Tis the week before Christmas

I was all set this week to post about my latest London exploration blog; the trip up North (I’ll give you a sneak preview: I ate too much). However, a couple of eggnogs reminded me that Christmas is almost here, so I thought a North Pole related blog would be slightly more appropriate.

Whenever the little box on facebook pops up to tell me that Jesus has a birthday coming up, I think about the year that’s been. This time last year I was still working for a Commodities firm, Pin Collar Shirts was a pipe dream and Christmas jerseys were only worn by the most daring office worker – and even then only ironically. How times have changed.

Usually I think about how quickly the year seems to have disappeared from under me. Looking back today, it’s the other way around: it’s hard to believe that it was only four and half months since I officially launched Pin Collar Shirts. Now, at home, overlooking a sea of brightly coloured shirts, fliers, the latest pocket squares and a few random photos from our latest fashion shoot, I feel like I’ve lived this new life for years.

Those of you who have read my previous musings will know this year I’ve had a couple of trips to South East Asia – one to Hanoi to overlook the new factory, the other to Singapore to watch the Grand Prix. Both were extremely enjoyable and just fed my travel bug, though for the latter trip it was a London travel bug that ate the most. The subsequent trips around the four corners of London have reminded me how lucky I am to live in one of the world’s great capitals. The mixture of old versus new, the traditional versus the trending and the peculiarly English mixed with the incredible diversity from around the globe make me grateful to live, work and be part of the story of London.

I have been part of three photo shoots, air-kissed my way through London fashion week and schmoozed my way through Katch’s long but satisfying press day, meeting some amazing, colourful characters along the way. The fashion bloggers took the ‘colourful character’ description to literal extremes while the photographers tended to stick to the ultra-chic, all black uniform. Far be it for me to name drop but I hope Conor Maynard is seeing in the festive season in his new Pin Collar Shirt.

This time last year my Christmas shopping was done and dusted. Now with two shopping days to go and the mercury dropping, I’ve got some work to do. Time to brave the deep and crisp and even; I think the family might notice if they all received Pin Collar merchandise. You, on the other hand, have no such worries!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Carl Thompson
Carl Thompson


Founder & CEO Pin Collar Shirts Ltd

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