About Our Windbreak Poles

Wooden Windbreak Poles for our Beach Windbreaks are probably one of the most challenging items that we have to source…

So far we have been sourcing windbreak poles from companies which may have ceased to trade with unused warehouse stock, and we were lucky enough to acquire hundreds of unused 1950’s poles made from beechwood as part of the Blackpool Deckchair trove.

Trying to find new poles in this day and age, of the correct size and quality, is more difficult than one would imagine. No UK business that we contacted is geared up to this type of manufacture. Furthermore, any other poles readily available are made of unsustainable poor quality wood from dubious Oriental sources.

When we asked our Indonesian suppliers if they could make new poles for us with the same high spec as our other furniture, the price quoted was not a viable option. However, they came up with a surprising alternative…

Vintage Poles

They have sourced some ready made vintage poles made of a strong native wood. Featuring surprising quality and endurance, together with the additional bonus of being the correct width and length. They just need a point carving at the end (like a large pencil sharpener) BUT they have paint along the length, in bold horizontal red and white stripes!!

windbreak poles

Perfect Poles for The Stripes Company

It transpires that they are used for Indonesian Independence Day celebrations each year. Although they offered to strip the paint off, we think that in the spirit of the Stripes Company, it is a perfect fit for us to leave the stripes intact.

These come with such a lovely history – please read the story as told to us by our lovely suppliers – we are sure that you will agree that it is a great provenance for our windbreak poles. So we bought the lot!!

Their Story ….

“Every August each year we are remembering the struggle and sacrification of our national heroes in fighting for our national independence.

There are usually celebrations and parades on the street, performing arts and cultural attractions where the boy scouts and students take part.

Together, they create performances like dancing, marching band, theatrical art show, etc using many red and white poles.

Red and White Pole
Red and White Pole used in Indonesian Independence Day Celebrations

The Red and White colours have a very long history.

It is the triumph color of the ancient kingdom named Majapahit. This is once ruling the regions from the Nusantara archipelago until Singapore, and some parts of Malaysia and Cambodia.
This ancient kingdom is located in East Java. They were the biggest and strongest kingdom in Indonesia’s history, even in Southeast Asia.
At that time the archipelago hadn’t been named Indonesia yet but it is Nusantara that means archipelagos.

The Red and White colours then became the legacy or sign of the power of the kingdoms ruling the Nusantara after Majapahit falls, until Indonesia became a republic.
With the spirit of the greatest kingdom, our founding fathers decided to use the Red and White colors as our national flag.

The Flag was first fluttered on the 17th of August 1945 in an independence proclamation event in Jakarta which marks Indonesia’s Independence Day”.

Our New Beach Windbreak Poles

We will now be using these fabulous poles when we make our 4 pole, 5 pole or 6 windbreaks. Available in a variety of our brightly striped fabrics that look wonderful on the Beach or in the Garden.

Each windbreak has a handy pocket (2 on a 6 pole) and a storage/carry bag in matching stripes.

striped beach windbreak
Striped Beach Windbreak in Pentathlon Stripe with Carry Bag

Velvet Cushions with Striped Accents

Our new range of colourful velvet cushions with striped accents and trimmings is here!

New and exclusive cotton velvet cushions

We are proud to announce our New and exclusive plain cotton velvet range for interior soft furnishing projects.
In gorgeous brights and jewel colours with textures as silken as a puppy’s ear..

We invite you to have look at the stunning new range of products that we have produced which incorporate our gorgeous new velvets, stripes and trimmings. They are suitable for all the year round.

small velvet cushions with striped buttons

Bestselling Stripes

The velvet colours that we are introducing are based on the colours in our bestselling stripes. These will co-ordinate with many of our trimmings. So, if there are velvet cushions with striped accents that you see, but you would like to have made to measure, and in any combination other than shown, please email us with your requirements.

