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Harmonious clash of British style titans will be launched on 1 October

There will be a harmonious clash of British style titans on 1 October when Rapha and Paul Smith launch a co-branded collection of cycling clothes and accessories.

Building over two seasons, the collection will feature products - aimed, no doubt, at the well-heeled cyclist - that are inspired by road racing and designed specifically for city riding.

This is the latest in a series of collaborations between Rapha and Paul Smith. The two companies first worked together in 2007 on a Grand Départ Jersey to celebrate the Tour de France prologue in London. The jersey is now a collector's item, fetching at least £300 on eBay.

Paul Smith went on to sponsor the Rapha Condor Sharp racing team in 2009, and has already featured the riders on Paul Smith bags this summer.

A limited edition Paul Smith version of Rapha’s Grand Tour Gloves was launched earlier this year.

Lifelong lover of most things cycling-related, from Moulton Mini adventures in the 70s to London bike messengering in the 80s, commuting in the 90s, mountain biking in the noughties and road cycling throughout. Editor of Simpson Magazine (www.simpsonmagazine.cc).