Charge X Griffin Press Release
This season sees the launch of a brand new collaborative project between Charge bikes and menswear designer Jeff Griffin. Both urban innovators in their own worlds, the two brands have united to create a limited edition fixed gear bike, due for release in early September.
Situated just a few miles apart from each other in the West Country the two companies came together to create a bike with a difference for the fixed gear biking community. Charge?s signature single speed bike, the plug, quickly became the nominated frame of choice. With it?s minimalist design this new age, classic frame, welcomed Griffin?s innovative design approach.
Taking inspiration for his up an coming autumn/winter 09 collection from the cyclist and the path of commuting from the countryside to the city. Griffin is mixing country tweeds with urban city living, as the guys in Brick lane are bringing polo to their bikes in the East End, we are bringing the country to the city. Mixing technical fabrics with traditional wools to produce garments that have all the flexibility and functionality of a modern day cycling jacket but with the look of modern luxury sportswear.
The Griffin X Charge collaboration bike will be launched at the Eurobike exhibition on the 31st August 2009. These 500 limited edition bikes are now available to pre order from early October. For your chance to win one, simply subscribe to the Griffin mailing list before the 1st December 2009 and we will enter you into our free prize draw
Underground fashion once again meets outdoor performance, as style-setter Jeff Griffin’s collaboration with Berghaus continues into its third season. Griffin has reinvented three of performance-brand Berghaus key jackets, adding his unflinching design touches to create statement pieces that are edgy and contemporary.
Griffin is renowned for his individual style, resisting conformity- instead choosing to indulge in expression. Each garment unfolds its own story of detail, shape and fabrication, hand worked and re-invented.
Where Griffin leads the way in fashion, likewise Berghaus has led the way in designing and developing adventurous outdoor gear for the world’s harshest places for over 40 years. Credibility and performance are everything and are weaved into the fabric of each garment. Through the fusion of two brands that respect and embrace extremes, the collaboration products offer a refreshingly new take on outdoor performance wear.
For Autumn Winter ’08 Griffin wanted to create the opposite to the mass Global image of sportswear and create something which is really exclusive. With this in mind we discovered Berghaus is the largest customer of Gore-Tex in Europe and had a fantastic archive of expensive unused Gore-Tex, end of rolls, exclusive colours for experimental mountain projects and different textured face fabrics. We took this idea and made in our studio a couple of recycled samples pinned, stitched and taped, this then went to the Berghaus lab in Sunderland. These jackets are a great mix of hand made, high technology and design including the use of recycled materials, which makes sense, as both Griffin and Berghaus share a strong view point on the environment.
The outcome…. this exclusive Elysian with its Gore-Tex pro shell and new design mountaineering detailing, including stretch panels for movement, detachable hood with mouth piece and the seaming which is highlighted by it’s use of paneling, the use of colours that wouldn’t normally sit together have come from the Berghaus stock warehouse adding extra interest. This co-lab is exclusive to Japan, and the Griffin website, it comes in two colourways, the range of greys and the electric option.
â€œGriffin moved out of London 7 years ago into the countryside, this brought about a different approach and outlook on life.
At Griffin weâ€™re working closer to home; yes we still manufacture in Italy because they have different skills to those found in the UK.
I have been looking for new and old manufactures based in England who still have the traditional skills that are reflected in patterns, fabrics and construction â€“ quality.
We are promoting today just 2 of our MADE IN ENGLAND products.
The Griffin British re-shaped Rugby short sleeve shirt which was made close to Nottingham. It has a cut away collar with a stand construction and plays with the British army camo detail underneath.Â The quality is great; trust me I have 3 of them, itâ€™s a great change to the t-shirt and can be worn under any jacket.
TheÂ Baracuta G9 jacket was made in London . It is black on the outside with the Griffin embroidery and the reverse has British army camo . We always love the inside out idea, this is why we have left the Baracuta label on.
Next season we have developed and expanded the â€œMade in Englandâ€ range even furtherâ€.
Griffin Competition. Win a Limited Edition Griffin X Baracuta G9 Jacket. Black Original Baracuta G9 Jacket in slim fit, reversible with Black raglan sleeves and Brit Woodland body. Made in England using100% Cotton. Details here.
This season sees Griffin continue to collaborate with like minded and free spirited individuals and brands. Griffin have teamed up with the Berlin based bag manufacturer BAGJACK. This beauty is made to order so you have the option to get the bottom in either bright orange, black or white CorduraÂ® for maximum durability. The outershell is made of CorduraÂ®, a high-performance fabric resistant to abrasions, tears, and scuffs. With embroided griffin hearts on the front and is made in Berlin.Â
The Mighty Griffin has announced that its A/W 2007 Collection will include artwork designed by Stanley Donwood. Stanley’s artwork ‘London Views” (which you may recognise from the album “The Eraser’ by Thom Yorke) will feature strongly in Griffin’s A/W 2007 Collection.
Stanley Donwood has worked with the one and only Radiohead for the past ten years, producing artwork and images for the albums “The Bends’, OK Computer’, Amnesiac’, ‘Kid A’ and ‘Hail to the Thief’.
The Griffin x Stanley Donwood Collection will be travelling from Paris to Tokyo. This is well worth a butchers!
Griffin are very excited to be collaborating with Baracuta for a second time, a brand with such great heritage and the originators of the first ever Harrington jacket as worn by Steve McQueen and Elvis Presley. The first Griffin X Barucuta was made using authentic British camo, enter No2, made with original German camo, that is actually made in Belgium, and has been for years…
Griffin have taken the classic slim fit G9 block, not normally used in the UK, making it even more special… ‘The bastard child of these two famous brands is so wrong it is right’, was the comment made by one of Italy’s finest retailers.
Only 65 exclusive pieces have been produced worldwide, with 50 going to Japan and the rest scattered across the globe. Griffin have a few and they will go live on our online store very soon.