A Sneak Preview Of Our Preview!

The new Joe browns Autumn / Winter range will be hitting your screens and door mats soon, and in preparation for the big launch, we have just carried out our latest shoot at the Beautiful Broughton Hall, near Skipton in Yorkshire.

It’s beautiful Yorkshire Dales location and sumptuous sixteenth century stately home environment made it the perfect setting to photograph our new ‘Sovereignty’ themed range – packed with rich, beautiful colours, fabulous embellishments, luxurious fabrics and tailored shapes (that’s the range of course but the house wasn’t bad either!).

Now I can’t give too much away at this point – you’ll just have to wait and see – but I must say I think it is one of our best ever collections and is well worth waiting for!

So I pulled up outside the main entrance – after a beautiful drive through the Yorkshire countryside. Surrounded by fields full of sheep, stunning greenery and just outside the historic market town of Skipton – there it was in all its glory…

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(It’s not surprising it was second in line for the filming of Downton Abbey a couple of years ago).

Once inside – it just got better and better…we were spoiled for choice of where to start shooting!

We had a quick recky round and eventually opted to start in the Red Drawing Room – complete with ornate wall coverings, intricately carved furniture and sumptuous fabrics and accessories.

This was just perfect as a backdrop for one of our favourite coats for the coming season – The Regal Coat, complete with luxurious velvet trims, flocking detail, devore fabrics, and feather corsage. And before you ask, no, sorry, … no matter how much you try and twist my arm, I can’t show you it right now, but take my word for it, you’ll want one and you’ll have to get in quick.

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Then it was on to the green drawing room – so rich and luxurious, I simply wanted to move in there and then. We had to reorganise a bit of the furniture– and when you know you’re moving things that are over 500 years old, it’s rather very strange feeling! Firstly because you begin to wonder just how many people have been in its presence over the centuries – and who they might have been (the house has been host to a great many famous names over the years) and secondly because you are scared to death of damaging something of immense value!

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The library was just perfect for our fabulous new Heritage Jacket and matching waistcoat – again simply stunning (the room and the suit!). It also gave us a fantastic backdrop to shoot some our fabulous new Lovely Leather Tassel Boots – these are our Footwear Buyer’s favourite – made from lovely, soft leather, with double zip detail and tasselled zip puller – they really are the perfect winter boot.

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Then we moved onto the Grand Dining Doom – and grand it certainly was! Painted a stunning sixteenth century regal green and packed to the rafters with fine paintings, elegant glassware and beautiful old carved furniture. This was the perfect backdrop for our enthralling entrance top – a stunning emerald green tunic, unmistakably Joe Browns with stunning detail and one of our beautiful trademark silhouettes.

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To finish off, we spent quite a bit of time wandering the corridors snapping images of what I can only describe as a totally eccentric mix of ornaments and trinkets – from the pair of brightly coloured parrots in the main entrance hall to the china cast of the queen in the library! So eclectic, and just sooo Joe Browns!

Watch out – Autumn Winter preview coming soon!

Bonny’s Unique Seat

After looking through the leather swatches the seat upholsterer kindly sent us, we eventually chose bourbon for the seat colour. Today the hide arrived so it was off to meet Steve who is a true craftsman and was going to make the seat to our exclusive design. The frame on the bike had already been chopped and re-welded at the back.

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This was one of the last pieces in the jigsaw but vitally important to the overall look and feel of the bike .Meeting Steve was a pleasure, he had some fabulous cars in for fancy upholstery jobs so I have every confidence that the seat will be perfect – although he has never made one to our unique shape before!

It was back to the workshop where Andy took the bike for a blast round the car park, oh my lord it sounds fantastic!!! We have had the engine dyno jetted which Andy says gives it some real poke so we won’t need to fit a bigger sprocket on the back as it picks up “faster than any harley!”

It’s all looking good and should be finished soon…Happy days!

Staff Sale Picks

Our sale is now up to 70% off with loads of new styles added. To celebrate some of the Joe Browns team decided to pick their favourite styles from the sale…and have some fun doing it!

Watch the video below:

Simon’s Glastonbury Adventure

We arrrived Thursday about 4 o’clock after a long journey down and booked into the yurt which was amazing – it had four beds (although we only used two of them), nice and warm and dry!
The toilets were incredibly clean (which was the main point in yurting) and the showers fantastic!
So off to meet some friends and have a few beers. We ended up at the Shangri-La part of the festival, where the creativity just blows your mind – the bars were one-offs and we’d never seen anything like them. Everything seemed so surreal.

