"This collection was conceptualized back in October 2011 – yes, that’s how long it takes to bring new product to market. The buyer, designer, and I (all women) collaborated to put the collection together, then the designer worked her magic to bring it to life. Our developer (another woman) like the rest of us is a cyclist. We all wore the samples as much as we could to make sure they fit and were comfortable."
"We are doing a full length jean for women for fall. Look for it around August.
We are also adding a car coat length quilted (primaloft) jacket in red and long sleeved plaid shirts that like the short sleeved version have a reflective thread woven into the plaid design. We’ve just finished our spring 2014 line and are well into fall 2014 development. I can’t talk about what’s coming yet, but stay tuned as we’ve got more fun styles on the way!!!"
Cyndi, thanks for being awesome and for being kind enough to write back to me! I'm excited for what exciting things are to come (through 2014, I might add) and will be checking back for cool new designs and the fall and winter gear in August.
I've bitched a lot about the lack of women's clothing for commuting. It's a subject that will send me into a crazy feminist rage way moreso than any sandwich comments, kitchen jokes, or 1950s housewife similes. Today, however, I have good news for my fellow commuters.
A friend of mine last week showed up to dinner wearing women's commuter jeans. No, they weren't men's jeans. No, they weren't overly custesy and lacking functionality. And no, she didn't have to travel to the ends of the earth and collect the tears of orphans to get them. Intrigued, I went to the source: REI.
As it turns out, REI's Novara brand has launched commuter lines for men and women alike. But the best part - the very best part - they are 100% equal. Men have nice commuter shorts made for them, and so do women. Jeans? Got 'em. Jacket? Yep. Nifty t-shirts? You bet. In fact, everything offered for men was also offered for women, and with just as much style and functionality. That's right ladies - no more ultra cutesy jeans that sacrifice function - these clothes are built for commuting. You can't see it, but I'm doing a victory dance.
|I would personally like to thank the person who realized women also ride bikes.|
|It's the little things.|
|A reflective Novara logo on the dressier capri style commuter pants. These were not only well made, but classy looking enough for a semi formal workplace or gathering.|
|A real road bike, not a "cutesy girl bike." Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's refreshing to see this!|
|One of my favorites. I love the derailleur!|
On that note, Happy Mothers Day!