How’s everything going?
Recently I had the great pleasure to talk to the owner of new BJJ brand Roll
Roll Supreme are a fantastic new BJJ and NO GI brand that is based in the
north of England in Newcastle.
You can see their sweet range HERE
Here is what Jack had to say,
Hi Jack, firstly tell us a bit how did you get
started in the Jiu jitsu clothing business?
It was getting to the point where I was
able to train everyday and I started needing to buy more gear but there really
wasn’t that much stuff out there that I liked. Everything was covered in either
skulls or kanji symbols, which isn't really my style.
There’s obviously some really cool BJJ
based companies around but I ended up going for more of the running style gear.
It just felt lighter, had better designs, better build quality but those
materials don't really hold up after a few hard rolls. So we decided to combine
the minimalist designs with ergonomics and more resilient materials.
Awesome! What’s the best thing about it?
I'm a freelance graphic designer as well running RS so I'm my own boss.
Working for yourself is really challenging but I'm loving it. I recommend it
And what's the worst thing about it?
The Post Office. And returns because that means I have to go there twice.
What separates Roll Supreme from other brands?
I think our gear is a lot more clean, simple design wise. We pay a lot of
attention to how people actually use it and particularly how they move in jiu
jitsu and you don't get the standard board shorts or rash guard with us. We
look closely at our patterns (cut of the garment), materials even stitch/
thread choices. We also pay close attention to where our gear is produced and
finished. All out apparel is printed and finished here in Newcastle.
Where do you hope to take the brand in the near
future? Any exciting releases etc coming our way?
We're looking to take our sportswear to a next level… possibly even going
back to university to do fashion/ sportswear design. We've just begun to design
a small batch of Gis to be make completely in the UK. We're also looking at
producing some jackets, backpacks and hats completely produced in the UK but
its early days we'll see how they go.
We'll be dropping a new batch of designs for Spring 2014 and a much
larger one in Summer 2014 with a few interesting additions!
With the Gis, are you looking to bring anything new
to the market or improve on certain aspects of existing designs?
We're currently in the initial design/ drawing stages so its still very
early days. We're looking at some new materials (made in the UK) its just
finding the right weight that won't shrink too much while keeping it
competition legal. There’s quite a lot about the Gi market that seems
antiquated such as the sizing or the amount of shrinkage for example so there
some issues we'll be looking into next year.
You have a growing fight team and help a lot of
grass roots fighters, what so you look for when sponsoring someone? Obviously
you can't help everyone, but there are a lot of guys and gals out there who
want help. Any pointers?
We don't look for anything in particular. Our team so far is a really
mixed bunch. We've got people who run blogs or are really a strong presence
online but haven't competed for a while and then people who are crushing it
competitions but don't even have a Facebook account.
We work with a lot of younger fighters with a ton of potential. We're a young
brand so it will help us both grow together… That doesn't mean if any Black
Belts are looking for a new sponsor they shouldn't drop us a message!
If anyone wants sponsorship people should check out the latest Jiu Jitsu
Style magazine it has a great article on getting sponsored and Mr Meerkatsu wrote a really spot on piece about
Thanks for taking the time to speak to me mate
If you’re after some new gear, take a quick look at Roll Supremes site.
I also have the pleasure of reviewing some of their gear, so stay tuned for
that (past reviews can be found HERE)
If you have any questions or comments, please post below.