Following on the heels of the City Riding lookbook, this racing/training collection from Rapha should just be called ‘take my money already.’ Still the choice kit for dentists and lawyers (along with Assos perhaps), there’s no denying how rad the collection is, even if it is out budgetary reach for most, myself included. Understated and the highest tech, Rapha nailed the market opening when everything else was over coloured and logo’d. This lookbook was shot in Norway and is mind-blowingly beautiful… just as you’d expect from a brand that never skimps on presentation.
Here is a look at a very exciting collaborative venture between two good ol’ American brands, Woolrich and West America. I am sure the most of you (if not all) are aware of Woolrich, but maybe not so much West America: the brand is made up of two respected builders in their own right, James Crowe (Crow Metal Co.) and Jordan Hufnagel (Hufnagel Cycles).
The two brands joined forces to produce this 4-piece capsule collection designed specifically for motorcycle riding, and even more specifically for a 12 month ride to Patagonia that both James and Jordan are just embarking upon. The collection itself consists of a great product mix; a waxed cotton motorcycle jacket (both brown and black), waxed cotton and wool vest, poncho/blanket roll up with a waxed outer, and finally a 6-panel hat made of deadstock camo wool made in the early 90′s. All the items in the collection are made in the USA and are limited to 100 units of each, making for a rather limited edition offering. The collection will be made available on the Woolrich website, the West America online shop as well as select stores starting the beginning of next month (Nov.1). Make sure to also follow both Jordan and James on their adventure to Patagonia on Woolrich’s IG (@woolrichinc) and on their website, wearewestamerica.com. All I can say is I am both jealous and outright stoked for these guys, rubber side down boys!
Love or hate Rapha, you can’t deny their influence upon cycling culture over the past few years: establishing a high-end niche based upon performance and presentation, the brand has produced some of the best cycling media the sport has ever seen, focusing on lifestyle and as a natural extension of riding. It works for me: I’m a cycling obsessive through and through (the proof is in the grams), and while for the most part the product hits on a too-premium pricepoint for my budget I love the core brand ethos and dedication to well-made, thoughtfully considered goods with a presentation to match. This lookbook was shot in Antwerp and Berlin, and nails it… peep more of the City Line over at Rapha online.
As the camping craze continues on in fashion these days its always good to pay respects to the pioneers of the outdoors movements and who better than Patagonia to cover that base. Patagonia is the epitome of an outdoors brand, with their quality/functional products and environmental initiatives, they do it all right in my eyes. Over the years the brand has grown but the Legacy Collection seen here pays hommage to the small collection of items that really started it all for the brand. The lookbook is shot by none other than the #vanlife man himself, Foster Huntington on a Westcoast road trip to claim a Jeep Comanche (hell yes). The shots are absolutely brilliant, perfectly painting the road trip picture, all in all great collection and presentation.
Muttonhead have teamed up with Montreal photographer Spencer Edwards of Propr Postur, for this editorial shoot for the spring/summer 2013 collection. Titled ‘Propr Sport’ the shoot features the new items from the Mutt’s SS13 ‘Good Sport’ collection. Great looks for both guys and girls and some really nice shots, great team efforts all around.
Damn rights its starting to look like proper springtime out here in the Pac North West and the 84/85 boys are taking full advantage of it. As of late both Kevin and myself have been getting out as much as we can and doing all of the many things that take up our spare time, and here are a few pics from the last while from the both of us (as always you can follow us here and here).
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Loving this video from Specialized-Lululemon featuring photographer Emily Maye, who shot the team while training in Portugal during December 2012. Its Maye’s ability to capture the non-race moments that works so well here, but honestly this strikes a special chord because good friend / Stucky Life cohort Gillian Carleton is part of the Velocio team and is featured predominantly throughout these photos (and has been on a tear recently in general).
Sometimes I think we could easily become a Deus tribute blog, but anyway. Thumpers, the single-cylinder 4-stoke beasts (who’s sound obviously informs the name) hold a very special place in the 84/85 black hearts: we both ride ‘em on the daily. The stable consists of an SR500 and an XT550, workhorse bikes, light, torquey and instantly recognizable by sound from a few blocks away. And while we’re all Yammy over here there’s plenty of thumpers out there, and recently Deus decided to throw their first ever proper motorcycle show at the California Emporium of Postmodern Activities in honour of the vaunted single. SO MANY COOL BIKES showed up, what can I say, wish I could have been there more than any cool chop show, that’s for sure. Enjoy the images and check the Deus recap for more.