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We got drunk and had a wild night, making lots of new friends from all over the place. Everyone here just wants to have a great time and make friends so there is no trouble – it’s very refreshing! We then went back to our yurt and sat round some burning logs talking to a bunch of happy strangers. A great end to the first day!

Friday
I felt pretty rough but the cooked breakfast provided by the yurt company helped with that, although I felt my sausages may have been a little undercooked…
So off to the festival, very excited but nothing can prepare you for the enormity of the place and the weird things you see and experience. It’s like nothing else on earth, it wasn’t just all the acts that made it for me, but the milling around with the people who are there – there is no pretense, everyone is just themselves and nothing is expected. The only rule is not to wee on the fields, which is fair enough and nearly everyone adhered to it.
Went to see Rudimental who were pretty good (even though we missed half of it) and then off to see Lily Allen who was great. The atmosphere was really beginning to hot up and you just knew you were somewhere really special and very unique. Makes you proud to be British!

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Saw Elbow who were very, very good and then came the rain…it was unbelievable and we all got soaked to the skin but this is Glastonbury, it’s to be expected! You wouldn’t believe how many different types of mud there are see and we experienced all of them during the four days – fantastic!
It stayed wet for the rest of the day but the sun came out to huge cheers, we saw a few more bands (drank a bit too much to remember them all) and then back to our log fires where we dried out before smuggling up in our nice warm beds!

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Saturday
It was chucking it down most of the morning so we took a little extra time over our cooked breakfast and had a nice warm shower before setting off into the unknown.
This place can be seriously strange and after seeing a band of guys marching around in white playing a tune, we then stumbled across Little Bow Peep who fortunately had found all her sheep – only at Glastonbury!

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Robert Plant was fantastic as were the Manic Street Preachers at which point I lost the others and had a fantastic couple of hours just exploring some of what Glastonbury has to offer.
I ended up, after seeing some great street acts, in the Leftfield tent. A guy was ranting on about all kinds of stuff and it seemed to me he just needed to chill, seemed to have a real chip on his shoulder about just about everything. People seemed to be enjoying themselves but the guy on stage still seemed pretty angry with life, I felt like telling him to calm down a bit but left to go and find a beer. Turns out it was Billy Bragg! Hey Billy, calm down a bit!

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I then met up with my mates in the Arcadia section where a giant spider shoots enormous flames and fire balls into the air- it was one of the most impressive things I have seen and, although we were stood 75 yards away the heat, the force of the fire could really be felt. There were acrobats and dancers on the spider and the DJ belted some great music out- it was a bit of a surreal place but this whole area was worth the ticket money alone!
Then it was off to make a log fire and listen to what everyone else had been up to. It’s then that you realise how much you have missed and how much there is to do – Glastonbury is great for all the bands and music but it is so much more than just the music!!

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Sunday
Had a fantastic breakfast then chilled in the sun having a few beers before setting off to explore some more. Ended up in the Green fields section which is interesting and listened to some of the smaller singers and bands which I enjoyed as much as some of the larger ones. Then it was off to see Dolly!!
She attracted the biggest audience Glastonbury has ever seen and she was worth it – very entertaining and told the story of Jolene, played loads of instruments and finished off with the guitarist from Bon Jovi singing “Lay your hands on me”. Dolly was great and again she alone was worth the ticket money!
Ed Sheeran was next on and what he does is very clever, although I personally like to see someone banging away on the drums. A couple of us then went to see Alison Moyet who for me was the best of the festival. I’ve always loved Alison – she is just so sexy!! – and she sang some old stuff which was amazing – top girl!!

