The cycling industry has always been associated with custom kits in Lycra or polyester, but rarely has there been, in modern times, a company specializing in custom Merino jerseys. Isadore Apparel – founded by Pro rider Martin Velits (Etixx- Quickstep) aided by brother Peter Velits (BMC Racing Team) – have for the past two years made a fine name for themselves in manufacturing cycling apparel in Bi-component Merino and highly technical performance materials.
Ahead of their Autumn/Winter 2015 product news Isadore Apparel have just completed this Limited Edition Cross/Explorateur Jersey for their Danish retailer Velo Pavé outside Copenhagen. With embroidered Belgian lion and Velo Pavé logo on chest, and tone-in-tone on the center back pocket, the jersey is a beautiful testament to the craftsmanship of a custom Merino jersey from Isadore Apparel. There is a lion that roars louder in the Danish woods right now. The jersey is only available through Velo Pavé – hit them through their Facebook page. For more information on Isadore Apparel, click here.
Hardworking and Humble on the DL, (Donkey Label for short) is a short video that should inspire us all. Daniel races for Donkey Label and is a Captain within the Minneapolis Fire Department. He is a multiple World and National Champion on the track and at age 49 is one of the fastest guys in the state of MN regardless of age. We made this film to show what goes on inside his mind and in the basement of the fire station that allows him to perform his job and his passion at the highest level. Check it out.
Directed by: Todd Grabe
Produced and Filmed by: T.C. Worley
2nd Camera: Joshua Shores
Audio Tech: Patrick Schaeffer
Gaffer: Patrick Murray
Edited by: Todd Grabe
Music: Richard Werbowenko
Color/Audio Mix: Carlos Lamas
Days are getting shorter and colder, this means only one thing.. Look Mum No Hands have released their bobble hat with two new colours! Keep your head warm off the bike with these cosy bobble hats! Head to Look Mum No Hands for more information.
Simpson Magazine launched issue 8 earlier this month. Featuring the Women’s Tour of Britain, shot exclusively for Simpson Magazine by Jack Chevell, a recipe from Team Sky chef Henrik Orre and much more. Head to Simpson Magazine for more information.
The Wonderful Socks have branched out and produced their own cap, The Climb #1. As an owner of more caps than any one cyclist could ever need, I must say.. I rather like this one. Its nice, simple and I can visualise every switchback on ‘The Climb’. The cap was created to match the Climb #1 socks. Head over to The Wonderful Socks for more information.
To celebrate Peter Sagan’s well deserved victory at the recent World Championships, Manual for Speed created this rad t-shirt. Head over to Manual for Speed for more information and to pre-order.
“He was already an All-Star but Peter Sagan is now your 2015 World Champion, and without a doubt cycling’s MVP. Kind of a big deal right? We think so, and after our TDF All-Stars Sagan shirt sold out so quickly after the race, we quickly pressed Sam Taylor into action to update his look—and boom, we’ve got this real nice Sagan t-shirt with the rainbows and everything.
To honor Peter Sagan’s words after the race, we will be donating a large percentage of profits to an Migrant Offshore Aid Station.”
Here’s a first look at new book A year in the saddle by Giles Belbin and illustrated by Daniel Seex. It’s full of great illustrations and glorious extracts from cycling’s rich history for each day of the year. Having only had a 10 minute read so far I’m hooked and want to read all 352 days. The book is out on October 1st and cost £20. Details on A year in the saddle can be found on Quarto knows.
Cycling’s vast history is a fascinating mix of gripping sporting moments, inspired pursuits and a whole host of heroes, hellions and legend-makers.
A Year in the Saddle travels through the calendar year, each day telling a single cycling story: from the death of the great Fausto Coppi, through to the dominance of Sir Chris Hoy on the veoldrome track. It takes in the highest peaks of the Tour de France and the flats of Flanders, as well as celebrating the history of the bike itself.
Cycling writer Giles Belbin brings together the most important, memorable and intriguing moments of this wide and varied history. With striking and beautiful illustrations by artist Daniel Seex, each inspired by the stories told, A Year in the Saddle is a sporting treasure trove of human virtue, vice and cycling trivia.
The fastest man for an hour Mr Wiggo has got himself a new Fred Perry Bradley Wiggins Collection AW 2015. In a partnership that seems to have gone on far longer than originally mentioned there’s a new set of Fred Perry gear out to wear that’s cut just a tad longer and which i find fits me perfectly.
This Bradley Wiggins Cycling hat is brilliant, might have to get one myself. Got a feeling they will sell quick though.
There are lots good looking shirts this time around, the grey with red white and blue sleeve trims being my favourite.
Head over to Fred Perry for the full collection.
The Rapha + Liberty project is probably one of the nicest Rapha projects to date and a very nice collaboration. Liberty’s of London is best described as an institution of style and fashion and have included past collaborations from William Morris to Hello Kitty. Rapha’s collaboration is being kicked off with a series of caps using some of the famous haberdashery department’s archived prints. With print names like Strawberry Thief, it’s hard not to imagine a quintessential English scene. These names are given to the caps, and the caps themselves are being released one per day until the main range is launched.
The caps are being modelled by influential women from the cycling community in London, the caps are a nod to the shared history between fashion and the sport of cycling. This women’s collection in collaboration with London department store Liberty will bring Rapha’s state-of-the-art performance wear together with Liberty’s influential print archive. Rapha + Liberty has reworked an iconic print from the 1930s in a range of stylish, technical apparel, tailored for riding, racing and time off the bike. Caps off to both Rapha and Liberty for offering something very stylish to women cyclists and probably doing more than any other brand to attract women to cycling. See all the caps as they’re released here and sign up for further info on the Rapha Liberty collaboration.
Superdomestik has a range of kit for 2015 on pre-order. All of it is rad. With so many great cycling apparel brands out there it’s hard to offer up something not already done. Superdomestik’s approach is to offer limited edition kits, that are highly thought-out design pieces and curated as such.
Superdomestik explain it as such; “We are design driven collective. We design and produce, high-quality, limited-run cycling apparel and accessories. We shoot motion + still photography, design and art direct assignments across editorial, advertising, publishing and digital platforms. We also ride our bicycles… a lot!” Headset Press thinks that is a legitimate approach in a crowded market. At the end of each year they retire all of their designs to keep the brand fresh and preserve the ‘limited run’ nature of their apparel. All of Superdomestik’s products are made in the in Downtown Los Angeles, USA from Italian fabrics.
They’re currently entering the final order period of the year, offering one last chance for the discerning cyclist to get their hands on some ‘kit porn’ before these designs are retired to the design vault. So if this is your thing and are looking for something unique go to superdomestik.cc and pre-order up!