Nick Hussey, founder of cycle commuter clothing company Vulpine, has revealed two new jackets under a new brand called Frahm, and we've had the chance to take a quick first look at them.
"There still seems to be real need for high-end commuter kit [so] I've made two new bike commute jackets," said Nick.
"The Harrington Racer Jacket is designed more specifically for urban cycling (though the subtle point is that these are jackets you can cycle in, not cycling jackets), whereas the Utility Field has a broader range."
The Frahm Harrington Racer Jacket (£295) is made from British Millerain Staywax cotton fabric and it's designed to be showerproof, wind resistant, breathable and fast drying.
It has reinforced shoulders and upper arms, a vent at the rear and comes in a ‘tailored athletic’ fit that's intended to be neither loose nor tight, but somewhere in between.
The Harrington is designed for temperatures from 6-20°C and is machine washable.
The Utility Field Jacket (£395) is constructed from the same Yorkshire-made fabric with an odour resistant, fast drying lining.
It comes with eight pockets and is intended for more general use in temperatures from 0-16°C.
"[The jackets] aren't cheap, they’re built for long-term value; tougher, easier care, higher quality, more detail, styles that don’t go out of fashion," says Nick.
Vulpine went bust in a very public way in 2017 after several years of producing urban-focused apparel that was generally well received by both reviewers and consumers.
Nick reports that he experienced a nervous breakdown following the collapse of Vulpine and that Frahm will give £10 from every jacket sold to the mental health charity Mind.
The jackets are available only through frahmjacket.com.
Mat has in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.