January 14, 2014 Milan
A poncho worn by one of the ISDT riders became the waxed poncho in the new collection. From there, Cooper let his imagination whir. The Roadmaster and Trialmaster jackets are waxed-cotton classics for Belstaff. To them, Cooper added the Sportmaster, a four-pocket version that came as a "modular" jacket (meaning its quilted lining is removable) in waxed cotton and hybrid cotton-tweed versions, and also as a sleeveless gilet. (The advantage being that this one shows off the Belstaff knitwear underneath.) New as well were the introduction of a cargo trouser in leather and in waxed cotton, and a selection of gorgeous woolly shearlings, hand-rubbed for a patina like a favorite chair—which, if you are the target audience, is likely a bike seat.