MENSWEAR STYLE IN CONVERSATION WITH BVB'S CEO

The topical issue of buying better and buying less continues to be discussed. People are now much savvier about purchasing choices and the quality vs cost scenario where, in the past, faster fashion had taken over. The understanding of creating a more considered wardrobe is becoming more widespread and that has filtered down to leisure and sportswear. Here we speak to Zen Martinoli CEO & Founder of British Vintage Boxing (BVB), a classic, quality sportswear label that has style, heritage, and ultimate comfort at its heart.

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BROTHERHOOD - RETURN OF THE EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS

Check out BVB's recent shoot in Brighton, we celebrate the collective, timeless spirit of brotherhood, expressed through the lens of our effortlessly stylish, charismatic everyday champions.⁠ Click here to view the full photo story.

INSIDE ENGAGE 'Sportswear Top 10'

To check out BVB's inclusion in Inside Engage's top 10 sportswear recommendations, click here.

THE RETURN OF THE EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS THIS SEPTEMBER

We last saw our EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS in November 2019 at the famous Jack Solomens gym in London's soho - this September sees them return in 'Day Trip' on location in Brighton.

Emerging from lockdown our everyday champions take a trip to the perennial British seaside, reconnecting within the familiar, heritage surroundings of Brighton Pier. We emphasise the energy of the group - the invisible strength that binds them together, drawing inspiration from pioneering Brit flicks 'Quadrophenia' and 'Lock, stock and two smoking barrels' tapping into their spirit to form a distinctly British urban optic and style guide. The 'day trip' showcases the collective bond of brotherhood, anchored in loyalty, respect and integrity expressed through the lens of our effortlessly stylish and charismatic everyday champions.

Meet the Brand with THE MALESTROM

Discover whats's behind the brand with THE MALESTOM. Q&A's with our CEO click here to read.

Editorial from CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN on British Vintage Boxing

Recent article from Clothes Make The Man - the extraordinary men's blog for the modern man. Click here to read the piece.

THE BOOK OF MAN

"British Vintage Boxing produce some of the best sportswear out there..." to read the full article click here.

We want to hear from you! Enter our writing competition today!

With the advent of the big fight on the horizon, can you tell us in 500-700 words who wins Fury vs. Wilder and why? The winning entry wins a BVB t-shirt and their guest blog will appear on our website.⁠ Send entries in to hello@britishvintageboxing.com by Monday 17th, winner announced Weds 19th.⁠

BVB pop-up shop

November 2019 saw BVB launch it's first pop-up shop in central London with our friends at The Vintage Showroom. Over the three days we felt privileged to finally meet our customers in person and to provide an opportunity for everyone to experience the brand first hand. It was great to see industry faces, our team of 'everyday champions' along with the Cooper family in attendance. We look forward to seeing you at our next pop-up shop event in April 2020, until then embrace your old-school fighting spirit and stand firm, salute! Sign-up to keep updated.

EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS - Shot on location in Soho, London and Jack Solomons Gym

Honouring tradition, and authentic British boxing heritage we ventured over to Jack Solomons gym for our 'Everyday Champions' photographic shoot. Situated on Great Windmill Street, at the original site of its first iconic incarnation of the 1940's, 50's and 60's, JSG provided the ideal location to visually explore the timeless nature of the boxing brotherhood, reimagined through a modern lens. Click here to see more.

New brand partner THREAD.

We are pleased to announce launching with a new brand partner THREAD.COM expert online perosnal stylists, making style simple.

Ron Peck - FIGHTERS

Mesmerising from beginning to end, Ron Peck’s acclaimed 1991 documentary FIGHTERS is a visceral account of East End boxers, honest, gritty and compelling. An audio visual journey into the real life of a fighter - a bare psychographic profile of their inner workings, drive and ambition in what is the toughest of all trades. Taking the fighter’s perspective, Peck immerses the audience in ground-breaking behind-the-scenes footage, exposing the true nature, for the first time, of the fighter. A must-see, for any genuine boxing fan.

