WE RODE, WE TOURED, WE DRANK:
When tokyobike offered to lend us a bunch of bikes, we immediately said yes. Our first thought was to organize a pub crawl but quickly realized that might not be the best idea. So instead, WNW Member #7139 Ken Kirton (of studio and publishing house Hato), helped put together a bike tour of some of East London's most creative shops. A handful of members enjoyed a Friday afternoon of leisurely biking with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into Kit Neale, Hato, Studio Manifold, It's Nice That, and Michael Marriott. There was also the obligatory bakery stop for some mid-ride refreshments. But no WNW event is complete without a celebratory drink so the day ended at Strongroom Bar where everyone raised a glass to zero bike injuries. We spoke to Ken to hear how it went.
A big thank you to all of our riders, everyone who opened their doors, the weather gods for not raining, and of course to tokyobike, for strengthening our members' leg muscles.
What did you see at each place you visited?
Kit Neale: Saw their newest fashion collection from in their pop-up shop in Shoreditch.
Manifold: Matt took us through everyone's practice of their collective. Very hands on and refined ceramicist and makers.
It's Nice That: Lights off for their presentation and beers.
Michael Marriott: His workplace and discussions on the importance of a workshop and how a studio space can effect one's practice.
Any mishaps along the way? Did anyone fall of their bike or get separated from the group?
Sadly. Or thankfully no!
How would you characterize East London's creative scene?
Extremely vibrant and varied. Not only facilitates agencies of all sizes from 500 to 1, it's also a host for artists and craftsmen / makers.
It was great to work with you, Ken. What do you have planned next for Hato?
It's always great to collaborate with other energetic and driven organisations, WNW certainly being one of them. With WNW we hope to begin to connect with more marketing and advertising agencies on a global level to deliver bespoke learning experiences and workshops for their clients. In doing so we'll also need to expand and condense our team and view WNW as a fantastic resource of talented individuals that will be able to help Hato grow.