It’s been a while between collaborations so I am TOTALLY thrilled to bring you the first TEAM.WORK project of 2017. And, as always, it is damn unique!
I had been admiring the collection of the Mushama & Me rain coats for more than a few years when designer; Sharn Blackwell and I began to trade emails with a sniff of a collaboration in the air. I had previously blogged about the brands original Rain Cape and was already envisaging my dream twist on this great initial concept.
So Sharn and I got together in Auckland last year, playing around with the sample shape and visiting some brilliant local fabric wholesalers. We sent a few of our favourite samples to her local waterproofer and thus began the trading of parcels between the islands.
We settled on a beautiful lightweight cotton with a super fine navy pinstripe which, when waterproofed, had a result that was both neutral to work for most peoples personal aesthetic but had some subtle texture for interest. It also meant that it was still super easy to be roughly folded up and shoved into bags to be pulled out when needed. Handy.
Work was also done on the original design in terms of adding some front facing “arm slits” for those times when the hands need to come out but everything else would like to stay dry. These have internal zips to make access easy and tightly shut shop when you are needing full closed in coverage!
Lastly we surveyed you guys on the dome and cord colours – which was fun and super revealing! Out of the three options our “dirty yellow” (or mustard yellow as we call it now) won and the cherry on the top was complete!
The result is a waterproof workhorse of great quality, made locally in Auckland and offering awesome versatility. This isn’t something to last the season – it is classic and carefully built to last you years and years.
During the design process, we literally discussed who the cape would work well for.
Those having to stalk the soggy sidelines of sports fields, making that bike OR walk commute in our crazy volatile climate or even tucking a baby away in a front pack/sling to be snug and dry. It’s the perfect back-up to keep tucked in the car for weather emergency’s or to take you from the forest to the streets without looking too “outdoorsy and rustic!”.
The hood is decent and will cover a bike helmet plus the low scooped hems will protect your arms and thighs if zooming through a downpour!
I’d love to invite you to read on further below to learn more about my collaborator Sharn Blackwell of Mushama and Me.
You’ll also get to enjoy MANY different takes and angles on the Rain Cape as modelled by my own mother, Mimi, my sister Caroline and her daughter, baby Ada!
And right at the bottom you will also find the details for how you can WIN our original sample!
The cape is available exclusively in very limited numbers online at Mushama & Me.
Click through to find out more in terms of measurements and specs and please don’t hesitate to snap up your own if this looks like the solver of all your weather exposure issues!
Sharn you have lived around the world, by your own admission, in some pretty wet places! Mushama and Me has no doubt rescued many bodies from the elements – can you talk us through your design process and how you arrived at the Rain Cape and others in your collection?
Yes indeed, I have lived in and worked my way around many parts of the world. The wettest, and most inspirational city was Amsterdam. The weather there is crap, yet it doesn’t stop people getting outdoors. Whether its sunny, raining or snowing – biking is still the mode of transport for most Dutchies.
I think that is awesome!
However, I noticed most people riding in the rain would have mastered the knack of holding an umbrella in one hand while riding to stay dry.
Once shopping around a little, I realised this was the much cooler option when considering the pretty horrific wet weather gear options available…
Amsterdam is where Mushama & Me was born, and so from the beginning I had biking in mind. I wanted to create a raincoat that people wanted to wear (that looked cooler than an umbrella!) I started with two styles, the original A-line cut, and a bike specific style with leg straps to keep your knees dry.
Over the past few years the collection has developed and grown, but still has practicality at the core.
“I think about the lifestyle of those who don’t let rain get in the way of life, like the Dutchies, who still walk, bike and play in the rain.”
Getting out and about is obviously a core value for the Mushama and Me customer (rain coats aren’t that handy for lounging on the sofa…).
Where and what are your favourite outdoor things to do with your family?
I have always loved the outdoors, and luckily I married someone who also does. We love to travel the world and try to keep this a priority in our busy lives.
We live in Stanmore Bay, just north of Auckland, in a beautiful spot. We’re super lucky that we can walk to the beach for fresh ocean air, and spend a lot of time there, walking the length of the beach and watching our daughter play and learn.
That said, we spend more weekends away than we do at home. Its incredibly refreshing to leave the hustle and bustle, even if its for 2-3 days.
We love to go camping, its good for the soul and makes us appreciate the simple life. Hiking (mostly short walks now with a baby) is something we try and do most weekends, whether its in one of Auckland regional parks or one of NZ’s spectacular trails.
And festivals – outdoor festivals are the best! It’s where people loose their inhibitions and live totally in the moment!
UPDATE: Thanks for all the awesome entries! Looks like a lot of you could use a Rain Cape in your lives!
The very lucky winner, drawn at random was Deb L.
Join us to WIN!
We have decided to put our sample Rain Cape up for grabs. This exactly mirrors the original that you can buy here except for the zips being access from the outside instead of in.
In the comments below tell us “on what occasion in your own life do you think the TEAM.WORK Rain Cape would come in handy?”
(eg. your daily commute in Auckland, your planned travels to Iceland in spring, your forced attendance to winter based sports events….)
– Winner will be drawn at random on Thursday 22nd of June. v
– Open to NZ and Australian residents only.