Discover more and watch a clip of FIGHTERS here

Go direct to Ron Pecks website here

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Discover the fighting phenomenon that was Ted 'Kid' Lewis.

Gershon Mandeloff. Does that name ring any bells? He was one of Britain’s best ever boxers, but you might know him as Ted ‘Kid’ Lewis. Read more about the fighting phenomenon known as the 'Aldgate Sphinx' contributed by sportswriter Paul Zanon via our blog.

On location in the wilds of Exmoor National Park and north Devon coast.

February 2019 saw British Vintage Boxing collaborate with photographer Chris Boulton and production company Copper Tree Media on his project 'The Getaway' -  capturing the spirit of three lifelong friends getting together on retreat in Exmoor National Park and North Devon coast - a visual storytelling of the special bond that exists between old friends brought to life by models Nick Pearce, Glen Power (inset) and Owain Jones. Other brands on board were; Heritage Landrover of Gloucester, Peregrine Clothing and Blundstone Boots. A blog detailing the 3 day shoot will be available shortly.

An ode to bravery.

There are thirty-three bridges that span the river Thames, all with their own stories to tell but it was Hammersmith bridge we turned to as our chosen location for our most recent photographic shoot.

 

Designed by William Tierney Clark as the first suspension bridge to cross the Thames it was first opened in 1827 at a construction cost of £80,000. By the 1870’s the bridge was no longer able to withstand the heavy loads of traffic and was closed for refurbishment. The current bridge was designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette and rests on the same pier foundations constructed for Tierney Clark's original structure.

It’s not just the industrial nature of the bridge, the steel trusses, giant bolts and wrought iron structure we found visually so emotive it was also the stories of heroism connected to the bridge’s history. One event in particular caught our imagination, near midnight on 27 December 1919, Lieutenant Charles Campbell Wood, an airman in the Royal Air Force dived from the bridge into the Thames to rescue a drowning woman. Although Wood saved her life, he later died from tetanus as a consequence of his injuries. His act of bravery is commemorated by a plaque on the handrail.

 

In homage to Wood’s bravery and to celebrate the spirit of all everyday champions we invited another fearless Charles to the bridge for a photo-shoot, light-heavyweight boxer Charlie Duffield. A fitting tribute.

 

Shining a light on British boxing heritage.

British Vintage Boxing offers a warm welcome to guest sportswriter Paul Zanon. Once a month Paul will be contributing a blog article revisting some of the most iconic British boxers of the 20th Century. Read his first installment on Tommy Farr 'The Tonypandy Terror' on our blog page.

Paul Zanon, has written eight books, with almost all of them reaching the No1 Bestselling spot in their respective categories on Amazon. He has co-hosted boxing shows on Talk Sport, been a pundit on London Live, Boxnation and is a regular contributor to Boxing Monthly magazine amongst other publications.

Reworking iconic imagery with Charlie and Harvey.

On our most recent shoot we collaborated with British boxers light-heavyweight Charlie Duffield and super-flyweight Harvey Horn. We wanted to capture a visual homage to retro images of old school fighters John Conteh and David Pearce out on their morning runs in the 1970's and '80s, exploring the drive behind the dream.

Click the image to read the blog, and discover the contemporary take on these iconic images from the past.

New Arrivals!

This season sees a new collection of sweatshirts and jogging bottoms added to the British Vintage Boxing range. All of our new sweats are made from a premium Jaspe marl brush back sweat fabric. Jaspe marls are made by dying a number of yarns then twisting them together before knitting to give a unique vintage appearance.

 

Introducing the Bombardier crewneck sweatshirt – an ode to the great boxer ‘Bombardier’ Billy Wells, British and British Empire champion between 1911-1919. This latest sweatshirt has been given a raglan sleeve, side panel, stitched eye-lets, two- tone ribs and contrast top-stitching - newly added authentic features – inspired by old school sweatshirts, couched within a modern cut for an optimum fit.

