The utility workwear brand cruises to Wheels and Waves in Biarritz
1948 MotoRoamer jeans
The idea behind Pike Brothers’ new 1948 MotoRoamer jeans is that you can wear a stylish pair of selvedge denims (sturdier than denim made using more modern weaving techniques) on your bike, knowing that you are protected. So you can ride to your destination in the morning knowing you’re protected, then unzip and remove the inner layer of Kevlar and wear your favourite jeans for the rest of the day.
Details: 1948 MotoRoamer Jeans: Outer denim pant: 100% cotton, 15oz selvedge denim. Zip-off inner pant: 100% Kevlar, 420 grams. Made in Turkey. Price: £350 (399 Euros).
Our garments are more than the sum of fabric, patterns and accessories. They have a story to tell, the story of who they are and where they come from.” So say Pike Brothers, a German-based clothing company with its roots in 1930s men’s workwear that originated in the UK. Founded by George and Joseph Pike in 1930, Pike Brothers was a small but exclusive tailoring shop in Portobello Road, London. During the Second World War a steadily growing number of American soldiers came to Britain and the Pike Brothers specialized in uniforms for them. They combined the finest fabrics with local craftsmanship and created sturdy American menswear with a European influence; a heritage to which Pike Brothers say they are still committed today. The company’s Creative Director, Max Marquardt says: “We believe that quality, and traditional workmanship has prevailed.
Only with carefully selected materials and a great deal of attention to detail are we able to produce garments that meet our very high standards as well as being unique in appearance and superior in comfort and durability. “We create our superior utility garments in true style – without losing sight of functionality. We like to spend our free time outdoors so we know about the value of function and high-quality. In order to fulfil our high expectations, we work together with exclusive European weavers and tailoring shops where the garments are made by hand, using traditional craftsmanship.” Spending time outdoors to test the functionality of their own gear includes riding motorcycles – as the photos here of the Pike Brothers ride-out to Wheels and Waves in Biarritz demonstrates.
The 1966 Explorer Jacket
This is a combination of three different historical outdoor and military jackets and is made for people who live on their bike.
The basic fit and body length is from the famous N1 Deck Jacket that became popular with the forces in the 1940s. The front pockets' shape and size come from the legendary 1942 Paratrooper Jacket – paras always carried loads of stuff. For better movement Pike Brothers used the back construction of historical hunting or outdoor jackets with their Action Back. This means you have freedom of movement with any riding style or bike – be it sporty or cruising. In combination with the waxed Jungle Cloth it’s a jacket for the toughest weather and bike adventures. There are also elbow pockets and a large back pocket so you can fit modern safety armour.
Details: 1966 Explorer Jacket - Densley woven Jungle Cloth made of 100% waxed cotton. Wool blanket lining made of 100% wool. Four big front pockets. Inner pocket. Stand up collar. Adjustable cuffs. Two elbow pockets and one big pocket in the back for standard size motorcycle protectors. Made in Turkey. Price: £350 (399 Euros)