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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Millican

Millican was founded by Jorrit and Nicky, who met in the early 90s whilst travelling in South America, and through their mutual love of the outdoors, decided to journey together for a time, before hanging up their bags, and making them for others instead. Inspired by Millican Dalton, a man who left his cushy life in London to live up in the Lakes, Millican design their bags based on his philosophy of simplicity. Based close to us, only 38 miles away from our HQ in Ulverston, Millican is operated near Keswick.

Their bags, which include the Fraser Backpack and Smith The Roll Pack are made out of an eco-friendly recycled bionic canvas, which is 100% waterproof, and they are design to have ample safe storage, whilst remaining lightweight and practical. Travel light with everything you need. All bags use aluminium hardware and are extremely strong. We love Millican and we love their bags. 

 

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