Not too long ago, Stephen wrote a great article about the Spitalsfield bespoke tailor Timothy Everest who worked under Tommy Nutter back in the day.
As mentioned in that article, Everest designed an entirely new jacket for the British cycling brand Brooks. One day, they approached Timothy Everest and asked whether he could design something new and practical. The idea he had in mind, was to design a functional bicycle jacket that would not look like the wearer was a participant of the Tour de France.
The result was the Criterion Jacket from the John Boultbee collection of Brooks England. John Boultbee was the creator of Brooks and hence they dedicated this clothing line to him. The Criterion jacket looks rather simple from the outside and you would not even notice that it is a biking jacket, if there were not a few subtle reflective stripes on it. However, if you take a closer look, you realize how thoughtful the jacket was designed. The jacket is tailored from a so called Ventile fabric (originally used by the British military and on Sir Edmund Hillary’s Mount Everest expedition). The pockets on this coat are all either angled or positioned in a way, so you can easily reach them when biking. Apart from that it has a shooting back, reflective strips, and a fob key holder. On the inside, it features a reflective shoulder strap that allows you to wear it like a back pack when you are too hot and don’t want to wear it. Also, it has a traditional but water resistant Fox Brothers tweed lining and storm cuffs. Overall, the Criterion is a fantastic jacket that looks classic from the outside but is as functional as a modern day gore tex garment.
It currently sells for 1000€ at Brooks.