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Thursday, 23rd Aug 2012
Photographer Scott Mitchell met Bradley Wiggins back in 2010, with the pair hitting it off pretty much instantly due to their shared passion for scooters, Northern soul and a very particular style of haircut. Just six weeks before the start of the Tour de France, Scott received a Tweet from Bradley asking for his mobile number. His request? “As it turned out, he wanted me to go along to the Tour and photograph what he goes through at the biggest cycling race in the world”. The much-photographed Bradley chose Scott as he wasn’t a sports photographer, and he wanted a new and fresh approach.
Scott has chosen a selection of shots from the past few months that capture some key moments from behind the scenes. His distinctive style has proved so popular that he’s now the official Team Sky photographer and his work can be seen through a series of galleries on their site, as well as on his own blog.
Scott's photographs following Bradley and the team's historic success at this year's Tour de France are still available to view on Team Sky's official site, with a possible book in the pipeline for later this year. In the meantime, he continues to shadow the team across various trips including the current Vuelta a Espana.
All images © Scott Mitchell for Team Sky
Thursday, 12th Jul 2012
We're excited to announce that the first pieces from the Bradley Wiggins X Fred Perry Collaboration are available online and in selected Authentic shops as of today. The launch marks the start of a 6 season collaboration with the Olympic cyclist and mod enthusiast, who also happens to be the current Tour de France leader - go Wiggo!
Wiggins is as much a perfectionist off the bike as on, and was involved in the design process of the collaboration from the very early stages. Inspired by vintage cycling jerseys of the 1960s and the heritage and style of Fred Perry, the non-technical shirts are complete with carefully considered details. The unique slim fit cotton pique shirt is finished with ‘GB tape’ around the neckline, retro metal zips, single zipped pocket to the rear hem and an especially designed 'stripe’ around the tip of the sleeves. The jerseys are completed with Laurel Wreath embroidery to the chest and ‘locker room’ inspired Bradley Wiggins back neck labels. Available in 3 classic colour ways: white, sky blue and black.
See Bradley's first pieces for Fred Perry HERE
Friday, 29th Jun 2012
One of the key things that attracted us to collaborate with Bradley Wiggins, one of Britain’s greatest cyclists, is his love and appreciation of 1960s clothing and design. His sharp wit and style have won him fans on and off the tarmac. Technical skin tight fabrics in bright colours form the mainstay of a cyclist's wardrobe, however Wiggins' collection for Fred Perry characteristically references the woollen jerseys sported by the cycling legends of the 1960s.
The cycling jersey has been a mainstay of the mod wardrobe since the early 1960s. Slim fitting with a neat mock turtle neck and complete with continental allure, the merino wool tops offered a cooling alternative to the synthetic shirts widely available at the time.
In their truest form (when used in races) cycling jerseys hold great prestige, with different colour jerseys signifying a riders ranking. Perhaps the most famous and coveted jersey is the Tour de France's ‘maillot jaune’ (yellow jersey). The rider with the lowest overall time at the end of each stage receives the ceremonial yellow jersey and the right to start the next stage wearing the colour.
Wiggins is hotly tipped to be the first ever Brit to win the Tour de France this year, which starts tomorrow, the 30th of June.
The Fred Perry x Bradley Wiggins range launches instore and online mid July marking the start of a 6 season collaboration.