Style for the City Commuter
Outlier has been making functional cycling clothes with urban style for the guys, now they will be introducing a women’s line.
Cycle and Style has some gift ideas you can use for all the bicycle lovers in your life during this Holiday season. If you are looking for urban style clothing that is absolutely bike-friendly, check out Outlier, cycle-centric fashion designers who make clothing that can go from the bike to the office with ease. The clothes look great, wear comfortably, and yet offer the latest cutting-edge technology to repel stains, offer protection from the wind and rain, and manage sweat—so a guy can look cool and stylish upon arrival.
I have been intrigued with Outlier since last spring when I had the opportunity to have some of their clothing to show off in our bike fashion show, the Cycle Style Show. The guys that modeled the clothing loved it—and one bought the clothing for himself. They loved the clothes because they really appreciated that Outlier made clothes that are already a part of a guy’s basic wardrobe only infinitely better for cycling. And they are spandex-free!
Outlier is a partnership between Tyler Clemens and Abe Burmeister. I had a chance to interview Tyler about Outlier which is celebrating its two year anniversary this month.
When did you and Abe come together to start Outlier?
Abe and I met through our local coffee shop back in April of 2008, but it wasn’t until July that we officially incorporated and November 2008 that we had our first product available. Both he and I had been developing clothing on the side and experimenting with different fabrics for sometime before that. So we both had a pool of knowledge basically through trial and error to start with, and Abe had the first prototype for our 4Season OG pants.
Do you have a store-front in NYC?
We do not have an official store but we do share a space with a local gallery called Eyelevel. They show local and international artists and we’ve been lucky enough to rent a small space from them to show our clothing. It’s located at 364 Leonard St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Abe and I started by solving a problem that was real to us in our daily commute. Pants that didn’t breakdown in the daily commute to Manhattan and something that would work with us in any situation. In that regard, we’ve only just begun because there are many more problems that we’d like to solve. So we’ll keep on our current path for awhile making tailored performance clothing.
Abe grew up in Manhattan and I’ve been living here for quite some time so it is definitely our home. We prefer to work locally for a number of reasons including environmental / social costs and quality control. And if we can get the best quality in the world locally, then why go anywhere else. However, some of the newest developments in production are not currently available in our home town so we may need to look elsewhere or try to bring them here. Quality is at the top of our list and if it requires us to make some pieces in other areas of the country then we will use it.
Lastly, you once mentioned that you were going to try to have some women’s wear in your clothing line.
Very soon. We just finished cutting all the pants last week so we’ll begin sewing this week. Look for something around Mid-December. Sizes 0 through 12 with a 34 inch inseam. A very flattering design with our 4Season material that has an amazing 30% stretch.
Outlier is primarily an internet business. To visit their site, click here.