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by Rob Follis

5th July, 2018

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If you know cycling you probably know Rapha, makers of intensely fashionable bike gear and the owners of some very smart retail outlets in Melbourne and Sydney, not to mention the rest of the world. They have joined forces with Apple to make a limited-edition run of tech-toting bags and case that feature their signature style and high-quality materials. You won’t find these at outdoor retailers. You won’t even find them at Rapha's own clubhouses. Instead, they’ll be sold exclusively at Apple stores and Apple Online.

With just five pieces in the iconic collection, quantities are limited, and each one is available in three different colours. All feature Rapha's highly durable Italian fabrics and straps, tested in extreme conditions, all have Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment and AquaGuard zips. They should handle the odd puddle then, and there's enough choice of designs to get you and your gear on the road to the local shops or a stylish bar in New York City.

Rapha's Creative Director, Alex Valdman talked about the designs:

We approached this project by focusing on precision, quality and problem-solving, and empathising with the commuter whose journey is 4 miles or 40 miles,” explained Valdman. “We worked with one of the best mills in Italy to source the most beautifully durable twills and with a master craftsman in London and Portugal on endless iterations. Creating these unique products was no easy task as thousands of hours were spent developing, prototyping and testing, with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil acting as our primary design tools. What has resulted are products that I feel embody Rapha’s design values.

As you would imagine, the colours ring the fashion changes, starting with Dark Blue and a blazing Signature Pink Stripe for diehard Rapha fans, through Hi-Vis Daylite Yellow that will keep you safe on any road, all the way to our favourite, of course, Grey on Matt Black.

The Mini Messenger Bag A$189.85 (above & below)
A versatile on-bike and over-the-shoulder messenger bag, the Mini Messenger, neatly stows daily essentials and shifts seamlessly from bike to body. This new design is made with the highest-quality, hardest-wearing Italian fabrics, making it perfect for storing cables, camera equipment, lenses and more.

  • Two zipped pockets to safely stow accessories and essentials on the move
  • Padded main compartment for comfort and cushioning
  • Magnetic clasps to fix the bag to handlebars
  • Rapha Signature perforated stripe on the front and reflective Rapha logo


Rapha Tech Organizer Kit A$89.95
The Organiser helps keep all essential accessories and tech neatly in place throughout an active day. Constructed for superior protection, the Tech Organizer Kit includes space for packing charging cables, chargers, batteries camera lenses and more.

  • Three internal pockets to secure essentials
  • Space for MacBook or iOS device power adapters and cables

Rapha Convertible Tote|Backpack A$219.95

This sleek pack is for when you want to carry everything, with maximum versatility. Wear it over the shoulder or use it as a tote bag, its top-quality construction, secure pockets and protective padding help keep laptops, wallets and other essentials safe on overnight trips or the daily commute. 

  • Convertible design with adjustable straps
  • Padded main compartment for comfort and cushioning
  • Internal laptop sleeve to protect MacBook and other electronics
  • Two internal zip pockets to secure essentials

Rapha Sleeves for MacBook - A$100 
These good-looking Rapha Sleeves for the 12/13/15 MacBooks offer robust protection with strategic padding and the highest-quality fabrics. An internal pocket and the signature Rapha stripe, along with water-repellent treatment and splash-proof zips will save your MacBook from any spills while looking smart at the same time.

  • Ring-pull zip and contrast stripe
  • Padded for comfort and cushioning

Rapha Sleeves for iPad Pro - A$95 
Rapha's designers use the iPad Pro instead of laptops, so they have taken a lot of care on this one. Featuring a side pocket for the easily lost Apple Pencil, there are Sleeves for both sizes of iPad Pro. Strategic padding and quality fabrics offer excellent protection, and the signature Rapha stripe, along with water-repellent treatment and splash-proof zips keep the iPad safe while looking cool when on the road or in the studio.

  • Apple Pencil pocket
  • Ring-pull zip and contrast stripe
  • Padded for comfort and cushioning

More information: Apple


Posted in: Living & Style Travel & Outdoors
Tags: apple  iphone  macbook  ipad  rapha  cycling  fashion 

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Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.

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