Posts Tagged ‘grand tour’

Le Coq Sportif. La Returne.

June 16, 2011


Image: Presse photos.

Le Coq Sportif recently announced that they will in 2012 become the official supplier and sponsor of the Tour de France. Le Coq have a solid 40 year history with cycling and Le Tour so it is very much like a long lost brother returning home to his family.

It’ll be great to see the Coq adorning the maillot jaune again and I might also add at this point that the jerseys will be manufactured in, well, in France of course!

More info as it comes.

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Rapha x Burfields & Co.

June 4, 2010

Established in 1944, Burfields & Co. is one of only two surviving glove manufacturers in an area that once boasted 38. The hand-painted sign welcoming visitors is a relic of that bygone age. It reads: “This is where gloves of quality and superlative design are manufactured by Burfields and the Martock Glove Co.” In a rabbit warren of buildings at the end of a small lane, the main factory sits beside the old fire station which now acts as the Burfields warehouse.

Richard unwraps a piece of black goatskin from inside a wet cloth; the leather is dampened for a few hours, making it easier to work and stretch. This piece is destined to become a pair of black Rapha Grand Tour Gloves. He moves the skin one way and then the next, with the urgency and agility of a pizza chef stretching dough. The degree of stretch within the leather is very important. It is the cutter’s job to ensure every piece of a glove has, within the leather’s grain, the same stretch. To allow the glove to bend around the hand, the leather must have something extra, a quality Richard refers to as “hidden stretch”, something not necessarily apparent when the leather is relaxed. A size large glove, for example, may have as much as 2 ¼ inches of this ‘hidden leather’, which is needed to transform a flat, 2D pattern, into a working 3D glove.

Great post and great gloves too.
Read the entire article here.
Praises be to tracko for pointing it out.

Mo Paint.

April 29, 2010

keeping the cycle related artworks going, here are a couple spotted over at the No gallery webspot. Especially liking the vertically striped piece here, titled ‘peloton’.

Via Fixed gear Leeds.

Xmas list starts here.

November 11, 2009

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Rapha’s latest collaboration with Paul Smith sees the classic Grand Tour Gloves given a sartorial twist. Featuring the English designer’s signature stripe, the multi-coloured pattern is used on the piping of these black leather race mitts. This limited edition piece was designed for the Favourite Shirts exhibition, a celebration of cycling jerseys featuring Rapha and Rouleur photography, held at the Paul Smith shop in Tokyo.

Please note the gloves are an extremely limited edition and only 20 pairs are available

Rapha via Tracko.


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