The decision to open a shop in Goring on Thames was a considered yet pivotal move for us. Could this be the future of retail? We think so!
We feel strongly that the idea of shopping locally is now more important than ever. This emphasis falls on the survival of the local high-street, keeping smaller, independent brands alive. The dramatic shift in lifestyle caused by the pandemic has meant that people are changing their pace and how they choose to spend their free time. “Opening a shop here and now is about agility, community and a renewed approach to retail” says co-founder Charlotte.
The brand’s vision was to create a space for customers to hang out, try on clothes, listen to music and talk to the founders about every detail of the garment. This super-relaxed, personable shopping experience is one that we felt is absent in today’s world of men’s retail and one that is harder to find in larger towns and cities. The Goring residents have equally welcomed the presence of The Workers Club first store due to their offering of something a little different on the high street, contributing to the notion that rural locations could and should be just as integral to how people shop when it comes to retail.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to manufacturing our garments in the best workshops and factories in the world, creating products that are not only made to the best standards possible, but that they’re fairly made, too. This is exemplified through our work with makers in Japan to produce our denim but also through the recent outerwear collaboration with Mackintosh for AW20. The Workers Club also works closely with several mills such as Lovat and Halley Stevenson. With locality at the heart of the business, we are keen to keep flying the flag and buck the trend, let's offer well made - wearable menswear, let's change the script and champion our independents.
Goring-on-Thames (or Goring) is a village on the border of Berkshire and South Oxfordshire, England. Goring & Streatley railway station is on the main line between Oxford and London, offering a quick getaway. Most land is farmland on the Goring Gap outcrop of the Chiltern Hills with a high street that includes a must stop to shop list of: The Goring Grocer, TWC, Pierpont's cafe, Coppa Club restaurant and The Swan Hotel (amongst a few of the independent businesses to visit in Goring.)