look at London Boots.com.
UK's number one retailer of rock 'n roll clothing, rock n roll
footwear, retro clothing, baseball jackets, bowling shirts and
all stage wear.
spoke to Gavan O'Neill, one of the Directors at London
Can you tell us about the history of London Boots?
London Boots has over 20 years experience in the rock 'n roll
and retro scene and has always been a specialist company. We
are a family run company which means that we all want the
business to go in the same direction and are all very
dedicated to this in every way. The bonus is we all thoroughly
enjoy what we do and over the years have made some fantastic
friends along the way.
Our base is in Nottingham where we have a substantial size
showroom that is open to the public and the kettle is always
We have been attending the likes of the Americana show for
over 15 years with our 'travelling shop' and attend many other
flagship events such as Hemsby Rock n Roll weekenders,
Twinwoods Events and many many more.
Last year, 2009, London Boots launched their very own brand of
clothing and footwear all under the name Skye Footwear and
Clothing Brand. It is fast becoming the most well known brand
in the retro and rock 'n roll scene. There is a reason for the
name Skye....It is my daughters name and she already at just 8
is asking for royalties!
The Skye Brand now has official agents in Italy, Iceland,
Spain and Holland, even the USA and most recently has taken on
a great UK company to be the exclusive distributor to
Universities of our famous Skye Baseball Jackets. These
jackets have already been supplied to Nottingham Panthers and
Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Teams and the biggest coup was
the use of them to launch the worldwide teen hit High School
Musical! That shows how far we have come.
We tailor-make drapes, box jackets, have a fantastic range of
bowling shirts, creeper shoes, winklepickers, Gatsby shoes and
Jam Shoes, all manufactured under the Skye Brand Label.
Now London Boots have been given the rights to sell the
Official Americana International Clothing which we have
manufactured and also the Hemsby Rock n Roll weekender
clothing. Trust indeed that we know what we are doing.
Many of the bands from the scene trust us to make their stage
outfits and we are always proud when we see our tailor made
outfits receive such great comments.
THE OFFICIAL HEMSBY
ROCK n ROLL WEEKENDER CLOTHING!
INTERNATIONAL FLEECE JACKETS,
SWEATSHIRTS AND POLO SHIRTS NOW IN STOCK!
Digger: You stock a diverse range of shoes, boots and
clothing, catering for a number of different movements, genres
and styles from pop culture. What areas of this involvement
give you most pleasure?
To be honest it would be hard to say which gives us most
pleasure as each event we go to is always great fun. The
Americana, for example, has a cross section of country, rock,
rock 'n roll and Celtic music and it is the best event of them
all. Hemsby Rock n Roll weekenders are all about rock 'n roll
and they an amazing weekend event with everyone ready to
party. Then we have Twinwoods Events which is a very swing
music event again though we love it and the people are always
What are the strongest sellers?
Our Skye Footwear and Clothing is the flagship of the company
and we sell this in a very big way. We cater for all different
areas and produce bespoke clothing for clubs, individuals and
teams alike. When we attend festivals everyone is fully aware
of the Skye Brand and the fact we are always well priced
without reducing quality. This is because of the sheer bulk we
order in, which we have to do because we also have to have
stock ready for our European agents.
Why do you think Retro is as popular as ever?
The scene has never really changed over the years and the
great thing about it is that there is always the young
generation involved in it too. Kids of the adults who are in
the scene seem to follow in and this means the scene will
never die. The events are always full of ages from 5- 100! The
people are all so nice as well which makes it a great
environment for the younger generation to be involved in. I
just cannot see this scene dwindling at all.
Where do you see London Boots heading in the next few years?
London Boots are going to continue pushing the Skye Brand and
developing new ranges all the time. We will continue looking
for new agents to represent the brand throughout Europe and
the aim, with a lot of hard work is to make it the brand that
everyone wants and everyone knows about.
Your friendly London Boots team
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