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Iron Heart Denim is one of the best-loved brands to come out of the Japanese denim market in recent years. Haraki san, the man behind the brand, has a unique approach to designing classically inspired clothing that is beautifully made, timeless and supremely functional. Giles Padmore started working with Haraki nearly 20 years ago, his international business experience combined with his complete lack of retail experience has resulted in a unique approach to the market. In these podcast discussions we will talk to people who help make Iron Heart Denim the special brand and community it is: our crew, partners, customers and others we admire, look up to and draw inspiration from, and probably some people we just plain like. Check out https://www.ironheart.co.uk/ for more information on the brand.
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The final episode of the season... Listen as we broadcast from Iron Heart International in Gosport to introduce you to the crew many of you will have emailed with already.  We talk about chance encounters, Harley Davidsons, and discover the somewhat unknown art of Kerning! We hope you enjoy the final instalment of season 1, and we look forward to bringing you more Iron Heart content in the not too distant future. 
Self confessed IH fan-boy, and Iron Heart Forum moderator, Reuben Quinnell Cleaver talks about rock star vests, how the sub cultures of his youth informs his style today and his love for the forum.
If Josh had been a great scholar or enjoyed being suited and booted, the world would be a lesser place, and we would not be able to enjoy the brilliance of his creations.  Hear about how what he was not good at, led him to go deep into jewellery design and give us the brand we love.
When it comes to workwear, Mike Elias is about as real as it gets. After realising he didn’t have durable enough clothing during his time as a stonemason, he set out to make the perfect jacket for the job. This endeavour ended up being the Genesis for the brand and retail space we all know and love: Ship John.
Chris is one of the most respected players in the heritage work boot industry, in this episode Chris talks about the path that led him to Wesco, current builds and future plans for the business – oh, and a lot more….
Adam chats about what it's like living in a vacation destination during a global pandemic as well as how a chance encounter with a magazine advertisement spawned his love for raw denim more than 15 years ago. We hear tales from how the early days of internet jeans forums shaped the Iron Heart forum into the special place it is today, while diving into folklore behind some of the brand's most iconic jeans models.  
Danny covers topics as diverse as London fish ponds with British rock pedigree to the effects of Brexit on his business. He talks of how a chance meeting with Giles and Paula in 2011 led to the end of his long-haul career at British Airways and diverted his business plans away from Antipodean coffee culture and straight into the lap of Japanese denim.
Alex talks about his life before denim, the path he took from junior grunt to the day to day running of the business, as well as his plans for the future. He and Olly consider the importance of sustainability and ways Iron Heart plans to improve in this respect, and discuss the new Island to Island Group e-commerce platform, Sonder Supplies.
Giles talks about how his love affair with Levi’s 501s which started in the early 1970s bought him, via a very circuitous route, to owning the international operations of arguably the most successful brand in the Japanese Amekaji (American Casual) market. He discusses some of his favourite pieces, his relationship with Haraki and what is likely to happen to the brand when he and Haraki decide to ride off into the sunset.See the products Giles refers to here: https://tinyurl.com/4mpke23n
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