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We then caught the second half of Kasabian who, by all accounts, were great but not really my cup of tea (wished we’d stayed after Alison to see Suzanne Vega). We then decided to visit Block 9 which goes on till six in the morning, this was an incredible place where there was an underground carriage crashing into the building. There was an unusual bar and a strange looking hotel, the place was so creative but I think it was more for the younger ones who wanted to party all night!!
So we retired to our log fires and reflected on what had been an incredible 4 days. It’s hard to describe how creative and completely mind blowing Glastonbury is. I have missed loads out in this blog but all I can say is that it is like nothing else on earth and because of that it should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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Thanks to everyone who organised the event, all the musicians and entertainers and to all the new friends we made, it was something we shall never forget! X

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Kay’s Glastonbury Adventure

Its been a week now since I arrived back from Glastonbury and I have just about returned back to reality, removed the mud, glitter and neon paint from my hair, finished my washing and overcome the worlds longest hangover.
I’ve been to many festivals over the years but I would have to say that Glastonbury is the best festival ever! There is so much to see, do and hear and I don’t think the smile left my face the whole time I was there!
We arrived on site Wednesday morning to beautiful weather and a fantastic atmosphere, pitched the tents, mended mine with a bin bag (last time I lend my tent to my brother!) and cracked open the first drink.

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Glastonbury then began! I swear you could go 10 times and still not see every part of Glastonbury, it is massive. The same size as a small city broken up into small little villages, each with its own theme – absolutely stunning! You could wander around the site all day, see no bands and still see so much.

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Some of my favourite parts of Glastonbury were wandering round and exploring. We played musical bingo (best fun ever), drank hot toddies at 5 in the morning, discovered some amazing new bands playing in the early hours of the morning (one to definitely listen to are ‘By The Rivers’ who were great), ate some amazing food, went down the rabbit hole and met Alice and the caterpillar (very bizarre after a bag of wine) and watched the sun rise over the site. Although I don’t think anything can compare to Dolly Parton, she was absolutely fantastic, and well and truly deserved the biggest crowd in Glasto history. You can just about see the Pyramid stage in the distance below, we literally couldn’t get any closer!

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Even when the rain came it was still fun, my bin bag tent stayed dry all weekend yayyyyy. When the electric storm came, and all the stages shut due to the thunder and lightening and hail stones the size of bottle tops appeared, I was a tad jealous of Simon in his yurt but as soon as the sun came back out and some more wine was drank that was forgotten about!

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I could jabber on for pages about how amazing Glastonbury was, but I’m sure you would get bored (as I’m sure everyone in the office is starting to get now). I literally had the best time ever and I would recommend anyone of any age, or music taste to go, there is literally something for everyone and so much to see. Everyone is super friendly and also having an amazing time! I went to see a few bands on my own and found people to talk to every time. I can’t wait to go again next year!

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Son You’ll Be A Man One Day

So here’s the back story. My Dad (total hero) owned a kick ass Triumph Bonneville in the 70’s and the tale goes that my Mum was on the back, about to embark on another Dad style adventure and the short of it is; he pulls a massive wheelie from a standing start and my Mum is left sitting on the road – she was pregnant with me at the time, which explains a lot!

Anyway, aside from the afore mentioned, I hadn’t thought a great deal about bikes before I came to Joe Browns but I stumbled across a book called ‘The Ride’ and was instantly hooked. For me it’s all about customised Triumph Scramblers. I’ve pretty much set my heart on owning one of these bad boys but it’d be pretty pointless if I’m not going to give it the attention it deserves, so with the help of the guys at Mayhem I’m going to embark on a journey that will change things forever…learning to ride legit!

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As you’ve probably been hearing; we’ve been tinkering with a Bonnie and it’s definitely taking shape – being involved in selecting the parts and styling the bike has only served to push my enthusiasm for owning one even further! So the challenge is this: I’ve got to pass my test in time for the bike being finished and if I do it first time, I’ll be awarded instant access to one of the coolest bikes around. Over the next few weeks you can follow my progress – from theory test though to full licence, I’ll take you guys with me every step of the way. So here goes – first stop: theory test.

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It’s 8am and I’m usually on a train pulling into Leeds but this morning is different! I’m placing my personal belongings into a locker and being asked to go into a room with 8 strangers – no i haven’t just been arrested! I’m about to take my motorbike theory test and tension is high. OK, so I’ve prepared by downloading every relevant app known to man but I’m no longer sitting in a comfortable environment with an attitude to match – this time its for real.

Question after question rolls by until I reach the end of what seams an endless process. Right then, on to the hazard awareness test – a new addition since the last time I took a theory test (circa 2001). Suddenly I’m thrust into a world where children and cars seem to be on a mission to damage themselves and all hell is breaking loose when it comes to people unloading vans!

