About Tender Co.

Tender has its roots in antique workwear and machinery, especially from the Great British Steam Age. On a steam train, the tender was the truck which carried the coal and water to power the locomotive, and was coupled in between the engine and the carriages. They were built incredibly solidly, mostly from riveted cast iron, and had to hold enough fuel to take a train weighing many tons all over Britain.

Another important face of Tender’s British-made clothing is the nurture which is put into the clothes: in their research, design, manufacture, and wear. Just as a gardener tends to a vegetable patch, or a shepherd is the tender to a flock of sheep, so we hope that Tender’s owners will live with their products, wearing them hard, but respecting their provenance and the stories they have to tell.

Alongside the main clothing line, accessories and objects are hand made in the UK for the Trestle Shop. 

Sleeper is Tender’s second line of basic garments strictly reproduced in Okayama, Japan, from pieces of original British Rail uniform in Tender’s archive. Fabrics are British and Japanese, and great care and attention have been paid to the details of the vintage garments being remade. GS/TP, General Service Time Piece, watches reference designs from the 1930s and 40s, and are made in Tokyo. Whooper Jeans are a new approach to Japanese denim reproduction culture, examining mall jeans of the later 20th Century as objects to be treated with warmth and respect.

These, and other brands and projects, are part of About Time.