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L'Observatoire Patch Hooded Sweatshirt

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Ventoux plays the most terrific mind games. From kilometre zero you can see the finish of the climb. The finish is in the form of the old, imposing observatory, perched atop like some kind of scavenging corvid, waiting to feast on fallen riders. This harbinger stays in the periphery for the first 5 kilometres before it mysteriously vanishes. Its presence is replaced with a hell like forest, as hot as a furnace but starved of oxygen just when you need it most. The gradients are now 10% leading to a slow, contorted rocking of the upper body as the sinews in the legs are on the verge of snapping.

A false sense of security comes as you exit the forest and pass Chalet Reynard on your right. For around half a minute the mind seems at rest as the gradient has eased off. But, then, it appears again. The observatory once more begins its foreboding stare, emitting a force field all around that seems to stop a rider getting any closer. The road winds in a serpentine manner while getting steeper once again and the mistral blows forcefully, always against and never for. Despite every gentle bend being traversed it’s as if no progress is made, the observatory staying on its perch and seemingly remaining exactly the same size in ones field of vision.

It’s at this point when one generally switches off, either through lactate blindness or some kind of sensory shut down, promoted by the body to protect itself. The observatory remains the goal but how it is reached becomes a blur. It can only be assumed that cyclists have some kind of bird like migratory system to guide them to the top. When the top is eventually reached, torturer becomes comforter, as, awash with satisfaction the rider now greets the old observatory with euphoric elation. “All is forgiven old friend, all is forgiven” whispers the cyclist to the old building. And, this will remain true. Until the next time at least…

This hooded sweatshirt features an embroidered "patch", inspired by the iconic Ventoux Observatory itself, that is designed and produced here in our "Printworks". This patch has an unfinished edge for the ultimate vintage effect and works perfectly in tandem with the warm and plush, 320g material weight before being complemented by super snug extended cuffs and hem, hand warming front pockets and an all important double layered hood for an ultra cozy feel.


Heather grey hooded sweatshirt  /  Left breast embroidered "Patch", produced here in our "Printworks"  /  Deep hem & cuffs  /  Double thickness hood  /  Full zipped front with robust zip  /  Traditional raglan sleeves  /  Double pocket  /  Drawstring neck fastening  /  Slim fitting  /  320g super soft, 80% cotton/20% polyester blend material  /  Fair Wear Foundation certified  /  WTCo. vintage branding to bottom hem


Machine washable at a delicate 30ºc cycle  /  Reshape when damp before air/line drying  /  Warm iron on reverse  /  Do not tumble dry, dry clean or bleach


For reference, our model has a 38" chest, is 6'4" in height and wears size medium in this design. For information on how to find your ideal size please click on the "Sizing Guide" tab below:

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Ref: ObservHood Shipping Weight: 0.5kgs

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We offer a total of three different delivery options for UK based orders plus an international delivery option for orders placed from outside of the UK. The three UK delivery options are our Standard Service (2-5 day delivery), our Priority Service (priority picking and next day delivery) and our Express Service (priority picking and guaranteed before 1pm next day delivery)

All orders placed before 12 midday will be dispatched on the same day that the order is submitted. If an order is placed after this time then it will be dispatched on the next working day. Any orders placed over the weekend will be dispatched on the following Monday.

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