Win an S.E.H Kelly Tour jacket! (Competition now closed)

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“Thank you to everyone who gave the competition a go. The response has been great and some of the answers were very funny and / or thoughtful.

The winner is POTHOLE BLACK.

Catchy, original, sort of sensible-sounding, and a good (cycling-related) reason given.

For everyone who didn’t win, commiserations, but all the same — big pats on backs all round for the time and effort put in.”

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This is without a doubt the best competition that we’ve ever had on Proper and believe me we’ve had some corkers. In fact it could even be the best jacket that we’ve ever featured on Proper too. And unbelievable though it may sound, one of you lucky lot is actually going to win this incredible SEH Kelly Tour jacket. Yes, it could be you. Anyway here’s Paul from SEH Kelly with all the details, good luck!


Ventile has been a mainstay of S.E.H Kelly since before the cloth was invented. When Mr. Ventile told me about the secret Ventile Ripstop project he was working on, my ears pricked right up. It is something they’ve developed over a few years: an homage to similar cloths which Ventile made in the distant past using nylon ripstop — but this is an all-cotton version, so looks much nicer. It brings some texture to good old Ventile L24, and Mr. Ventile assures me that it scores over 700 on the Water Column Test.


The tour jacket is, we understand, the first garment ever to use Ventile Ripstop. It is stuffed with features that make cycling a little better, such as shooting shoulders at the back, an internal shoulder strap, brass eyelets under the armpits, two-way envelope pockets, and umpteen other things. It is also padded with an ecologically sound wadding that performs like feathers, only much lighter in weight and quicker to dry. It is probably the best jacket we’ve made to date.

But one thing — the colour is officially “black navy”, but can anybody help me out with a better name for it?”

So to enter this very, very cool competition you just need to put your colour suggestion (and reasons why) in the comment box below and then we’ll pick what we think is the best/funniest answer in a couple of weeks.

Please note that this jacket is available in sizes Small, Medium or Large.




  1. Dave Thomas

    The other side of midnight – slightly darker than midnight blue

  2. Dave Thomas

    Night puddle – puddles reflect midnight blue

  3. The colour should be called Blague, as in is it blue or black ? Dunno mate it’s a bit of a vague color. Blague

  4. Stewart Osborn

    Black because it would look really smart x

  5. Craggy Black – because if Father Ted taught us anything it’s that us lay folk are always getting shafted by so-called “black socks” from ordinairy shops that are in fact very, very, very, very, very, very, very dark blue

  6. Eclipse. Not only because it describes a black/blue colour but also because it evokes a meaning of the new fabric “eclipsing” the old.

  7. If you put black navy into porn name generator you get Johnny Jiggler if boy, Tara Jiggler for a lady girl

    Name it one of those, go on, go on, go on, go on!

  8. Hoskins Blue in honor of the great actor Bob Hoskins (starring in films Blue Ice and Ruby Blue among others)?

  9. Melody Blue – for the harmonious blend of the two colours forming a pleasing or consistent whole.

  10. Eclipse. Not only because the word describes a black/blue colour but also because it evokes a meaning with the new fabric “eclipsing” the old.

  11. Lecauchemar

    “Tellement bleu que c’est noir”.
    Je suis sûr que vous allez bouger vos fesses pour traduire tout ça ;).

  12. clare leahy

    midnight – pretty self explanatory really !

  13. Zambolino

    “I’ve been riding behind a truck for several hours blue” (all the diesel exhaust will blacken your jacket no matter what color it was at first)

  14. “Century Black” (refers to a “century” ride, which is a bicycle tour of 100km (or miles) see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_ride , which first became extremely popular in the golden age of the bicycle in the mid-late 1800s and continues to be popular today)

  15. Bryant Wu

    Deep-sea Blue.

    As you approach the depths of the ocean, you are met with a mixture of blue and black.

  16. A black blue color?? All I see is White Gold!

    Jokes aside, I’d call it Melancholy. With its muted colorway and bulletproof property I am sure this jacket will absorb all the damp and cold elements and keep me dry and happy as my ‘go-to’ travel jacket.

  17. Black Ninja – Who doesn’t want to be as a ninja???
    Pinot Noir – Reminding you not to drink and ride (cycling)
    Black Licorice – Not many may like the flavour but the jacket is just f-cking cool!!!

  18. Knight Rider or Knight Rider Black because you will look cooler then Hasselhoof back in the day

  19. Elwood P Dowd

    It’s whatever colour you want it to be.

  20. Asphalt Camouflage Black ~ A nod to the handy cycling features and black sounds cooler than grey in this respect.

  21. Ink Navy. It’s a bit more easy-feeling and lighthearted than Midnight Blue or Blue Black, but still descriptive and to the point – in a way like S.E.H. Kelly and the awesome clothes you guys make.

  22. OshKo D'Rival


    Literally means black-obsidian.
    Simple, catchy and classy.
    Remember you can buy school but you can’t buy class!

  23. Greg Atkins

    Bic biro 397. Analogue protest against the rise of the indecipherable Dulux colour chart.

  24. Blackblue…so simple yet oh so subtle…at first glance it’s barely nothing…But the letters have been mixed together you see: black(first two letters from blue,last three from black),blue(first two from black,last two from blue).
    There lies all the difference. Barely visible but if you look closely…a whole new world. Simple yet so much work behind the scene, no gimmick…just like the beautiful Tour jacket.

  25. Crow sheen ‘cos…well, it’s the colour of crows innit.

  26. Black navy – because SEH don’t like sales and other nonsense so probably don’t want to go in for gimmicky names. But love Ronseal.

  27. Colin Crawford

    An October Gloaming ‘Pon The Moors.

    If that’s too literal/literary:

    Victorian Celebration; it’s a party time black.

  28. Joseph Eden

    British Weather Swagger Grey ( a shade dark enough and light enough even if the weather turns , you can still maintain your swagger )

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