Here we are one week from receiving our first delivery for Caledon club clothing, writing my first ever blog wondering what will happen next. This is my first ever ‘blog’, I will take it from the top and probably jump around a lot and maybe finish at the what is hopefully another beginning….
Perhaps it began with my fathers’ father who was a tailor on Saville row or when I first had enough money to go shopping on my own, or when my son was born.
But there is a more exact moment that I can remember when I was asked; ‘’What would you tell your son if he was feeling the way you do now?’’
For me that was the first step in long and often scary path which has led to where we are today.
I knew it was time to make some changes, to be honest my wife had known this for a long time already.
This was the first time I had ever taken I step back and taken time to think about myself, who I am and who I want to be.
To say I have been on this journey alone would be entirely untrue. I have my beautiful son, my inspiration not only for ‘Caledon Club Clothing’ but also on the toughest days my reason to force myself out of bed and try to take the next step in the journey. But above all others I have my amazing wife who has been with me every step of the way and often two in front. Encouraging, supporting and dragging me as along as we go. She has been an unerring source of energy and love through the toughest of times.
Our first steps were small and often misguided but with each of them we learned, often I learnt just how much I didn’t know, but it felt I was thawing after a long cold winter. I decided to go back to college to cover some of the gaps in my knowledge. But my biggest lessons were from the people around me. I learned things I had forgotten or perhaps never really known. I found so many people willing to help and encourage if you are willing to make the first step. I learned Its ok not to be perfect. Its important to address negativity but its OK to let it go.
During the two years it has taken us to get to where we are today we have had lots of time to learn about ourselves and what we want our brand, our message to our son, to represent. Those things can be summarised as; ‘People, love and acceptance’ and ‘Adventure, future and environment’.
In time I hope to go in to these in more detail but for now we are doing everything we can to minimise the environmental footprint of our work including striving to eliminate single use plastics and use organic, recycled and recyclable products as much as possible.
We will be supporting local charity ‘GRIT;’ …I will go into more depth in future blogs.
There have been many difficulties and challenges along the way but with our growing confidence and conviction to stand by our values and achieve something good we have overcome.
We have found so many people willing to help, from educated advice, vital encouragement, everyone who tried things on impromptu unpaid models, those people who are willing to listen when you are having a hard day, so many people who were generous with their time and vital encouragement. So much so that even before we have sold a single item this project has become a collaboration and discovery of wonderful people.
Back to today; as I hurry to get this finished before my son gets out of bed and brings the day to life. I am beyond excited and no matter what happens next, I am proud of what we have achieved. Since we decided that we want to do something different we have been on an adventure, we have made new friends, we have made more time for old friends. I have learned to enjoy every moment and all the beautiful things and people in the world that surround us every day.
We have created something with which we hope to help people, help bring people closer together near or far, help people create beautiful memories and sometimes just help people who need some help.
This is for Dads and Sons and Grandads and Uncles and Daughters and Mothers and everyone who would like to tell someone that they care.
So if someone asked me the same question today? My answer would be the same as it would for anyone who believes in trying to do something kind.
You are perfect, we love you just the way you are.
So please support us and share in our journey as we invite you to join us