About / The story behind the collection

The collection of jerseys and my appreciation of them has grown steadily over the last few years. This has in turn been paralleled in the growth of my passion for road cycling.

It began while living in Paris when I relocated to a new apartment that happened to be next door to a vintage clothing store owned by friends. Their stock of items sourced from France and Belgium regularly included vintage cycling jerseys from the 1970’s and 1980’s.

As a regular cyclist and frequent visitor to the store I soon came under the spell of these wonderfully designed eye catching jerseys – whether from the larger well known professional cycling teams or smaller amateur teams from countries such as France, Italy and Belgium.

Perhaps too young to have seen these items being worn by the riders at the time (I was born in 1978), these jerseys with their flocked lettering and bold designs were a familiar reminder of my youth and my appreciation (and dedication to unearthing more from new sources) soon grew with relish.

Wanting to properly document the collection I used my craft as a professional photographer to individually record each jersey in all its glory eager to capture the detailing and craftsmanship that went into the manufacture of each one.

The first outlet for these images was a dedicated Instagram feed which gave me great satisfaction in permitting me to share the jerseys with a wider audience.

From there the next step was to create this website in order to have all the images of the items in one place. While it has been quite a large amount of work it’s definitely been something of a labour of love!

Once I’d amassed this selection of imagery showing the exotic range of bold designs, colouring and typography used in these iconic cycling jerseys it occurred to me that perhaps these images had more potential than solely being used on an archive website.

Soon afterwards I designed and created a range of cycling posters, prints and ceramics using these images and I’m happy to say that these are now available for purchase from the 3BP online store. I’ll be adding to the range of products over time as the collection continues to grow.

I’m interested in bringing the collection of these iconic jerseys to a wider audience so if you’d like to discuss using any images of the collection on a website or print publication I’d be delighted to hear from you.

As for myself, when I’m not cycling or digging through piles of second hand clothing in search of treasure I’m working as a freelance photographer for clients in the U.K and across Europe.  More of my editorial work and also travel images can be seen on my existing sites.

I hope you enjoy the website and happy cycling!