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Romance and street artist D*Face release customised Specialized helmets in support of good causes

Joseph Delves
11 Aug 2020

London-based cyclist and street artist launches custom helmets to aid charities across the UK

Apparel brand Romance and bike manufacturer Specialized have teamed up with street artist D*Face to create five custom S-Works Evade cycling helmets featuring unique, one-off artworks. On sale from the website as of 18:00 BST on 10th August, one helmet will be released for sale per day for the next five days.

Known for his pop-art style posters and murals, Dean Stockton – alias D*Face – who custom painted the helmets is himself a keen cyclist. With his work seen on walls around the world, his designs have also featured in shows at the Saatchi Gallery.

He’s the owner and curator of Stolen Space Gallery, London's first contemporary art gallery to focus on street art.

‘I’ve lived and worked in London all my life and I’ve been cycling to and from my studio regularly for nigh on 10 years,’ Stockton explains.

‘It’s clear cycling in the city is bigger than it’s ever has been right now. It’s a hugely important culture – and one I’m always happy to be a part of, in any way shape or form.’

Taking inspiration from artists like Roy Lichtenstein along with modern graffiti artists, each of the helmets is hand painted. And with only one of each of the five designs, the odds of bumping into another are low.


With a standard Specialized Evade helmet costing £230, the custom painted helmets are online for £1,000.

However, on the flip-side, all proceeds will go towards five different UK-based charities: the Trussell Trust, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Headway, Centre Point and Access Sport.

‘We wanted to use the opportunity during this difficult global situation to shine a light on some important charities that really make a difference to people’s lives,’ said Romance’s Adam Parkes.

‘The chosen charities address the Black Lives Matter movement, homelessness, access to sport for disadvantaged youth, and food banks to end hunger.’

So if you fancy alleviating your guilt at dropping a stack of cash on bike kit, you could do worse than head over to and support some good causes while doing so.

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