Rapha x Paul Smith A/W 2010

Cycling clothes get dandy in a collaboration joining two renowned British clothiers

by Summer Seventysix

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Yesterday we got a sneak peek at the latest from Rapha, the British makers high-end cycle clothing. It featured pieces from the upcoming AW10 range and a much anticipated collaboration with Paul Smith, on show at Rapha’s soon-to-close pop-up cafe in Clerkenwell. Our man on the ground picked his favourites.


Following the successful release of a line of accessories, the Paul Smith clothing tie-up is for the next two seasons, and the man’s signature color purple was very much in evidence combined with Rapha’s own pink flourishes, and a decent dose of black. The stand-out examples can be seen above: a mid-weight merino jersey, flamboyant polkadot silk scarf and a beautifully cut rain jacket, all designed to fit in with Rapha’s move to provide more options for the city cyclist.

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With that in mind, the brand also unveiled its new jeans, which have been two years in the making. Made of a specially developed water-repellant, shape-maintaining, denim-style fabric, they include a place to hold your D-lock. Once turned-up, they also reveal a none-too-subtle Rapha logo, and reflective pink seam.

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Our favourite piece from the new Autumn-Winter season, though, is the new merino cyclocross jersey. Rapha recently hooked up with bike brand Focus to sponsor a cyclocross team in the US, and this jersey features their signature candy-stripe color scheme on black background. Also available is a full bodysuit, for those feeling particularly brave.

All the new gear is expected to start appearing on Rapha’s site from the start of September, as well as in selected stores.