So 2020 has not gone to plan for any of us.
The CoronaVirus Pandemic has resulted
in the San Portablo 1901 shop
on the Riverside in Central Port Talbot
being temporarily closed.
The San Portablo 1901 label
has evolved since 2016
in an olde skool fashion
with sales primarily being made in the shop itself
and where we get to meet an know the customer base
on a face to face basis.
Mainly its people whom were born or lived,
or worked or played in San Portablo
but we have also maintained online support
from places like Llandeilo, Llansamlet, Llantrisant and Llandaff
and we have customers who live on boats on the Thames,
who live in New South Wales, Texas and beyond.
Since the Lockdown the 1901 label
has had to adapt its old skool ways and adhere to the 21st century
and for the first time since it was forged in 2016
San Portablo is going to release
a fresh design online on May 4th.
During lockdown we have been listening to a lot of 90's hip hop
- Gang Starr, Wu Tang Clan, Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliot, Galliano, Massive Attack, De La Soul, Snoop, Salt n Pepa,
as well as Indie Dance like Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Northside, The La's, Primal Scream.
We have been listening to house music
and recalling events
Like 'Pulse' in Swansea University, 'Meaning of Life' parties that went ahead across the hills of south Wales,
Sunrise, Raindance, Fantazia, Universe
and of course the Pirate Radio Stations
that were spread across the London Radio Dial
like Pulse, Rinse, Don, Innocence, Kool and Galaxy...
It was a time when the first wave of UK urban art
was becoming prominent and
a design around this theme is going to be soon added to the collection.
Back in the early nineties
bootleg tops that were designed and printed in south West Wales
were being sold in their hundreds
and were being worn
at these events, gigs, raves and festivals.
Networks of friends from San Portablo
were taking the tops back to
their Universites, Army Barracks, work places, etc
and getting into the clothes games
with the innovative Bootleg Designs.
Emporio Armani, Paul Smith, Stone Island amongst others
were given the San Portablo Bootleg designs -
some of which were
actually adapted by the labels themselves years later.
1901 has been inspired
by the early nineties summers of love
and the good vibes of those heady days and nights
in the first online design
Coming Out on May 4th.
It has a back and front design that will be available in
Navy with White Print and
in White with Navy Print.
There will be limited numbers in these colour combo's.
We hope that in a time of such poignant lockdown
and the need to stay home and stay safe
that people can remember
those heady days of the nineties.
Remarkable times of hope, energy
and when we collectively reached for the Sky..
Fresh 1901 T Shirt and Hats to be released
on May 4th 2020
We cant wait to see
where in the world
we will be sending out'.
Shunk Life Baby