Thursday, 26 July 2012

Tender Co. Trestle Shop: The best thing since sliced soya and linseed Vogel

Tender Co is a antique workwear-inspired men's clothing and accessories line I have admired from afar for some time on sites such as Superdenim. London-based husband and wife team William and Deborah Kroll's designs are inspired by the Great British Steam Age and designed to be worn hard. Their ace blue ticking tail shirt would already be mine if I wasn't on a self-imposed shopping ban. Effing double-dip depression.

Kroll & Kroll have just launched Tender Co. Trestle Shop. It's a treasure trove of "experimental and unconventional" items "which come about during the development of the main line." All of it is made in England. Here's a bit more enticing promo. blurb about the e-shop:

"The Trestle Shop takes its name from railway trestle bridges of the 19th Century, and operates from the top of a trestle table, rather like a market stall or a spare parts bench in a locomotive repairs workshop ... We have very limited stock, sometimes just one piece of any design. We may sometimes make repeats, but this is an evolving project, so we cannot promise if or when designs will be remade."

There are 32 items up for sale on the Trestle Shop. Almost all of it is top banana. Here's ArchBlog's three fave bits ...

Hand-thrown red clay coffee pot.
"Tender's coffee pot is hand thrown in England from natural red clay dug in England. It is slipped with natural white English clay, and left unslipped and unglazed on the base, to reveal the original character of the earth. This coffee pot came about after extensive research into early coffee pots and hunting jugs. Before the ready availability of filters and fine mesh, drinks jugs of all sorts often had a right-angled ledge positioned below the spout, which would catch sediment and keep it from being poured into the drinking vessel. Brewing coffee grounds without a filter gives a more rounded, and 'muddier' drink, which can be more satisfying than filter coffee. For the best results you should pour hot water over the coffee in the pot, then leave it to stand for a few minutes. Lift the pot and swirl the coffee around vigorously until the surface of the coffee foams up, then allow it to stand for a minute more, to let the grounds settle to the bottom. A perforated ceramic filter built into the spout further helps reduce grounds getting into your cup."

Woad dyed bias cut cotton boxer shorts
"Tender's boxer shorts are made in England of all cotton satin, woven in England and cut entirely on the bias, giving them built-in stretch. They are then hand dip dyed with woad indigo from the South of France. These shorts are cut from a pattern directly based on Tender's signature 'trews', which themselves are an adaptation of an early Scottish form of trousers ('trews' is probably where the word 'trousers' originated). Trews were cut without a side seam (as these shorts are), and entirely on on the bias (diagonal) of the cloth. By cutting these shorts on the bias of the cotton satin, they stretch easily without resorting to a synthetic-blend fabric."

Purple logwood dyed hand linked cotton socks
"Tender's rib socks are knitted and hand linked in England from raw unbleached cotton and nylon yarns, then vegetable dyed in England with purple logwood. Traditional hosiery (like these socks) is knitted as a long continuous tube of many socks, which are then cut apart into individual socks. These are then linked, which means that the open sock has the two sides knitted together, leaving a flat, seamless, join at the toe. Linking requires the operator to loop every corresponding stitch of the top and bottom of the sock, by hand, onto a knitting machine. Tender's socks are made with a loop-back, or terry, double knit sole. This makes them especially comfortable, and appropriate to wear even with heavy boots. The socks are knitted from a blend of 100% cotton and 100% nylon yarns (rather than being knitted from yarns which themselves are blended). The natural dye is only taken up by the cotton yarn, leaving the nylon yarn undyed, creating a subtle marl effect which is accentuated when the rib of the socks is stretched open, while they are being worn."

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