Collaboration, The Ultimate Cycling Suit: 2008 to date
Timothy Everest and performance roadwear label Rapha join forces to bring sartorial elegance to the urban commute. A fitting balance of ergonomics and aesthetics, the three-piece cycling suit meets the needs of the city cyclist who requires his attire to transcend from the bike to the boardroom.
The Bespoke version was launched in 2009, with the Ready-to-Wear version following soon after.
Woven in Britain, the 100% wool fabric features an exclusive check designed by Timothy personally, with just a dash of Rapha pink. Created using nanotechnology, the fabric is both water and stain resistant. It also keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. A two-button jacket when worn with the collar down, when turned up two hidden buttons come into play to provide secure protection from the elements.
The jacket is designed for comfort and practicality and includes a number of innovations, including front hems can be folded up and buttoned to the front pockets to hold them away from your legs when riding; an ‘action back’ with pleats in the rear of the shoulders, allowing for extra reach on the bike; and a storm-collar fastens at the neck to keep out the elements. The sleeves are finished with working cuff buttons, as you would expect in a finely tailored suit jacket, and the underside of the collar has a pink Melton wool trim. Inside, the jacket has two in-breast pockets and an additional zipped valuables pocket. The lining of the jacket is beautifully finished, with elegant pink stitching, pink routing loops for an iPod cable and a pink hanging loop.
The Ready-to-Wear version is available to buy from Rapha.