Inspired by a retro 1970s print, the second and last Rapha + Liberty collaboration collection has been released, and adorns the cycle brand’s Souplesse performance collection.
The line between sportswear and fashion has become increasingly blurred in recent years, with many big brands such as Adidas working with designers like Stella McCartney to inject style into products. In 2015, Rapha followed suit with an exclusive two-season collaboration with Liberty of London.
The new spring/summer 2016 range brings this collaboration to a close, with a selection of performance kit featuring a print from one of the 40,000 Liberty patterns from its extensive archive.
If you’re wondering about how the connection arose, then it’s worth knowing that Liberty of London has cycling pedigree. The historic department store ran the Liberty Challenge Cup, a cycle race for female staff members, which ran from 1901 to 1921.
According to Rapha, the new pattern selected was chosen for ‘its bold style’ and ‘to convey movement’, with the colours part of that – deep blue, green and cream/white. The range consists of jersey, shorts and base layer, plus silk scarf and cap.
- Rapha + Liberty Souplesse Jersey £125.00 / $185.00 / AU$220
- Rapha + Liberty Silk Scarf £60.00 / $85.00 / AU$100
- Rapha + Liberty Cap £35.00 / $55.00 / AU$65
- Rapha + liberty Souplesse Bib Shorts £175.00 / $270.00 / AU$325
- Rapha + Liberty Women’s Souplesse Baselayer £45.00 / $70 / AU$85
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