Infinite Velvet and Striped Combinations

As it is impossible to picture all the infinite combinations, we have pictured a few to give you some ideas, which are available to buy from the website.
(Made to measure is usually at no extra cost if similar to those shown)

We also have snuggly velvet lined cotton THROWS, PIPED CUSHIONS in plain velvet or HALF AND HALF CUSHIONS with stripes and velvet. Together with reversible striped cotton and velvet BAGS, velvet striped button SEAT PADS and lots, lots more!

We hope you enjoy – and we have lots more ideas in the pipeline!

Folding Wooden Stools

Folding Wooden Stools from The Stripes Company.

Portable folding wooden stools with strong canvas seats in many different striped canvas fabrics.

Made in grade A Teak each folding wooden stool is lightweight, easy to carry, stores flat, so takes up little room in a cupboard or boot of the car.

Hence they are ideal for taking with you to outdoor events, picnics, festivals, camping, when you want to sit down or rest for a short while.
We are offering them with seats made up in any of our deckchair canvas range. The seat is easily replaced / removable using a dowelling system.
striped folding wooden stools

striped folding wooden stoolsWe also have plain fabrics for those of you who prefer a more traditional folding stool, in dark green, red, blue, black, orange or cream for that matter.

green folding wooden stool
Dark green folding wooden stool

These sturdy folding stools are made from beautiful warm coloured Teak hardwood. Remember old fashioned folding wood stools before the advent of aluminium and plastic? Yes?

Our teak wooden stools are faithful replicas but brought up to date covered in a range of  jazzy, bright stripes!

See our full range of folding wooden stools

teak folding stool
Teak folding stool with striped seat in Yoga fabric

Ethical Responsibilities at The Stripes Company

There are ethical responsibilities involved in running any business. Therefore since 2006 when our first fabric designs arrived wrapped in hessian bales and cardboard boxes, we knew that we would have to address the issue of waste management and formed an immediate policy.

Managing what we throw away has remained a top priority for us. Long before the current focus on plastics recycling and disposal we were making a conscious effort to work towards a zero waste policy here at our Chester factory. Now, having always seriously addressed the issues of waste we can honestly say that we have none!

In addition to waste management we are extremely careful with what we bring in to the factory. All our racking, display casing and furniture is upcycled, rescued and given a new life with us. Our computers and tools are bought second hand and our showroom is built almost entirely from reclaimed and salvaged materials. Our kitchen doesn’t even have a bin, everything is either washed on site or taken home by staff to encourage the use of repeat use containers.  

Here are our policies laid out in full. We hope this encourages and gives ideas to everyone, especially businesses like ours to help reduce the waste they produce. Great for saving money and the planet!

  • No fabric is wasted – ends of rolls and surplus is either donated to local schools or charities, or useable pieces are recycled into remnant packs.
  • Orders are sent out in re-used cardboard boxes, recyclable plastic and paper.
  • All our hessian wrapping from bales is re-used in gardens as frost protection or composted.
  • We request no plastic, polystyrene or foam in any of our incoming packaging.
  • All our products are 100% cotton, wood, leather or jute – all recyclable and bio-degradable.
  • We generally stick to the theme of using old and repurposed items and nothing that cannot easily be disposed of if necessary – but not as landfill.
  • All our warehouse storage, racking, shelving and receptacles are recycled/upcycled – for instance, we use old wooden ladders as shelving and mill skips and old wooden storage boxes as containers.
  • Galvanised wire stacking baskets and old school plimsoll holders, original haberdashery cabinets and galvanised metal tubs are all put to good use in our showroom/shop – even the wooden plank walls are made of original decking from old ships!
  • Our visual props are sourced from beaches – driftwood and fishing nets with corks, fishing boat floats and marine antiquities. Wooden bottle crates and wine boxes, 1920’s woven cane textile baskets and old luggage are all put to excellent use.
  • All our ‘tools of the trade’ are secondhand from our sewing machines to the everyday tools – screws and nails are stored in old jam jars (like grandpa’s shed!)
  • The cardboard tubes on which we we send out metres of material rolled up are scrounged from other textile companies, and our ‘new’ office kitchen is up-cycled.
  • In the winter, our warehouse is like Siberia, so instead of expensive heaters, we layer up and get moving!!
  • And we were the company who purchased all Blackpools old deckchairs for the purposes of hiring out for events and functions!
  • We send all goods directly to customers around the world directly from our own warehouse in Chester and are very proud that we are the only business on site without a skip!

