We started with Rebel’55® because we wanted to create small series of unique, high-quality, yet affordable items for those who want to stand out of the crowd. We’re fanatic motorcycle enthusiasts and we’re always looking for cool items to distinguish ourselves. It all started when one of us was looking for a typical “cafe racer scarf” with a finish flag checkered pattern. After some extensive online searches, he soon realized that these were pretty hard to find and that most of the items online felt and looked cheap. So he created one by himself.
When he was out for a ride with his chess checkered scarf, he got a lot of thumbs up and compliments about it, so he decided to produce this scarf in a small series. For this, we teamed up with a local fabric specialist and manufacturer which helps us create the best quality scarfs. And that’s pretty much the story of Rebel’55. We don’t want to offer a complete catalog with riding gear, we just want to create small, unique items that act as a finishing touch. We have a varying range of scarfs, neck tubes, key tags and even socks.
“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.”
We create all the designs and artworks ourselves and we get our inspiration from the “old days” when the cafe racer and rocker culture emerged. Next to that, we like to work on small series of “limited editions” together with friended brands. Production takes place at small, local manufacturers, keeping the spirit of craftsmanship alive in our products.
We didn’t just pick the first free domain name to name our brand. We truly feel, act and think like rebels. Urban Dictionary has the best description of the word “Rebel”:
A rebel is a person who stands up for their own personal opinions despite what anyone else says. A true rebel stands up for what they believe is right, not against what’s right. It’s not about smoking crack, drinking till you’re rendered unconsious, or beating the crap out of anyone that crosses your path. It’s all about being an individual and refusing to follow a crowd that forces you to think the same way they do even if it means becoming an outcast to society. True rebels know who they are and do not compromise their individuality or personal opinion for anyone. They’re straightforward and honest and they will sure as hell tell it like it is.
And what about that “55”? Well, that’s because 1955 is the approximate year that the so-called “rockers” subculture originated. Guys with slick hair, leather jackets who were smoking Marlboro’s and loved to race their customized motorcycles from café to café. These guys were the real rebels in the early days. And yes: “55” also sounds pretty cool!
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