OOTD – Luxurious Leggings for Ladies!

If you’re after a staple for your clay-shooting wardrobe, these Laksen lambskin leggings are the place to start.

Fabulously luxurious, comfortable leggings that are as at home on a shoot day as partaking in apres-ski.  They’re available in moss (shown) or savanna (brown) and are generously sized.

Seen here with House of Cheviot Lady Angus socks in dark olive and a Harkila Lilja Lady Cardigan in shadow brown melange (also available in beetroot).

 

The links for the leggings are here:

OOTD – How to change up an outfit with tempting teal

Changing up your outfit with tempting teal

The cheapest and easiest way to keep an outfit fresh is to change your accessories – in the world of shooting, this means scarves and socks!  Have a look at these two options below:

Teal House of Cheviot shooting socks and Teal Clare Shaw scarf

Links to the pieces:

OOTD – Tough tweed!

Beatering, pinking up – or on walked-up days?  This is the tweed for you! 

It’s hardy and is lined (ie unquilted) so isn’t too hot when you’re on the go.  I love this jacket – it’s definitely one of my favourites of this season for it’s sheer usefulness as well as looking good.

Alan Paine Rutland Field Coat – tweed

Also available from the same range:

Alan Paine Rutland Tweed Ladies Waistcoat in lichen

House of Cheviot Guest Blog – Quality is not an act – it is a habit!

Ever wondered how and where the fabulous House of Cheviot socks are made?  Ashley talks to On The Peg about their history.

We all love to shop and we’re supposedly in the golden age of fashion where the latest trends are cheaper and more accessible than ever. Sounds great, right? Often when something sounds too good to be true, it is! There’s a hidden world, away from the runways, celebrity endorsements and rails of pretty clothing – one the industry doesn’t want us to know about… Fashion’s dirty secrets.

As the world has changed so has the majority of people’s attitude towards clothing. We’ve went from the bespoke made-to-measure days of the 30s to the ready-to-wear era of the 60s and straight into the current age of fast fashion. But what is ‘fast fashion’? Let’s compare it to a McDonalds Happy Meal; it’s cheap, arrives quickly and is of questionable quality.

Walk down any high street in Britain and you can buy a dress for around £5 – the price of a latte and a cake in Costa. But who knew buying cheap comes at a high cost? One in six people work in the fashion industry and most are from developing countries. Child labour, exploitative working conditions, forcing employees to work with toxic chemicals (chemicals which are linked to miscarriages, birth defects and cancer) and extremely low pay are some of the main causes of fast fashion.

On average we spend less than 3% of our annual income on clothing (the survey obviously didn’t take place in the House of Cheviot office) compared to around 10% in the fifties but we own more than double the clothing! 150 billion garments are produced every year – that’s around 20 garments per person worldwide. There has been a 60% increase in our wardrobes since 2000 but we keep clothes for half as long as we did 18 years ago. Something doesn’t add up!

Understandably not everyone has the funds to purchase a high quality pair of real leather boots or wants to wait a few months to update their wardrobe however I’d urge you to think about the consequences of ‘fast fashion’ and the effect it’s having, not only in deprived countries but our country also.

Situated in the heart of the rich, unspoilt borders countryside is Hawick – home to House of Cheviot’s factory. Hawick is synonymous with the Common Riding (an annual festival), rugby and knitwear production. The first knitting machine was brought to the town in 1771 which kick-started an industrial revolution. Textiles has always been a huge part of the town’s identity and during the peak of production, the industry was the largest employer in the area with, in some cases, whole families working in the mills and factories. The quality, skills and craftsmanship were unrivalled and the town was booming until the mid-late nineties.

During my childhood it was obvious there was a decline in the industry – many people found themselves out of work and were forced to retrain to gain employment. Cheap labour overseas and lack of investment were key. A lot of local companies moved their main production base to East Asia. This had a detrimental effect on the town.

House of Cheviot was set up 16 years ago and from the outset strived to be the best sock manufacturers in the world. We currently employ 22 passionate and highly skilled members of staff. All of the manufacturing processes are completed under the same roof, from concept to completion. And every employee takes pride in creating top-quality products and being part of a brand that is ‘Made in Scotland’. As a company we have been instrumental in supporting the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, and have trained-up four full-time apprentices to date. Having young people working within our business injects enthusiasm, new ideas and helps to balance tradition with progression.

Each sock (we make approximately 60,000 pairs per year) passes through 12 pairs of hands, from selecting the yarn to hand sewing, pressing and packaging. We also safeguard the quality of our socks by using the best yarns. Good quality materials paired with our expert craftsmanship ensures the most luxurious hosiery. Our designs are often inspired by the beautiful landscape that surrounds us and the area is also the perfect place to field test our new collections.

Next time you treat yourself to a pair of socks from On The Peg you’re helping keep skills, which have been passed down by generations, alive.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.

 

Alan Paine – Guest Blog

Our latest guest blog is from Sarah at Alan Paine – find out what they have been up to!

As odd as it may sound, at times I struggle to remember what year I’m in. However, there is a reason for this. As a brand we work 18 months ahead on range planning so, for example, we will be promoting our Autumn/Winter 19 collection to retailers in January, having already started looking at Spring/Summer 20 whilst our Autumn/Winter 18 collection is currently being sold in stores. You can see therefore why I’m often confused!

