A Modern, Retro Road Jersey


Most of the time, when people buy performance bike wear, what they are buying is a costume for their own performance as a serious bike racer – lord knows, we’ve been guilty of that. But Café du Cycliste, a newish company based in the South of France, takes a different approach, making clothes for the bicyclist who wants to be well-dressed, not play dress-up. The Henriette, which comes in grey and burgundy, is our favorite piece from their line of elegant jerseys, jackets, and shorts. It has all the attributes of a modern piece of cycling gear – tight fit, technical fabric – but also an appealing throwback feeling to an era that never quite existed, when a pack of Gauloises was considered an energy bar. [$145, cafeducycliste.com]