Whilst the upper classes dress down to go out, the working class dress up.

Dating back to the second half of the 19th century, and ever since, sub-cultures have been created and driven almost exclusively by those in the working class communities. Starting with the Scuttlers of Manchester in the 1870's and their monotony towards life in the slums, advancing through to the Teddy Boys, Mods and Rockers era of the 50's, through to the Punk and Skin scenes, Ska, Reggae, the 80's and 90's skate scene, right up to today's contemporary minimalism. They were all the brainchild of those fighting for an identity - an identity that correlates conclusively with fashion - so it makes sense to call these people heroes.

With this premise as his inspiration, Working Class Heroes was founded in 2006 by Thomas Bowden. The initial intent was to sell a range of skate and street clothing from all around the globe to the good people of Ulverston, Cumbria, from his tiny shop in a shady looking alleyway. Since 2006 the company has moved to a bigger, better, less creepy location, sweeping up new brands, stories and people along the way.

Our ranges of footwear, clothing and homeware is comprised of a brand mix that appeals to us. Not one that follows a particular genre or alignment, but one that we feel goes together, blurring the lines between distinctions and classifications in order to create something beautiful. 

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Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen was created in 1877 when Helly Juell Hansen, a sea captain, and his wife decided to produce oilskin jackets and pants to help stay better protected when out at sea. By applying linseed oil to cotton canvas, they had created waterproof outerwear. In 1949, a new waterproof fabric called Helox, was sewn into the jackets and was considered a revolutionary technology. 

The brand went from strength to strength, creating technical mid and base layers and eventually in 1984 creating a waterproof and breathable fabric - setting a new standard for performance and protection in outdoor clothing. Today sees the brand creating and producing a wide range of everyday clothing but also ranges specifically for skiing, sailing and general outdoor usage.

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