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 of surprising quality and endurance, together with the additional bonus of being the correct width and length. They just needed a point carving at the end like a large pencil, but as luck would have it, they were already painted along the length years ago, in bold horizontal red and white stripes.

windbreak poles

Perfect Poles for The Stripes Company

It transpires that they were used for Indonesian Independence Day celebrations each year. Please read the story below as told to us by our lovely suppliers – it is a great provenance for our windbreak poles, and we acquired all that were available! The poles are left in their original worn condition with all the marks and scratches of their long history – stripping them back to the natural wood would have robbed them of all character, and as most of the pole is hidden anyway, we did not think that this was necessary.

We hope that you agree when reading the story below.

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!

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

New Striped Garden Parasols

Have you seen our fantastic new wacky statement wooden garden umbrellas to fit your patio table, or stand alone in your own heavy duty parasol stand?.striped-parasol_grandprix_4002
Made from our lovely Grand Prix fabric, with mahogany finished wood, a peg-in support and topped with a carved wooden finial. The pole separates into two parts which screw together for ease of storage. The fabric is showerproof coated, 100% cotton.

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These are an exclusive limited edition – only a few available !

Let’s Liven Up The Task of Ironing!

striped ironing board covers

 

If you’re finding ironing dull, maybe it’s time to brighten up your ironing board!

Choose from our range of 6 stylish ironing board covers.  Our ironing board covers are nicely padded with pull strings for a perfect fit for your standard size ironing board.

 

 

Delightful Deckchecks!

Feast your eyes on our Deckchecks!  Our new gingham fabrics come in a range of beautiful colours to co-ordinate with some of our best selling stripes. They are perfect for making curtains, blinds and soft furnishings.  Deckchecks look particularly delightful when they’re made into table cloths ready for a summer lunch!