in – back in the 1960’s and 70’s no respectable recording studio would be without its own t-shirt, and record label t-shirts have their own special place in t-shirt history. Then we found an old faded photograph of a t-shirt – it wasn’t a recording studio t-shirt, but it had yellow, orange and red stripes that just said Summer. So we took the colours, added in some recording studio – and made Solar.

 

Tour the town – our LDN design shows one of the world’s coolest cities, laid out in graphic form. The white paths are roads, the lighter patches are parks, for space and air. And then there’s the river, meandering elegantly through the madness. Or check out its sister shirt, PRS.

You can see all of our Summer Dreaming shirts in one place here.

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Ten things you (maybe) never knew about the Tour de France

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1 Like the other ‘Grand Tours’ (Italy’s Giro and Spain’s Vuelta) the Tour de France lasts for 23 days – made up of 21 days of racing and two rest days. Whilst the actual course may vary from year to year the principles remain the same – time trials, transitional days of flatter races and gruelling mountain stages.

2 2019 is the 116th year of the Tour, and the 100th anniversary of the maillot jeune or yellow jersey.

3 The Tour was originally dreamt up by the management of L’Auto sports newspaper, looking to prize readers away from their arch-rival Le Vélo. It worked – circulation of L’Auto more than doubled during the duration of the first race.

First Tour winner, Maurice Gaurin, 1903 (centre)

 

4 In the early days of the Tour, stages were fewer and longer than its modern counterpart. Riders would often start in the afternoon, race through the night and finish the next morning. In the very first Tour, the average stage length was around 400 km long, compared with 170km long today. The night riding was soon abandoned due to riders using the cover of darkness to cheat relentessly.

5 Belgian Eddie Merckx is generally considered to be the Tour’s greatest rider. On his first Tour in 1969, he won the general classification and the mountains classification and the points classification – a feat never repeated. Eddie went on to win four more Tours.

Eddie Merckx, 1971

 

6 For a while, American Lance Armstrong was considered the Tour’s greatest rider, with an astonishing 7 wins between 1999-2005 whilst riding for the US Postal/Discovery team. However in 2012 the US Anti Doping Agency found Armstrong guilty of orchestrating “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”. The sport’s governing body, UCI, promptly stripped Armstrong of his titles. They were not reallocated.

7 The now traditional Champs-Elysées finish actually began in 1975. Technically it’s the last stage of the race but there is a Gentleman’s Agreement that the leaders of the general classification won’t compete on the final day, hence the teams riding with linked arms and holding glasses of Champagne. It is generally acknowledged that were anybody to break this tradition they would be hounded out of the sport.

Dutchman Aad van den Hoek enjoys a quick break, 1978

 

8 TV coverage of the race is shared between two French channels, France2 and France3. They use a staff of over 300, with 4 helicopters, 2 planes, 2 motorbikes, 35 other vehicles and 20 podium cameras.

9 Four men – Jaques Anquetil (France), Eddy Merckx (Belgium), Bernaud Hinault (France) and Miguel Indurain (Spain) share the title of most Tours won with 5 each.

10 The first non-European rider to win the Tour was American Greg Le Monde in 1986. The first Brit to win the Tour was Bradley Wiggins in 2012, although they’ve been making up for lost time by winning 5 of the 6 Tours since then.

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Freedom Polo

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Made from organic denim-style soft piqué cotton with a subtle but eye-catching peace-and-love graphic embroidered on the chest, our Freedom polo shirt has a built-in easy-going vibe.

• 100% organic cotton piqué
• subtle washed-denim effect
• 2 button placket
• machine washable
• team it up with a pair of our smart-but-rugged Faro shorts

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Hawaii

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Graphic shapes intertwine to make big Hawaiian waves and bright circles come together to make a big Hawaiian sun. A distinctive, beach-inspired t-shirt.

