Off Your Bike, Into the Boardroom

Off Your Bike, Into the Boardroom

Chicago-based Makers & Riders is the latest apparel-makers to jump into the ultra-tech, ultra-sleek, and (yes) ultra-costly urban outdoor market. Like Mission Workshop, Outlier, and Aether, Maker & Riders’ aesthetic disguises high-performance features with fashion-forward designs. The 3-Season Epodic NeoShell Weatherproof Trouser ($275) uses a breathable soft shell fabric to protect you from the elements—except for the monsoon-like rains that have been known to drown out their home town. The stretchy fabric and a gull wing-gusseted crotch should provide freedom of movement in the saddle, while the slim profile (including relative narrow seven-inch seams at the legs) and dress suit front pockets creates a decent-looking aesthetic that could fly in most boardrooms. Sweet little elements like the patterned buttons, a plush red interior, and the scissor logo sewn into the fly demonstrate a noticeable attention to detail in the hand-made pants. Nice-looking stuff. But it’ll be interesting to see how well the market can bear the weight of all these new, high-ticket city-centric boutique garment-makers.—Nathan Borchelt

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