All the members of the Education First cycling team can do as they unload their new Palace x Rapha gear is laugh. “Oh, fuck,” one team member exclaims in a video posted to Rapha’s Instagram Stories. Another starts quacking, which sounds odd…until you see a helmet made to look like the head of a duck, with big bulging eyes and a cartoonish yellow bill. (Suddenly, I’m even more bummed about the lack of real fashion weeks; it would have been great to see the helmet crowning some bold street style subject.) This is the sort of chaos pro sporting teams invite when they allow the kooky, subversive, and often rudely funny Palace into their rarefied circles. And that’s just what’s happening: Palace and Rapha are outfitting the EF team for this month’s Giro d’Italia, one of cycling’s premiere events.
As part of the collaboration, Palace and Rapha rebuilt