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The Wild Rover

The Wild Rover

Cheffins has been appointed to auction a unique Series 1 Land Rover presented to Sir Winston Churchill on the occasion of his 80th birthday on the 30th November 1954. The vehicle goes into Cheffins’ Vintage Sale on 20th October 2012 at Sutton Saleground near Ely.

It comes complete with the original buff logbook, registered as UKE 80 in the name of the Rt Hon. Sir Winston Spencer Churchill KG. OM. CH. MP. Chartwell, Westerham, Kent. The vehicle was especially put together by Rover bearing in mind the requirements of the VIP, the passenger accommodation is an ‘extra wide’ modification, suitably commodious for the great man’s great seat.

Hellriders by Gary Marjerum

Hellriders by Gary Marjerum

Photographer Gary Margerum took two years out to capture imgaes of the life and culture around the travelling show that is the Ken Fox Wall of Death. The riders on their red vintage Indian Scout motorcycles always put on an amazing performance, on the aptly named Wall of Death.

Gart Margerum : "I first encountered the Ken Fox troupe back in 2009 and was astonished by the skill and showmanship of the riders. The wall of death has a long history going back to the twenties and Ken’s team still perform their skills upon machines from this time. As the riders flash past the audience at great speed, you seem to witness a show from a past time, an era without the trappings of this modern, changing world. I photographed this entire project without shots being set up, no lighting and with minimum post editing."

Flowfold Wallets (they float)

Flowfold Wallets (they float)

As a teenager Charles Friedman worked sewing sailboat sails in Yarmouth, Maine.

When his grandfather’s old leather wallet fell apart, he crafted a new one from scrap sailcloth and the first Flowfold wallet was born.

Flowfold products are built with the same high tech racing sailcloths used by the world’s sailing elite.

The cloths used in flowfold wallets are carefully drawn from scrap, blemish, and discontinued stock. The wallets are lightweight and will float in water, even when full of cards.

All handmade in Maine USA, we are their first UK stockist.

Crease & Co

Crease & Co

We have a new range of wallets from Crease & Co, a business founded with the principles of good, simple, functional design.

Crease & co empowers what many consider a flaw which needs to be ironed out. Through use, the beauty from each unique crease, mark and blemish made gives character and individuality to each product. The user is left with something that inherently contains many personal stories; no two products will ever be the same.

Crease and co. embraces traditional hand craft techniques combining with modern technology wherever appropriate. Moving away from mass production there is a drive and focus on quality and refinement; product runs are limited.



Maps to Your Heart

Maps to Your Heart

We love the online world as much as the next man. How could we survive without an iphone these days?

Yet we also love good, well thought out, printed items. What is better than a good map?

We ordered these maps from an online store called Herb Lester Associates. They have maps on lots of cities but we chose the London set.

The maps cover subjects such as secret 'Clandestine' London, an Uncle's Guide to London, the Map of Spitalfields Life, they have more on cities worldwide.

We know London well but there are lots of new places we have discovered from these maps that are now on on our list to explore. Check out their website, perfect gift ideas.

www.herblester.com




Just Can't Say Good-Bye

Just Can't Say Good-Bye

What are the items in your wardrobe that you just can't get rid of. Those are the good pieces.

The challenge of today's designers and manufacturers should be to design pieces that you cannot part with, that will outlive you and not be in land fill soon after they were produced.

Our favourite piece is this sweatshirt. Designed for it's purpose. So much wear, but we keep it and love it.

This is from the 50's or 60's at least so that makes it a half a century old at least, still going strong.

Having seen the price in Tokyo recently, for a garment like this, they certainly value and treasure these old items in Japan. Think about it.

Dunwich Dynamo

Dunwich Dynamo

One of London's unique cycling events is the Dunwich Dynamo. It started in 1992 with a handful of riders but last year saw 1500 riders take part.

It's a free, turn up and ride, overniight, 120 bicycle ride from London Fields in Hackney to the lovely Dunwich beach in Suffolk. It's a challenging ride but people do it on road-bikes, Bromptons, fixed and a Boris bike has been seen too.

For 2012 the date is 30th June. More information can be found at the website southwark cyclists. We are involved with il Soigneur in producing musettes for this years's event. More to be revealed.

The image used is courtesy of Pat Fogarty and the Londonist (a great website on all that is going on in London)

GANT Rugger - May 18th 2012

GANT Rugger - May 18th 2012

We have a new collection this Summer, Gant Rugger.

