Three years ago, the Carhartt WIP skateboarding team took a trip to the island of Fuerteventura, and got up to more than just skating and cycling the beautiful island.
With the aim of sourcing ex-skaters turned-bike-makers to build them something specifically for their tour - only catch was that the builders had to come along for the ride. One of the Carhartt WIP team members had connections to Pelago, a young company who have gained a reputation for being ambitious players in the sustainable bike-engineering game. Together the guys took an abandoned frame chained to a post, hacked it free and repurposed it as a base for the new custom bike. The trip was a success—no one died—and the rest is history. The events of that week however, have inspired the Carhartt WIP team to create a capsule collection that has the technical functions of cycle apparel at its core, with a range that takes you from point A to B, through whatever elements are thrown at you. A means to Freeway Your Mind.
The collection consists of a single-speed porteur developed to be reliable and easy-to-handle. Its toolbox-green colour was developed as a nod to classic workmanship. A bespoke bag, designed by Mission Workshop, fixes to the front rack and can removed to be worn in a messenger stye. To conclude the range, double-reflective labelling and other bike-centric details were added to our garments. There’s a jacket with waterproof coating, accessories, and t-shirts with special fits.
Pelago build beautiful, quality bikes for the beginner and seasoned cyclist alike. Mission Workshop are in the business of gear that out-performs unexpected conditions. Carhartt WIP was established to bridge the gap between accessible style and traditional workwear. Between the three, it was clear that the collection would be practical, durable, and well-designed. We wanted to create something for the middle-distance rider, yet worthy of a seasoned cyclist.
Launching on the 11th of August at the Palego warehouse in Finland, as well as multiple global events rolling out until September, preview the collection below and check out the Carhartt WIP website for more info.