NO clothing brand could be more apt for a rugby player to represent than Eden Park. Launched in 1987 by five former French international rugby players, the brand has its roots firmly in the game.
Toulon-bound Tom May has been chosen as the new face of Eden Park and will represent the brand in the North East during his testimonial year.
Eden Park, on St George’s Terrace, was brought to the region two years ago by former professional rugby player David Whitehead. The franchise is very much a family affair, being jointly run and owned by David’s wife Kate, his sister Joanne Young and their mum Jan Carty. Newcastle Falcons back-rower Ross Beattie is also a director of the business.
The four main collections, EP, Team, Club House and Town, include everything from smart casual wear and suiting to classic rugby shirts and swimwear. The shop also stocks a womenswear range.
Tom, who heads off to his new club in the south of France next week, is excited to be representing the brand. He said: “To be associated with Eden Park is fantastic. It’s a really big brand and it’s great that it’s now available here in the North East. It was launched with the rugby fraternity in mind, but now appeals to a wide range of people. I like the fact the designs are smart yet casual, and especially like the polo shirts and the more formal dress shirts. I first came across the clothing when I played for Richmond and have been wearing it ever since.”
Joanne said: “The brand is really popular with all sorts of local sports personalities, from rugby players and footballers, to the Newcastle Eagles basketball team.
“Tom was already a huge fan of Eden Park before he came on board and as a young professional, epitomises the brand. He looks great in all the ranges, especially EP, which is a little bit more high fashion. We are honoured that Tom is representing Eden Park in his testimonial year.”
Tom is sad to be leaving the North East, but is looking forward to the new challenge. “The North East will always be home, but I’m looking forward to a complete change.
“Toulon is a massive rugby town, and I’m looking forward to that. Also living just minutes from the sea. I’ll miss my friends and family the most, but my wife Kate is originally from Whickham, so we will be returning on a regular basis.
“It’s difficult to leave anywhere after 10 years, but I’m looking forward to what’s to come. The club has been really good to me over the past decade and I’ll always be following the team.”
All clothes are available from Boutique Eden Park, Saint Georges Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, tel: (0191) 281-1891.
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