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Tuesday, 23rd Sep 2014
National hero and British sporting legend, Sir Bradley Wiggins has now collaborated for 6 seasons with Fred Perry - creating together a stylish collection that heavily references Bradley's cycling heritage.
The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection - now in-stores - features both new and reworked favourites offered in vintage inspired patterns and colours. Hints to his love of 60s style can be found in slim-cut turtle neck knits and retro sports track jackets.
Bradley was involved in every step of the design process, with inspiration taken from classic cycling jerseys, and pieces found in the Fred Perry archives.
Currently undertaking an intense training schedule, we met up with Bradley for a catch-up, and to hear his thoughts on his collection, music and of course, cycling...
When we first met in 2012 you mentioned you were nervous about whether people would take to the collaboration or not, the collection has since gone from strength to strength. What are you most excited about seeing in your next collection?
For the next collection, I am most excited to see the kids range
We’ve just produced the first Bradley Wiggins Kids shirts together, you said you bought your first Fred Perry back in 1989 when it was a slightly left-field choice, are either of your children into the Laurel Wreath yet?
…which brings me onto the answer to the next question. My son Ben is very into the Laurel Wreath already. My little girl pinched his parka so I'm guessing she's next
Pictured above, the Bradley Kids Shirt from our current collection
Is there anyone in particular whose style inspires you at the moment or who you’d really like to see wearing a Bradley Wiggins Shirt?
I'm always looking a at loads of different style icons if you like from many different eras. There's not really anybody in particular that I style myself on, I take many differ elements and do my own take. I would've loved to have seen Steve Marriott in one of my shirts.
We really enjoyed your BBC 6 Music special with Paul Weller, could we see a future disc-jockey in you much further down the line?
Really enjoyed the Radio 6 thing too, it's something I'd love to be able to do in future.
You’ve said previously that the Northern music scene has stayed much more underground than the South’s, are there any bands or musicians that you’re listening to at the moment that we should know about?
Not really. I'm listening to the Stone Roses again just now. I've been enjoying a reggae cd a Jamaican athelete gave to me at the Commonwealth Games.
This year saw the 20th anniversary of Blur’s Parklife and the beginning of what was to become Britpop. What was your favourite nineties album and do you have any fond Britpop memories?
Definitely Maybe. That album, the video of "Live Forever" on MTV. Some powerful imagery and the sense that music/culture could change things.
Having just won your fourth Silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and having claimed victory at the Tour of California earlier this year, are there any plans for a holiday before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro or are you straight back into training?
Yes I'm looking forward to a short trip to NYC in November for my wedding anniversary. After that the family will combine training and holidays, there won't be any time! we often go to Majorca because the roads and terrain are fantastic for cycling whilst the kids can enjoy the beach. It's the best of both worlds.
A few years on from the Wiggo Effect and the London Olympics, the Tour de France can be seen departing from England, do you see the resurgence of cycling particularly in London being a lasting one?
Yes absolutely 100%. Cycling is a real viable, sustainable, green, transport alternative. By using cycling as a tool to get about it becomes a simple way of fitting exercise into your daily life without thinking about it, that fits around work and life. Aside from all that it's damned enjoyable and I love it.
Bradley, good luck and thank you for your time!
The Bradley Wiggins collection is available in Fred Perrry stores and online now.
View the collection online HERE
See the Bradley Wiggins Kids Shirt HERE
Find your nearest Fred Perry store HERE
Friday, 4th Oct 2013
Bradley was joined by several other local scooterists, as well as the team from Gran Sport Scooters who had refurbished the vintage SX200 to his spec. Find out more about the scooter and see the Bradley's latest Collection here.
Thursday, 29th Aug 2013
Originally designed as a piece of performance wear, the humble cycling jersey has grown to represent over a century of stories and tales.
The designs symbolise a moment in time - a particular team, a significant race, an epic battle, a sporting hero. Some jerseys become iconic and sought after pieces of memorabilia, earning themselves a place in the 'hall of design classics'.
Jersey design has continuously developed over the years, team sponsorship alongside technological advances in materials have both played a part in the evolution - however some features remain unchanged.
Typically the back hem is scooped, to help keep the rider's back covered whilst bent over in racing position. The back of the shirt also features a combination of fastened and open pockets - it would be no good having them on the front of the body as the contents would fall out mid-ride. A long zip fastening to the front can be opened to allow for ventilation.
The cuts are traditionally slim and long, helping to reduce air resistance and allowing the fabric to 'perform'; wicking the moisture it needs to sit close to the skin. Sponsors will use a combination of print, embroidery or applique to showcase their names - colours, panels and tipping combinations become synonymous with specific teams.
During the late 1950s, jerseys worn by road riding style icons such as Tom Simpson and Jacques Anquetil made their way from performance wear to streetwear. Slim fitting and full of continental allure, the designs held huge appeal for the jazz loving modernists of that time. The fact that many of the shirts were crafted in merino wool was an added bonus – the breathable fabric was perfect for keeping fresh after a spot of all night dancing. Designs from this period have long continued to be a mainstay of the mod casual wardrobe.
This season's Bradley Wiggins Collection characteristically references jerseys from the Golden Age of cycling. Elements of vintage shirts are explored and blended with signature Fred Perry details, twin tipping colours lifted into colour block panels, a champion inspired stripe knitted into cuffs. Bradley has been involved in each and every stage of the design process, bringing his own ideas, inspirations and style and in turn, each shirt in the collection comes to to tell a story.