De Marchi celebrates heritage with 1951 jersey

Italian clothier's 2014 line has retro and new-school designs

Soon after Louison Bobet triumphantly crossed the finishline of the 1951 Milan-San Remo, he found himself swarmed by Bottecchia team staff, journalists and fans. He also found himself to be sweltering, unable to cool off in a button-up wool jersey, the standard athletic wear of the time. 'Can't we get a zipper on this thing?' he called out in frustration. At his side as the team's clothing supplier, Emilio De Marchi heard him loud and clear, and took action. Many examples of progressive cycling clothing soon followed.

Or so goes the legend of De Marchi.

Founded in 1946 by Emilio De Marchi, the Italian company continues today with a third generation of family ownership. For 2014, De Marchi has three lines of cycling clothing.

The Authentic line consists of replica jerseys, which are all made in Italy with merino wool and acrylic. The showpiece of the Authentic line is The Bottecchia 1951 Bobet. Only 51 pieces were made, with the graphic hand-stitching on each all done by the the mother of current owner Mauro De Marchi. The jersey comes with a little Bobet figurine.

De marchi handmade (includign the graphic stitching) 51 of these 1951 bobet replica jerseys: de marchi handmade (includign the graphic stitching) 51 of these 1951 bobet replica jerseys
De marchi handmade (includign the graphic stitching) 51 of these 1951 bobet replica jerseys: de marchi handmade (includign the graphic stitching) 51 of these 1951 bobet replica jerseys

Louison Bobet, at center left, after winning the 1951 Milan-San Remo. Emilio De Marchi is at right

The Innovative line is a modern set of cycling gear, as the company continues to listen to riders and their needs and try to find solutions with materials and design.

De marchi 2014 innovation line: it isn't just wool and stiching at de marchi. the company has a full range of progressive designs for 2014: de marchi 2014 innovation line: it isn't just wool and stiching at de marchi. the company has a full range of progressive designs for 2014
De marchi 2014 innovation line: it isn't just wool and stiching at de marchi. the company has a full range of progressive designs for 2014: de marchi 2014 innovation line: it isn't just wool and stiching at de marchi. the company has a full range of progressive designs for 2014

De Marchi's Innovative Line is modern cycling gear

And the Traditional line is a collection of clothing that renders old-school design in new-school materials, for more functional clothing with retro styling.

De marchi 2014 tradition line: the azzurra jersey: de marchi 2014 tradition line: the azzurra jersey
De marchi 2014 tradition line: the azzurra jersey: de marchi 2014 tradition line: the azzurra jersey

De Marchi's Traditional clothing renders retro designs in modern fabrics

Click through the gallery at above right for some samples of each of the three lines.

De marchi 2014 innovation line: the women's milano jersey: de marchi 2014 innovation line: the women's milano jersey
De marchi 2014 innovation line: the women's milano jersey: de marchi 2014 innovation line: the women's milano jersey

De Marchi has women's clothing in the Innovative and Traditional lines

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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