By Bill Byrne. Posted: November 16, 2015

The independent British performance wear label, Iffley Road, have carved a niche for themselves in the performance wear market by actively reworking classic styles into their independent line of athletic gear.

Based in West London and founded by runners, the husband and wife team took the name of Oxford’s Iffley Road track where, on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister ran the first mile in under four minutes. Garments are designed locally, with fabrics sourced from European mills before being crafted by Portugal’s reknowned manufacturing industry.

However, history and locality is engrained in the brand, with their label’s tri-stripe ribbon referencing the former colors of Britain’s Amateur Athletic Association. As such, garments have a classic cut and feel, shunning the shiny and the shapeless as much as they do the lycra skintight look.

While all tops are woven with an original piqué finish, it’s their black merino wool long-sleeve top which stands out. Merino wool is a classic fabric for high performance wear. Beloved by runners and cyclists, the fabric is naturally soft and itch-free, as well as resistant to odor which strengthens its antibacterial properties. Iffley Road’s comes with a half zip, and is cut slightly larger to allow for base-layers underneath.

As nights are longer and months stay cold, Iffley Road’s storm jacket comes into its own. Utilizing a similarly classic fit, focusing on a slim and straight silhouette. Materials are suitably technical, with Iffley Road making use of three-layer Italian soft-shell, which uses “ActiveCollant” technology for breathability while being both water- and windproof.

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