The GANT label has been around since 1949.

The new Rugger collection delves deep into the archives to deliver authentic pieces in a sharper, more modern fit.

GANT was founded by Bernard Gantmacher. He studied at Colombia. To finance his studies he worked night shifts in the garment district of New York.

Gantmacher married, moved to Conneticut and set up a business making shrts for other labels. He labelled the shirts he made with a diamond 'G'. Customers began to ask for the 'G-Shirt'.

Bernard's two sons joinned the business, after returning from WWII and active service. With their input the shirt label GANT of New Haven was founded.

Before the Photo Shop Opened

Before the Photo Shop Opened

Having seen the Don McCullin exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, we really were reminded of photography from a different age.

McCullin spoke of going off to record war with a one page letter as a contract from the editor. He would take 3 Nikons, 40 rolls of film, some borrowed combat gear and that was it. He was then left to his own devices to get the images he wanted. It cannot have been easy using mechanical cameras in war conditions. Looking after the film itself must have been a constatnt challenge.

The image to the right shows McCullin's comprehensive notes for the development process in a darkroom using the chemicals of the time.

In Vietnam, McCullin lived and travelled among the US soldiers on combat missions. They thought him mad. "They kept offering me guns for my protection and, to their utter astonishment, I kept refusing. A gun has no place in a ­photographer's kit. You are there as an objective observer".

McCullin speaks of other photographers who did carry guns "Dana Stone and Sean Flynn were straight out of Easy Rider, riding around on motorcycles carrying pearl-handled pistols. Cowboys, really. I think they did more harm than good to our profession."

Photograph: Don McCullin 1968

Salice of Italy - March 26th

Salice of Italy - March 26th

We have some new product categories at Urban Hunter. We have been looking for sunglasses for a while. Of course there are some great products out there supplied by some global brands.

As always we wanted something a little bit different. With eyewear , the quality still has to be be the best. We have seen an increasing number of Pro riders wearing Salice. So we tracked the product down.

We love the fact that Salice is over 90 years old as a company. Its still the same family who own and work in the business. All the items are still made in Italy.

We are stocking the Salice helmets and eyewear. Lots of individual riders wear Salice including a certain Mario Cipollini. (Maybe a Pro again if the rumours are true). The pro team Colombia Coldeportes, all wear Salice.

Tigerstipe - March 21st 2012

Tigerstipe - March 21st 2012

Tigerstripe camo was designed for close range use in dense jungles. Of course it looks like the stripe of a tiger, no experience of this but I hear tigers are certainly difficult to spot in dense jungles. It gained prominence in Vietnam where it was the camo of choice for Special Forces, Advisers and Elite Forces.

Tigerstripe was never an official US-issue item. Personnel allowed to wear it had clothing custom-made by local tailors in Vietnam. They were able to add the pockets and details they wanted. That's why there are so many variations out there. Can you imagine armed forces being allowed to do that now, to pretty much design their own clothing ? If you are a collector of vintage military clothing, you will already know how difficult it is to identify the elusive Nam tigerstripe from the 1960's. Keep hunting.

Mr Nike Guys - March 16th

Mr Nike Guys - March 16th

William "Bill" Bowerman was one of the greatest American track and field coaches.He trained 31 Olympic athletes,12 American record-holders and 16 sub-4 minute milers.During a trip to New Zealand in 1962 he was introduced to the notion of jogging for fitness. He brought this back to the United States, and and published a book that sold over a million copies. In 1964 he shook hands with Phil Knight to start an ahtletic company called Blue Ribbon Sports.....later known as Nike.

Steve"Pre" Prefontaine went to the University of Oregon beacuse Bowerman was the coach.
Over his career he won 120 of the 153 races he ran and never lost a collegiate race at Oregon. He once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters. Pre competed in the 5,000 meters at the 1972 Munich Olymoics, coached by Bowerman. In a thrilling race he finished fourth. He remains one of the icons that helped launch the Nike brand. He was destined for greatness but died in a car accident at the age of 24 on May 30th 1975.

Prefontaine liked to say "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."

 Larry Burrows - March 12th 2012

Larry Burrows - March 12th 2012

Larry Burrows was born in London in 1926 and died at the age of 44 when his helicopter was shot down over Laos. He spent almost nine years in Vietnam for LIFE magazine.

