Repeated Offender You Should Come With A Warning.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Aware of my penchant for a tracksuit clad delinquent Weekend Offender founders Sam Jones & Rhydian Powell invited me over to their Soho store for a party, a perv and the launch of urban action thriller, Offender. Starring Joe Cole, Kimberly Nixon, Shaun Dooley and Britain's finest in the art of grime (G Frsh, Scorcher and English Frank) Offender is the story of well 'ard London lad Tommy (Cole) whose pregnant girlfriend (Nixon) is attacked during last years riots resulting in the loss of their unborn child. And is Tommy having a bar of it? Is he 'eck. He promptly launches into a one-man-war against those responsible, decking a couple of policemen to land himself behind bars with those thugs on whom he seeks vengeance. Edge of your seat stuff.

With clobber that takes inspiration from British youth subculture (laced with wit and deviance) and having successfully partnered up with emerging hip-hop talent English Frank, Weekend Offender were the ideal candidate to host this bashment affair. Notorious for their road-block shindigs oodles of WO supporting scenesters spilled out onto the street and while the DJ spun big beats on branded ones'n'twos we guzzled Bodean's BBQ ribs, bottles of Becks and I got my 'mingle' on big style. Other than model-features musician Josh Osho *swoon* and the Offender crew dem Ron Scalpello, Joe ColeEnglish Frank, Daniel Kendrick and Malachi Kirby (all very lovely lads by the way) I also had the absolute pleasure of meeting, nay hugging, the legend that is Mr Vas Blackwood. Dream. Come. True. MC Harvey popped in an' all but my inner garage girl resisted the urge to rush over and spud him - I didn't wanna hype it up, woah (sozzles).

Now I may be a wee bit biased here as the Weekend Offender Welsh contingent are my chums, but party or no party I loves their West End abode. More than your average retail outlet 19 D'arbly Street houses a collection of laid-back yet mischievous menswear classics in situ amongst bad-ass accessories that literally ooze 'LAD', we're talking bespoke riot helmets, action figures and the first ever British manufactured Motor Racer people! But it's the easygoing atmosphere and likable nature of team Weekend Offender that keep me coming back. Where else in Soho can you get a free trim with your polo top purchase, perch your posterior on a bench made by the founders fair hands and are invited to chill out and chat, cuppa in hand? Exactly. So if my fave British brand are giving Offender the double thumbs up I'll defo be giving it 101 minutes of my time this Orange Wednesday. I suggest you shlaaags do the same. 

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