Friday, November 20, 2015

Retroreflective Is All I Can See

Fiks:Reflective Pedal Reflective T Shirt

The dark gray bands on this coat by Heisel gleam with white light.

Medium gray polka dots are white when hit by light for a truly eye-catching pair of socks.

I appreciate the seasonal quality of ICNYSport's catalog.

This is part of their collaboration with Puma that includes tops, pants, jackets, and a bag.

ICNYSport seems to favor the 5 panel style over the cyling cap, but that's ok.

This jacket by is discreet by day, impossible to overlook at night.

Aptly named, the "Blazing Blouse."

Preparing for winter riding has had me thinking about being out in the dark and cold, but it hasn't really been cold in coastal Virginia. That just leaves me with, "dark," and it seems that everywhere I look online, I see reflective stuff. In my last post, almost all of the products were coming from makers on the other side of the pond. This go-round, all the companies are based in the USA, specifically Pittsburg and New York City.

Fiks:Reflective produces a variety of reflective products most of which go on your bike. I'll be discussing those at a later date. For now, my favorite tee shirt from their collection is pictured at the top of this post and until today I could've worn it with no need for a jacket (Virginia weather is crazy right now). Perhaps they'll come out with a matching hoodie in the future.

I think a Google Alert brought Heisel to my attention. I was impressed by the stylish eco-felt coat— I didn't even know there was such a thing as eco-felt. This is an investment piece priced at a premium like many things in New York. If you're not ready for that level of commitment or expenditure, it appears that Ms. Heisel has recently released a microfiber tee with moisture wicking technology and long, patterned, reflective sleeves. There are also socks— that holiday gift staple— given a mission and a little street style with big, reflective, gray polka dots.

ICNYSport puts their retroreflective touch on everything from apparel and outerwear to hats, gloves, and iPhone cases. In a major move, they've collaborated with Puma on a winter collection. I'm a fan of a silver sneaker; I always have to have a pair in my closet. I guess it's because they're metallic, but not as ostentatious as gold. The Puma x ICNY R698 All Reflective is available in silver while the R698 Reflective comes in three colors with reflective piping.

I've been a fan of Vespertine from the start and I'm thrilled to see Sarah Canner expand her line in such a conscious and beautiful way. The price points across her jewelry and accessories lines put haute réflecture within everyone's grasp. There are dresses, outerwear, blazers, and button-downs appropriate for the office as well as vests that wouldn't look out of place in Times Square on New Year's Eve. I'm greatly impressed by how demure the windowpane print is in daylight and how brightly it shines in headlights. I also love the variety and versatility of the jewelry line.

There's enough reflective product here for you to glow from head to toe. Several years ago, trying to pull off such a look would've probably had you looking ridiculous. Now you just look like any other put-together person and that's brilliant.


Yokota Fritz said...

I like that hat.

I just bought this T with retroreflective graphics, just in time for the weather to get cold!

Courtnee said...

That's a nice tee and, I must say, a great bargain. I see your game, savvy shopper, and I respect it.

David Sucher said...

Great start but maybe something for older fatter people too?
They also walk.

Courtnee said...

I understand what you mean, but I wouldn't necessarily take an older or heavier person for someone who wants bland clothing. Have you ever seen Advanced Style? Still, I would suggest starting with accessories like pins, scarves, bandanas, hats, belts, etc. until you find some sneakers or clothing with retroreflective features that you like.

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