Hackney GTs Betty Leopard Print Jacket
April 26th, 2017
April 26th, 2017
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I’ve always argued that I'm wrongly stereotyped as the company 'hipster' - what does that even mean? OK, so some of my jeans are definitely on the skinny side, and yeah I'd say 90% of my wardrobe is black, and yeah I happen to live in East London... but, er, but anyway, it's wrong to stereotype. Last month I was working the floor with Anna, our editor, at the London Bike show and two things stood out to me; first was the fantastic show put on by 'Air to the Throne'. They make that stuff look so easy that for a moment I had almost convinced myself I should give it a go, but my sense of realism returned and we continued strolling the room and drooling over the bikes on view. The second thing that stood out for me was a leopard print cycling jacket on a passer by - "That jacket is cool as f***! Where can I get one?" I asked Anna. Of course she knew instantly and with a slight chuckle of satisfaction, led me straight to none other than Hackney GT. Now I rarely like the full range of products from a brand, but that wasn't the case here. Each design is perfectly executed with a kind of retro-modern feel. I think the difference for me was that I would look forward to wearing these tops while sipping on a flat white outside a cafe, as much as while riding my bike. The ‘passer by’ I’d seen in the show was in fact the brand's owner, Russ Jones, who has a history of DJing, music production and a life long passion for ‘2 wheels’. In 2011 Hackney GT was born out f both worlds and he’s been putting out great kit ever since. All garments are made in the UK and are high quality. The ‘Windtex’ in my instantly acquired Betty Windtex Winter Jacket is a great fabric that gives loads of warmth and is super comfortable. It's a lovely cut, finished with all the tweaks you would expect from a high end (and likely more expensive) product. I especially like the hidden zipped 4th back pocket - perfect for my keys and a wad of cash (them flat whites don’t come cheap you know!). OK so we are meant to be approaching the end of Spring and this is a Winter jacket, but I’m still not ready to jump into Summer kit just yet, but when I do, the latest Summer designs are looking badass! Here’s a couple of the latest jerseys just out…
For me Hackney GT is different and stands out from the crowd. It's high quality serious kit, but without that traditional 'active wear’ look. So if you're looking for something that looks great on and off the saddle, then I suggest you check them out.