When #ethical clothes landed in #Exeter – @howies store

Exeter is not just about High Street stores and big names with limitless funds.

What makes the city what it is are the adjacent narrow lanes and streets. It is about exploring and discovering hidden treasures. No need to go that far though.

Some people like to compare Gandy Street with a “mini meBrick Lane.

Having a retail unit away from the buzzing main artery is not that bad…in fact, it is rather pleasing.

Some Exonians suddenly discovered a new (and unique) store near Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre…Howies landed like a dollop of clotted cream on scones in the mythical and quaint cobbled street.

It is unmissable with this unique colour:

Howies legendary blue

Howies legendary blue – image from Howies Instagram

The glossy @ExeterLiving magazine (Christmas Issue) has even a double page spread about the story behind the move.

ExeterLiving article about Howies store in Gandy Street Exeter

ExeterLiving article about Howies store in Gandy Street Exeter

What makes the clothes so different?

…Howies is a cult religion…

In other terms, there is a quality and passion behind the name. But there is even more: environmental friendly as well as ethically produced. Surely, this is what makes this type of clothes unique.

Having myself dropped into the shop, there is something for everyone. Organic cotton t-shirts feel rather comfortable…fantastic texture and thickness of it, you know that it will last and last and last and last…etc

Nowadays, everything is made (too fast) without actually thinking caring of what customers/buyers will think/say.

It is not just about buying an item when you visit Howies – it is about having/keeping loyal customers who will come back for more, because the reputation and the overall service is second-to-none. Howies is strongly working with such idea in mind.

Thinking about the environment is essential too. Devon is maybe ahead of some other counties with some experts on hand. Keeping the county clean and tidy is important, not just for us but for others too.

It is about time to think further than your doorstep. With the Jurassic Coast to protect and in fact, the entire coastal path, there is no excuse as there are affordable recycling services for all – whether you are shifting your shop to a new address or just moving house.

Howies supports strongly outdoors activities – Exeter is the ideal location: Dartmoor being just down the road and same goes with beautiful beaches.

There are even a handful of jerseys, bibs for the cycling community and warm long johns too for these walks or just face the chill when you are doing your Christmas shopping (bah-humbug will add some).

Anyway…now you know that there is something which will last and such products are not just for Christmas.

clothes for all seasons


The second life of bicycle parts

It is always great and exciting to buy a new bicycle – with or without gears. It is even more enjoyable to re-use some old parts to build a new bike.

How many of us have been out for a group cycle ride and one of the riders has a puncture because of broken glass in the middle of the road/path? This is (usually) directly linked to people’s not thinking about our environment. It is a constant hassle and after a few repairs new tyres and inner tubes are necessary.

Living in the Southwest of England, it is important to preserve beautiful landscapes such as Dartmoor, Exmoor, country lanes or seafronts. Chucking what is not wanted into the nature is not the way forward. It is not that difficult to put back in your musette, camel back or rucksack leftovers such as banana skins, sweets wrapping, kitchen foil and plastic bottles!

Keep Britain Tidy

Keep Britain Tidy

But too often, a simple fall could be more serious simply because of glass splinter on the tarmac.

Some companies are experts in recycling and collecting waste, because this needs to be managed professionally – especially for the well being of the unique Jurassic Coast. It can be rather depressing to see in a front garden/yard an old bath tub, sofa, boiler or broken down washing machine rusting for months.

Some people even go out at night to drop what is “in their way” on some local beaches. This is certainly worse than leaving everything outside a house. Nowadays it is straight forward to hire a skip whether you are in Exmouth, Exeter, Plymouth or even Barnstaple in the North of the County¬† – http://www.coastaluk.co.uk/ does the lot whether for business or residential recycling services.

Domestic and Business Skip Hire Infographic

Domestic and Business Skip Hire Infographic

Alternatively, transforming products is another solution: velo-re is good at it.

We make unique handmade belts and accessories from recycled bicycle tyres, inner tubes, windsurf sails and other materials we can find and make into something use full…

Tyre Belts by velo-re

Tyre Belts by velo-re

Exeter also has a couple of handy people who can help out when your bicycle needs that unusual spare part either for a vintage or very rare cycle:

A bicycle is not just for Christmas or a birthday.

Recycling is simple. It is always pleasing to be able to make some new items from a partially unrideable bike – for instance earrings from a lock-ring:

Lock-ring earring

Lock-ring earring

There is no limit to your imagination. Just look at the almost legendary sign from the Rusty Bike.

Rusty Bike Pub Exeter

Rusty Bike Pub Exeter