Oliver Sweeney Jubilee Art Video
See the art in progress below.
Oliver Sweeney Jubilee Art Campaign
Here at Oliver Sweeney we decided to create something a little more permanent, but still very much in keeping with the red, white and blue theme.
For two days we worked with graffiti artists to paint the entire shop front of our Oliver Sweeney Covent Garden store in Union Jack colours.
But this wasnt any old Union Jack the painting was made up of small stencils of Oliver Sweeney shoes.
In the beautiful British sunshine tourists and passers-by stopped to marvel at our project.
One just married couple even chose it as the backdrop for their wedding photo!
If youre in Central London over the Jubilee weekend pop down and see this sensational artwork and why not tweet about it too?! #oliversweeney
Stoke Park Classic Golf Day
Team Oliver Sweeney competed in the Stoke Park Classic Golf Day this week. Stoke Park has featured in several films including Bridget Joness Diary, Layer Cake and James Bond so it was the perfect setting for a luxury golf day.
There were 32 teams competing in the event hosted by Jaguar, Alfred Dunhill, Adidas and TaylorMade. Kitted out in the Oliver Sweeney Royale Golf Shoe we were slightly concerned our team would have all the gear but no idea! How wrong we were! Our e-Commerce Manager Tom had a fantastic round; he might not have finished under par but he did finish ahead of Ian Botham, Mark Foster and Tim Lovejoy!
After playing 27 holes, mostly in the rain, the Oliver Sweeney Team were treated to a delicious dinner where Sir Matthew Pinsent MBE and Jamie Baulch gave the after dinner speeches, sharing Olympic memories and stories with their celebrity audience.
We spotted several pairs of Sweeneys throughout the day. It was a great opportunity to catch up with our sporting friends of the brand and now theyve seen our Royale Golf Shoe in action we hope theyll be adding it to their collection soon!
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OS Meets: Polar Explorer Ben Saunders
How do you walk your own path?
For me one of the biggest lessons in the 10 or 11 years of what Ive been doing is that self belief is the most important ingredient for success in any field. Youll never find any shortage of people telling you why something cant be done or why its impossible. Self beliefs like a muscle; the more risks you take and the more things you do that challenge you and stretch you the stronger it gets and the reverse is true; if youre not taking risks your sense of self belief weakens and shrivels up.
Your careers very different to the majority of people does that scare you at times?
(Nervous laughter) Its been a pretty peculiar journey. I sometimes forget theres this parallel universe of people with sensible jobs, coming home and going to the pub, living very normal lives. I sometimes feel like Im on the very outer fringes of that. But I dont have any regrets. Its been a fantastic journey.
If you werent a polar explorer whose shoes would you like to walk in?
When I was younger I dreamt of being a cyclist in the Tour de France so I envy and look up to people in that world. When Im out training on my bike I fantasise about being in the peloton going through the Alps. Its an extraordinarily tough thing to do so I think if I wasnt a polar explorer Id probably be out on two wheels.
What makes your toes curl?
(After some thought) A few different things wind me up. People dropping litter drives me crazy. I instantly turn into a grumpy old man - Ill pick things up and run after people! People complaining about their lot in life and not getting off their backsides to do something about it, that aggravates me too. There are 650,000 hours in the average lifetime - thats not much and people who sit there moaning and whinging about things frustrate me. We all have enormous potential, seeing that wasted wasted time, potential and energy frustrates me.
How are you preparing for your expedition later this year - Scott 2012?
I always say its a bit like training for the Olympics and trying to build my own stadium at the same time. Weve still got to raise an awful lot of money its a seven figure budget which is bigger than anything Ive ever done. Logistically its a very complex journey. At the moment the challenge is juggling everything from chartering an airbus to figuring out the best type of thermal underwear to take!
|And fitness wise how are you preparing?
Well I live in Clapham and there arent any glaciers nearby so if Im in London then my training is fairly conventional. I do a lot of cycling and running, two or three sessions a week in the gym weight training and I try and escape to somewhere like Brecon or Devon when I can.
How does Scott 2012 compare to expeditions youve done before?
Its bigger than anything Ive ever done before in every respect. Were covering 1800 miles thats 70 marathons back to back in the coldest place on earth so its a tough challenge. Were a team of three setting out to make a return journey to the South Pole from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back to the coast following Captain Scotts route. It will take about 4 months.
Whats the significance of this expedition?
This years the centenary of Scotts last expedition. Scott and his team died on their way back and no one has finished that journey theres this sort of misconception that its all been done nowadays so its our plan to complete it.
Can you describe what its going to be like?
Were travelling on foot wearing skis, essentially walking, and were wearing harnesses dragging sleds with all our supplies for 4 months. The sledges will weigh about 200kgs each: all our food, fuel for our stoves and tent. Were pretty obsessed by saving weight; the lighter the sledge the higher our chance of success. Well probably just have one outer shell clothing and then a couple of sets of base layers, thermal underwear and mid layer fleeces so we can change our clothing for the different conditions. It will be between freezing point at the warmest and minus 45 at the coldest but with wind chill it could get down to minus 60 or 70. Thats a really bad day!
What do you wear on your feet?
We wear custom made double layer boots. Theres an inner boot and then a big clumpy outer but theyre pretty lightweight. The sole clips directly on to the ski binding. Were lucky in that the three of us all have similar sized feet so we will probably a spare pair of boots between us. Blisters arent a huge problem and well have a couple of pair of socks on inside the boot.
Whats it like not wearing a normal shoe for 4 months?
Because I dont have to wear a suit to work I actually quite enjoy dressing up for speaking engagements particularly if Ive just come back from a long trip looking dishevelled, bearded, sunburned and stinking. I think if I had to do it every day the novelty would wear off but yes you definitely appreciate the niceties and fineries after a few months.
|You say you miss dressing up while youre
away - what do you miss most about England?
On previous solo expeditions Ive ended up conjuring up this caricature of England; almost like I was dreaming about getting home and finding a little village somewhere, sitting with a pint of bitter, watching a cricket match in the summer and driving an MG with the roof down. I hate cricket! I dont really drink bitter! I dont know where all these things come from you end up missing this sort of idealised version of the green and pleasant land. I miss having a hot bath, having a curry with my mates and having a pint in the pub. I guess you miss the safety and security of home too. Its a tough environment and youre on edge the whole time youre out there so you definitely appreciate home.
The high-tec element of this expedition must make it quite profound?
In some ways its as low tech as it gets; were travelling on foot, using muscle power and dragging heavy sledges, but in other ways its got more in common with space flight. Were using solar panels to power our satellite phone to send video images back to the website every night, were navigating using GPS satellites and were eating freeze dried food so theres a surprising amount of innovation and technology involved.
Is there a certain freeze dried food that
youre going to be looking forward to?!
Fusion Food custom makes our food but we havent actually chosen the final menus yet. They make freeze dried Christmas lunch at Christmas time which is quite fun. They do a good curry as well!
Whats your favourite Oliver Sweeney
I cant decide between the Saunders and the Edwards. The Edwards are nice and light. Theyve got that Lawrence of Arabia desert boot explorer vibe to them! I think the Saunders are great shoes. Ive always liked brogues. I had a job in my gap year and I had a pair of brogues then. I was old before my time! I love the workmanship and the leather soles of the Saunders. Its a traditional shoe but theyre cool at the same time.
Ben and his teammates Alastair Humphreys and Martin Hartley set out on the Scott 2012 Expedition in late October this year.
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