The most annoying thing about commuting on a bicycle is having to take the world, his wife, and the kitchen sink with you, as most clothes are not suitable for long journeys to work. Thankfully Narifuri a Japanese bicycle clothing and accessories company from Tokyo have teamed up with Spiewak, a New York-based apparel manufacturer founded in 1904 that specialise in utility and military styles to design an ergonomic collection of commuter wear.
Every detail is well thought out and developed to make life on your bicycle easier and more efficient. Narifuri a relatively new company was founded in 2007 by Kazumasa Kobayashi. The company worked together with the american company to redesign some iconic Spiewak archive pieces in a way that assists you the daily commute. The collection includes the MA-1 Cycling Bomber, the Westside Shirt Jacket, the N3-B Bridge Parka and the M-3 Road Jacket.
A journey from Warsaw to Brooklyn, New York shaped the destiny of Polish immigrant and entrepreneur Isaac Spiewak. In 1904, his handcrafted sheepskin vests sold to Williamsburg waterfront dockworkers became a foundation for the family business, starting with a small manufacturing space. Spiewak soon began creating the iconic U.S. military uniforms that would serve everyday heroes throughout the twentieth century and beyond. In 1917 Spiewak & Sons makes woolen jackets and britches for the US Army and Navy in World War I. Their naval pea coat is still in production today. 1919 The Golden Fleece label is created. The flying ram symbol continues to be seen as a trusted reminder of our values, Since World War I, the family name has traveled over land, sea and air with a promise to protect. Spiewak’s Golden Fleece was a dependable sight on outerwear and gear, including the pea coat, snorkel parka and flight jacket, produced for decades of use by the Armed Forces. Their visionary expertise continues to meet the demands of emergency, safety and transportation workers worldwide. As a style statement seen on college campuses and city streets today, the Spiewak legacy is a daily uniform for life. In 1923 a 35 lb., sheepskin-lined, horsehide coat is produced for the newly established New York Mounted State Troopers.in 1932 streamlining production and increasing efficiency ensures the survival of the family business through the Great Depression, and by 1941 the U.S. Army enlists Spiewak to develop uniforms after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They soon shift all production to military contracting work for World War II, from flight suits to deck jackets. By adapting military uniforms at the end of the war, Spiewak becomes a civilian. Partnership with the Armed Forces continues into the Korean War in 1950 as Spiewak produces flight and field jackets for the troops. in 1980 Spiewak is the official uniform of the US Ski Team for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. A few decades later and Mayor Michael Bloomberg declares September 23rd, 2004, NYC’s official Spiewak Day, a century after it was founded.