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Pyrenex down vest. It’s a collaboration between the workwear specialists and jacket pioneers Pyrenex.

They say style goes in cycles and this has never been more true than with Brummie saddlemakers Brooks. They began producing bicycle saddles in Smethwick in 1882 and a generation later they’d earned a deserved reputation in racing saddles for professional riders. In 1937 Brooks were keen to point out every single rider at the Tour de France had used one of their ‘comfort’ saddles. Riders would quickly wear out bicycles and replace them regularly, but they’d keep their Brooks saddle from one season to the next. Anyone who has ever owned a Brooks saddle is probably nodding knowingly while reading this. We’ve got a nice mixture of saddles as well as all the other very necessary accessories for serious cyclists. Don’t go too mad on it might end up cyclepathic (that must be one of our worst yet).

We’ve been getting some nice Ralph Lauren bits and pieces on an almost weekly basis for some time now. There’s been very little fussover it so far but enough is enough, time for some love. It may have slipped mostly under the radar but we’ve caught it looking all nice and the cat is out of the bag. This weeks installment is a very nice plaid shirt in red and blue, with a sneaky bit of green in there too. To top it off (literally), the fairlisle bobble hat is definitely one of the best hats of the season. It’s ace quality and the colours, fit and general Ralphness are what make it stand out. We’ve even got you some Ralph swimming shorts this week, so if you’re planning some winter sun (you lucky swines) these fit the bill.

Did we say we had something for you to read? Hmm, we’d better check our list, or should we say Inventory. Yep, it’s the third issue from those appreciators of clothing, craft and culture. This issue has features on Post Overalls, posh Canadian outerwear, very smart American boots with a Swedish history and an insight into the main man from Levis XX Maurizio Donadi. They take their clothing very seriously and the publication itself is something you’ll read a few times over before placing it neatly on a shelf, destined to refer to it again at some point in the future.

Amongst the best of the rest we have knitwear from Albam, some amazing socks that are hot to trot from brand of the moment Universal Works, another jacket from APC and some gloves from Dents… If we were being true to form with our daft puns this week, now is about the time we’d mention how the new Dents gloves are heaven sent, the glove from above. Maybe we’d say we’ve fallen in glove with them. But for some reason we’re feeling a bit more on edge this week. Maybe it’s the distinct air of ‘getaway driver’ in these fine leather gloves. They were actually first made in 1777 when cars weren’t even invented, but perhaps Doc Brown turned up in 18th century Worcestershire in his Delorean and left some driving gloves behind? All you need to know is these are the best leather gloves money can buy. Sorry to hurry you but the engine’s stalled and we can hear sirens. Time to put the getaway gloves into practice.

Assuming we don’t get caught, see you next week.

Oi Polloi