Introducing sustainable clothing that’s a little different... ideal for yoga lovers, fitness enthusiasts and comfort-seekers alike.

Based in Plymouth, BAM Clothing have been pioneering the way for sustainable and contemporary fashion since 2006 and are now the go-to brand for oh-so-soft clothing... made from Bamboo!

David Gordon - founder and CEO of BAM Clothing - describes himself as an adventurer; he has successfully completed a man-haul expedition across Greenland with a team of Gurkahs and recently held the titles of World Masters Games Pole Vault Champion and European masters pole vault champion!

This experience, combined with his long held interest in the future of the planet, brought about a year long search for a viable and environmentally sustainable business idea. Something that might actually make a difference.

As a P.E student at Loughborough University in 1988, David started selling T-Shirts to finance his ‘world tour’. It was his natural entrepreneurship, alongside his dedicated passion for the environment, that inspired David to start BAM Clothing in 2006.

BAM Clothing was the first bamboo clothing company in Europe

What began as a collection of base-layers and undergarments for active individuals with a passion for 'living life to the max', has grown organically to satisfy customer demand. With the lines blurring between fitness and leisure-wear, the designs are more relevant and popular than ever.

Ideal for both men and women, BAM produces two seasonal collections a year: spring & summer and autumn & winter. Aside from the comfort and performance criteria of using bamboo, it is also the most sustainable crop on the planet. Did you know that it's three times more absorbent than cotton?

BAM Clothing are leading the way in contemporary, sustainable style

Ultimately, David has a very clear ambition for the company - for it to be impact positive. He wants the business to leave a positive footprint on the world, even working closely with select experts in the field who are supporting BAM to shape their impact positive strategy.

David created a label that he himself would buy, wearing his brand day in and day out. He was – and still is – motivated to show the world that you can build a successful business whilst taking a totally environmentally friendly and ethical approach.

With such a huge - yet highly refined - range of super soft, flattering and stylish garments, it's no wonder that customers buy from BAM time and time again.

'We want to be the favourite brand of active people with enquiring, discerning minds and a global conscience.'

But it's not just about the clothing. As customers, we like to enjoy the experience of shopping with an independent business. David and his team pride themselves on their award-winning customer service, having receieved a Feefo Gold Service Award; it’s an independent seal of excellence that “recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers”.

From the outset, the BAM team are consistently striving to build something truly special whilst growing organically in the process, without compromising on values.

With the immediate agenda of addressing concerns of sustainability within the clothing industry, BAM want to ensure they are making real changes whilst inspiring individuals to shop more consciously.

'Everyone gets treated fairly and responsibly, from the garment factory workers to the customer. Not forgetting ourselves!'

BAM believe in the pursuit of active health and want to encourage and support others, regardless of age or ability. Their breathable, modern and high-quality pieces are perfect for adventurous, fun and discerning customers... who prioritise their comfort and the wellbeing of our planet.

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You know we #LoveLocal (duh!) and you know that we actively support and share everything from local coffee shops to independent hotels. We are consistently inspired by the independent businesses that we work alongside, and the same goes for local bloggers; our fellow food, coffee and #IndyBusiness lovers.

What better way is there to learn about your very own local scene than hearing straight from those who live there?

Alex Jeffery - aka. @TheFoodieJeff on Instagram - is a local plant-based foodie based in East Cornwall/Plymouth. Alex - also known as Jeff; a nickname that has stuck with him since University - uses his platform to share his knowledge of nutrition; channeling his passion into a feed full of easy-to-digest information, vibrant colours and impressive foodie imagery (we mean... what's not to love!?).

With a Bachelors in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation and a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition, Jeff is on-track to develop a programme for corporate Nutrition, Health and Mental Wellbeing.

Showing that plant-based definitely doesn't mean 'boring', we asked Alex a few questions about pioneering a healthy lifestyle, whilst supporting his local independents:

1. What kind of content do you share and what inspired you to start your Instagram page?

I share the foods I love to cook, with a little bit of science behind why they benefit us. It’s usually a mix of recipes, plant-based science, coffee and straight up vegan #FoodPorn!

