We’re super-stoked that Arlo Parks will be gracing our cover, Tom Bibby caught up with the ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ star to talk about her debut album, mental health, and her early days as a writer.
Shame spoke to us about their acclaimed new album ‘Drunk Tank Pink’, their infamous Instagram live streams, and their plans for the future. Edie McQueen sat down with Maximo Park’s Paul Smith to get the lowdown on their upcoming studio album ‘Nature Always Wins’. Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart answered some questions about ‘OH NO’, the duo’s upcoming album of duets featuring the likes of Liz Harris and Sharon Van Etten.
Julia Bardo and Molly Payton write ‘Love Letters Home’ as the pandemic grounds them in the UK, away from home and family life. A Day @ The Label does Birkenhead as we spend some time with Eggy Records to find out how the magic happens at the DIY label. The mercurial Benny Sings zoomed us from Amsterdam, camera firmly turned-off, to talk about his latest single ‘Nobody’s Fault’, and his recent collaborations with the likes of Tom Misch.
Tom Preece got on the phone with Tom Roberts of Cardiff-based rockers TJ Roberts; they chatted about their recent full-length, ‘Love, Loss & Other Useless Things’, and their new community interest label, Rose Recording Co. Alex Amor pens her own piece on the modern dating experience and the songs that inspired her latest EP ‘Love Language.’ Sunglasses For Jaws document their recent time in Sean Lennon’s NYC studio through some ace behind-the-scenes photography; they’re due to release their debut concept record, ‘Everybody’s Made of Bones’ on June 3rd via Pony Recordings.
Nottingham favourites Do Nothing also star, they give us the latest on their upcoming EP ‘Glueland’, due 12th March. It’s a triple-dose of ‘straya in Vol.4, as Skegss feature in another one of our infamous Q&A’s. There is also a score of new talent to discover, LUMER, Robbie & Mona, Sourface, Lando Manning, Freya Beer, and Maddy Storm are the artists you’ll be telling your mates about, as we reboot ‘Tell Your Mates’ in collaboration with Uskees. As ever, you’ll be able to find more exclusive content inside that you won’t see anywhere else.
We've put craft at the centre of everything we do, carefully considering each part of our process from sourcing, through design, to manufacture. Each and every component of our products are deliberately chosen, from fabric to buttons, and the packaging that each garment arrives in.
We're not perfect, but we're always trying to improve. We're certain that fast fashion is our number one enemy, and by choosing our materials consciously, we can make products that are a bit better for the world we live in.
Organic cotton *
Cotton is one of the most widely used fabrics in the clothing industry, due to it’s versatility, breathability, and ease of care. However, it starts as a raw material that needs a lot of care and attention whilst it grows. In the growing of organic cotton, farmers choose not to use toxic chemicals, which is better for both the environment and farm workers alike. We work with suppliers that insist on using *GOTS certified Organic Cotton. This means that all Uskees products are made from fully certified fabrics, offering us and our customers some peace of mind in the process.
Those buttons, eh. They’re not just any old buttons. They’re Corozo buttons. In a world full of plastic, we knew we needed to use something much better for the environment.
After a lot of research, we came across the Tagua Palm - a tree that grows in the equatorial rainforests of Central America. The nuts of this palm tree are harvested and used as “vegetable ivory” – a truly miraculous natural material. In our quest to create a genuine alternative to disposable fashion, we felt that the Corozo button was the perfect accompaniment to our organic cotton garments.
*The thread is not organic*
Nowadays, we're encouraged to throw our clothes onto the scrap heap at the slightest sign of wear and tear.
That's why we've created a product that is legitimately durable and built to last. But we understand that at some point, any product is bound to start tiring.
To try to combat the issue of clothes going to the landfill, we've built a cohesive repair system into our brand, to target each stage of the products lifespan.
All of our Uskees garments come with a free repair kit. These kits are tailored to each product, providing the appropriate materials to take care of any small repairs