Interview: James Pawson, Sportswear Apparel Designer at Rapha

The London-based brand combines contemporary style with performance cycling gear in their new City Collection

Back in 2004, Rapha upended the cycling apparel industry when they started making gear that was more stylish, comfortable and innovative—rebuffing the garish (often juvenile) styles that dominated at the time. From using Merino wool—and updating it by blending it with synthetics for less sag and faster drying—to featuring upscale elements found in designer garments, the brand’s dedication to premium fabric, construction and sophisticated aesthetics …

Low Low Socks

The look (or, more accurately, lack of look) of no-show socks is rarely worth the blisters, slouch or discomfort. But Outlier’s Megafine Low Lows are made from a nylon structure and a natural Merino knit—making them comfortable as well as functional. The combination also means they’re sweat-wicking and odor-resistant—ideal for all kinds of weather.

Helly Hansen’s Ask Winter Coat Collection

Technologically advanced outerwear with crisp Nordic style

As far as high-performance heritage brands go, very few carry the history of Helly Hansen, who’ve been snatching up consumers and awards for their technological advancements since 1877. For their latest line of men’s winter coats, the Ask Collection, the brand references the deeper history of Norse mythology—Ask was the first man on earth, born of Odin’s breath upon a log on the seashore. All …