He lived with and accompanied the US troops on active combat missions. He frequently covered the missions of the USMC including the battle for Hill 484.

Burrows’ report from Da Nang, 'One Ride With Yankee Papa 13' featured his most haunting images and his personal account of the harrowing combat operation. It was published as a seminal cover story for the April 16, 1965, issue of LIFE, widely regarded as the single greatest photographic achievement to emerge from the war in Vietnam.

During the Vietnam War 71 journalists and photographers lost their lives.

 What Would Peter Do?

What Would Peter Do?

We have just received some more limited edition cycling inspired prints from the artistic talent that is Peter Locke.

He is an Illustrator based in the east end of London. His work is firmly routed in an enjoyment of mark making. He uses pencils, carbon papers and printing ink, but this is not to say that he ever shys away from collaged element, computers or even a drop of paint when called upon.

He's into music, cycling, football and good clothing. It shows. Do check out his blog whatwouldpeterdo.co.uk We have some new projects in progress with Peter, all will be revealed this summer.

 Ernest Shackleton  - March 1st

Ernest Shackleton - March 1st


We have seen this famous advert being used a lot recently.......but did it ever actually exist ? It would be good if it did, but there are lots of rumours that it was out of character for Shackleton. What do you think ?

 Brighton Skateboards - Feb 28th

Brighton Skateboards - Feb 28th

Say hello to the Retro Plastic Cruiser from a a company local to us - Brighton Skateboards. We are stoked to be a new stockist. They have great old school styling with a kicktail right out of the 70's. Just as they were back in the day, like the banana boards, but with better bearings, wheels and components. Small enough to fit in your backpack so you'll never be without your ride!

This cruiser skateboard's small surface area is great for tight turns, while its grippy deck makes 360 spins and other old school tricks a walk in the park.

No need for grip tape so your Vans won't get trashed, and this mini skateboard is small enough to fit in your backpack. Not much money for lots of fun.

 Robert Capa and Leica - Feb 15

Robert Capa and Leica - Feb 15

The first photographic images of war date back to the 1850's. Yet it was not until the 1930's, with new camera technology , that images of people in battle, not standing still, could be taken.

The highly portable, 35mm German made Leica was revolutionary. Photographers such as the Hungarian born Robert Capa used their Leica and risked their lives to record the tragedy of war.

Capa landed onn Omaha beach with the Americans on June 6 1944. He took 108 images that day but a mishap in the lab darkroom meant only 8 pictures remained. One of the lab assistants was rumoured to be Larry Burrows who went on to be one of the greatest photographers in Vietnam.

Capa was killed by a landmine. Burrow's helicopter was shot down in Vietnam.

The image here is Capa in US paratrooper gear with the English photographer George Rodger.

Magnificent Men & Their Cycling Machines - Feb 9th

Magnificent Men & Their Cycling Machines - Feb 9th

Our painted cycling figures do get around.....just been spotted on the latest television commercial for Boots No 7......the one with the girl tidying up the flat

World Champion - Jan 24th 2012

World Champion - Jan 24th 2012

The winner of a cycling world title gets to wear the highly coveted Rainbow jersey. It can be worn in the relevant type of competition, until the next world champion wins the following year. World champions are allowed to wear championship trims of the rainbow colours from previous championship wins on their racing clothing

The rainbow colours of the UCI and the world champion are the same as the Olympic rings.

The tradition of wearing the jersey applies to the all disciplines - the road, track, cyclo-cross and now bmx.

Is there such a thing as the curse of the Champion's jersey.....Tom Simpson won the title in 1965 but then injured his leg skiing. Freddy Martens after winning in 1981, only won a further two pro races in the rest of his career. Stephen Roche won in 1987, then missed the next season with injury. Yet the curse did not apply to Merckx, the Badger or LeMond.

Hello Brooklyn, what's your story?

Hello Brooklyn, what's your story?

The latest in our hand painted limited edition cycling figures have just landed. Painted by hand with a fine hair brush and a magnifying glass, no stickers or stencils.

A true favourite team of ours from the 1970's. Roger de Vlaeminck was the best-known team member. He was a great classics rider and won Paris-Roubaix four times The blue Captain America stripes matched the colour of the Gios bikes with campagnolo all the way.

