Across England, are towns and regions which are well known for manufacturing certain types of products and only a short cycle ride from the Brooks Smethwick works for instance, is the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. If you need a sharp fitting suit, then London’s Savile Row is the place to go and for those who attended L’Eroica Britannia last June; will know that Bakewell is remembered for its tarts. Stopping right there, before I get into trouble. I’ll take you back to Savile Row, and while trying not to get confused with tarts and tailor’s, I shall tell you more.
There is no substitute for the look and feel of genuine Brooks Leather. John Boultbee, trademark of Brooks England ltd, has created a new line of small leather goods, made with the same materials and identical handicraft of the famous Brooks Leather Saddles and Bags.
Uniqueness comes in many forms. Take the Brooks B17 saddle for instance. It started out life on a drawing board in the mid 1890’s at the Brooks Works. It uniquely set a standard, and has since formed the backbone to the Brooks saddle collection.
The concept for this project was to create a high-end handcrafted rocking chair inspired by, and having the aesthetic of, the ‘golden era’ of classic long-distance racing bicycles manufactured by the master ‘Constructeurs’ of the 1940s.
Over the past four or five years there’s been a well documented global surge in the number of non-competitive group rides requiring participants to dress up like extras from Downton Abbey. In fact, there’s hardly a country that hasn’t now hosted some sort of Tweed-themed day out on bikes.
Tommy Thien, a Physics student at The University of Texas, got tired of walking the 30 minutes to class every day, so got himself a bicycle. As time progressed, he gained a greater appreciation for the simple piece of machinery that is the bicycle and naturally wanted to fit a Brooks Saddle.
“…truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of 7 bikes must be in want of a wife.”
In and around his native Padua, Ciclico’s Leonardo Macciucca is known among all types of cycling enthusiast for the unique twists that mark out as special each of his individual vintage restoration projects.
Barns, lofts and forgotten garages across the country make up the hunting ground where he uncovers his bicycles, typically seized and rusting under the accumulation of 80 years of inactivity.
“Stopping Traffic Since 1866″ is the title of the new Brooks print campaign appearing in cycling and lifestyle magazines worldwide. The ad focuses on the ever-growing range of Brooks Cycle Bags, highlighting some of the new styles and colours making their way to a Dealer of Excellence nearest you.
Inopportunely, the ad production came in December during a rather cold spell in London which required a freezing day out near London City Airport, inconveniencing more than a few friends and colleagues. Two of those Brooks people on hand took the time to run around and record the days’ shivering for posterity.
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