by Marcus Leach
There is little doubt that cycling is growing in populairty, especially amongst those with a little extra disposable income and a taste for the finer things in life, clothing included. It comes as no surprise then that designer Paul Smith, a self-confessed lover of cycling himself, has come up with a range specifically aimed at cyclists.
The collection, known as '531', is a knowing reference from Smith to the famous Reynolds lightweight bike tubing that used a ratio of manganese (5), molybdenum (3) and carbon (1) in the steel alloy. There are eleven items in the range ranging from lightweight jackets and merino jerseys to gilets, leggings and a limited edition all-black racing bike designed for city cycling.
Given the rise in people cycling in and around the city as a means of transport for work, not just casually at the weekends, Smith has ensured his range has a degree of functionality so that the items can be worn both on and off the bike, the perfect cycling lifestyle range. The range isn't cheap with the top-priced piece, the weatherproof jacket, coming in at £550 but it combines the latest in fashion and technical fabrications, so you are very much getting what you pay for.
Image: With thanks to Paul Smith and Mr Porter