Hello, welcome to the Making of Batch No.17. This page will be updated each week until we deliver your jacket. Read on to learn how your fabric is made.
The Limited Edition Label Inside
Inside your Batch No.17 Barn jacket will be a limited edition woven label hiding inside.
With timelessness and longevity in mind, we've never been big fans of having loud designs or big logos on the outside of our jackets, but we do think there's room for having fun on the inside, with details that are just for you to enjoy.
That's why inside every jacket we've ever made is a limited edition label, designed by a new artist each time.
Over the last five years, we've worked with typeface designers, animators, linocut artists, painters and illustrators. Every artist who's designed a label has worked with the same constrains each time:
1, The label must be 3" x 3" (the same size as a post-it-note). We decided the post-it was the perfect canvas size after writing our first business plan on one, during the very early days.
2, The label should use just two colours. Red and white.
3, It must include the Batch number, date of release and our logo.
4, Lastly, it must include a frame, but that can be broken or worked into, if the artist would like.
Simple, but not easy.
Over the years we've loved seeing how artists have taken the tiny canvas in so many different directions.
The pull of the paper vs the screen.
As Luis said "reading the paper can seem a rebellious activity these days".Hopefully the little red label sewn inside Batch No.17 will be a gentle reminder to stay informed and stay creative.
And so with the design finalised, we sent the file to our label makers in Portugal who made a woven sample for approval, ahead of making all of our labels for Batch No.17.
Your Waxed Cotton fabric being made
Yesterday, on the 6th February 2024 we travelled up from London to Dundee in Scotland to see your waxed cotton fabric in progress at the mill - Halley Stevensons.
Their fabric mill has been operating from the same site since 1864 and for the past 160 years they have been specialising in waxed cotton and weatherproof fabrics.
The video below takes you inside their listed building where everything takes place. As you watch you'll notice lots of different processes happening. The fabric that they are making for you goes through the following processes: creating the colours in the lab, testing, dyeing, drying, singeing, waxing and finishing.
Press play on the video above to watch more, or scroll on to see some photos from our trip yesterday when we were lucky to see the Blackwatch Tartan and Paynter Red fabrics in the drying stages. After drying comes the waxing stage, where the fabrics will get a touch darker in colour.
Our visit to Halley Stevensons, February 2024.
A Big Note of Thanks
Welcome to the behind the scenes of Batch No.17.
Thank you so much for your order, we are very proud to be making for you.
Over the next few months we're going to show you what goes into making your jacket, from beginning to end. As well as some little extras. We'll aim to update this page every Friday, to show you what's been happening each week along the way until it's ready to send around the end of April / beginning of May.
If there's anything you'd like to see more of along the way, please just ask, and we'll see what we can do.
What happens next?
1. Your deposit is in, which guarantees you a jacket in the colour you've chosen. Once we've taken photos and have our size guides ready we'll be in touch at the end of February so you can choose your size.
2. A few people have asked us to clarify the final cost of the jacket. Each solid coloured jacket will be £275, and the Blackwatch Tartan jacket will be £295, plus shipping. Once you choose your size, we'll ask for the outstanding payment which is the final cost above, minus the deposit you've already paid.
3. From now on you'll get updates along the way until we deliver your order in late April / early May.