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December 30, 2010 26 comments

The John Boultbee Criterion Jacket

Style & Fashion Urban Cycling
By ANDREA
The John Boultbee Criterion Jacket
Readers may still recall how we disclosed plans on the Brooks blog in November regarding our intention to start production of some clothing items, under the auspices of our new label, John Boultbee. So we're very pleased to announce today that, together with designer Timothy Everest -the tailor to whom such luminaries as Mick Jagger, Jeremy Irons and David Beckham look when wishing to cut a sartorial dash -these plans have now borne their first fruit. The Criterion Mk.1 Jacket is the first in a line of what will soon be regarded as the world's finest jackets for cycling, carrying the label John Boultbee, not to mention the fact that behind it stands our name, and all which that implies.
Expect durable, eye-catching and tasteful pieces that will have no need of the tandem accessory of bicycle to make aesthetic sense, but which nonetheless are conceived primarily for use by the contemporary cyclist. Timothy's almost unparalleled tailoring expertise, as well as his acquaintance with our name and intuitive feel for the demands that cycling makes on a rider's clothes, has placed us in the happy position of being able to submit for our readers' consideration -what we believe is -the finest jacket of its kind. Allow us to present the John Boultbee Criterion Mk.1 (for non-native English speakers, Mk. stands for "mark"). In terms of functionality we have left nothing to chance. An exhaustive list of the jacket's technical features would occupy any busy reader for longer, perhaps, than we would necessarily wish to detain them here. And a picture can, after all, sometimes be worth a thousand words, as they say.
The trick, of course, was to provide such features as reflective strips, fold-out panels, key loops, etc., while making them as visually unobtrusive as possible when not in use. Thank you, Timothy. The outer surface of the John Boultbee Criterion Mk. 1 is Ventile, a waterproof and windproof treated woven cotton textile designed in England during the Second World War for use in pilot’s suits.  Ventile is also popular among birdwatchers and naturalists because is produces almost no noise when in use.  Cyclists entering classrooms, movie theaters, or meetings behind schedule will appreciate this feature.
Most readers will be aware of how the chafing of a shoulder bag strap can famously cause unsightly damage to the shoulder area of most upper body garments, so we have covered the shoulder seams with a reinforcement, for example. As to cuffs -again, just as one of many examples, -the fitted woollen rib under each one is host to a thumbhole, which the wearer might wish to use in preventing the sleeves from riding up in particularly nasty weather.
Perhaps one of the more interesting details could be the internal shoulder carry straps, so that the jacket may be taken off and carried like a rucksack. All in all, we think it looks right. The Criterion will be available to buy early next year, and on January 19th we'll be showing the first run at Bread and Butter in Berlin.
Comments
Oh my!! Simply magnificent. I can't wait till it is actually available for purchase. Will there also be a line of britches / knickers to match?
Matthew May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Thanks Matthew, at this time however, we do not have plans for any trousers.
BREGAN May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
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That is a dashing garment, waterproof and windproof is an added plus.
Traditionally Styled May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Prefer the look of that coat without the belt. Something more akin to Barbour's exquisite, but way overpriced riding jacket (limited release). Anyway, very glad you're going down this road.
Mars May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
an awesome jacket !! i look forward to getting me one, after i purchase one of ur famous saddles for my new electra cruiser
rudolph garcia May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
can i buy the sample!
chris May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Seriously? My first thought was WTF?
william richardson May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Any info regarding the proposed price?
Adam May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Sources tell us less than a Bentley, but considerably more than a Beamish. Will keep you posted!
BREGAN May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
The jacket seems to be a tad short. Would need a bit extra length, especially at the back, to give full cover when leaning forward in riding position.
Ken Rutherford May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
The jacket comes equipped with a fold-down rear flap for this contingency.
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So when's this beautiful jacket available to buy? I keep looking back at the site and it's still not available
Murray May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Just love the look of this jacket , want to bin my Barbour for this stylish jacket instead ! Hope it is launched soon , and not too expensive please ! (It is always worth asking !!!!)
Tim May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Less than a Bentley, more than a Beamish.
BREGAN May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Waxed cotton is timeless! I believe it needs length, especially at the bum. Does it come in blue, green, red or black?
David Hudson Baker May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Are we any closer to launch? It's been quite a while since I've heard news about this jacket, yet I'm still awfully keen on this fine piece of clothing. Let us buy it already!
Livingston May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Yes, by definition we are closer to the launch than we were over three months ago. :)

But seriously, you will have to wait until the Fall I'm afraid. I'll tell you what, I will look into the possibility of doing a post about what is going on right now, as the jacket is being made in London, not Smethwick.
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Brooks Jackets May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Very beautiful jacket!
Where is it possible to buy one?
Mike May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
Check www.brooksengalnd.com this Autumn!
BREGAN May 23, 2016 at 3:26 PM
How small is a "small"? I am 5' 4''and 120lbs.
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