Rapha’s city collection has always been the highlight for me season after season amongst their classic, pro team, and various other collections that the line is divided up into. I am always impressed with the understated design of their on-bike apparel and accessories but there’s something about their ability to bring the same design sensibilities to casual wear that gets me every time. Few cycling brands put as much consideration into their off-bike line of apparel (brand logos slapped onto t-shirts and sweatshirts) but Rapha is constantly pushing their city collection into new territory. The top pick for me has to be the merino zip through– an update of the merino track top I myself own and love from a few seasons back, however the update loses its high collar.
Nice to see my favorite component company getting together with Endo Customs in Los Angeles to produce some good lookin kit. The design is a new take on what Thomas Frischknecht raced in for Ritchey during the 90’s with much more blue, I like how they staggered the horizontal blocking from the original jersey. Grab the kit directly from Ritchey here, and be sure to check out some great snaps of Frischknecht raing in that original Ritchey here over at Cyclephotos!
*bottom photo by Balint Hamvas
Admirable insulated options from Crescent Down Works, Giro, and Topo Designs. The vest has been a go-to on rides at about 40°F and below as well as a layer on freezing morning commutes. Packs down into its own interior pocket and sports some hidden jersey pockets- I’m a big fan.
Wild Things and Buzz Rickson’s are two brands that I would have never forecasted for collaboration. As you can see by these lookbook photos from Kinoko shot by Tom Fletcher, they work out pretty well together. Buzz Rickson’s specializes in reproduction militaria and Wild Things makes funky outdoor gear. A sort of yin and yang of rugged apparel. The collection includes the fur-trimmed D3-B coat, camo-printed CWU-9P liner jacket, and my favorite: the reversible hooded Primaloft jacket shown in the first image.
* It should be noted that the Wild Things brand mentioned here is the Japanese version of the brand, whereas the Wild Things of North Conway, New Hampshire origin is really a completely different line. The Wild Things of America once produced climbing and outdoor gear but today focuses on technical combat stuff and even holds contracts with the US military.
Two rad ladies and one collection of FW15 apparel hit the road to shoot some photos. More specifically, Chelsea Parrett and Jules Davies with some choice pieces from Snow Peak‘s new collection featuring some fun printed down.
Today the brand announces the opening of a new store in SoHo at 59 Crosby Street on November 20th. Follow along with the new shop here.
Manastash was once a Seattle-based brand founded by Robert Jungmann, today running Jungmaven, but since 2005 the company has been in the hands of Japanese owners. Over the years they’ve done some great and funky stuff: patchwork synthetic outwear, patterned deep pile fleece reminiscent of Patagonia Snap-T’s, and some more traditional outdoor inspired apparel. This season’s collection has a more refined tone compared to years past, which I quite enjoy. View the whole lookbook/catalog here.
I just happened to find myself at the right time and place during road worlds at Richmond yesterday when Sagan made his move on the 23rd street climb. Definitely didn’t expect to find myself on international TV coverage taking the photo of it happening, either.