All pieces are produced in small batches and with close attention to details. Extra special is the fact that howlin does not import fabrics but that they knit everything entirely in-house. Therefore we can proudly say that all MIB products are truly 100% produced in Belgium.
For all the made in Belgium pieces Howlin was heavily inspired by new beat and in particular its predecessor: the AB Sound, hence the acid Belgian logo which is on all care labels.
For those who are not familiar, new beat is an electronic music genre that flourished in Western Europe during the late eighties and got its origin in Belgium. There are many different, ‘mythical’ stories on how this new beat got born, but we like the story of a talented dj called Fat Ronny who was simply too wasted and played 45 rpm records at 33 rpm and pitched them +8 on his turntable. The result was a new robotic sound which was very bass driven. While disco was the big thing he played a hypnotic mix of slowed down tracks by artists like Severed Heads, The Human League, PiL, Carlos Peron and Boytronic. (If interested, more Ab Sounds here).
Together with a group of likeminded dj’s they soon created a real cult vibe with tracks like Max Berlin’s “Elle et Moi”. Soon after “New Beat” was born and due to the great succes there are tons of bad commercial tracks out there but nevertheless, if you dig a little bit deeper, there is some amazing music to be found from this lost era.
We are very proud to offer you these great pieces. Hopefully you like em as much as we do!