 

To create our Navy and Khaki colours we have over-dyed the grey Jaspe marl retaining the texture of the marl. This collection has a mix of graphics, embroideries and sewn on patches. On the sleeve we have added a BVB regal crown monogram logo, which throughout history has been traditionally representative of power, honour, glory and triumph.

 

The Bombardier jogging bottom like the sweatshirt is another contemporary take on a classic staple, we have added a ribbed cuff inspired by heritage sweat pant detailing whilst still retaining a modern feel in silhouette. Eye-lets below the pocket add a further subtle nod to the past.

We're working on your greatness.

During the summer we've been busy designing a new sweat range - raglan sleeve crew-neck sweatshirts and cuffed jogging bottoms in premium super-soft jersey fleece will be available in three marl colour-ways; grey, navy and khaki - arriving by the end of October 2018. Also look out for our collectable embroidered patches celebrating the rich boxing heritage of Great Britain.

In an age when the appetite for fast fashion grows we want to create the opposite, instead crafting premium garments that resonate with our values, passion for boxing heritage and classic sportswear. We look for the magic that exists between retro and modern, combining authentic vintage details with modern tailoring and quality materials.

Design inspiration comes directly from our vintage archive of fight programs, posters, boxing gear, sweaters, joggers and retro colour palettes - for manufacturing and fabrics we use a family run business in Europe, known for it’s outstanding jersey traditions – together we've produced the range you see today, well-made, stylish and versatile just like you :-) so let's start working on your greatness...

A look behind the Prince of Tears, Baxter Dury.

We caught up with London based Indie musician Baxter Dury, son of the late much loved British music luminary Ian Dury. We wanted to find out the secret behind the success of his much acclaimed new album Prince of Tears, why he chose a boxing narrative for the video to the title track and how he stays in shape during relentless touring with band. Read the full interview click here.

Interview with Henry Marco Cooper

We spoke with Henry Cooper’s son Henry Marco Cooper to get a few insights into his childhood, being the son of a famous boxer and his involvement with British Vintage Boxing.

To read the full interview click here.

Everyday Champions

#BVBChampions. We visited Jerry 46yrs from London, a music producer, avid boxing and fitness enthusiast. We wanted to delve into Jerry’s daily routine and shed some light on how everyday champions manage their fitness goals. 

For the full interview click here. If you want a challenge, try Jerry's workout click here.

To watch  a clip of Jerry on the pads click the image - or click here

The Prospect - 'Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood'

On Sunday 4th Feb BVB collaborated with exciting young British Cruiserweight boxer Mikael Lawal to form part of our most recent campaign -  The Prospect. The campaign seeks to combine the past with the present to capture the eternal nature of spirit, courage and determination - keeping dreams alive and discovering your inner champion. A personal journey of transformation from the ordinary to the extraordinary - a reminder to stay #RelentlesslyValiant in your pursuit for greatness, like all those who came before us.

 

Mikael pictured here wearing a BVB t-shirt - an ode to the past crafted for the future.

Video The Prospect is now ready for viewing on the homepage

Feedback From The Highlands.

British Vintage Boxing hits the cobbles running in Glasgow with 'The Gentleman Select'! Read the full article.

Our first shoot was inspired by a combination of early Henry Cooper archive images and photographs of Muhammad Ali’s second visit to London in 1966 defending his world title against Cooper. Muhammad, his brother Rahman and sparring partner Jimmy Ellis were seen doing their daily roadwork drills in and around the streets of London’s West end and parks. Retracing their hallowed steps our intrepid team began the shoot at Piccadilly Circus at 6.30am, then swung over to Constitution Hill, eventually ending in Hyde Park - the exact route taken by Ali and his entourage. We wanted to re-invigorate these iconic vintage images with our own BVB brand spirit, echoing the shared values of these hard working sporting heroes underscored with a very British backdrop. A great (very early) morning was had by all.

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