A major focus point for the Alan Paine team is the annual photo shoot for our Autumn/Winter collection campaign. Because of the enormity of the range of products and number of participants, it takes a great deal of planning and manpower to ensure all goes to plan. These images will form the basis of our main advertising campaign so the pressure is on to get it right.

I’m not normally that interested in the weather forecast (unless another Beast from the East is likely to put in an appearance) but I become seriously obsessed with the weather forecast towards the end of November. Last year we arranged for the photo shoot to take place at a farm near Thetford and, whereas we knew our waterproof and shower resistant products would withstand wet conditions, a dry day makes our job a great deal easier.

Fortunately, we were in luck. Despite a scenic, and longer than planned(!), drive to the farm the Alan Paine team gathered early to get organised for the two days ahead. Because of the light at this time of year we knew we would only have 5 hours in the day to take the shots so it was crucial that the running order was correct and the garments ready. We were fortunate to have a spacious barn available for our models to change in with sufficient space for us to lay their clothing changes out and for them to warm up between shots.

We had ten wonderful people modelling the products with only one professional model, who is an avid shooter, and including our super Brand Ambassador Abbey Ling and two ladies from the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club who’d won a competition giving them the opportunity to take part. Being at home in the field they were all fantastic and very, very patient. The photographer rattled through the shots and took some tremendous photos even when the wind got up and hats ended up careering across the fields on a regular basis! When it all got a bit chilly at lunchtime, we re-energised the troops with steaming tomato soup, copious sandwiches and a warming ‘nip’ of sloe gin.

All in all the shoot was a resounding success. We’re now getting ready to do it all again in a couple of weeks’ time. Fingers crossed that the weather plays ball for us again.

 

On The Peg Clothing – preventing divorces since 2018

Christmas is such an exciting time of year – all of the build-up and preparation is just as much fun as the festive period itself.  At On The Peg Clothing, we’re well into the swing of things and ready for (hopefully) lots of orders to keep you all out shooting!

Whilst being grateful is definitely something that we should all practice, it’s more cheery all-round if we genuinely feel like we have things to be grateful over.  We’ve all had the moment where you unwrap something that you have no idea on this earth how or why it was ever deemed appropriate for you.  It’s always far worse if it’s in front of the person who bought it too – time to put your best game face on and head to the pantry for a swig of sherry.

Because we like everyone to be cheery at Christmas (and not just due to sherry), we thought that we’d make it easier for you:

If you go to our website, and create an account, then add all of the lovely items to your basket that you would definitely improve your behaviour enough to make it onto the Good Girl’s List.

The wonderous website people store your products, complete with sizes and colours etc, and will shortly send you an email asking you if you have forgotten to checkout.

This is the important bit.  SEND THIS EMAIL TO YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER.

They won’t be able to click on the link, as this is linked to your account (unless you are comfortable giving them your email and password), but they can see all the details of loveliness (ie. what would make you more likely to put up your Mother In Law causing chaos, and your Uncle boring you to tears for several hours).

They will easily be able to see brands, items, sizes and colours – everything that they need to be able to GET IT RIGHT, this Christmas.

Even better, we’ve just added a giftwrap option (with brown recycle-able paper and ribbon), to make it even more appealing to those who need a bit more handholding.

If you want to be able to receive gifts from us on a regular basis, then tell them to sign up for our newsletter themselves, and they’ll get regular reminders from us of how to keep you happy!

You can thank us later 🙂

Sorrel

 

Le Chameau Boot Care and Warranty

Product Care:
Le Chameau takes great pride in the quality of its boots. To maintain comfort and maximize their durability, we recommend that you follow these simple care instructions:

Do:
• Clean your boots with nothing more than water and a brush
• Let the boots air dry
• Use a silicone spray and polish using a soft, dry cloth
• Keep your boots in a dry and ventilated place, away from direct sunlight and away from any heat source
• If the boots get wet, please dry the lining thoroughly before using them again. Crumpled newspaper will help
• If storing your boots for a long period, clean them thoroughly and store away from direct sunlight in a dry, cool place.

Don’t:
• Never dry your boots in direct contact with a heat source like a radiator or a fireplace
• Do not use aggressive products, like detergents, to clean your boots
• Never store your boots in a damp condition or folded

For zipped boots:
• Keep the zip clean. Dirt will wear the zip and significantly reduce its life
• The use of spray is recommended to lubricate the zip before the first use and after each use
• Don’t leave the zip undone when wearing the boots, this will increase the chances of dirt getting into the zip
• Never force the zip

Warranty:
All Le Chameau rubber boots are guaranteed for 2 years against manufacturing defects.

This warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, unsuitable use of the product, damage from foreign bodies or fluids, wear and tear, deterioration of colors and materials over time and after prolonged use. However, the zips used by Le Chameau are the best available and will not fail if kept clean and mildly lubricated (for more information, please consult our product care page).

If your product is defective, please return it to your Le Chameau stockist with the valid proof of purchase.

Le Chameau make a range of professional farming boots that have been specially designed for this purpose. They have extra re-enforcement to cope with the intensive use of these professions, which includes farmers and game keepers.

Driving farm equipment or vehicles for long periods is not something that the standard range of Le Chameau boots is designed for and imparts more stress on the back of the boot.

It is also important to select the right boot according to its end use, this includes the choice of lining and sole. A neoprene lined boot will cause the foot to sweat during the summer months and consequently reduce the life of the neoprene.

All Le Chameau outsoles will wear more rapidly if they are worn on concrete or other hard surfaces.