|It’s back folks! Yep the TruffleShuffler insider is back again and ready to dive head-first into our next unsuspecting victim’s willing participant’s life! Giving you an added insight into the inner workings of TruffleShuffle, who we are and what we do is the aim of the game.
This time round we’re taking a cheeky peep into the world of the father of TruffleShuffle, head honcho and MD Pat! Take it away….
|What do you do here at Truffle Towers?|
|Everything and anything… I’m joint Managing Director along with wife Claire.
January to March I’m normally debriefing from our busy Christmas period, working out how to improve our operations for next Christmas, finding out what sold well and how we can provide more great products for our customers over the next 12 months. (Did you know, we ship about half of our annual orders in the six weeks leading up to Christmas? Each day in December is busier than a week in January – who’d have thought it for a predominately t-shirt company – I certainly didn’t!). This winter I’ve been working hard distributing lots of interesting goods for a project called EKOCYCLE, a new brand created by Will.i.am and Coca-Cola featuring product from suits to 3D printers all made from recycled Coke bottles and cans. We have distributed this to Harrods who are running a European exclusive launch for 2015.
|Summer months are spent supporting our buying, marketing Amazon and eBay teams ensuring we’re buying the right product in the right quantities for our upcoming busy season. We check that our advertising and social media channels are providing the right information to the right people. This is the time of year that I’ll work hard on getting any new projects ready to go live. Last year we were working hard on launching www.ShopCoke.com – a joint venture with Coca-Cola, providing a one-stop branded shop for Coca-Cola merchandise. This year we’re going through a website redesign which should be hitting your screens towards the end of the summer.
Then in October we stress test our new systems in preparation for the Christmas rush and make any changes we feel are necessary to ensure that our customers receive their parcels in our trademark super-speedy time.
And in November and December I work on the shop floor, picking and packing orders, supporting my colleagues in the warehouse and helping train our small team of temporary staff enlisted to support us at peak times.
|How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?|
|I can categorically say I’ve been here the longest as I founded TruffleShuffle back in April 2004!
|What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?|
|I love the relaxed and jovial atmosphere we have here at Truffle Towers but I think my absolute favourite part of the job is Simon’s annual Christmas bonus meeting, please insert photos here!!!
|What is your favourite tee currently on the site?|
|I’d have to say it’s the old favourite Top Gun Maverick t-shirt. It’s an awesome design that epitomises the style of product we love to sell. That and as our best seller for a decade, that one design has probably helped out with the mortgage more than any!|
|When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?|
|I love anything to do with the sea and seaside, home or abroad. Beaches, fishing, boats, snorkelling and sandcastles! This love of the seaside has been amplified by a relatively recent addition to the Truffle family, our little son Freddie who thanks to pressure from me, also loves beaches, fishing, boats and sandcastles!!.|
|Name three things you like….|
|Driving (anything), ambition, pizza
|Name three things you don’t like….|
|Laziness, cold (I’m allergic), fish.
|What were your favourite three films as a kid?|
|Crocodile Dundee II, The Goonies, Forrest Gump.
|Who is your idol?|
|Fictional idol, Forrest Gump – he achieved so much and was extremely gracious about it!
Non-fictional idol, Richard Branson – the real life Forrest Gump in his varied career, now making the world a better place in his retirement.
|Who is the last band you saw live?|
|I’m crap at music, so I do what my wife tells me and bought us tickets to Ed Sheeran last month.
|If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?|
|My bucket list has changed since my mate got me a scratch-map for Christmas. To look more travelled I now want to visit Russia, Greenland, Canada and Brazil.
|Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?|
|Well, I was once lucky enough to own an A-Team Van replica, so I can cross that one off the list. Probably a General Lee – it’s an iconic TV car but underneath that zany orange paint job is one of the best 60s muscle cars out there – plus I have an addiction to V8s and an old American muscle car might finally quell that inefficient hankering I’ve had since a kid!|
|What music are you listening to at the moment?|
|Per the last band seen live question, I do what my wife tells me and listen to Ed Sheeran. But secretly I listen to Radio 1 in the car, as my immensely complex musical tastes are catered for.
|If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?|
|If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?|
|Since I was about 11 and the lottery first started, I vowed I’d donate a lifeboat to the RNLI if I won the lottery. As my love of driving, boats, and driving boats has matured over the last 20 years, I’d now like to donate a lifeboat to the RNLI and buy one for myself to muck around it and act like an orange suited vigilante sea rescue idiot. And now my 2 year old son has demanded he wants a lifeboat too, so I’d need a hefty Euromillions win to buy all three!|
So there you have it folks! Stay tuned for plenty more staff insights and discover even more names and faces from inside Truffle Towers. See you next time!
Going all out this year with a fancy dress party or just looking to spice up a great night out? We’ve got you covered!
To help you guys pick out the perfect fancy dress costume for you, we’ve pieced together some of our best selling and our personal favourte fancy dress items for you to take a peep at.