So finally it’s all over and a singular wave of concern hits me. Have I passed? I’m handed a piece of paper with an official looking stamp on it but does this mean…Get in! stage one complete.

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So it’s on to the CBT. Not sure what to expect but hey, It’s all part of the adventure – so watch this space!

Lunchtime Laughs – Tour de Joe’s

With Tour De France happening right here in Sunny Yorkshire we had to get in the spirit…and that involved a race in our carpark on a whole host of wheels including scooters, trikes and office chairs!

Emotions ran high, battles were lost and won…watch what happened when a group of (highly competitive) JB employees rode the race of their lives for the ultimate prize….a bottle of Cava and a box of chocs! Watch the video below:

Update On Bonny!

Went to visit Andy, Karl and Paul today down at the shop to see how things are progressing.

The new handlebars, pipes and lights had arrived so it was time to “spark her up”. Really happy with the way things are taking shape – still plenty to do with the seat, but the chopped sub-frame looks just right for what we want.

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So Paul sparked her up and what a beautiful sound! I had a quick ride round the car park – the crackle was perfect but it’s lost some of its power, so we are going to have to have it dyno-jetted and maybe change the gearing – not something we had planned for, but we need the extra power.

We’ve taken the original rear fender and “reshaped” it using Carl’s skill and enthusiasm – looks good but when Andy fitted the rear light, it looked too big so we’re getting a smaller one – things need to be right!

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Still plenty to do but we’ve decided on the tyres and style of seat so the next couple of weeks will be interesting. The wheels and hubs are off for powder coating (black of course) and we are undecided whether to leave the new headlight and bars chrome or have them done too. Paul is having a think about that.

It’s all trial and a little error so far – long may it continue!

Stripped Down!

So once we were the proud owners of a beautiful Bonnie with 1400 miles on the clock it was time to find the right team (or individual) to help us create the bike of our dreams – a one-off piece of original design and charm. We should have really thought of this before buying the bike but sometimes enthusiasm and spontaneity just seem to take over!

After talking to many guys that hang around with bikes we’ve found some great guys at Thundercity to join our team and help with our creation.

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Andy, Paul and Karl really seem to know what they are doing and although they normally customise American bikes they seem pretty much ‘up for it’ and really nice people to work with.

Next week, we’re talking handlebars, exhaust and powder coating. Don’t miss it!

Collecting The Triumph Bonneville

The time has finally arrived for us to collect our Triumph ‘Bonny’, for this very important mission we decided to send Will and Lou from the Joe Browns team. Here is Will’s tale of their adventure…

We arrived at Leeds station, collected our tickets, tucked into a bacon sandwich and made our way to Platform 3B. We hopped on the train (checking not once but twice that it was going to Carlisle) and found ourselves a good table. We must have been excited as neither of us commented on the impossibility of squeezing into a British Rail seat on a hot day dressed head to toe in leathers, biking boots and helmets…perhaps we should have taken the helmets off!

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9.30am – A good time to take a few photos, call the guy selling the bike and make sure he is still meeting us at midday in Carlisle Station. Hmm no answer… not to worry.
9.45am – Hmm, no answer. Still, no worries.
10.15am – Time to consider he may not know we are coming today. Surprisingly, Lou was chilled but I couldn’t help thinking we may well be seeing the very same scenery on the train back to Leeds!
11.45am – Many calls back and forth to the boss (who was on holiday), plenty of detective work and finally we had another telephone number. We had some good news and some not so good news – unless we met the guy at 12.00 we would be travelling back to Leeds by train not bike!
11.55am – Grabbing helmets and tripping over our own feet we find the nearest Taxi for the fastest route to meet the Bonneville.

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From here on it’s Will, Lou and the Bonneville back to Leeds.

Heading down the M6 the views are unbelievable and we continue to Devil’s Bridge for a traditional mug of biker’s tea and a bacon buttie. I find a spot to squeeze the Bonneville into and sit watching the bikes come and go. The Triumph really enjoys the twisty roads towards Skipton and before long we pull into home, enjoy a cool beer and wash the bike before barbecuing with the family,a perfect end to a truly exciting day.

Monday morning 7.30am and the Triumph’s sparkling when I get it out of the garage and it’s great fun filtering to work through the traffic (bit different to my Kawasaki!). When I arrive at work, the Triumph is welcomed in true celebrity style and this is where my adventure ends and the story begins for Joe Browns.