The main sponsor of the team was Brooklyn, an Italian chewing gum brand dating back to the 50's, actually manufactured in Italy and not generally available in the US. The Italian company just liked the name and the image of the Brooklyn Bridge. For them their goal was always to win the Giro. By the early 80's the team was no more.....but you can still get the chewing gum.



Hop Up - Jan 8th 2012

Hop Up - Jan 8th 2012

Isn't it great that with the rise of the internet and the web in our lives that print is still important. Nothing like getting your hands on a good, under the radar publication.

We have imported from the USA some Hop Up Magazines and their T-Shirts.....because we we like them.

The first edition of Hop Up magazine came out in 1951. It sold out. It was designed as a smaller size to fit into the glove compartment of a car or pocket. Still a publication on all things to do with building, racing and enjoying a custom, hot rod car.

If you are a car nut or not they are great publications, not generally available in the UK and getting more collectable. If your bag is So Cal Model A's, 40's style roadsters or tales of Bonneville then this is the mag for you.




Captain Cousteau - Jan 8th 2012

Captain Cousteau - Jan 8th 2012

Is Jacques Cousteau is the only diver that people could name?

He was a commando, a French naval officer, explorer, scientist, author and film maker.

1950, he sailed his own ship Calypso, a mobile laboratory for field research, for diving and filming. He co-developed the aqua-lung.He published his first book in 1953, the Silent World.(He went on to publish more than 50 books)

In 1956 he won the Palm d'Or at Cannes.

IWC named a watch after him.

He founded the Cousteau Society for the Protection of Ocean Life (now has more than 300,000 members).

Jacques-Yves Cousteau died on 25 June 1997 in Paris, aged 87.
He sure led a full life.

And he was name checked by the Wu Tang "Here I go, deep type flow.
Jacques Cousteau could never get this low."
All round legend.

Flying With Renault - Jan 4th 2012

Flying With Renault - Jan 4th 2012

''I knew where I had landed by signing for Renault. This was a turning point in my story, which was flying high, in club class......living the dream that forms in the minds of all French cyclists when they embark on their careers.....when you rode in the colours of Renault , owned by the State and often just known as La Regie - the company.

I am not sure that today people are still aware of precisely how much Renault had come to mean back then....part of the flesh and blood of French life''.

Extract from the book Lauren Fignon, When We Were Young And Carefree.


Cyclone Couriers - Jan 3rd 2012

Cyclone Couriers - Jan 3rd 2012

We recently worked on a project with Bagaboo to produce custom messenger bags for the company Cylone Couriers of Dublin. Bagaboo did a great job in making the bags to Cyclone's design with custom screen printing of their corporate identity.

Cyclone originated in 1988 as a three-man pushbike courier company offering rapid collection and delivery of packages to businesses in and around traffic congested Dublin .Cyclone has grown in size over the last 20 years. Bike couriers are still a core part of their many courier services.

Look out for the bags on the streets of Dublin.

Jet Pilot Overseas - Jan 3rd 2012

Jet Pilot Overseas - Jan 3rd 2012

A blog that we do not know that much about is 'Jet Pilot Overseas'. It's one of the great things about the internet that people will share their collections like this. It really is a great job.

What we do know is that we spend far too much of our own time time looking at the awesome collections of images that are gathered there. Its a blog dedicated to USAF pilots and test pilots, their flight gear and jackets, focusing mainly on the years 1946 through to 1969.

The image featured here is from their collection.

Astronauts David R. Scott (32nd TFS), Sernan and Chaffee, Training in Iceland, 1965.

Happy Holidays - Dec 23rd 2011

Happy Holidays - Dec 23rd 2011

A book that we recently picked up and have been very much enjoying is 'Lifestyyle Illustration of the 60's' edited by Rian Hughes. Packed full of colour illustrations from a golden age. A lot of the stuff was not for cool magazines, it was for the likes of Woman's Journal etc but there are some great artists at work here . From a time where ' the men are urbane and angular clotheshorses, the women kittenish and sultry....."

Ww love this Christmas scene from Woman's Own 1960 by Tom Lovell.

Happy Holidays !

Merry Christmas - Dec 18th 2011

Merry Christmas - Dec 18th 2011

Do you ever save images, then can't remember where they came from or what they are about?

This is what happened with this one.

On the sign these guys have made to the left of the image - it says Merry Christmas, then there is a camel and a bike, what more could you want?

