Rapha + Liberty Collection For Women
Really enjoying this. Obviously, love the print, but I’m especially drawn to the jarring zipper that looks like it was sewn inside out. I enjoy being challenged by details such as these, rather than the latest “LOOK AT MY EXTREMELY GARISH, HARDLY DESIGNED KIT”. Also loving Emily Maye’s photography of Tiff Cromwell. But that’s an obvious statement as well.
Full press release detailing the what and the why below. If you’re stoked, shop the collection on Rapha.
The Donhou x Rapha x Liberty Bike
To support the collection, Tom Donhou has done a custom paint scheme that will be available on one of his road bikes. It’s looking pretty sweet as you can see.
Full Press Release
Announcing the 2016 Rapha + Liberty Women’s Collection
On Friday, April 8th, Rapha will launch the second part of a two season collaboration with Liberty, London’s famous department store and fabric and pattern creators. Rapha + Liberty Spring/Summer 2016 features a 1970’s fabric chosen for its bold style and movement. Rapha and Liberty Art Fabrics worked together to choose the pattern from the Liberty archive of 40,000 prints, and Rapha designers then finessed the pattern onto Rapha’s existing 2016 Souplesse collection design.
Designed to be both highly technical and aesthetically beautiful, Rapha Souplesse is intended for training and racing and has a streamlined, supportive fit. The collection is performance focused and includes a Souplesse Jersey, Souplesse Base Layer, Souplesse Bib Shorts, Silk Scarf and Cap.
To support the collection, award-winning frame builder Tom Donhou has once again created a custom paint scheme and executed it on one of his road bikes. The bike will be on display at the Rapha Cycle Club in Soho and will also be available to buy directly from Tom at donhoubicycles.com.
To launch the collection, Rapha also created a ride and feature on the silk trade in London, of which Liberty was a key part, available as a route for London-based riders.
The collection will be available exclusively at Rapha.cc and in Rapha Cycle Clubs worldwide.