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Clare Farrell – No Such Thing Cycling Clothing


Cycling World speaks to Clare about her motivation to create cycling clothing that she and others will feel passionate about.


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Tell us about your inspiration for creating ‘No Such Thing’


I’m a cyclist and a fashion designer, with extensive experience in ethical/sustainable fashion but also in outerwear. As a result I own about 50 coats (a little excessive perhaps but at least I’m passionate about them?!). A few years ago I decided to try to give up public transport, and the more I cycled the less I wore the coats and jackets. Much of my wardrobe became redundant but my coats were certainly all off the menu... too hot, sweaty, heavy when wet, restrictive, and so on. I ended up cycling around in a horrible men’s cycle jacket I was given by a friend (simply because it was so practical), and I thought there must be a way I could arrive by bike looking better than this? But the bike shops didn’t offer me what I wanted, and the high street was no use either. My passion for textile chemistry and environmentalism led me to research the toxicity/impact of waterproof and


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technical fabrics, I sought alternative waterproofing membrane technology which I would feel happy to use in terms of ethics (non-toxic, recyclable) and began to develop my dream cycling jacket. This is now the fishtail trench coat.


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Q Do you cycle yourself?


YES, although I occasionally take the train these days, I didn’t give up public transport forever. Because...


What do you ride?


I ride a Brompton. I love the convenience of it in London, even on a long journey across the city I may use the odd train but I never have to wait at a bus stop!


Do you think women have a sufficient voice in the world of cycling?


Not really, no. I’d happily describe myself as a feminist environmentalist, but I never really considered a feminist cyclist perspective until quite recently?! As I looked further into the world of cycling I have found that women are underrepresented by brands, shops and the media, although you can see it is slowly improving.


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On an urban front there are certainly fewer ladies commuting, but I think appearance (clothing, hair and make up) can be seen traditionally as barriers to women who are still judged heavily on these things when they get to the workplace. I’m hoping to help in that area by creating garments which can at once be smart, technical and practical.


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What can improve?


Women are underrepresented in almost every aspect of our society


so I don’t see this issue as specific to the world of cycling, although it does seem


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