• soft 100% ringspun cotton
• crew neck
• machine washable
• screen-printed in the UK
• also available on a mint blue t-shirt
• team it up with a pair of our smart-but-rugged Faro shorts

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Hawaii

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Graphic shapes intertwine to make big Hawaiian waves and bright circles come together to make a big Hawaiian sun. A distinctive, beach-inspired t-shirt.

• soft 100% ringspun cotton
• crew neck
• machine washable
• screen-printed in the UK
• available as a mint or sky blue t-shirt
• shown with our Bude sand jeans

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Faro burgundy

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Made from smooth but hardwearing cotton canvas with a contemporary slimline cut and bespoke metal button fastener, our Faro shorts walk the fine line between rugged and elegant. Shown here in Burgundy, Faro shorts are also available in Sand, Navy and Olive.

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Faro navy

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Made from smooth but hardwearing cotton canvas with a contemporary slimline cut and bespoke metal button fastener, our Faro shorts walk the fine line between rugged and elegant. Shown here in Navy, Faro shorts are also available in Burgundy, Sand and Olive.

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Faro olive

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Made from smooth but hardwearing cotton canvas with a contemporary slimline cut and bespoke metal button fastener, our Faro shorts walk the fine line between rugged and elegant. Shown here in Olive, Faro shorts are also available in Burgundy, Navy and Sand.

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Faro sand

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Made from smooth but hardwearing cotton canvas with a contemporary slimline cut and bespoke metal button fastener, our Faro shorts walk the fine line between rugged and elegant. Shown here in Sand, Faro shorts are also available in Burgundy, Navy and Olive.

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Roadtrip Berlin

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Our latest roadtrip t-shirt is off to the ever-lively city of Berlin, home of the Brandenburg gate and of course the dramatic 1,200ft Fernsehturm, or TV Tower. To take you there we’re recommending a seventies classic with an oh-my-goodness turbo boost and handling that, like the city itself, can be a bit on the naughty side.

• 3 colour screenprint
• Soft white 100% cotton shirt
• 40º machine wash
• Printed in the UK

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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PRS

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The capital of romance and art, laid out in graphic form. No modern map of Paris would be complete without the twin circles of the boulevard périphérique, designed to protect the historic arrondissements filled with monuments, cafes, museums, art galleries and streets to simply wander along and take it all in.

• 100% cotton natural white t-shirt

• Four colour screen print

• Crew neck

• 40º machine wash

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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LDN

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One of the world’s coolest cities, laid out in graphic form. The white paths are roads, leading inexorably to the centre. The lighter patches are parks, for space and air. And then there’s the river, meandering elegantly and artfully through the madness.

• 100% cotton green mint t-shirt

• Four colour screen print

• Crew neck

• 40º machine wash

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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LDN

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One of the world’s coolest cities, laid out in graphic form. The white paths are roads, leading inexorably to the centre. The lighter patches are parks, for space and air. And then there’s the river, meandering elegantly and artfully through the madness.

• 100% cotton stone-blue t-shirt

• Four colour screen print

• Crew neck

• 40º machine wash

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Roadtrip 1

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Is there anything better than a good roadtrip?

Our new design captures the essence of any good roadtrip – the idea that the journey matters as much as the destination. The sights, the sounds, the tracks. And whether it’s the North Coast 500, Route 66 or a trip through the Stelvio Pass, remember  “the food you eat on a Roadtrip should look like a nine year old has been let loose in a petrol station with a £50 note ..”

•100% cotton
• Screen print onto dark grey shirt
• Also available as a short-sleeve top here.

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Roadtrip 1

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Is there anything better than a good roadtrip?

Our new design captures the essence of any good roadtrip – the idea that the journey matters as much as the destination. The sights, the sounds, the tracks. And whether it’s the North Coast 500, Route 66 or a trip through the Stelvio Pass, remember  “the food you eat on a Roadtrip should look like a nine year old has been let loose in a petrol station with a £50 note ..”

•100% cotton
• Screen print onto dark grey shirt
• Also available as a long-sleeve top here.

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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