Unpacking our Extra Large Beach Bags for…

Our customers are always telling us how much they can fit into our Extra Large Beach Bags, often not just when going to the beach!

Here at The Stripes Company we have know this for years, having used these super handy bags for all kinds things including weekends away, packing for the kids, going to the gym or doing the grocery shop! And they never let us down. They are strong, water resistant, hold TONNES and (even if we do say so ourselves) they also look great!

To put these claims to the test we decided to load them up for various situations and see how much we can fit in them – and they didn’t disappoint! See the results on the videos below, and a big thanks to our own Sally for happily packing and unpacking to put these bags to the tests!

Shop our Extra Large Beach Bags here!

Extra Large Beach Bags – A Country Weekend!
Extra Large Beach Bags – The Kids!
Extra Large Beach Bags – The Groceries!

And we couldn’t forget actually going to the beach!

Extra Large Beach Bags – The Beach!

The Stripes Company Shows and Events 2017

The Stripes Company Shows / Event Dates 2017

STRIPES ON TOUR

See us at a whole host of new shows and events this year. We are excited to be exhibiting at the following:

Christmas Fairs:

Country Living LONDON Christmas Fair
BDC Islington 8 – 12th November 2017

Stand VG38 in The Village Garden area on the ground floor

  • Weds 8th 10am – 5pm
  • Thurs 9th 10am – 8.30pm
  • Fri 10th 10am – 6pm
  • Sat 11th 10am – 6pm
  • Sun 12th 10am – 3pm

Country Living GLASGOW Christmas Fair
SECC 23 – 26th November 2017

Stand PA4

  • Thurs 23rd 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 24th 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 25th 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 26th 10am – 4pm

Country Living HARROGATE Christmas Fair
HIC 30th Nov – 3rd December 2017

Stand M61a

  • Thurs 30th 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 1st 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 2nd 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 3rd 10am – 4pm

Book Tickets here and let us know you are coming via our contact form and we will send you an exclusive show offer!


W.I. Fair
Alexandra Palace London
Stand 342
29 March-1st April 2017

Country Living Spring Fair
Alexandra Palace London
Stand W7
27-30th April 2017

Badminton Horse Trials
Country Living Marquee – Stand 2
3-7th May 2017

House and Garden Festival
Olympia, London
Grow London – Stand GR61
21- 24th June 2017

Hampton Court RHS Flower Show
Country Living Marquee – Stand 988
3-9th July 2017

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show
Outside Country Living Marquee
Wahlu Stand 827
19- 23rd July 2017

Burghley Horse Trials – Stamford, Lincs
The MAKERS Marquee – Stand TBC
31st Aug – 3rd Sept 2017

http://www.burghley-horse.co.uk/tickets/

Lookout for the Brightest Stripiest Stand and come and say Hello!

the stripes company show stand 2017

stripes company shows

striped products

Won’t be able to make it to any of the show dates in 2017? Visit us online at www.thestripescompany.com or visit our Fabric Factory Outlet Shop near Chester

Grosgrain Ribbon – Add a dash of colour and style!

Summer hat trimmed with The Stripes Company grosgrain ribbonStand out from the crowd by adding a splash of colour to your favourite hat with our *NEW* grosgrain ribbon.

Whether you are going to Ascot races or just pottering about in the garden you can truly bring your hat to life!

Use ‘Stitch Witch: Fusible Bonding Web’ and a few tacking stitches to bond the two edges of ribbon together. Hide the join with a loop of ribbon or a bow.  If adding a jute flower it is best to stitch into place using double thread.Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on Top hat