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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Universal Works

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Universal Works

From a working class family in the 70s that liked to dress well, David Keyte lived through 30 years of sub-cultures and working in industries such as sign writing before he founded UN in 2008. The goal was to make simplistic fashion for anyone and everyone, understanding the heritage and requirements for different aesthetics. Working only with small batches of good material from factories that they trust, UN is a wholesome business which has found great success in the UK and overseas. As a small independent business, we relate with UN on a personal level, and love how far they have come from their humble beginning.

They collaborate with people from artists to writers, to brands such as Novesta. Working Class Heroes are proud to stock them. 

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