Rapha x Herman Miller Cap Collaboration: 2016 Tour of California
Words by Jen Abercrombie
Photos by Jordan Clark Haggard
Rapha continues to bring art, design, and fashion into the cycling space. This week as the 2016 Amgen Tour of California race travels from San Diego to Sacramento, a cycling cap will be released every day for each of eight stages of the men's race and one for the Women’s Tour of California. A limited number of the caps will become available to purchase online, in Rapha Cycle Clubs, and out on the race course at Tillie, the mobile cycle club. The nine caps are a collaboration with iconic brand Herman Miller and the prints, designed by former Herman Miller director of textile design, Alexander Girard, are pulled from their archives. If you want one, you better hurry. As of this writing, the first designs released are already sold out.
To celebrate this collaborative intersection of cycling and design, we took a ride with Rapha and Ben Watson, executive creative director at Herman Miller. We began our city ride at a conversational pace with from the Design Within Reach store in West Hollywood with a group that included local architects and designers. We wound our way through the west side of Los Angeles, visiting mid-century modern architecture classics plus a house that’s a newer example of sustainable technology. The ride took us to the Schindler House, through Century City past "The Barn" which served as a home and studio for modern architect A. Quincy Jones, and on to the Eames House in Pacific Palisades overlooking the ocean. After a quick ride along the beach we visited the McKinley House, also known as the "The Californication House" for its appearance in the eponymous television show.