Be quick though! Our last delivery date will be on the 23rd of December so make sure you grab something while you can. Enjoy!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAVE FUN! xoxo
Being one of TruffleShuffles resident petrol-head means I’m generally more interested in the vehicles that appear in the retro TV Shows and Movies more so than the main characters themselves! Whether it be ‘The General Lee’ from Dukes of Hazzard, Ecto1 from Ghostbusters, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, K.I.T.T. from Knightrider right down to Del Boys van in Only Fools and Horses, I love seeing what the stars drive. Better still its nice to see people replicating these iconic ‘rides’ and enjoying the attention they bring.
Now TruffleShuffle being TruffleShuffle of course we have our very own ‘star car’. We have our very own A-Team Van! You may well have seen it on Fifth Gear, GMTV, Sky Movies or even Panorama!! It’s 5.7 litres of gurgling American muscle wrapped in a shell replicated so well even BA would be confused if the original was parked next to it!! Also, unlike the original, you can hire our van out for Weddings, Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, you name it we’ll do it. Head over to theateamvan.com to find out more.
But this leads me to what I see as possibly the ULTIMATE star car….. The Caped Crusader’s Turbine Powered Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton directed ‘Batman‘.
I remember being blown away after seeing the first pictures of this car, it summed up the ‘new look’ Batman and looked so dark and sinister which is what I think Tim Burton had in mind. Just imagine it coming up behind you on the motorway!! You would get out of its way for sure!! Now despite the turbine poking out the front and the back of the car all 5 of the genuine movie cars were actually powered by 230hp small block chevy engines (similar to the engine in the A-Team van!) which was a little disappointing. Thankfully Casey Putsch of Putsch Racing thought the same and went about creating the most genuine Batmobile he could.
Putsch taught himself about turbine engines and successfully rebuilt a turbine engine by himself. He took a military spec drone helicopter turbine engine which powers the rear wheels via a semi automatic transmission and is driven like any other conventional production car!! The car’s engineering and construction is fully racing derived and can be considered the most extreme exotic car on the planet. The Putsch Racing facility opened in Dublin, Ohio in June, 2011 with Casey Putsch debuting the world’s only actual jet turbine powered Batmobile.
The Batmobile appeared at the very prestigious Ault Park Concours d’Elegance in Cincinnati, Ohio and was awarded a class “Award of Distinction”, “Hagerty Judges Choice”, and the very special “People’s Choice” beating some of the most valuable cars in history! Well done Casey!! Check out the pictures, it amazing….
Here it is in action!! DOUBLE AMAZING!!
If we could sell these on TruffleShuffle it would make my year, no… life! But unfortunately, I’m guessing a turbine powered Batmobile maybe quite expensive so for a cheaper Batman fix click here to head over to our website and check out all our Batman goodies. Here’s some of my favourite Batman goodies at the moment. Click on them to check them out on our website.
Hi my name’s Simon and I’m a Chunkaholic. There I said it. Now, If you haven’t come across any of our men’s T-shirts from Chunk then you’re in for a right treat. I’ll start with a quick history lesson…
Chunk started back in 2001 having launched some designs all based on the Haynes Car Manuals iconic cover illustrations. Ten years on and Chunk is now one of the UK’s leading urban street-wear labels. Chunk’s ethos was, and still is, to produce great designs on quality garments, targeting 18-35 year old males with a strong emphasis on cool nostalgia. Famous for their bold graphics, tongue-in-cheek humour and unique design quirks, Chunk now has worked with some of the biggest licenses in the world, which include Marvel, Hanna Barbera, Fremantle Media (Danger Mouse) and Lucas Films (Star Wars) – for which Chunk won a licensing award in 2007 for its Star Wars range. The future promises to be incredibly bright for Chunk as the brand expands into even more retro goodness further cementing its reputation as a great British brand.
With TruffleShuffle.com offering a massive range of amazing retro t-shirts, gifts and accessories we get to see cool new stuff all the time. But for me nothing matches the excitement of a new Chunk catalogue turning up because I know it will be full of amazing new designs. It’s their ‘outside the box’ approach to designing a t-shirt that I love, generally taking a familiar character such as Darth Vader or Mr.T and putting them in an unusual situation, IT’S GENIUS. I could only wish that when I’m down at the coast for a cheeky weekend surf that I catch a Stormtrooper ‘out the back’ riding that perfect wave or driving past my local scrap yard would reveal that Mr.T, Luke and Bo Duke, Michael Knight and the Trotters famous ‘rides’ had reached the end of their lives (probably due to the government Scrappage scheme!!). Only t-shirts from Chunk make this happen.
Here’s some of my current favourites T-shirts from Chunk that you can buy RIGHT NOW!
Oh and keep your eyes peeled for more retro goodness coming soon from Chunk including the likes of more cheeky Star Wars designs (Darth Vader – who’s your daddy and Yoda – short may be I but your ass kick I will) and even more excitingly, a new collection inspired by that 90’s classic, Ren and Stimpy!!