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The Flat Head - NEWS
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:00:54 pm »
A few months ago,  I predicted that there would be a few Japanese companies in our space you who would cease trading or go bust or whatever.

https://www.ironheart.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=11692.msg564717#msg564717

Here's the first casualty....

https://www.flat-head.com/news190417/

And, it's one of the big ones.........
« Last Edit: April 26, 2019, 02:07:47 pm by Giles »
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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2019, 02:07:46 pm »
Holy Shit !  ??? :-X
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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2019, 02:09:50 pm »
Bloody hell...  :'(

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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2019, 02:12:47 pm »
Holy moly! I always thought TFH was too huge in this small market to fail :o.

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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2019, 02:16:08 pm »
..at least we still have some old stock at our warehouse, maybe they´re sought after now ;-)

but a tragic anyway
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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2019, 02:16:15 pm »
Ouch...
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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2019, 03:30:55 pm »
What a bummer. Literally just got into The Flat Head this past winter. Was able to grab those two ice fractal flannels so at least I have those.

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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2019, 03:43:37 pm »
damn...

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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2019, 03:59:39 pm »
Probably my second favorite behind IH. Terrible news.
Think it, be it.

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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2019, 04:01:38 pm »
Major bummer!

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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2019, 05:24:37 pm »
Shit!

Giles, since your prediction was almost a year ago:
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Because Iron Heart has a healthy and growing customer base outside of Japan, we are probably the best able of the Japanese brands in our space to weather this storm.
Is this still happening?

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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2019, 06:02:14 pm »
Man, that sucks.


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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2019, 06:13:13 pm »
wow. this is shocking. i was literally just (2mins ago) saw some tees haraki posted and then came across this photo and remembered what you @Giles said about the industry's downturn.

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what triggered my think was the 2020 date at the end.. and just wondered if it meant anything for IH.. and then this news came..

also, from the translation, it says that kobayashi-san is stepping down and someone is taking over FLATHEAD, with kobayashi-san venturing out into another business/brand. is that right or did i misread?
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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2019, 08:58:48 pm »
Didn't expect it would be the Flat Head.  Is this only the tip of the iceberg and there are more to come  :( ?

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Re: The Flat Head - NEWS
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2019, 09:11:31 pm »
The Flat Head is very special to us personally and to Rivet & Hide. Giles was the distributor when we started out in 2012 and The Flat Head was our first brand  and our first ever delivery. Having TFH gave us much needed cachet and opened the door to other brands in those fledgling days when we were trying to get this show on the road.

We started the business at home and for the first year operated from our living room and any other nook and cranny in our West London flat. Customers soon started knocking on our door eager to see The Flat Head  clothes in person and were so exited that they could now find the brand in the UK. We never knew back in 2012 that we'd take R&H in the precise direction of where it is now. We are where we are thanks in large part to The Flat Head and the bloody amazing clothes they make: jeans, t shirts, flannels, superlative leather jackets and random crazy stuff such as 100% rayon sukojans that kick the competition out of the park.

That said, they have never been the easiest brand to retail with peculiar idiosyncrasies we've learnt to adjust to (and curse about at times) but you know..it's always been worth it. This week we got a big restock of Real Japan Blue Jeans collabs, heavyweight t shirts and horsehide jackets. We now have 4 new members of the R&H family due to recent expansion and the pure joy on their faces marvelling at the sheer quality of  the clothing reminded  us of our own reaction to that first delivery back in 2012.

Our business with The Flat Head has grown year on year since 2012. It's such an integral part of R&H and our own journey that we feel pretty emotional about these developments. At this point we are hearing that some core Flat Head production will continue. We really hope it does.
« Last Edit: April 26, 2019, 09:22:27 pm by Danny RnH »