London Fashion Week - An Antidote?

London is buzzing with all the top fashion designers showing off their beautiful clothes. We are very proud to be part of this great international city with its hugely successful fashion industry. But if fashion is to do with searching for the latest trends then Arthur Beale's clothing is probably the exact opposite. We simply can't keep up with changing colours and different styles so we just stick to timeless classics.

Take our Arthur Beale Beerenberg pullovers. They are made from undyed and unbleached British wool. Soon we will also have them made from black Welsh sheeps wool. They are basically sheep colour, surely that can't go out of fashion? And wow they smell so good!

Our St James Breton tops in blue and white stripes were loved by Piccasso, Coco Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. They have been worn by sailors since the 1850's and no doubt will still be worn in 2050.

When we attempted to make a minor alteration to the cut of our sailors' smocks we were rebuffed by the makers saying the blocks were made in 1800 and they can not be changed. So they stay the same for another few hundred years. 

Arthur Beale established around 1500, the antidote to fashion.

A Cunning Plan

I have asked all my friends who have boats on the East Coast if they would like to have an end of season meet-up in Brightlingsea. I rashly promised fair winds to all. That would be fair enough, but the yachts are coming from all over the place. So here is my cunning plan. I hereby appeal to all the good folk of Brightlingsea to get out their finest Henry Hoovers and turn them on full blast during the morning of 23 rd September (in any case, you know your stair carpet could do with a clean)...

St Katharine Classic Boat Festival - This Weekend!

The St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival is part of the annual Totally Thames celebration. Arthur Beale have had a stand there for the last three years and we love it! This year our stand will be displaying our brand new Sailors' Smocks and the best Oiled Wool Pullover in town. What's more we will be offering special show deals so don't miss your chance. There will be about 40 vessels on display, some classic yachts and motor boats, and some vintage work boats. You can go onboard some of...

Arthur Beale's New Sailors' Smocks

Our new smocks have arrived and they are selling like hot cakes! We wanted a decent piece of workwear that we could sell at a moderate price. A smock that was tough and very practical but something that wouldn't make you go berserk if it got a splash of anti-fouling on it. So now we have a Sailors' Smock made from tough natural sailcloth which will improve with age. The canvas cuts out chilly wind so they are great over a tee shirt in the summer or a pullover in the winter. There are two large...

Steve Harvey

We are sorry to bring the sad news that Steve Harvey died recently having not recovered from a planned heart operation. All the staff at Arthur Beale will greatly miss Steve’s great talent and his cheery demeanour. Steve was an expert rope worker, highly respected in the industry and much loved by our clients. He loved his work, both chatting to clients about their projects and carrying out the intricate ropework in our characterful basement. Maybe less well known was Steve’s love of comic...

Classic Boat Festival at St Katharine Docks

Arthur Beale will be back again at this fun Classic Boat Festival. Come along and browse the gleaming varnish and shiny bronze on over 40 classic yachts and vintage work boats. There will be a chance to go onboard. We will be there with a selection of classic chandlery, quality ropes, nautical books, handy tools and great clothing. There will be a chance to try on our new Oiled Wool Beerenberg Pullover and Arthur Beale smocks which will be on offer at a special show price. Come along and get kitted out! The docks are surrounded with bars and restaurants to make a perfect family day out. If...

Would you like to work at Arthur Beales?

We are looking for an extra member of staff to join our friendly team. So if you know your baggywrinkle from your gooseneck why not apply? You would need to be at ease talking to and advising our boating clients. Ideally you would have a good working knowledge of ropes and rigging and maybe have some retail experience. It is a full time job with some rota weekend working. A job description can be downloaded here:...

Our New Rope Reference Catalogue has been Launched!

Call in at the shop and pick up a copy or you can download it here: Download Here Its not just a pricelist, it is packed with useful information guiding you to the best rope for your task. The catalogue is organised chronologically starting with the same natural fibres that Arthur Beale used to make rope 400 or 500 years ago. Towards the end you will find the modern high performance ropes made from...