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Mission Workshop

 

Mission Workshop, LA

 

Mission Workshop has come to be known for the excellent quality of their bags such as the ones seen above. What some may not know, is that they also make clothing that rivals the design and quality of the bags. As is the case with most of what they do, Mission Workshop produces a small, carefully selected range of apparel that is all top notch. I’ve been lucky enough to wear many of the pieces, and I can unequivocally say they are all exceptional. From the top of the line Remi hooded blazer to the more moderately priced items such as the District Henley, they are all welcome additions to any wardrobe. I found myself wearing the Remi blazer for a good part of spring and loved its utility and good looks. Now that the weather has warmed up, I seem to be living in the District Henley. It is  a well designed piece, and it pretty much can be worn with anything in your closet. It is made from merino wool, so it goes a long way between washes if need be. The District will be a staple on our upcoming cross country trip, as laundromats may be few and far between. It will join the VX/R8 Field Pack, another staple for the upcoming trip. Mission Workshop is a company to be watched. Production is in the United States and Canada, the quality is phenomenal, the release schedule of new products is well paced and deliberate, and the overall ethos is one to be admired. These are all products made to last a lifetime, an unusual approach in these days of disposable goods.



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De Marchi

 

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Emilio De Marchi has been producing high quality cycling clothing since 1946. Shortly after the end of World War II, his passion for cycling translated into what is now considered the oldest cycling clothing company in the world. De Marchi makes everything from technical clothing to lifestyle pieces such as the one pictured above. A lot of it has a certain retro feel that is instantly appealing to those steeped in cycling tradition. The Tradition Polo is sewn in Italy from Italian materials. The quality is evident in the stitching and mother of pearl buttons. The slim fit makes this piece a pleasure to wear, and the three rear pockets give it a distinct cycling appearance. The De Marchi website has a treasure trove of clothing worth looking through, and one day, I’d love to show my affinity for all things Swiss, and get the 1954 Koblet vintage cycling jersey. Also, be sure to have a look at the blog as well as the history of the company. It is all fun reading.



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Karmic Koben S

 

Karmic Koben S

I don’t often post on bicycles I haven’t yet seen in person, but the Karmic Koben S electric bike promises to be an excellent bicycle, so I thought it worth mentioning. The Koben is an affordable and lightweight electric bicycle that should fulfill the needs of most commuters. It is a sub 40 lb bike, has a top speed of 28mph with pedal assist, and a range of approximately 40 miles. The design is sleek and simple, and also benefits from a mid-mounted motor for a balanced ride. Have a look at the Kickstarter campaign for more details. They are well on their way to being funded, with the first deliveries taking place in October. There are a few prototypes cruising around the Palo Alto area, and if one of them makes its way down to SoCal, I’ll be sure to report back with firsthand impressions.



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