(Editorial below taken from Wales Online )
Merthyr clothing label Weekend Offender
T-SHIRTS straight out of Merthyr Tydfil have become a hit among celebrity geezers such as The Streets’ Mike Skinner and Hollywood’s Danny Dyer.
Sam Jones, 32, who runs A[two] clothing in Merthyr town centre, and his business partner and graphic designer Rhydian Powell, 29, have come up with a winning label – Weekend Offender – that has become a familiar sight around the streets of Merthyr.
In March, the lads took the T-shirts on tour when they competed in the Coyote Rally, which takes in London, Paris, Munich, Prague and Amsterdam.
And now some unlikely names have been cropping up after being photographed wearing the designers’ T-shirts.
Batman Begins star Tamer Hassan and the Football Factory’s Danny Dyer are the latest Hollywood hotshots to champion the Weekend Offender brand which has taken the urban fashion world by storm.
Billing themselves as a label with attitude who design clothes for “48-hour party people”, the creative pairing, who started out in 2004, have vast experience inside the industry and have created a number of prominent and individual garments for like-minded people.
Sam Jones, of Swansea Road, insists it’s the stars who come knocking at their door.
“We don’t do the chasing, they come to us,” he said.
“The clothes are amazing – the brand speaks for itself.”
The lads say the designs, are inspired by a range of subcultures, such as terrace casuals and the acid house scene.
Music, film and fun are strong sources of influence which resonate throughout the product lines.
You can check out the designs at A[two] clothing on Victoria Street, Merthyr Tydfil.