Unlike other materials, corduroy brings a multi-sensorial depth to everything it becomes. Greater than the sum of its parts, it combines looks, texture, and noise as it moves. Cut and brushed to a velvet-like touch, this ribbed cotton fabric was developed in the mills of 19th century Lancashire, explaining the nickname of ‘Manchester’ outside the UK. Hardwearing in spite of the plush finish, it was worn by the working classes before being co-opted by counterculture, like denim but sharper and more political. Its role in subculture has roots in the radical music scenes of the 60s and 70s. Touch, sound, and vision working seamlessly together.