I love supporting local makers and especially ones that have a conscience for our environment, so I jumped at the opportunity to support this lush new start-up based around the corner in Surrey. Glower is a two-man band run by An Marien and David Barnard and they sent me four lovely t-shirts to try out for size. And the good news? They fit!
I’m always on the hunt for quirky outdoor inspired t-shirts and tops but have found it pretty tricky find any in recent months. Lucky for me I stumbled across Glower on Twitter one wonderful afternoon and our relationship just blossomed.
I love their fresh designs, love that they’re hand printed — so you really know you’re getting something unique — love that they’re UK-based, love the feel of the t-shirts and LOVE their responsible and sustainable approach to their work. And can I tell you a little secret? They cater just as much for women as they do for men (well, if we’re being pernickety, they actually have a couple more designs for women) — now that’s something to shout about!
The duo print t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies and when designing, focus on style and comfort. Everything is inspired by a love of good times spent outdoors — whether that be cycling, camping, mountain biking, snowboarding or simply exploring the great outdoors.
Our first adventure in these gorgeous t-shirts was a little hike along the La Dranse de Morzine (a river running through Morzine, France). We played in the river, tried to make a dam and climbed up the side of Nyon waterfall. We were on our mini tour of Europe and Morzine was one of our beautiful outdoor destinations (so gorgeous, I highly recommend!)
An and David founded Glower in 2014 and they hand print all designs in their workshop in Farnham, Surrey. They’re involved in every step of the process, so they have complete control over their creations, quality checking throughout. Printing by hand also allows them to experiment and tweak. And as nothing is automated, every product ends up with its own individual feel.
“Thinking about how our clothing can make someone’s day less bland, or even spark new ventures, drives us to work hard and bring a consistent level of quality and inspiration,” the duo say. “Our clothing allows you to express your passion and pride, so go out there and have a blast!”
And that’s exactly what you want to do just looking at the t-shirts. A big thumbs up from me!
Note: I was gifted four t-shirts from Glower in return for a review. All views are my own.