Its perfect for this time of year to say MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Favourite Colours - Molteni - 6th Dec 2012

Favourite Colours - Molteni - 6th Dec 2012

Perhaps our favourite team colours of all time have to be Team Molteni, when Eddy Merckx was the leader. The team was founded in the 1950's, the Molteni sausage making company from Italy were the main sponsors. Merckx joined in 1970, having already won the Tour de France twice. It became a team of mostly Belgian riders, no bad thing.

Here is the second of our limited edition series of hand painted cyling figures, remembering those glory days.



Bicicielo Birmingham - 18th Nov 2011

Bicicielo Birmingham - 18th Nov 2011

Recently paid a visit to the new Bicicielo bike store in Birmingham city centre, below Loius Vuitton. It's been open a few months now and looks great. Lots of space, good coffee, gleaming Pinarellos, friendly staff including Steve Jones, one time pro rider who rode all the major one day classics. The main man is Andy Collis, a talented road and MTB racer.

Bicicielo are now stockists of selected Urban Hunter t-shirts including the Love Cols, Helvetica and Tom Simpson designs. They also have our hand painted peloton figures. Do go and say hello, it really is bike heaven.

A Bike Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas - 15th Nov 2011

A Bike Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas - 15th Nov 2011

Lots of discussion going on about the use of the Smith's song for the John Lewis Christmas Ad. Certainly means the festivities are on the way.

We have our Christmas T-Shirt.....far better than novelty socks. Who can this be with the false beard......the Campionissimo......the Santa-issimo ? It's Christmas Coppi. The Italian master, one of the most stylish champions in the history of the sport. He was the Giro d'Italia winner five times and he took the Tour de France twice. T-Shirts are hand printed, with soft to the touch, eco friendly inks. A far better gift than novelty socks.

Steve Jobs & Cinelli - 14th Nov 2011

Steve Jobs & Cinelli - 14th Nov 2011

Words of the the CEO of the century

"What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of the bicycle for our minds".

Squadron Patches  28th Oct 2011

Squadron Patches 28th Oct 2011

Do you ever tell people you are not a collector….then you look at all your stuff and realise you have a collection. This has happened to us with military clothing and squadron patches.

Without doubt the US Army & Navy always had the best. Shoulder insignia started to appear as far back as 1918 with the Wildcat badge worn by the 81st Division. Everyone wore the same uniform but individual patches were worn to distinguish units and squadrons. The patches came to tell a story, or represent deeds or bravery. Cartoon characters became common. The further away from headquarters the more extravagant the design. Many were not authorised but still worn, Could you imagine that happening now ?The golden age of patches was the Second World War up to Vietnam. By 1966 the US Army insisted subdued colours must be used and everything was controlled much more.

We have obtained some exact replicas of the original squadron patches created by the US Army and Navy. These are just as the originals were from WWII.They are cut, sewn and embroidered by one person, by hand, with needle and yarn, on to a melton wool backing. They look great applied to jackets and bags. Crafted for Urban Hunter by Eastman Leather of England. Available here

Amundsen - 27th Oct 2011

Amundsen - 27th Oct 2011

We thought we would get in early with a piece about one of our heroes. His name is used to promote many products, especially winter coats, but who was Roald Amundsen?

He was born in Norway in 1872. As a boy he would sleep outside to learn how to withstand the cold. He led the first ever expedition to reach the South Pole between 1910 and 1912. He became the first person to reach both the South and North Poles. One of the most succesful Polar explorers ever.He learned about Polar survival when he lived with the Inuits and Eskimos before his expedition.He was taught about dog sledges, how to hunt and prepare food. He wore animal skins instead of the traditional heavy, wool parkas. Preparation and the local knowledge he learned was the key to his survival, others failed and lost their lives.

In 1926, Amundsen and an Italian crew made the first crossing of the Arctic by airship. Amundsen and his plane disappeared on 18 June 1928 while on a rescue mission seraching for survivors of an airship crash.On December 14,
later this year , it will be 100 years since Amundsen touched the South Pole.

Chew the Right Thing - 27th Oct 2011

Chew the Right Thing - 27th Oct 2011

Here is a jersey from our own collection. A true favourite team of ours from the 1970's. Roger de Vlaeminck was the best-known rider. His brother was pretty special on the bike too. Roger was a great classics rider and won Paris-Roubaix four times....we was referred to as 'Monsieur Paris-Roibaix'. He would have won a lot more races if his main rival of this period had not been a rider called Eddy Merckx.We always loved the stripes of the shirt....in the style of Captain America. The blue above matched the colour of the Gios bikes with campagnolo all the way.

