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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.