Now that the weather is set to go apocalypto on our asses, urban cyclists all over the UK are weighing up the evils of clambering into overcrowded tubes and buses versus the shame of clambering into baggy yellow rain gear that has the effect of making the wearer resemble Anne Widdecombe trapped inside a giant custard tart. Neither are good looks.
So with timing worthy of Mark Cavendish, cycling’s most stylish advocate, Sir Paul Smith has collaborated with Rapha (the company that’s played a major role in the re-cooling of cycling) on a range of winter gear. A recurring polka dot is one of the key themes, as are Sir Paul’s signature flourishes of colour and reflective pink detailing on the rain jacket sleeves (which you can reverse if it’s a little too outré for you). Being Rapha it works – really well. The rain jacket features a high visibility storm tail, underarm and rear vents and is naturally waterproof with fully taped seams.
Possibly our favourite touch though is when we went to put our wallet into the pocket and found a charming hand written story from Sir Paul stitched into the fabric. So charming in fact it would be churlish to spoil the surprise by telling you what it’s about.
The collaboration also boasts an equally stylish Merino Jersey, knitted winter hat, leather town gloves and silk scarf. Click on the link below to hear Sir Paul talking to Rapha founder Simon Mottram about his love of things two-wheeled.