Saturday 11th April 2015 saw me on the 6.31 train from Macclesfield to Euston - eek! It would be fair to say, I'm not a morning person! Barely slept the night before for fear of not waking up so powered myself on coffee and red bull (beautiful mixture NOT!) for the next 18 hours! ... Oh and just a sip or two of Prosecco at the after party! Slightly delirious by this point!!
The sun shone on Camden Market and the family fitness fanatics turned out in droves for this event! A huge success! Baby disco, cheerleading, hip hop dance, face painting, kids yoga, magician, Bollywood dancing, zumba kids class and much more! So why hire a photographer all the way from Manchester, you may ask? Because I'm the best of course!!!! Oh and I happen to have been bezzie buddies with the hostess Natasha, since we were about 4! Other than that, and the fact I wanted to help in any way I could, the selection was purely based on my superior photography skills, I am sure of it!! You can pay me when Camden Brawl goes global, guys! I may actually hold you to this! Haha!
I've known Natasha, as I've said, all my 'memorable' life and she always has and always will put her all into everything she does - this event was no exception. "I'm so proud of you Tasha - you deserve all the success in the World!"
Here's a little background into the event and Camden Brawl Clothing: Camden Brawl, which launched on 11th April at Camden Stables Market, is the UK’s first casual and sports wear label drawing inspiration from Camden’s rich history of the bare knuckle and gloved fighters who sustained the area in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this spirit, the company is committed to employing and training local disadvantaged youngsters at every level of its business. The launch took place in conjunction with Camden Stables Market’s free event on 11th April 2015 featuring #moveitcamden which aimed and succeeded in getting the local community active with a series of exercise classes for individuals and families at Camden Foundry including zumba, yoga, boxing, hip-hop and dance.
Mired in grinding poverty, the fighters of Victorian London worked at boxing, running and rigging in the burgeoning prize fighting industry in order to keep their families afloat. The Camden Brawl sport-hardy range bears vintage imagery of well-known, often obscure and long forgotten local journeymen as homage to the triumphs and tragedies of the colourful culture of the boxing ring.
The clothing line spans ‘ring-ready’ shorts, T shirts and hoodies ( T-shirts £19.99, Hoodies £29, Jogging Bottoms £25), all manufactured in London (supported/sponsored by iconic international leisurewear brand G-Star/Raw) as well as a full range of baby and toddler wear. In keeping with Camden’s fighting heritage of offering a channel for creative and muscular energies away from crime and social exclusion, Camden Brawl’s founders work in tandem with the local community centre (St Mary’s, Camden) to provide mentoring, employment and activity for local at-risk youngsters.
The Camden boxers of old were often the poorest people in the community, fighting simply to put food on the table. Many young lads of 16-17 had lost their fathers during the Great War and were the family breadwinners. Labourers would earn £3 for 45 hours a week if they were lucky. No wonder the prospect of a fight for 30 shillings or £2 was an exciting prospect.
Camden Brawl is the brainchild of Camden natives Peter Crimmins and Natasha Nother. Says Nother; “The Camden Brawl project aims to create a range of robust and cool sportswear linking Camden to its noble boxing past as well as providing outreach activities to strengthen community ties for local youngsters to divert anti-social behaviour, promote interdependence, and challenge injustices of opportunity. To this end our range salutes Camden’s prize fighters of old, including Tom Sayers, George Odwell who won 159 fights of which 111 were KO’s, Gypsy Jonny Frankham, Tom “Paddington” Jones, and not for one moment forgetting the ladies; Elizabeth “Lady Bare Knuckles” Stokes and Bella of Blackfriars, the first female boxing promoter.”
Cool, imaginative durable sport to leisure wear, the Camden Brawl range can be found at UNIT 632 Stables Market Camden Lock.