It all started in Manchester in the dynamic late 80s, a time of thriving youth subcultures; skateboarding and bmxing were on the rise and the ‘madchester’ music scene was about to take the world by storm.
Bench was at the heart of this energetic, exciting time, taking its inspiration from the people around it to make innovative, relaxed clothing, purpose built for the urban world they lived in.
Back then Bench was a brand worn by people whose sole purpose was to wait for the weekend and go out in style. Office workers whose primary mode of self-expression was the person they became in the middle of a field surrounded by thousands of their peers. A stuffy pub that closed at 11 o’clock was simply not a big enough stage.
This generation was the first to want to ‘large’ their weekend. This generation paved the way for mainstream UK culture. And Bench is still at the very heart of that volatile energy.
These strong roots and this energy now resonates globally, with presence in over 30 countries and our own stores in the UK, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, South Africa, Russia, Canada and Germany. Bench’s attitude is infectious.
From our humble beginnings to our global status, we’ve stayed relevant and true by constantly striving to create innovative, fashionable clothes inspired by real people and the real lives they lead.
And we still support these vibrant cultures to this day. Music and laughter is the lifeblood of our consumers, and us too.
We are present in iconic and eclectic music festivals, clubs and events worldwide, bringing our dynamic Bench energy to our people in their moments.
In the world of fashion everyone is a poser on a pedestal.
This world believes that the designer is a holy being, moved by forces and influences far removed from the world around them. This world believes that their vision is a truth and a triumph of the highest order.
This gives us work inspired by pirates, spacemen and even the homeless.
It’s a pretence, a pose, an act… And we’re not knocking that, pretending can be fun.
Of course the biggest pose of all is authenticity and that’s because it’s so often obviously fake.