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Rapha and Paul Smith unveil new limited edition collection

Rapha and Paul Smith's 1960's inspired collection + 2023 EF Pro Cycling team kits are now available to purchase from Rapha

Iconic designer Paul Smith has again collaborated with Rapha to create a limited edition riding collection taking inspiration from the bright colours of the 1960s. The collaboration is aimed at "celebrating cycling's power to bring people together" featuring a range of riding accessories. Also from Rapha, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB and EF Education-EasyPost pro team kits are now available to purchase.

Paul Smith and Rapha Founder Simon Mottram have been friends for decades, so this isn't the first time we've seen the designer collaborate with Rapha. A collection was last released in 2019 combining the mutual love of cycling and Smith's colourful stripes, and there has been numerous limited edition items released over the years – including a very rare 2007 'Grande Depart' retro jersey, that someone once wanted £10,000 for on eBay (there are still some listed, but now with a bargain £1,250 starting bid)

2023 Paul Smith and Rapha limited edition collection

The limited edition 2023 collection takes inspiration from "the bold, bright and highly-detailed 1960s golden era of cycling jersey design", incorporating Paul Smith's trademark playful aesthetic with Rapha's performance focussed designs. 

The designs feature the signature Paul Smith stripes and contrasting RCC stripe, as well as a leaping rabbit motif and reflective patch. 

2023 Paul Smith and Rapha limited edition collection

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The range includes a long sleeve jersey, cap, shoes, socks and glasses in contrasting colourways, as well as an exclusive Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) jersey in the club’s "eye-catching blue".The contrasting colourways are said to represent the idea that historical racing jerseys had two versions - the physical, full-colour jersey and a monochrome one that fans would see on the TV or in the newspaper. 

Paul Smith says: "I hope it shines with our love of the sport as well as our fascination with vintage cycling jerseys.”

2023 Paul Smith and Rapha limited edition collection

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The collection is available in both men's and women's in a blue colourway exclusive to RCC members and a black colourway which can be purchased from paulsmith.com. Prices for the items are: 

  • Rapha + Paul Smith Classic Long Sleeve Jersey - £170 
  • Rapha + Paul Smith Cap - £32
  • Rapha + Paul Smith Pro Team Socks - £20 
  • Rapha + Paul Smith Pro Team Shoes - £295
  • Rapha + Paul Smith Pro Team Full Frame Glasses - £155 
2023 Paul Smith and Rapha limited edition collection

EF Pro Cycling team kits now available

Unveiled in January 2023, Rapha's 2023 EF Education-TIBCO-SVB and EF Education-EasyPost pro team kits are now available to purchase.

2023 EF Education-TIBCO-SVB team kit

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The Rapha and EF Pro Cycling partnership is in its fifth year and the 2023 design features different shades of pink across each jersey panel. Rapha says, "each shade of pink is a nod to the past, the present and future of the team, representing the evolution of the team as a whole." 

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The collection includes the Pro Team Jersey, Pro Team Bib Shorts for men and women and an all-new Pro Team Aero Jersey. It also includes a snood, Pro Team Socks, bucket hat, cap and musette. The Pro Team Aero Jersey is currently exclusive to this collection but will be available in the main collection in 2024. See the full collection and prices here

What are your thoughts on this latest collaboration? Let us know in the comments section below... 

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wtjs | 12 months ago
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I agree- lets help them keep these editions limited!

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Simon E | 12 months ago
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Black or dark blue or black with a bit of rainbow-ish trim (I'm sure I have seen it used used this way before). If this is Paul Smith's idea of "bold, bright and highly-detailed" and "taking inspiration from the bright colours of the 1960s" then he obviously didn't take enough drugs.

At £32 for a cap and £20 for some nylon socks (10% elastane) it seems that having a Rapha label stitched into the lining still doubles the price.

@STiG911 apart from the shoes - £260 on paulsmith.com - prices seem the same on both sites.

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STiG911 replied to Simon E | 12 months ago
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Simon E wrote:

At £32 for a cap and £20 for some nylon socks (10% elastane) it seems that having a Rapha label stitched into the lining still doubles the price.

@STiG911 apart from the shoes - £260 on paulsmith.com - prices seem the same on both sites.

Ooh, sneaky bastards - there was a big disparity between PS and Rapha's sites yesterday. Now I'm kicking myself for not jumping on the £130 PS were charging for the sunglasses...

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Simon E replied to STiG911 | 12 months ago
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Now I'm kicking myself for not jumping on the £130 PS were charging for the sunglasses...

No, be honest - you didn't really want them.

Using my sales-speak translator, "special edition pro team sunglasses" means: overpriced tat that (for sunglasses) will break when sat on by accident. The bloke on the website looks like he's wearing someone else's welding goggles.

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STiG911 replied to Simon E | 12 months ago
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Yeah I do - I'm a bit of a Paul Smith whore...

Besides, they're only a wee bit more than the Sun God Velans I've been looking at. But I can customise the Velans...Oh what a first-world problem.

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STiG911 | 1 year ago
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Bloody hell - make sure that if you buy, you buy through the Paul Smith website and not Rapha. Mucho cheaper!

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