Rapha and Paul Smith have done projects in the past, and now they come together again for an official collection, known as Rapha + Paul Smith. The aforementioned project dated back in 2007, when the two came together on a Jersey, and furthering the relationship, Paul Smith sponsored the Rapha Condor Sharp racing team in 2009.
Riding in luxury is defiantly a privilege, and the Rapha x Paul Smith collection is exactly that containing rain jackets, jersey, and other cycling apparel. Both companies are branded in this release, which is apart of the Autumn collection. A strong use of purple are on the items, and for spice polka dots. An additional collection will release in the spring, which will feature trousers, jerseys, and other accessories. Here is some additional information on each piece.
The Merino Jersey by Rapha + Paul Smith is available in purple or black, reflective on the back, pocket and chest.
The Rain Jacket is also available in purple or black, and comes with a carrying pouch. 100% waterproof and tapered seams to make sure you stay dry. Hints of pink are also present to keep you seen, plus a drop down tail that can zip away.
Other products apart of the Rapha + Paul Smith Collection are a knitted winter hat, polka dot cap, full fingered leather gloves, polka dot silk scarf, and a “Essentials Case”.
You can view the collection in person at the Rapha Cycle Club in New York and London, which started July 16th, and will run for two weeks. Available October 1st 2010 at select Paul Smith retailers, and Rapha, Paul Smith online websites.