PIKE BROTHERS INTERVIEW
We´ve recently been talking to Ben from Clobbercalm about our garments, our passions in life and what to wear best if you are stranded on a desert island.
Clobbercalm is a blog that is run by the denim and rugged-style enthusiast Ben Woodhouse. Birthed from a simple Instagram feed, he started the blog out of curiositiy as some sort of platform for vintage (fashion) enthusiasts and people who are into utilitarian menswear just like him. On his blog “Clobbercalm” (which is the British slang for personal belongings, fashion and accessoires), Ben is writing articles and interviews about “Denim, Boots and anything else that could withstand a sonic boom.” Ben has been obsessed about how things fittet as well as the history behind menswear since his childhood. When he grew up, his tastes matured. “Once I saw Kurt Cobain sporting that worn brown safari jacket on the inlay to the Nevermind album my love for vintage and products that get better with age was born.”
Ben has a huge respect fo the people and businesses (artists) that create these products and, as he says, keep the world of mass fast-fashion at bay.
For his Blog Clobbercalm, Ben sent us some questions. Have a good read!
1. Straight forward, please tell us, how did your company Pike Brothers start out?
PIKE BROTHERS SUPERIOR GARMENTS were formed in 2008 by Fabian Jedlitschka out of the passion for vintage motorcycles and cars. Fabian experienced that there was a certain demand for historical garments and clothes especially in the Hot-Rod and vintage motorcycle scene. He started to reproduce historical patterns suitable for idealists, riders and people who love to be outdoors. However, Pike Brothers was originally founded by George and Joseph Pike in 1930. Their small but exclusive tailoring shop was located in the Portobello Road, Notting Hill, in the heart of London. Their specialty was custom-made menswear. During the Second World War with a steadily growing number of American soldiers coming to Britain, the Pike Brothers also specialized in the production of uniforms for the U.S. Armed Forces. They combined the finest fabrics with European craftsmanship and created an unmistakable profile of sturdy American menswear with European influence; a heritage to which we are still committed today.
2. Tell us. What does a day in the life of yourself look like? What’s your daily work routine?
The outstanding aspect of working at PIKE BROTHERS is that you´re daily engaged with everything you personally live for. It´s like turning your hobby into your profession. You are surrounded with all the things you are in favour with the whole day, which is awesome. However of course we have a normal and daily work routine too, just like in every other business aswell. Maybe there is a small difference compared to other jobs: it´s cool having a 1939 built WLA just a few meters away from your office-desk….
READ MORE AT THE CLOBBERCALM BLOG