Cycling has always put emphasis on place – From the Alpine climbs of Galibier, Croix de Fer and Stelvio, to the steep streets of Siena – where you ride holds weight. In testing times with restrictions on travel and hopes of winter sun abroad, hopes of our Spring Summer photoshoots evaporated with each announcement. Like everyone, dreams of switchbacks and short sleeves were dashed.
Having explored options to shoot in Tenerife, and then Mallorca, and then turning our own frustrations into an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and be more creative. It became clear from the process, that actually, do we want to be seeing images of other people riding those iconic and sunny roads? Social influencers were flouting the rules, and our patience, time for Plan C – F*ck it, Fake it… time to be more playful, embrace our home roads and put a bit of fun back into cycling, like so many have found in lockdown. Own it.
Concept & Execution: Limited Edition Design
Client: Le Col
Photography: Michael Blann
Retouch: Phil Borg
Production: Squire & Thom Green
Branding work for the Le Col HC (Hors Catégorie) Jacket. The concept and Photography pulls out details in the jacket that relate to the landscape of Hors Catégorie climbs. The final brochure is stitch bound in gold thread.
Working with agency RPM, we were given the chance to rebrand Le Col, a high-end cycling apparel brand created by pro rider Yanto Barker. In between racing on the professional circuit, Yanto has spent the last 5 years creating a range of clothing focussing on quality and technologically advanced fabrics – innovation born out of riding and racing. It was a bit of a dream brief really, mixing two of my passions, design and cycling, and here’s where we got to, with more to follow:
Re-cut font for master logo:
The name Le Col is french for the mountain pass, early executions looked at introducing the shape of the mountain, but the font always stood out on its own. Re-cut from Avant Garde, the introduction of the angled sections gave a sense of speed and hint of the mountain without getting too complicated.
We also re-cut the original roundel that had been in place, simplifying the design and creating a device that stood out better on the clothing, and at smaller scale.
Agency: RPM, Design in association with Mike Howes, Photography Tristan Holden