Antonia Maybury spent five years commuting by bike to her job managing commercial property before she quit last year to set up the cycle clothing company Water Off a Duck’s Back. Following the success of its tailored jacket for women, the company has launched a version for men. Maybury knew exactly what the city cyclist who ‘had to look smart for meetings’ needed in a coat. The result, which is manufactured in London, is light, waterproof and breathable. It features reflective strips on the cuffs, collar and belt (which can all be hidden), and a spacious hood into which the jacket can be rolled.
The Savile Row tailor Timothy Everest has collaborated with Brooks, the Birmingham-based purveyor of cycle saddleware since 1866, to create the Criterion. Made from Ventile, the British woven cotton fabric introduced during the Second World War for use in pilots’ immersion suits, the Criterion is waterproof and tear-resistant. And as Everest points out, ‘it barely makes a sound when you move’. Chest and waist pockets are ergonomically placed and reflective details discreet. The cut of the shoulder is modelled on a shooting jacket to allow maximum movement, and its underarm vents prevent overheating. If you do suddenly get too hot, straps on the inside allow the jacket to be carried like a rucksack.
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The Jacket is on a display at Design Museum as part of Designs of the Year 2012