Weekend Offender: How 8 cult t-shirts made a global brand

Year Started:2004

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Who owns Weekend Offender?

Weekend Offender was started in 2004 by Sam Jones and Rhydian Powell in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (about 23 miles north of Cardiff). Founder Sam (from Swansea Road) owned a fashion store called A2 Clothing in Merthyr City Centre. Rhydian came from Pant on the Shropshire border and studied Graphic Design. Together they started off with basic publishing of weekend offender t-shirts based on ’80s and 90’s youth culture. Through the shop, Sam would visit fashion sales agent Adam Keyte of Four Six Four Agencies and they bonded over their mutual love for Ibiza, mod fashion and retro brands Fila, Ellesse and Sergio Tacchini. Adam shared an idea for printing old newspaper covers depicting the acid house rave scene as horror youth culture, Sam mentioned his brand Weekend Offender, and a few months later that range of 8 t-shirts rolled out to a handful of select stores with limited success. The guys agreed they didn’t have the experience to run a brand and put it on the back burner. weekend offender It was a rebirth in 2009 that changed their fortunes. Full of ideas and more experienced, they just needed financial backing. Enter Aaron Thalmann who had just sold his brand Golddigga to Mike Ashley of Sports Direct. The ex-punk loved the vibe of the brand and their ideas, and together with the weekend offender founders created Eighty8 Ltd which still owns Weekend Offender to this day. They set up their social accounts and the website weekendoffender.com and the Weekend Offender brand had a clear message:
We are scaffolders, we are accountants, we are nurses, we work in Burger King, we build your houses, we teach your children, we serve you fries with that. We wait in the same spot to get the same train at the same time to sit in the same seat.
At the weekend the chains are off. We become who we are, who we want to be. Who we wish we were. We’re are 48 hour party people. We separate ourselves from you. We drink, we smoke, we fight, we fuck, we get the bus home in the morning.
…we are Weekend Offender
Born in the mid noughties, Weekend Offender is fast becoming one of the most exciting urban fashion labels in the UK. It is a label with attitude taking its influences from music, film, fun and a range of subcultures, such as terrace casuals and the acid house scene. Original, inspirational and often controversial Weekend Offender is a bright new light in an increasingly bland corporate market.
Mike Skinner, Carl Cox, Nic Fanciulli, Louis Osbourne and Goldielocks, to name a few are all championing the brand, and the T’s have been spotted on the backs of the DJ’s and clubbers all summer long in Eivissa hottest venues and UK clubs and festivals.
2010 sees the brand moves on from its original roots in graphic tees by adding classic polo’s, cagoules and track tops all the with the now trademark Weekend Offender twist.
They wanted a fashion brand to represent the younger generation of men in their teens to late 20’s with money to burn and clothes to buy. The clothing was designed to be functional and stylish, suitable for the football terraces and the subsequent pubs and clubs afterwards. The original collections were mostly knitwear and coats, an intentional ploy to get the brand seen and recognisable, with polo shirts a fast-follower. The ranges were original, with a focus on quality design and functionality, and more than a nod to popular culture including the rave scene and movie lines. The sub-brand Rogue features a spin on Vogue magazine covers. A clothing brand relying on and making a success of offensive fashion that still managed to be stylish.

The success of Weekend Offender clothing

What launched the Weekend Offender brand globally was the financial might and industry know-how to get featured in Maxim, Nuts and FHM to get direct to their target audience. They used Social media and footballers like Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Ramsey, and DJ’s like Brandon Block. The Weekend offender founders opened another shop in Soho with live music decks and even Samuel L Jackson has walked in the famous doors.

Controversy

weekend offender logoA twist on the Official Prison Agency logo saw Government security for misuse and claims it glamorises crime and anti-social behaviour. The phrase Weekend Offender suggests Friday or Saturday nights of drink-fuelled crime and bad behaviour. Something the HMP didn’t appreciate being associated with.

Weekend offender reviews

I guess most people want to know, is weekend offender a good brand? Well, their reviews are mostly positive, with no complaints about quality issues on their jackets, t-shirts, jumpers, shorts, hoodies, cargo shorts, coats, chino shorts, jeans, shirts, trousers and shoes. We’ve not seen samples ourselves to give our own opinion, but there are the very rare bad review that dog other clothing brands. relating to delivery which is not in their control. All in all, their customers are happy with their purchase so the brand are worth the checkout.

Is there a Weekend Offender Black Friday Sale?

I expect so. In 2018 they promoted a BLACK20 code which gave an extra 20% of all items. There are currently items on both the sale page and the outlet clearance page, and with Black Friday the popular sizes sell out so it’s a dangerous game to wait for reductions, especially if at best you are only getting an additional 20% off. In all cases, following the brand’s social media and being signed up to their newsletter would give a heads up on any price reductions.

Other projects

Sam Jones, Weekend Offender owner, started up Kidulthoodclub in 2017 printing T-Shirts for children. While it’s not become the essential staple of Weekend Offender, the designs are pretty good. [sseo-schema-faq faq_id=’3319,3321′]
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Chloé Safilo
Chloé Saffio is our resident Fast Fashion Expert for the UK Urban and Streetwear scene. Her eyes have been constantly glued to social media for the last 10 years giving her an unrivalled insight. In her spare time, she used to like shopping and lying in the sunshine and making the pilgrimage to Ibiza. Now, she is a tired and grumpy new mother and back from maternity leave as the full time FFN writer. Chloe lives in London where she completed her journalism degree at the University of Roehampton. She lives in a small flat Putney with her fiancée Christian, daughter Sofia, and their French Bulldog Coco. And she's on the look out for a nice house and garden at a bargain price,