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It is said a man’s strengths and weaknesses are the opposite sides of the same coin.The courage of Randolph Turpin was some way beyond extraordinary. What does it take as a 23yr old who has never been beyond 8 rounds to get into the ring and dare to fail against a man of Sugar Ray Robinson’s experience and stature? (At the time Robinson’s record was 133 wins, the vast majority by knockout, and one loss to Jake La Motta. A man who Robinson went on to beat five times.) What strength of mind does it take to be faced with odds of 20:1 against you and 7:1 on your adversary, a crowd of 18,000 who are expecting an exhibition from your opponent, and a National press that gives you no chance? And not just to face it but to face it down and to face it down without rancour or melodrama. To beat your exalted opponent by a street and none the less walk him back to his corner with respect and sensitivity. To treat a momentous fight essentially as another day at the office. And when that has been answered please tell me what would you expect to be the balancing bedfellow within such a personality, what qualities might such a man reasonably lack? What is the ‘side of a coin’ with courage pretty much beyond comprehension on the other side? Recklessness? Spontaneity? An inclination to experiment and find out for yourself? Generosity? Could a man capable of the kind of mental strength and courage required to take on Robinson and the opinions of the world be expected to be good with paperwork? Is it likely he would be precise and well organised, sensitive reticent and considered? If the question concerning what Randolph Turpin was likely to lack – to balance the extraordinary surfeit of courage he had – can be adequately answered, I think we will be some way to putting the clichés concerning Randolph Turpin not being able to adjust to life after losing his World Title to bed. Certainly I expect most people will agree the demise of these cliché is long overdue. Randolph’s Lonsdale Belt illustrated on this shirt is a poignant artefact. The belt is fabricated in gold and is one of the last things he tried to sell before he tragically died. He was eking out a living while being drearily pursued by the taxman for money he did not have and in all probability did not owe at the time. This image is a vectored drawing in Adobe Illustrator reproduced on our shirts at a resolution 1440dpi. The finished shirt is completely colourfast, it will not shrink and the image will not deteriorate to any significant extent in use. The image was vectored for WeAdmire by Yukio Miyamoto in Tokyo from a digital image taken at the Split Image photographic studio in Crawley, Sussex. The digital image was taken with a 50 mega pixel Hasselblad in a series of ten segments that have been re-integrated as part of the vectoring process. The belt is owned by Tommy Mellis who generously allowed it to be photographed in the course of producing this illustration.
Express your admiration of a great athlete, wear our Randolph Turpin’s Lonsdale Belt t shirt, illustrated by Yukio Miyamoto.
These t shirts are unique for being made exclusively for us wholly with fibres ring spun into yarns manufactured exclusively for WeAdmire. These yarns are then knitted into a single jersey fabric suitable for t shirts.
The CoolMax bit exploits the surface tension of water to wick moisture from your skin. It works through micro channels engineered into the profile of the fibre. These channels are physical attributes, they are there for the life of the fibre.
The Fresh FX bit embeds a silver salt in the molecular structure of the fibre that stops the propagation of bacteria which, left unchecked, ultimately cause a sour odour. Because the silver salt is embedded within the fibre it, like the wicking, is similarly permanent; it will not leech out with wear and washing.
These attributes deliver shirts that remain cool and dry almost regardless of what you might do in them and similarly they remain fresh. And the ongoing performance of the fabric is guaranteed. This is important, these shirts will become your favourite items of apparel, you will want to wear your shirts again and again.
These shirts are marvellous to travel with, they stay fresh if you don’t have the chance to wash them, they wash easily when you do have the chance, and they dry super quickly. There is also a very useful side effect to all this: our shirts keep anything you wear on top of them and what you might wear after wearing them fresher too.
The cut and fit and sizing of these shirts is exclusive to us and was specified by Anastasia Vouyouka, a published guru of fit in the fashion industry.
The feel of the very best natural fibre shirts you have experienced with the performance of the fibres that set the benchmarks for wicking and freshness. It is very unlikely you will have experienced this level of technical performance in a decorated t shirt before.