The main sponsor of the team was Brooklyn, an Italian chewing gum brand dating back to the 50's, actually manufactured in Italy and not generally available in the US. The Italian company just liked the name and the image of the Brooklyn Bridge. For them their goal was always to win the Giro. By the early 80's the team was no more.....but you can still get the chewing gum.
Remember without Brooklyn gum, Spike Lee would never have worn a cycling cap with such style.

Heritage Research - 19th Oct 2011

Heritage Research - 19th Oct 2011

One of our new brands for Winter 2011 is Heritage Research. What they have been up to has been on our personal radar for a while after first seeing it being sold in Japan. It's a well liked, now established and popular brand in the UK, for good reason.

We share many of the influences of Heritage Research ; a love of the outdoors, hot rods, the American civil war, sun and surf, military clothing, Nam, garments crafted with pride.....somehow they manage to weave all ot this together and produce garments that are influenced by the past yet are contemporary, especially in the fit, in a very good way. They love US history but manage to combine this with all that is good about England. Heritage Research are just making in roads into the US market and are already in some of the best stores.....for good reason. It's like how Mr Ralph Lauren understands what is England more than the English.Then they are also crafting most of the garments in England, that itself is not easy these day. for that alone they deserve a medal. We already have some of their outerwear, sweats and t-shirts in stock. We love their stuff.

Ethnotek Bags - 13th Oct 2011

Ethnotek Bags - 13th Oct 2011

We have found yet another awesome bag collection and we are their first UK stockist. It's from a small company called Ethnotek. Their first bag is a backpack. The genius aspect is that the front panel can be changed for a series of designs they call 'Threads'.

The first collection includes 'Threads' from Ghana, Vietnam and Guatemala.
The Ethnotek team scour the earth in search of the most vibrant and interesting hand-made fabrics that have a deep cultural heritage and story behind them. Each and every handmade piece that goes into their Threads collection is sourced in-person.

All bags are limited editions. Most of the Thread styles have only 50-60 pieces total available worldwide and once they're gone, they're gone. Never to be repeated! It typically takes a family 2-3 months to hand-dye and weave only 25 yards of intricate textiles featured on the bags. The backpacks are well designed for modern life and a laptop compartment is featured as standard.

Topo Bags from Colorado - Oct 11th 2011

Topo Bags from Colorado - Oct 11th 2011

We are a little obsessed with bags. We have seen , owned and used many. One of our new brands is Topo from Colorado and we have to say it is one of the most exciting bag ranges we have seen for a very long time. They are not super expensive. In terms of design, form and function they are just right. Their latest design, their one strap Sling Bag, defies categorisation, we describe it as a hybrid between a messenger bag and a backpack. Whatever, it works and makes for a great camera bag.

Topo tell us "Growing up in the mountains of the West we’ve been using gear from our earliest memories. We are fishers, hunters, ski instructors, hikers, climbers, bikers, travelers, and through it all we’ve searched for gear that really works – as well as satisfies the styles that we’re attracted to. Never satisfied with the standard fare, we sought out ski gear from France, bags from Japan, all the while honing our tastes and growing a seed of desire to create something ourselves.

Topo began well before it began, in discussions, sharing ideas, and just the desire to have quality products that were in our heads rather than the ones we saw in stores. As everyone that’s made something knows, it takes a lot longer to make something than to decide to make it. So we took our time, made prototype after prototype, tested, re-tested, took vacations just as an excuse to test, and we finally had our first bag. At this point we’d gained some skills and the following bags came more quickly. After some initial success in Japan we realized we’d need to step up our production a bit so we started working with a local production shop known for making quality bags. And that brings us to today, designing, sewing, prototyping, and moving forward". Topo bags are all made in Colorado USA, with an amazing view of the Rockies.

Otter Wax from Portland Oregon - Oct 2011

Otter Wax from Portland Oregon - Oct 2011

We are pretty excited about the Otter Wax range of products that have landed here at Urban Hunter. We are the first UK stockist. We have been experimenting all day thinking what other items we can wax and make water repellent. So far we have done the fronts of a pair of jeans, a canvas backpack and an old pair of Vans.

