We love the community who make each of our R1 stores a fun place to work, shop and hang out. In each issue we introduce you to some of the regular store lurkers who have now become friends...
Name: Chris Hall / MC ID
What do you do: MC/front man for Sub Focus, Ram Records and many more. I’m also artist manager at Identifiable Management representing artists Capsun and Klax.
How long have you been shopping at R1 Brighton: 11 years now. It’s always had a great community feeling and they’re really accommodating. They’ll always order you in a size or style if they don’t have it in stock at the shop … I like that.
Favourite brands at R1? Nike, Vans, Kr3w, Diamond, Brixton
What’s the best thing about Brighton: I really hold dear what a melting pot of different people call Brighton ‘home’. So many creative people have made the city really shine and it has a freedom of expression like I’ve never seen.
Plans for 2015: I’m currently building my management company so that’s a huge focus at the moment. I’m also touring with Sub Focus here, the USA and beyond.
Instagram Name: @mcid54
Name: Calvin Forbes
What do you do: Write lyrics and make music with my MCP brothers.
How long have you been shopping at R1 Southampton: Since I became interested in skating, which was around 10yrs old.
Favourite brands at R1: Diamond, Nike, Carhartt and Vans
What’s the best thing about Southampton: It’s my hometown and I get along with a lot of people within my city.
Plans for 2015: Release more music, meet more like-minded people and get the MCP Collective out there.
Instagram Name: @Calvin485
Name: Joe Marriner
What do you do: I play guitar in the band Decade
How long have you been shopping at R1 Bath: Since I was about 11, I remember stopping in most days on the way home from school!
Favourite brands at R1: Vans, Nike SB and Element
What’s the best thing about Bath: I love coming back to Bath after a tour; it’s definitely one of the nicer cities to look at in the UK. It’s also got a fair bit going on for a small city, I feel very lucky to have grown up here.
Plans for 2015: We’re planning to record our second album, tour as much as possible and hopefully play a lot of major festivals, should be a fun one!
Instagram Name: @horriblemarriner/ @decadeofficial
Name: Nick Lord
What do you do: Portrait Artist (Winner of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2013)
How long have you been shopping at R1 Cardiff: About 13 Years
Favourite brands at R1: Carhartt, Dickies, Brixton, Nike SB, Vans
What’s the best thing about Cardiff: It’s got everything that a capital city needs within a small proximity. Also, you can get away to the mountains and beaches in under an hour.
Plans for 2015: Painting, to allow me to go travelling
Name: James Frederick Pope
What do you do: I sing in Bristol pop punk band Tuskens, work for Virgin Media and skate as often as I can.
How long have you been shopping at R1 Bristol: I’ve been coming to R1 Bristol since it opened, but I’ve been shopping at R1 for years.
Favourite brands at R1: I’m a massive fan of Vans and KR3W, that’s what I look out for but the R1 own brand selection is awesome, really good quality for a good price.
What’s the best thing about Bristol: Got to be the music scene and skate community. Everyone’s really approachable; it’s a real chilled city full of awesome people.
Plans for 2015: I’ve got a lot coming up with my band Tuskens, we have loads of shows booked up and down the UK and we’re currently midway through writing our third EP which we hope to release by summer.
Instagram Name: @Jayygram92 / @Tuskensuk
Name: Seth KirkWhat do you do: I Work at Studio 24, running a monthly skate night called “The Bunker”, with live music and mini ramp jam on the last Wednesday of the month.
How long have you been shopping at R1 Edinburgh: Couple of years
Favourite brands at R1: Welcome Skateboards… They do it well!
What’s the best thing about Edinburgh: Saughton Skatepark… Ticks all the boxes – the ‘sesh is always on!
Plans for 2015: Skate more, go to Prague and generally get more involved in the s**t I love.