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Movement — For evolution

The right words & figures of speech

A few words, definitions and expressions that are revisited and sometimes adapted to reflect the spirit of the brand.

VELO, BOULOT, DODO - Pedal, work, sleep

The bicycle's return to favour in town and city centres is something we are thrilled about at Köppencap. All the more so because this means of transport promotes a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In 1968 French poet, Pierre Béarn, came up with the popular and oft-repeated expression "métro, boulot, dodo", which can basically be translated as "tube, work, sleep", and today we would like to make a slight modification and suggest "pedal, work, sleep" in support of the great green revolution that is beginning to unfold across the globe.


The term "soft mobility" is used to refer to all the means of transport which don't require you to spend time and money at petrol pumps or buy a ticket before using them… In other words, bikes, scooters and similar forms of locomotion are perfect vectors of eco-mobility for Köppencap as they need brainpower, muscle power and leg power only. And because they don't pollute and it really doesn't get much more important than that.


Coming and going, travelling hither and thither for professional reasons or purely for personal pleasure, or perhaps even both at the same time, when setting out to make the most of town (and indeed life) by opting for soft mobility, movement is a constant feature for Köppencap. Our clothes are designed for dynamic, daily wear and for the occasional onslaught from atmospheric elements. Consequently, movement also expresses the idea of moving forward, making progress, beating your own path, evolving with an open mind and advancing whilst considering others around you.

City nomads

Sometimes referred to as "commuters", but this name implies a certain routine, a habitual coming and going over the same pre-defined route day after day. Whereas in fact, city dwellers travelling distances of less than 5 kilometres on one or two wheels - or indeed on their own two feet - change their route depending on traffic conditions, the weather and their mood. These are the city nomads who love nothing better than to criss-cross their city with a smile on their face and the wind in their hair, the women and men who freewheel across town whatever the weather.

Long-distance cyclist

Köppencap came up with this name and it is definitely more flattering than the term "commuter", which refers to people living in the suburbs of towns and cities and who travel relatively far to get to their workplace. Just like a long-distance runner, our long-distance cyclist never pedals fewer than 5 kilometres a day. In fact, they have a tendency to clock up 20 or even 30 kilometres to go to work…In one direction, and then in the other, of course!

Urban skaters

Urban skaters belong to the city nomad family. They cover distances of less than 5 kilometres in the city centre on electric scooters. Independent, free and agile-minded, they demonstrate a preference for hiring rather than buying this new form of transport.


Technically speaking, "free-wheeling" means that the sprocket on a bike is turning without pedalling. It can also refer to a car that is moving forward whilst in neutral. For Köppencap, this expression is first and foremost poetic. It evokes the city dwellers who don’t like sticking to the beaten track, those who wouldn’t hesitate to take a different route in order to appreciate the architecture of a particular building, the peace and quiet of a certain district or the secret charms of a small street. Free spirits who are fond of striking out in different directions and who have the natural grace and style to arrive at their destination without rushing or arriving late.

"De pied en cap" - "From boot to cap"

Latin capitulum means head, "de pied en cape" translated as "from boot to cap" calls to mind a complete outfit. And the verb to cap, can mean to cover, amongst other things. Two Köppencap "etymologies", a brand name that was invented to identify stylish, technical and reflective clothing suitable for getting around town on one or two wheels, or on your own two feet, whatever the weather.


According to the dictionary, an overcoat is "a long-sleeved garment, generally made in a solid fabric and worn over other clothes to provide protection from bad weather". Whilst the term may no longer be part of daily parlance, it nonetheless perfectly describes many of the designs that Köppencap has been busy tweaking and perfecting to provide protection against the whims of the weather when you’re out on your bike, scooter or unicycle.


Times are changing. And so is the weather! Köppencap clothes have been designed for city dwellers with a preference for non-polluting forms of transport for getting around town. Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not always demonstrate her gratitude to them and sometimes it really pours down. Our parkas, jackets and ponchos have been designed down to the last detail to take on these daily uncertainties in many different latitudes.


Whether it’s sunny, rainy or windy, it’s not easy to guarantee that an item of clothing is comfortable whatever the weather. In biology we talk about "homeostasis" for an organism’s ability to maintain constant characteristics irrespective of external phenomena. A fine balance that Köppencap’s designs cultivate with their technical materials and perfect finish.


Köppencap creations provide protection against climate stresses. They also ensure that wearers are visible and predictable to other city dwellers thanks to their reflective braid strips and removable LED-based directional signalling accessories that slide into pockets on the back and front. Scientist David L. Rose would certainly say "Enchanted Objects" in reference to our modular designs that conceal several functions in one.


The cut of Köppencap designs is inspired by architectural buildings in major cities. The volume of the chest creates a slightly trapezoid shape from the shoulders. The size of the arms was set to provide maximum comfort and ease-of-wear whilst preventing too much air from blowing in at the wrist. The hood is cut to follow head and neck movements. The format and positioning of each pocket were also subject to numerous trials and tests.


Is said of something that has a certain natural style and allure without necessarily costing a fortune. It can also refer to somebody who is nice, generous, civilized and polite. The Köppencap brand strives to be chic. The city nomads that the brand designs for also have a great guideline.


Environmental protection is one of the driving forces behind soft-mobility. It is also a key area of concern at Köppencap, which belongs to 1% For The Planet, an international network of companies who give 1% of their annual turnover to organisations who are working to protect the planet.


Surname of botanist Wladimir Peter Köppen, who in 1900 invented a global climate classification system, known as Köppen Classification, based on the precipitation levels and temperatures observed in different towns and regions.