To celebrate Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France in London, Rapha has teamed up with fashion designer Sir Paul Smith to produce a commemorative Sportwool jersey in strictly limited numbers.
The limited edition Paul Smith & Rapha jersey is probably as near to fashion as the classic Rapha look gets, but it’s still very much a practical cycling top. Made of Sportwool, which is lightweight, itch-free and odour-resistant, the shir has a slim fit, classic collar, button front and various pockets.
The Rapha tricolor design also features embroidered logos, along with the route of Stage One of the Tour in embroidered onto the back. Unsurprisingly, it isn’t cheap, retailing for £175. It will be followed by a range of "classic" cycling hats from June in tweed and houdstooth, again a joint collaboration between Rapha and Paul Smith. More details when we get them.