Rapha & Raeburn launch city cycling collection

Very limited edition clothing from Rapha and fashion designer Christopher Raeburn

by Mat Brett   May 14, 2013  

Rapha have launched a limited edition collection of city cycling clothing with designers Christopher and Graeme Raeburn, this Wind Jacket being made from recycled military parachute canopies. The prices are going to make a lot of you whistle through your teeth.

Cyclist Graeme Raeburn is product designer at Rapha while his brother, Christopher Raeburn, is a well-known fashion designer who uses re-appropriated military fabrics in his work… hence the nylon parachute canopy fabric that’s used for the front and back panels here.

As its name suggests, the Wind Jacket is windproof, and it’s lightweight and packable too. The spots on the arms and the yoke are reflective, and the hood can be rolled up and fastened away. You get front pockets, one of which doubles as a storage pocket for the jacket as a whole. Each jacket is individually numbered – that’s the reflective race-style number on the back.

Like all of the Rapha & Raeburn products, it’s made in England. For the full story on the collection, go to Rapha’s website

The Wind Jacket is available in green and white versions at, um, £300 (orange versions appear to be out of stock). 

The Rapha & Raeburn range also includes a Short Sleeve Henley merino shirt (£120) and jeans (£180).

According to Rapha, the jeans are made from ‘abrasion resistant and flexible fabric made from nylon, cotton and eslastane blend yarns’ that’s milled especially for them. Only 500 pairs are being made.

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That jacket is horrendous!

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posted by CraigS [135 posts]
14th May 2013 - 17:18

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It is limited and, last time I checked, there's no point checking on Rapha's website as you won't see it, not unless you're an Imperial Works Customer.

I am, for my sins, but wouldn't go near this. It's truly terrible.

posted by bendertherobot [376 posts]
14th May 2013 - 17:39

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London

posted by Some Fella [816 posts]
14th May 2013 - 18:04

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I think I'd rather wear the parachute, open, into a head wind than wear that jacket.

posted by bike_food [106 posts]
14th May 2013 - 18:37

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WTF?

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posted by mooseman [60 posts]
14th May 2013 - 19:11

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The wind jacket is a stark design piece - you either hate or love it. I'd love to see it in action.

No shortage of takers though as most of these pieces have already sold out. Hats off to Rapha for creating things that sell in these dire economic times.

posted by Metjas [306 posts]
14th May 2013 - 19:23

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Usually I don't bother commenting on Rapha articles because people should spend their money how they want, plus I think most Rapha clothing looks quite good. But how can that awful looking jacket, made out of recycled material cost £300! Is it sewed together with gold thread?

posted by NeilG83 [256 posts]
14th May 2013 - 19:24

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Oh dear lord no!

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posted by Fixie Girl [124 posts]
14th May 2013 - 19:48

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The question is - what happened to Paul Smith?
Has Rapha switched to a different designer?

Are my Paul Smith items now getting collectors items? Big Grin

posted by Dr. Ko [109 posts]
14th May 2013 - 20:20

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Awful.

posted by Jonny_Trousers [107 posts]
14th May 2013 - 20:22

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Oh dear, Rapha has just jumped the shark. Shame, their stuff was original in a good way when they started, now it's just the King's clothes. Looking forward to the next company that will take their crown. Such is the way with innovation.

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posted by varderik [5 posts]
14th May 2013 - 20:38

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Nauseating. Oh and don't carry a bag, or the pattern will rub off. (Rapha website).

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
14th May 2013 - 20:43

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Those jeans would be ideal for cycling to the Masonic Lodge I imagine.

It might be the large amount of cheese I've just eaten but putting aside the pretentiousness and price I quite like the big reflective dots on the arms as a detail.

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posted by joemmo [880 posts]
14th May 2013 - 20:55

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We've got the jacket in the office, I like it, it is beautifully made and it certainly gets attention. Short run, high fashion stuff costs money. If you don't like it don't buy it.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4155 posts]
14th May 2013 - 21:20

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Not sure about that jacket but a pair of Diesel jeans are £120 so if the Rapha jeans are much better made, seems ok to me. The problem with Rapha is they seem to do some stuff which leaves me thinking "well you get what you pay for" and other stuff which seems like a gratuitous rip off.

