Henrichs launches a reflective hi-vis collection for design-conscious cyclists

Henrichs launches a reflective hi vis collection for design-conscious cyclists
Former Wallpaper* travel editor Sara Henrichs has designed a new range of stylish hi-vis cycling accessories made from reflective 3M fabrics.
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Wallpaper’s former travel editor Sara Henrichs has combined her passion for cycling and fashion to create a new range of hi-vis accessories (opens in new tab) using highly technical reflective 3M fabrics by Swiss textile brand Schoeller (opens in new tab).

A veteran urban cyclist herself, Henrichs is based in London where the number of cyclists has increased by 75 per cent since 2005. Injuries are likewise on the rise and Henrichs - who studied fashion design and worked for Jil Sander and Hermès before moving into travel journalism - is hoping her designs will encourage fashion-conscious riders to don safety apparel before hitting the roads.

The new collection comprises capes, vests, collars and bands, which are all easily thrown on over everyday clothes and can be rolled up to fit neatly inside a backpack. Toddlers and pooches have also gotten the hi-vis treatment, her cape designs modelled after knights’ armour and angel wings.

The pieces are both water and windproof, offering extreme visibility in the dark by up to 100 metres, especially in the glare of car and streetlights. Each item is manufactured in a London-based workshop, and come practically packaged with a closure that doubles as a reflective armband.

Currently, there are few products around that combine high visibility and quality with stylish design. We’re certainly inclined to hop back on the saddle with Henrichs’ forward-thinking range.

The new collection comprises capes, vests, collars and bands, which are all easily thrown on over everyday clothes

The new collection comprises capes, vests, collars and bands, which are all easily thrown on over everyday clothes and can be rolled up to fit neatly inside a backpack.

(Image credit: Kavan Olbison)

Henrichs hopes that her designs will encourage fashion-conscious riders to don safety apparel before hitting the roads

Henrichs hopes that her designs will encourage fashion-conscious riders to don safety apparel before hitting the roads.

(Image credit: Kavan Olbison)

The women's Cape, shown here, echoes the design of a 1960's rain cape

The pieces are both water and windproof, offering extreme visibility in the dark by up to 100 metres. The women's 'Cape', shown here, echoes the design of a 1960's rain cape.

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A smart cape for dogs

A smart cape for dogs is available as part of the collection, while designs for kids are modelled on knights’ armour and angel wings

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Angel Wings Cape for kids was also included in the collection

Designed for kids, the 'Angel Wings Cape' has wings at the back that blow in the wind

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Adjustable Samurai Cape for men

The men's 'Samurai Cape' is adjustable to fit

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Samurai Vest front closure features two press studs

The 'Samurai Vest' is a curved lozenge shape that facilitates easy movement. The front closure features two press-studs

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The collection is made in London using reflective fabrics by Swiss textile brand Schoeller

The collection is made in London using reflective fabrics by Swiss textile brand Schoeller

(Image credit: Kavan Olbison)