Life in Crouch End, bikes, trying to be green and other randomness

Archive for Cycling

Onion Selling Frenchman

On Friday at around 5pm there was a man stood by a bicycle in crouch end outside Woolworths, on the bike were bunches on onions and shallots. There was a small notice on the bike saying “stop me and buy one” so i did. The man had a ridiculously thick French accent, which led me to think he wasn’t actually French, but regardless he has plaited bunches of shallots and pink sweet onions for sale for £2. I bought some shallots, and very nice they are too (here they are hanging in my kitchen). No one else i know has seen him there before – did anyone else stop and buy onions? I should have taken his picture, but it was Friday night, I wanted to get home….but Paul kindly has taken a picture and put it on his site!.Shallots


Howies news

Howies are a sustainable clothing firm based in pembrokeshire in Wales. They are one of a number of small companies that have come to prominence recently, along with People Tree, who promote fair-trade, organic or sustainable clothes.

Howies make a mix of outdoorsy and fashion clothing. I have a Merino wool base layer from them i bought this September for the start of the cold weather – wow – it is some piece of kit. It has the uncanny knack of getting warmer as the weather gets colder, but without being sweaty and clammy like a synthetic top.

So far so trendy. The interesting news is that Howies are going into partnership with Timberland to grow their business. The interesting part of this article on the Howies website is how serious Timberland are taking their own commitments to sustainability and corporate responsibility. Impressive stuff. It’s good to see this kind of collaboration. In an increasingly competitive market you may hope that as green values become more prevalent in the factors determining consumer choice that this is exactly the smart kind of positioning that a progressive company could undertake to carve out a new niche.