European design meets high-tech functionality in ĀPA Intemporal Rainwear’s first fashion offering. The crowdfunded ĀPA raincoat is designed to match everything today’s changing weather can throw at us, which means no more sticky, sweaty yellow raincoat that you have to sling over your arm when the day starts to warm up.
ĀPA (the name comes form the Sanskrit word for water) was founded by Franco-Belgian designer Léa Potache Stein, who assembled the company’s fashion and production team with professionals from Europe’s finest luxury brands. As a matter of fact, Europe factors quite heavily into the whole ĀPA process. The materials used to make the raincoats are entirely sourced from European manufacturers. On top of that, the coats are also created exclusively on the European continent.
The company is an outspoken advocate for sustainable, worker-friendly manufacturing processes, explaining: “Our fabric supplier is bluesign approved, with responsible use of resources, clean processes with controlled air and water emissions, safe environments for workers, and safe products for consumers. We also use nickel-free hardware (anti-allergenic), and our products are free from any harmful chemicals.”
To create the raincoat they were envisioning, the ĀPA team had to successfully harness the nanotechnology used in extreme sportswear. Sure, you might not be scaling mountains or cresting alpine peaks in a raincoat, but you do need all-weather protection that’s comfortable for your day-to-day activities. You’ll be amazed to see the raindrops simply sliding off your shoulders.
Of course, the seams are often the weakest spots in waterproof clothing and tents. ĀPA has tackled that issue by reinforcing their coat’s seams with heat-welded tape. Wind? Nah. Water? Nope, you’ll be totally warm and dry! There’s even a button that snaps over the long front zipper for added protection.
As far as temperature goes, the raincoat has been equipped with three layers to keep you comfy. One helps to hold in heat, one absorbs moisture, and the third is breathable.
Another way the coat keeps you at exactly the right temperature is through its Schoeller c-change membrane. ĀPA explains that this membrane’s fibers tighten up when it’s cold out to keep in more heat and open up when it’s hot to let some escape. Pretty cool, huh?
The European styling comes into play with the coat’s adjustable waist and wrists (double-button cuffs), allowing you to accommodate city biking and other activities on-the-fly. You can also remove the coat’s belt and hood if you want a sleeker look for business meetings or after-hours adventures.
The designers looked at the needs of the modern city dweller and commuter when developing the raincoat’s details. They even added five pockets to the coat so you can easily carry your sunglasses, an electronic tablet, the hood after you remove it, and your passport/travel documents.
The ĀPA raincoat has already been fully funded on Kickstarter and is still available for preorder. When the campaign closes, the coats will officially start shipping in Parisian Gray, Reddest Red, Caramel Beige, Navy Blue, and Midnight Black.
While most of ĀPA’s raincoats are divided up by gender, there is also one unisex parka in the catalogue, which itself will be available in Parisian Gray with dark blue lacing, Navy Blue with cobalt blue lacing, and Midnight Black with dark blue lacing.