Rapha Launches Mountain Biking Apparel

The English brand branches out into performance trail wear for the first time

When Rapha initially launched back in 2004, most other road cycling kits looked like they copied cereal box graphics, and many cyclists would mine thrift stores for ancient, wool Faema espresso jerseys from the 1960s. Thankfully, along came the London-based brand, with its elan for decidedly subtle style and carefully tailored sportswear. Ever since, brands and designers (from the athletic realm to the auto industry) …

An Inside Look at Rapha

While “stay curious about everything” might appear to be the most quotable line from the new Apple-produced, iPhone-shot mini-doc about Rapha head of design Alex Valdman, it’s most certainly not the only important takeaway. “That’s what design is. It’s not creating a product, it’s the process that you go through. It’s not the final thing, but how you got to that final thing,” Valdman shares …

Rapha + Liberty of London Patterned Cycling Gear

The sportswear favorite collaborates with the iconic British department store on women's apparel and more

Today cycling experts Rapha unveiled their collection designed with iconic and historic British store, Liberty of London—the first part of a two-season collaboration. Famous for floral and graphic prints, Liberty might not seem like the most likely partner for Rapha, but the technically-minded gear works nicely with their softer patterning—as the brand chose a minimal print from the ’30s when trawling through Liberty’s archive of …