Vulpine team up with Oliver Spencer to launch cycling blazer

Cycle clothing brand collaborates with leading menswear designer

by Mat Brett   February 12, 2014  

Vulpine are launching a limited edition cycling blazer that’s the result of a collaboration with British menswear designer Oliver Spencer. The tailored blazer, designed for urban cyclists to wear both on and off the bike, is showerproof and features several bike-friendly touches.

Oliver Spencer, based in London and a cyclist himself, reckons that his clothing combines ‘modern fits with old style construction’ and this hook up with Vulpine is his first ever performance wear collaboration. The idea is that the blazer can be worn comfortably on the bike and look smart when you arrive at your destination.

Vulpine say, “Oliver led the overall design with his knowledge of fit, British style and manufacturing whilst Vulpine advised on performance specific cuts along with subtle, practical features, making the ideal jacket for the modern cyclist.”

The navy jacket is made in England from a water-resistant cotton and boasts several features that add to its function on the bike. You get underarm vents to stop you overheating, for example, while the reflective fabric used at the neck lining, fold-back cuffs and rear vent is designed to make you more visible on the road. You can button up the lapels to keep cold air out.

Although the cut is essentially classic, the arms and back of the jacket are slightly longer than those of traditional outerwear in order to suit a riding position.

The blazer is available in sizes from 36in to 46in and it’s priced at £295. This is the first in an ongoing partnership between Oliver Spencer and Vulpine which will expand to include a womenswear offering for Autumn/Winter 2014.

For more details and/or to place an order go to www.vulpine.cc.

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I'm more interested in that bike. What the heck is going on with those shifters?!

posted by othello [278 posts]
12th February 2014 - 16:10

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posted by Steve Worland [95 posts]
12th February 2014 - 16:25

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Might be a dumb question: Don't roll-up cuffs expose your wrists to the elements?

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posted by Goldfever4 [165 posts]
12th February 2014 - 16:50

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I like the fact that cycling is becoming a "lifestyle" and that people are able to buy into it with pieces like this. However, for me, this jacket just seems to be in a no mans land between a functional cycling jacket and a usable fashion piece.

posted by midschool [17 posts]
12th February 2014 - 18:30

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thank heavens! my other blazers are so intensely cycle-unspecific I can barely steer my way to the local beard salon.

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posted by joemmo [768 posts]
12th February 2014 - 18:33

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a nice set of oxford brogues in oxblood methinks...and speedplays and i'd be set for my next trip to the Eden Regatta...might need to search out a suitable cravat too!

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posted by The _Kaner [375 posts]
12th February 2014 - 19:00

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joemmo wrote:
thank heavens! my other blazers are so intensely cycle-unspecific I can barely steer my way to the local beard salon.

You can imagine our shock when Jon turned up clean shaven (with a cut-throat though, so keeping within hipster guidelines, natch). We managed to work through it.

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posted by aslongasicycle [288 posts]
12th February 2014 - 20:10

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I like it. Does it come in fat bastard sizes?

posted by Ush [377 posts]
12th February 2014 - 20:44

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A bit metrosexual don't you think for the average cyclist?

posted by levermonkey [308 posts]
12th February 2014 - 22:18

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levermonkey wrote:
A bit metrosexual don't you think for the average cyclist?
One does not aim to be average sir. *Adjusts pocket handkerchief to jaunty angle and applies moisturiser to cheekbones*

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posted by aslongasicycle [288 posts]
12th February 2014 - 22:52

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Looks nice, but anyone cycling properly is likely to end up turning up with a soaking wet blazer and smelly - probably not such a good look!

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13th February 2014 - 10:35

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AyBee wrote:
Looks nice, but anyone cycling properly is likely to end up turning up with a soaking wet blazer and smelly - probably not such a good look!

Depends what you class as 'properly', no? I often cycle what I consider 'properly' (around 10k into town, and 10k home) in to work without getting sweaty or smelly - I just don't go that fast. A jacket like this could be just the ticket if I've got meetings and need to look smartish.

I also ride properly on my club run, and then I do get sweaty, but I wouldn't wear a tailored jacket for that. Unless it was for a bet.

posted by step-hent [644 posts]
13th February 2014 - 13:25

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Well this is clearly no good, as it isn't a jersey made from the finest materials on earth but available in Aldi for £15.99. We cannot stand for this for thing! Careful Now! My father cycled 50 miles each way to the coal mine every day, he'd spin in his grave to see this sort of thing if he wasn't still alive.

posted by Al__S [480 posts]
13th February 2014 - 14:41

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I think it's great - wish I could afford one!

posted by TimC340 [27 posts]
14th February 2014 - 10:36

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