Several years ago the founder of Otter Wax™ (we’ll call him…Chris) found an old tin cloth raincoat that needed a fresh coat of wax to restore it’s water repellency. After purchasing tin after tin of fabric and canvas wax he always found himself disappointed by the end results which left the coat oily to the touch, shiny, and smelling of petroleum. A little research showed that all of the waxes he’d tried tried were made from a base of paraffin, a petroleum by-product of the crude oil refining process. This started a long search for an all-natural alternative to the parafin-based canvas waxes.Beginning in his kitchen, Chris set about the formulation of an all-natural alternative to waxing fabrics with petroleum-based products. Otter Wax was born.

Capo

Capo

You have no cause to worry that we are moving away from our hard core cyclists. One of our new brands is Capo. Its performance roadwear, Its still under the radar , less than a deacde old, but its special.The fabrics they use are insane, in a very good way. Its designed in California, then all of the garments are manufactured in Italy, with the attention to detail and quality that only the Italians can add. Ever been on a Sunday ride with an Italian, they always look good.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

We are working on a series of limited edition cycling figures. As great as our regular peloton figures are, these limited edition designs take them to another level. These are the colours of the Peugeot team as worn by Tom Simspson and Eddy Merckx. They have been hand painted with the finest of hair brushes. So the detail, including the wording you see, is not achieved by transfer or stencil. It's done by a local artist in Brighton with a brush and a free hand. Should be ready first week of October 2011.

Peloton Magazine Issue 6

Peloton Magazine Issue 6

Our hand painted cycling figures are featured in the current issue of Peloton magazine. It comes out of Pasedena Califorina. A good read, pick it up if you can.


Archival Clothing from Portland Oregon

Archival Clothing from Portland Oregon

One of the brands making a debut on our new site is Archival Clothing from Portland in Oregon. They are a small team behind one of our favourite blogs that has now evolved in into their own small range of clothing and accessories. They love hand crafted manufacturing as we do. We already have some of their wax cotton musettes and bags in our webstore and will be adding more of their products over the coming months.

Favourite Jersey ?

Favourite Jersey ?


Here at Urban Hunter towers we have quite a collection. We have to edit it from time to time. Yet we can't resist buying more...the older the better for us. They evoke such memories of times and races gone by, the emergence of branding and how it developed to what it is today.

This is one of our faves. We love the front pocket detail and the quality of the chain stitch. Very difficult to get anyone to do chain stitch these days.

Mercier was a French professional cycling team, a major player in the sport for almost half a century. Their jerseys were originally all purple , then from 1950 until 1969 they sported the distinctive purple and yellow combination.

Cycles Mercier was the original main sponsor. When other sponsors came onboard the team was called Mercier-BP-Hutchinson. Their riders included Antonin Magne and Louison Bobet. The team won the Tour de France in 1937 and 1955. Raymond Poulidor wore the purple and yellow when he rode
elbow to elbow on the Puy-de-Dôme mountain against Jacques Anquetil.
We often wonder if this jersey ever had a podium place?

New Webstore - Sept 2011

New Webstore - Sept 2011

Well the new store is now online. Lots more new things to come over the next few weeks, including a brands page. Thanks so much for all the positive responses received so far, it makes what we do very worthwhile. We resisted a blog for a long time...is not blogging the new blogging? We started Facebook last December, we've had a very positive repsonse so it's now blog time. You will have seen from the new store that we have made some changes to the brands and items we sell. Don't worry we are still cyclists to the core, it's just 4 years on it was time to do something different. We like to be ahead of the curve as it were. With pretty much every clothes shop having a bike in the window....what is that about i? It was time to move on. We liken what has happened to cycling as the same for skateboarding. The big corporations will want to get in on the act while they can but then they will move away. The core people remain and carry on doing what they are doing. Cycling is the same. Some of our favourite brands from days gone by morph into something else but their foundation and reason for starting how they did remains. Stussy was a surfer. Supreme were skaters. A big thanks to the brands that worked with us from the start. And no thanks to the brands who laughed at what we were doing when we started...but are now knocking on our door.....you know who you are! We have lots of new things to come including new brands such as Patagonia (very excited about this), Katin, Arc'teryxc Veilance, Archival Clothing, Capo and Heritage Research. As ever.....ride safe. Team Urban Hunter

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