Vulpine refer to the women’s British Cycling trenchcoat as the ‘finest women’s cycling garment in the world’ – it’s a lofty claim, but the tailored jacket does carry some pretty special features.
Designed to perfectly suit the drizzly British weather that we can only expect to enjoy until the very peak of summer, the British Cycling trenchcoat is created using British Millerain bonded showerproof fabric.
Available in ‘dark navy’ or ‘stone’, there are several cycling friendly details, including a clever reflective strip at the rear, an array of handy pockets and a cut that allows ease of pedalling.
The ‘Made in Britain’ mentality
Vulpine is a brand with a story. Founded by ex-film executive Nick Hussey, his priorities have always been firmly planted in creating clothing around a cornerstone of quality, with plenty of understated style and on-bike practicality in the mix.
Outlining the foray into British design, Hussey explains his original conundrum: “[When founding Vulpine] I knew I wanted to make it all in Britain… Except I couldn’t. British manufacturing is pretty stuffed. The main problem is that even if you fund the factory, there aren’t the skilled workers to place in it. Decades have passed since those skills were at a premium, and people move on, or even die. And with no factories to train a new generation, or that new generation to train the next, there is no manufacturing.”
So – the bulk of the kit was made in Portugal, Italy, China and Sri Lanka – until an influential gentleman managed to change Hussey’s mind, leading him to create the new Made in Britain items. The range consists of three men’s and one women’s jacket – this very British Cycling Trenchcoat.