Rapha has collaborated with historical UK division retailer Liberty of London on a brand new vary of girls’s cycle garb for each street and metropolis riders. The gathering includes a print chosen from the Liberty archives and tailored to go well with useful materials.
Liberty of London is a longtime style home and division retailer according to London’s standard Regent Boulevard. It’s recognized for producing diverse material prints which have been utilized in type and furniture for many years, with a set together with over forty,000 designs spanning again to 1880.
Liberty has collaborated with many designers and fashion companies over the years, and keep close control over how their designs are used.
“Liberty is a landmark in London with influence on culture as well as design worldwide since the late 19th Century,” says Alex Valdman, Head of Product Design for Rapha. “The Liberty Art Fabrics collaborations are world-renowned and for Rapha to be the first sportswear brand to feature a Liberty print is a real thrill for everyone here. Further, I believe it speaks to the beauty and style of road cycling and its appeal to increasingly more people here in the UK and abroad.”
The print used in the autumn/winter collection is from the 1930’s, and features a collection of dots on a light blue background, the colour way used in the original print. Rapha state that the selected design expresses ‘beauty, fluidity and speed’ and the clustered dots do indeed resemble birds flocking together in flight. There will be a second collection released in spring 2016 with a second Liberty print for spring/summer 2016.
There is a growing trend for sport clothing companies and fashions houses to produce collaborative collections. The Adidas and Stella McCartney relationship is one of the most well-known, and Liberty has worked with Nike in the past to produce a range of trainers featuring archive prints.
The Rapha + Liberty collection is not Rapha’s first foray into the collaborative collection concept either. In 2010, they developed a mens cycling collection with popular designer Paul Smith. This is, however, its first collaborative collection for the female cyclists, and Rapha state that it is committed to advancing women’s road cycling. ‘We wanted to create a beautiful, functional range of clothing for on and off the bike, and are proud that Liberty wanted to work with us on this project. Our designers worked hard to choose the right pattern and then apply it in innovative ways to created the resulting technical, stylish garments’ says Kati Jagger, Rapha press officer.
The Rapha + Liberty collection includes the City Merino Sweatshirt and City Leggings
Liberty has something of a cult following, and it’s possible that this collaboration may develop mainstream appeal beyond the cycling world.
Scott Tepper, Fashion and Buying Director for Liberty says of the collaboration: ‘It’s a pleasure to see an archive Liberty print reworked onto sleek cycling gear in such a modern way. These pieces will surely become collectors items.’
There are 9 items in the collection, including a performance Souplesse jersey, a protracted sleeved jersey from the Rapha coaching and racing vary, and versatile merino sweatshirts and leggings from the Rapha Metropolis vary, in addition to a spread of equipment. Rapha have sacrificed none of their garment efficiency to include the Liberty print, and certainly delivered options. The diverse print positioned on the rear of the lengthy sleeved jersey, is reflective – a helpful function because the evenings shut in within the northern hemisphere.
The entire assortment is on hand from the twenty first of September in Rapha Cycle Membership retail outlets international, and likewise from Liberty of London itself, who’re additionally exhibiting the diversity in a different window show within the Regent Side road retailer. The show with additionally characteristic unique variation street and city bikes that includes the autumn iciness Liberty print, handcrafted by means of UK-based totally body constructing Tom Donahu. The show might be in location for 2 weeks from the twenty first September 2015.
Liberty itself has biking in it can be historical past; from 1901 to 1921 the ancient division retailer ran the Liberty Problem Cup, a cycle race for feminine group of workers contributors. This race is referenced in important points on the Rapha + Liberty assortment clothes, and Rapha states there are plans afoot for a revival of the race to coincide with the discharge of the spring summer season Rapha + Liberty assortment in spring 2016.
Rapha + Liberty autumn/iciness assortment
- Rapha + Liberty Souplesse Jersey
- Rapha + Liberty Silk Scarf
- Rapha + Liberty Cap
- Rapha + Liberty Necessities Case
- Rapha + Liberty Musette
- Rapha + Liberty Metropolis Bomber Jacket
- Rapha + Liberty Metropolis Merino Sweatshirt
- Rapha + Liberty Metropolis Leggings
- Rapha + Liberty Lengthy Sleeve Jersey