A Demon Jacket
Tom Warmerdam of Demon Frameworks is renowned for building beautiful bicycles with intricately hand-carved lugs and exquisite attention to detail. His nickel-plated road bike – the sole bike on his stand at Bespoked 2016 – was Road.cc’s first choice in the road bicycle awards category, a sentiment that was mirrored by Cyclist Magazine who voted the bike one of the top three road bikes at the show.
Tom has taken his bicycle design aesthetic and applied it to that rare thing: UK manufactured bicycle clothing. “The initial idea was to create a jacket that is ideal for cycling but looks nothing like a cycling jacket,” says Tom, who unveiled it at Bespoked 2016.
The jacket takes its styling cues from traditional American workwear, country wear and shooting jackets. But underneath the good looks lies a myriad of technical features to keep the discerning cyclist dry and comfortable in pretty much any weather condition. It is made from Ventile, a breathable all-weather fabric made from densely woven cotton. Invented just prior to WWII, clothing made from Ventile saved RAF anti-submarine pilots from freezing to death in the sea after ditching their aircraft.
It has all the features you would expect from a good quality cycling jacket: the extra arm length, action pleats for ease of movement, open back vent, extendable back/drop seat and the essential armpit ventilation. Reflective strips are subtly placed and pockets are at a premium, with a game pocket large enough for an OS map and large chest pocket with internal headphone routing. The peaked collar can be worn up or down and houses a storm flap for when the weather really whips up.
“Importantly this jacket is made in England, celebrating the resurgence of British manufacturing and long heritage of garment industry,” says Tom who is using Private White VC in Manchester to manufacture the jackets. The factory, which uses cloths supplied by local mills, has been in operation for over 100 years, with some of the machinery and tools dating back to the 1950s.
The Demon Jacket costs £450 and will be available at the end of August 2016 directly from Demon via the website www.demonframeworks.com or from the Demon workshop in Southampton.