Our first autumn/winter collection has landed. Here’s all you need to know..
- One of our principles is ‘designing function with form’ and not vice versa, how has this translated to Kalf’s first autumn/winter collection?
Winter months can prove to be challenging for all riders, so it was imperative to ensure all the styles were heavily function led, to allow for maximum comfort on the bike, but also maintaining the same approach as spring/summer and using clean elegant lines alongside neat, considered detailing.
- Which pieces are new for AW 17?
The long sleeve Thermal Club jersey, available in several colours and made from a real soft-feel Italian Roubaix fabric, as well as the Thermal Club Bib and Waist Tights, constructed using our performance pad, form the core of our autumn/winter collection. Then there are a range of accessories to compliment the line: a merino blend beanie, neckwarmer and socks, thermal arm and leg warmers as well as two styles of winter glove, the ZERO° glove which is fully waterproof yet breathable and the FIVE° glove which is windproof, water-resistant and packable.
- What about the colours?
The merlot used in the Flux Transition WP jersey in SS worked really well and given its ‘transitional’ nature, we rolled the shade into AW as the core colour. From that we selected complimentary colours that help define the overall look and appeal, whilst maintaining the signature aurora red we used in the spring/summer collection for detailing.
- What’s the idea behind the chevron detail?
Really, it’s a simple design element which has quickly become part of our brand identity appearing in prints and patterns – as seen on the Flux Chevron Jersey or Tall Socks in spring/summer – or as reflective detailing throughout the AW17 product range. It symbolises a rider’s movement and direction.
- So reflectivity and visibility was important to designing the AW range?
We are really excited by the use of iridescent reflective, not only does it give the collection a unique look but it also offers a key function to the product during the winter months: being seen! By positioning it in areas where there is large rotation, such as the chevrons on the legwear it maximises the reflective properties, giving other road users advanced warning.
- How has it progressed from the Kalf SS collection?
We were quite encouraged by the positive response and feedback from our launch collection so the focus continued to be designing the best possible product we can. Building a strong relationship with our factories has allowed us to explore new innovate ideas using the latest production techniques and fabrics.
- What can be expect from the fit? Is it different from SS?
Unlike the Flux jerseys, which is race fit, the Club jerseys are a little more relaxed, allowing for layering during the winter months. The legwear fits as you would expect, which is compressive, but not restrictive with articulation to work alongside a cyclist’s movement.
- Where are fabrics sourced?
We work closely with our mills to develop the best innovative fabrics. The winter collection is predominately made up from excellent performing Italian fabrics including highly thermal, brushed Roubaixs, but we also have some accessories that use super fine New Zealand merino wools.
- Where is the collection made?
Our production is split, between Europe and the Far East. We travel as regularly as possible to really perfect the process.
- What further developments are planned for next year?
We are continuously exploring new areas of development, both in the short and long term. Not all products we develop, make it to market and it’s the nature of what we do. However, it’s the process and ideation that stimulate other concepts and future outcomes. We continue to look for new forms of inspiration and this might come from unlikely areas outside the world of cycling, and we are working on some current projects that we look forward to releasing in future seasons that follow this.