I don't get out of the office very often, being honest my time really is better spent improving, enhancing and tinkering with the Prendas website to ensure the utmost performance and which ultimately should result in more sales.
In the corner of our busy, mail order warehouse we have collection of vintage team jerseys that we sometimes hang up and display, but more often that not, they just sit in the crates bagged up waiting for us to use them as a template so that we can accurately re-create replica retro jersey in modern fabrics.
For the Rouleur exhibition, the general idea was to decorate an otherwise functional walkway with our version of issue 10's front page cover that had some classic team wool jersyes (GiS Gelati, Peugeot Michelin, Mapei GB, TI Raleigh, Molteni Arcore, Fiat et al) drying on a washing line.
After much deliberation, we choose 24 jerseys (thumbnails are below - apart from the KAS, Reynolds, Safir, La Redoute which I'll get online) to display to the public that would provoke some thought, discussion, reaction or questions. Judging on the number of interested visitors that approached us, including fellow trade exhibitors, ex-pros and current pros, I think we did a pretty good job! It was also poignant that four of the jerseys we had on display were given to us by Roger Slade who is sadly no longer with us.
Whilst I was a busy three days, I did get time to see some of the exhibition myself and during my spare time I managed to get Sean Kelly, Danilo Di Luca and Filippo 'Pippo' Pozzato to sign a copy of Art of the Jersey that I had on me. A pretty good idea - so now that copy of the book will follow me on other trips - I'll see if I can get a few more signatures!
Some Giro D'Italia winners pink jerseys were on display in the fabulous art-deco ballroom as well as the iconic winners trophy. If you want to see more, I have a section of this website dedicated to jerseys from the Giro D'Italia!
Sean Kelly kindly signed the copy of Art of the Jersey I had with me. Kelly had his own exhibition space upstairs where I could have spent hours look at his priceless trophies and a stunning Concorde PDM team bike he brought along with him.
Danilo Di Lica was at the Rouleur Classic on the Velo Bici stand promoting his own bike brand.
Pippo Pozzato was one of the many speakers at the the Rouleur Classic.
Throughtout our time at the Rouleur Classic, both Mick (right) and I spent time giving our key rings and many, many Tutto Scritto cotton caps!
I also wrote up the exhibition on the Prendas blog if you care to read that!