The Claw

posted by The Claw [8 posts]
14th May 2013 - 21:30

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God awful at crazy prices. Sticking with Gore.

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posted by kiwiglider [23 posts]
14th May 2013 - 21:38

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I'm sick of skinny jeans - so noughties and so Max Wall. If Rapha made boot cut jeans I'd buy a pair. A Velcro tab to serve as a bike clip... Maybe I should make them.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1084 posts]
14th May 2013 - 21:38

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I have a pair of the standard Rapha jeans, and can vouch for the fact they are incredibly hard-wearing as well as looking great. They are a tad dearer than the likes of Levi, but from my experience I get through regular jeans in a few months.

Not a fan of these jackets though and not something I can imagine being worn outside of Soho! I would like to see one in the flesh though

posted by sorebones [112 posts]
14th May 2013 - 21:43

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tony_farrelly wrote:
If you don't like it don't buy it.

But you didnt. You got given it.
Would you honestly pay £300 of your own hard earned for it, beautifully made or not?

posted by Some Fella [816 posts]
14th May 2013 - 23:10

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Well I'll stick my neck out and say I like that jacket, it's funky and original. As for £300, no I wouldn't at the minute, but I suspect that the purchasers of this found it easier to drop £300 on a luxury item than I would right now. The value is subjective (as are the looks).

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3427 posts]
15th May 2013 - 5:41

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With this sort of thing, stop even trying to put into the context of value and practicality. As already pointed out, this is expensive fashion instead- and in that context, is priced appropriatly. Would I spend the money? No. Will others? Clearly. Does that mean that it shouldn't exist and that Rapha is evil incarnate because it has created something I neither like the look of or can afford? No.

posted by Al__S [626 posts]
15th May 2013 - 7:44

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Some Fella wrote:
tony_farrelly wrote:
If you don't like it don't buy it.

But you didnt. You got given it.
Would you honestly pay £300 of your own hard earned for it, beautifully made or not?

Nope, I wouldn't cos I can't afford it, doesn't mean I think it's a rip-off though. Any short run, designer label jacket is going to cost that sort of money or a lot more. Oh, and it's going back cos there isn't much point in testing such a limited edition item.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4155 posts]
15th May 2013 - 7:57

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MY EYES! THEY BURN...! Surprise

posted by Lord_Impaler [8 posts]
15th May 2013 - 8:10

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I think that i probably might quite like it

I like the wife and kids more and I feel I may be separated from them should I be joined to the jacket!

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posted by themartincox [377 posts]
15th May 2013 - 9:19

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tony_farrelly wrote:
If you don't like it don't buy it.

thanks for the advice, even though I think the jacket is horrendous I was just about to order a dozen....

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posted by colinth [188 posts]
15th May 2013 - 9:41

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I like and own Rapha clothing
but, sometimes i think....Nathan Barley...if you dont know what i'm referring to.....Cock,Muff Bumhole.

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posted by 11speedaddict [50 posts]
15th May 2013 - 10:34

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colinth wrote:
tony_farrelly wrote:
If you don't like it don't buy it.

thanks for the advice, even though I think the jacket is horrendous I was just about to order a dozen....

Brilliant, that made me chuckle.

posted by bike_food [106 posts]
15th May 2013 - 12:04

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tony_farrelly wrote:
We've got the jacket in the office, I like it, it is beautifully made and it certainly gets attention. Short run, high fashion stuff costs money. If you don't like it don't buy it.

I know of another UK cycle clothing company that does short run handmade limited editions that do not cost a fortune.

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posted by Fixie Girl [124 posts]
15th May 2013 - 15:08

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Fixie Girl wrote:
tony_farrelly wrote:
We've got the jacket in the office, I like it, it is beautifully made and it certainly gets attention. Short run, high fashion stuff costs money. If you don't like it don't buy it.

I know of another UK cycle clothing company that does short run handmade limited editions that do not cost a fortune.

So how do they stop the Proles from buying it?

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
15th May 2013 - 18:45

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Glad someone else mentioned jockeys!

Usually love Rapha stuff (points made above re. high-ish fashion are valid, they have a niche and generally make very high-quality, good-looking items) but that jacket' a bit mingin'.

Jeans are great, as ever, but out of my range.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
24th May 2013 - 7:27

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