News from the shops
If you’ve been in a Small Batch over the last couple of years, seen us at a trade show or been to several other quality coffee shops such Bold Street Coffee in Liverpool, Bulldog Edition in Shoreditch or Mrs Athas in Leeds, you will of noticed the beautiful British made denim aprons from Kelly and Scott at Dawson Denim.
Early in 2013 I was trawling the internet looking for high quality aprons for our shops when I stumbled across Dawson Denim. When I learned they were locals from Brighton everything fell into place. Soon enough Joe and I had some lovely full length work aprons for our roasting work while the staff at the brand new Norfolk Square shop had crisp new ‘prons to launch the shop with.
Husband and wife team Scott and Kelly have been working with denim for the past fifteen years and started Dawson Denim just over two years ago with the simple goal of producing high quality workwear from selvedge denim that is built to last. After going from strength to strength they have recently moved into a new workshop that Nick and I went to check out this week.
All of the sewing and hemming machines the guys use are vintage Union Special machines from the 50’s and 60’s that have been sourced and restored by themselves. The denim is all Red Line selvedge denim bought directly from Japan in huge (very heavy) rolls. Everything is cut by hand and stitched, hemmed and finished by Kelly and Scott on the beautiful old machines.
It’s pretty inspiring to see this level of craftsmanship going into the work and it is a pleasure to be able to use such high quality products on a daily basis. These aprons are built for the long haul; the denim ages beautifully and uniquely to each product and Kelly and Scott are always more than happy to fix up any wear and tear. They say, “the ideal of being built to last has long been forgotten but we are proud to offer a durability guarantee”. In today’s throwaway culture it is refreshing to work with producers that are committed to long-term quality and after sales service and the guys tap into a lot of the ideals we try to operate our business by.
Kelly and Scott are so nice they have given us one of their Mechanic aprons (RRP £95!) to give away to one of our lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:
Which country do Dawson Denim import their selvage denim from? email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org Competition closes Friday 13th (!) February Terms and conditions at the bottom of this blog post
We are really proud to be working with Dawson Denim another home grown Brighton company focusing on quality and service and cannot recommend them highly enough. Check them out at www.dawsondenim.com and @dawsondenim on Twitter and Instagram. You can also find stockists of their wonderful products here.
Competition Terms and Conditions Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter one of our competitions, we will assume that you have read these rules and that you agree to them. 1. To enter a competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry. 2. Competitions are not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Small Batch Coffee 3. No purchase necessary. 4. Only one entry per person. 5. If you want to enter a competition you may enter via the website on the applicable competition page, or you can also send your answer, detailing which competition you wish to enter, together with your name, address and e-mail address by e-mail to: email@example.com 6. Sending an e-mail is not proof that we have received your entry. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason. 7. The closing date is as specified in each competition, and Small Batch reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time. 8. If you win a competition, we will notify you by email, or social media if you entered the competition on a social media platform, within 48 working hours of the closing date. if you do not respond within 48 hours of being notified, you will forfeit your prize and Small Batch reserves the right to choose another winner. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. 9. By entering the competition the winner agrees to participate in such promotional activity and material as Macmillan may require. 10. The prize is not exchangeable for cash or any other prize 11. Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified. 12. Small Batch reserves the right to amend these rules at any time. Small Batch may also create rules which will apply to a specific competition only. If we do this we will publish the amended competition rules and/or specific competition rules on the relevant competition page. 13. Never forget where you're coming from