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Q A


What do you think is essential to produce a quality piece of cycling


apparel?


Probably being a cyclist yourself?... Understanding the needs of someone who is undergoing constantly changing road and weather conditions. Layering is key in my opinion.. I often have several light layers beneath a tailored jacket and remove them as and when so I can control my temperature as the days can vary from morning to night and I often head out in the morning and get home late at night. I hate being too hot. Cyclists also need clothes which are tough and long lasting so I hope the trans-seasonal approach to design/styling will also suit the market. Everything is based on classic shapes and styles which won’t go out of fashion quickly and my material choices are based on eco impact and quality of wear and performance.


I would also add that the majority of performance clothing is manufactured in far away places in huge volumes and there are few brands who can offer solid guarantees that people aren’t being poisoned or enslaved somewhere along the line. I work with close contacts and friends so I can be certain how and where my clothes are being made... and I think cyclists care quite a lot more for these factors than the mainstream fashion industry too so I’m hoping for this to be a selling point. :)


Q A


What would you recommend all cyclists should wear?


High vis and reflective materials... being seen is so important and I know as a driver there are issues with visibility because you are so small compared to other vehicles. Aparently there are shockingly low numbers of riders who wear reflective clothing.. and I didn’t until I made my own because style wins over safety, as irrational as that is! I have focussed a lot on reflective blacks because I know thats what people wear, such a lot of black, and I think they will continue to do so. If a garment can be reflective black which looks cool in the daylight that’s a fairly good compromise right?


Q A


What is your favourite piece of clothing from your collection?


The trench, without doubt. It was the first style I worked on, the range has been built around it, and I feel it is the piece which addresses the most challenges at once. Having said that I also wear the leggings, scarf, blazer, bomber and armwarmers plenty too!... all of it then?! I have said from the outset that the main point of this project was to create really useful clothes to support my own busy, active, lifestyle but not to forget my professional life, so far the samples have been of great benefit to my everyday wardrobe!


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