Chic French retroreflective jackets light up Kickstarter

Carlton Reid
Chic French retroreflective jackets light up Kickstarter

A former aerospace engineer and a fashion designer have teamed up to create Urban Circus, a French clothing brand that’s using reversibility, LED-integration, built-in crash pads and retroreflective ink to create chic cycling jackets that don’t look like cycling jackets. (It sounds better in French: “Créateur de vêtements haute visibilité.”)

28-year-old Quentin Xavier is the aerospace engineer, and 26-year- old Henri de Kergorlay – with his waxed moustache – is the fashion designer. The pair have launched their first products on Kickstarter, but are planning on becoming a brand with wider availability, including to the bike trade.

The first two hi-vis products are a traditionally-shaped zipped hoodie called the Banana Jacket, and a longer, padded parka-style Jongleur 5.0 jacket. Both feature patterned retroreflective inks. patterning and high-tech details so you’ll be seen.

The waterproof and breathable Banana Jacket will eventually retail for €140 but is available on Kickstarter for €85.

The padded Jongleur 5.0 jacket features a thigh-length cut and a hood. A front split allows for pedalling. Extended cuffs feature thumb holes to keep the jacket’s arms in place, and integrated thermal mittens.

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There are four versions of this jacket, three of them reversible, starting at €109. The €149 version features LED turn signals and a touch-sensitive see-through pocket on the arm for storing and using a mobile device. The €195 version isn’t reversible but has elbow and forearm crash padding.

Urban Circus said it wants to hear from potential distributors.

 

 

Tags: kickstarter , crowdfunding

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