I love diversity in plant based foods so I tend to skip between cuisines/styles. I guess it could be somewhat disorganised to some, but coincidentally that’s also the way my life works... So, take that as you will 👀

I want to see people making their own decisions to live a healthier lifestyle through the same vibrant and empowering approach I use!

2. We know you love coffee as much as us! Where's your fave independent place in Plymouth to grab a cup of coffee?

So, Hangry use this fantastic independent roaster so their coffee is out of this world, but I absolutely adore the set-up of ‘Koffeehaus’ on the Barbican. I just love a rustic coffee shop only big enough to fit a handful of people, serving local independent coffee. 

6. You are plant-based, which is great! Where's your 'go-to' independent place for a delicious veggie/vegan meal?

Oh plant-based in Plymouth?! Hangry. Not only do they do (what I’d call) the best vegan fry-up alternative in Plymouth, they cook with real wholesome foods and their chef pulls out some really amazing specials. A current favourite is the coconut whipped tofu they’re serving like a yogurt on pancakes and waffles 😍

8. You have a keen eye for photography, producing eye-catching and colourful photos. Are you self-taught?

I’m totally self-taught! I started off using my iPhone, but soon got talking to Nick at @forkinpancakes and it just escalated from there. Nick pointed me towards DIY stores for backdrops and suggested I read a little into photography - so here we are

9. What are your future plans for The Foodie Jeff?

Long term, I’d love to run my own plant-based coffee house under the name. Sweet bakes, pancakes, and all the oat milk you could ever drink... but for now, The Foodie Jeff is just a little bit of fun and an access point for me to find new and exciting recipes, contacts and plant brands ✌🏼

Quick Fire Questions:

1. Breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Breakfast, hands down

2. Sunshine or Snow?


3. Favourite place to hang out in Plymouth?

Royal William Yard

4. Describe The Foodie Jeff in 3 words...

Vibrant. Positive. Real (real food, real representation of who I am and what I eat to feel good 👊🏼)

You can find @TheFoodieJeff on Instagram...let the drooling begin!

Updated: May 29, 2019

Flavour Fest

31 May 2019 - 2 June 2019

Flavour Fest 2019, the South West’s largest food and drink festival returns to Plymouth city centre piazza from the 31st May to 2nd June 2019.

The 16th Flavour Fest will see the Piazza transformed with stalls brimming with regional produce, the sound of live music and a marquee bar. There will be over 100 traders showcasing the best local delicacies and talented local chefs and celebrities cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Pop up shop @ Bearz Bar Salcombe

Sat 1st June 10am - 4pm

So excited about the next Pop Up Shop on the 1st of June over the next half term. Full of great local businesses and makers, be sure to head down at Bearz Bars, Salcombe.

Think Jewellery, Homewares, Accessories, Decor, Art and Photography. Andrea will also be offering 10 min astrology readings!

Brewtong - Steel Brew Co. Craft Beer

Fri 31st May, 7pm till Late

Hutong have put together a very special event with Plymouth's most exciting new nano-brewery.

Steel Brew Co. will be taking over the cafe with an incredible selection of beautiful craft beers - these are beers that, as yet, are not widely available. Expect killer IPAs, thirst-quenching Sessions, banging Porters, 'that' Milk Stout and much, more.

This is a must for anyone who is a fan of beer, craft beer and brewing.

Tickets are £5 which includes your first beer! Get inviting your beer-loving compadres and come and party with us, and a very special guest DJ will also be announced shortly! Book here.

The Hutong Boat Party

8th June 2019

Those that were there, know. Those that weren't, get your tickets now. Trust us, this was off the chart. Golden sunshine, the cool still waters of the Sound and, good Lord, the drinks were a-flowin'.

The Hutong Cafe have got disco captains, Lightworks, tunes on deck, and back on land, Verdi will be taking things stratospheric with the afterparty of your dreams.

It's payday, so treat yourself to the summer kickback that you so surely deserve... All aboard HMS Hutong!

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