Rapha Women's City Riding Collection F/W 2014
Three years ago, Rapha set out to start a women’s collection. The line consisted of a rain jacket, jersey, and shorts. Produced in dark and serious tones, the pieces confronted the dominant ‘pink it and shrink it’ methodology employed by most cycling apparel brands. In crafting pieces for an elegant and athletic cyclist, Rapha was creating product for a market that did not yet exist.
Since their first collection, Rapha has continued to put out three to five new women’s garments each season. Piece by piece rounding out the wardrobes of stylish female cyclists around the world. Most recently, they have released their city riding collection for F/W 2014.
Created by athletic apparel designer and cyclist Emma Green (formerly of Workspace), the collection is full of the vibrant colors and the luxury textiles that have come to define the Rapha brand. Produced with the highest quality materials, the garments are both incredibly durable and highly versatile. Designed to be worn both on and off the bike, many of these pieces are poised to truly take the wearer from day to night to bike. The inclusion of viable, flattering, durable denim in Rapha Women’s City Riding collection makes this collection something that cannot be ignored. Here are the details on some of Pretty Damned Fast's favorite picks.
The Merino Breton Sweater can be a wardrobe staple from Chelsea to Bushwick. In Rapha style the fiber is both lux and technical with a fleece lining in the back. The dropped shoulder seam, for right handed messenger bag carriers might seem a bit frivolous considering the ubiquity of backpacks this season, but Rapha clothes are made to hold, and the visual effect is asymmetrical and somewhat cool.
We loved the Rain Bomber Jacket. Cut with a high, mod collar this parka will keep you dry and stylish on those rainy morning commutes. It has a cleaver drop flap with reflective text instead of the traditional fish-tale which offers additional cover from wet weather. We are unquestionably in favor of anything that increases your visibility while still looking chic.
The Quilted Gilet is an incredibly versatile piece, and its subtle zig-zag quilting is super fast drying and makes it more city and polished than the equestrian pieces that inspired it. We love it because its a true layering piece, adding visual texture and functionality to a very streamlined collection.
Jeans. Finally real jeans. Not dungarees, not slacks, just real wearable, figure flattering jeans produced for female cyclists. The pockets are in the right place, the fabric is ideal, and all the signature Rapha details are there. The high stretch denim is milled with nylon for durability, but just in case they do tear, Rapha has a repair guarantee. High vis piping and a reflective Rapha logo in the cuff of the left leg mean jeans that both fit great on and off the bike and help keep you safe. Really, there is no better denim for female cyclists.