Reflective tweed for the sartorial city cyclist

Sherlock endorsement yet to be confirmed

Ever wished your deerstalker hat was that little bit more practical when zipping through city traffic? It’s a plight we imagine Sherlock pondering. Good news, then – new British brand MEAME is promising to bring classic, quintessentially British style to modern city cyclists.

The range includes a dashing biker jacket in both men’s and women’s versions, nappa leather gloves, tweed blazers with discreet underarm ventilation, and – what’s really caught our eye – a cycling cap made in conjunction with legendary hatters Laird London. Don’t judge us.

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Of course, many cycle clothing brands claim to take you smoothly from bike to boardroom, including early movers Vulpine and hotshot designers like Paul Smith, but it’s the bold deployment of technical tweed that’s making MEAME stand out from the crowd for us.

Reflective tweed blazer

The men's version, alpha, gets an extra internal breast pocket: the men's version, alpha, gets an extra internal breast pocket
The men's version, alpha, gets an extra internal breast pocket: the men's version, alpha, gets an extra internal breast pocket

The Alpha and Maia blazers, for men and women respectively, are made from an exclusive herringbone tweed, with shoulder pleating for added movement, and a Teflon finish to repel water. Plus, crucially, reflective thread within the tweed weave for added nighttime safety.

Made in Portugal, the blazer also features a front lining for better wind resistance, a collar tab on the lapels to let wearers close it fully in cold weather, and a zipped pocket with internal headphone eyelet. UK pricing is £325 (no US or Aussie pricing is currently available).

Biker jacket

The men's altair biker jacket looks versatile, and a bit more technical…: the men's altair biker jacket looks versatile, and a bit more technical…
The men's altair biker jacket looks versatile, and a bit more technical…: the men's altair biker jacket looks versatile, and a bit more technical…

Slightly less formal, but more adaptable, is the Ankaa (men) and Altair (women) biker jacket. It’s made from premium Italian bi-stretch fabric with three layers, including a waterproof membrane, and has detachable sleeves to transform the jacket into a gilet on warmer days. 

Extra features over the blazer include reversible cuff straps and pocket flap with reflectives, fully taped seams, an extending rain guard and magnetic closures. UK price is £325, same as the blazer.

Gloves

MEAME's naos driving gloves are made for cycling:
MEAME's naos driving gloves are made for cycling:

Now we’re well into autumn, every discerning city gent (or lady) needs some smart leather driving gloves, and MEAME’s range has it covered. The Naos gloves are made from unlined super-soft lamb nappa leather, and feature a keyhole back, snap fastener, decorative eyelet detail and traditional knuckle holes. They’ll cost you £60 and come in black or brown.

Hat

And here's that rather dashing polaris hat, again with reflective pinstripes in the tweed: and here's that rather dashing polaris hat, again with reflective pinstripes in the tweed
And here's that rather dashing polaris hat, again with reflective pinstripes in the tweed: and here's that rather dashing polaris hat, again with reflective pinstripes in the tweed

Finally then, we come to the Polaris cycling cap. Again made from their exclusive reflective herringbone tweed, it has a Teflon finish, breathable cotton lining and is designed to be worn independently or under your helmet. Price is £55. But you already knew that, didn’t you Sherlock?

For more info on the range head to www.MEAME.co.uk.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Kona Cindercone
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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