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109%
Raised
£1,098,190
Investors
344
Target
£1,000,000
Equity
21.54%
Pre-money valuation
£4,000,000

Le Col is a premium cycling apparel brand, founded in 2009 by professional cyclist, Yanto Barker. Manufactured in Italy, Le Col now sells its clothing to customers in over 10 countries; directly, and through a range of specialist retailers. This round of funding will be used to continue to establish the brand and expand into new geographies.

  • UK cycling apparel market estimated to be worth £1.8bn
  • Previous sponsor of UK Cycling teams; One Pro Cycling & Team UK Youth
  • Featured in The Guardian, The Huffington Post & The Independent
  • Team includes a Partner at RPM London Limited
Information Due to ongoing investor discussions, the Le Col campaign has been extended by 7 days and will now be closing on the 13th January.

Idea

Le Col is a premium cycling apparel brand conceived from an obsessive desire for perfection. The brand ambition was to create beautiful, performance enhancing clothing, that gives cyclists every advantage. Using Yanto's professional insights, and continuous rider feedback, Le Col strives to design and manufacture the most technical and innovative products available in order to improve the rider's experience in all climates and seasons.

We began trading autumn/winter 2009/2010 with a basic website and 10 specialist retailers including the prestigious Harrods cycling concession on the sports floor. In early 2014 we bought the factory and became a self-manufacturing business developing our own range, specifically designed and manufactured entirely from scratch to be a unique and superior range. We now have customers in over 10 countries via a combination of retail, wholesale and distribution.

With recent reviews and features in Esquire Magazine, the Guardian, Huffington Post, The Independent , among other specialist cycling publications, Cyclist magazine,Cycling weekly, The Washing Machine Post, and Road CC we have gained a broad awareness and interest among active cyclists.

Le Col has also been active in sponsoring the No1 UK based men's road team in 2013 (Team UK Youth) and in 2015 the No2 UK based mens team (One Pro Cycling).

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