Outdoor Voices, founded by Parsons Design grad Tyler Haney in 2013, is having a bit of a moment. After a wave of positive coverage for OV’s first big release last fall, GQ declared them “New York’s Coolest Fitness Brand” in May (not bad for a company based in Austin, TX) and the Wall Street Journal just highlighted them in a feature about the resurgence of well-made, classic athletic gear. With an extensive women’s line and a growing men’s department, OV focuses on understated, US-made workout gear that straddles the line between athletic and casual clothing. Read more
Founded in NYC in 2009 by Ricky Hendry and Marc Daniels, ISAORA was one of a handful of makers that helped to established the then nascent techwear market (clothing with high-performance fabrics and technical details that can be worn on the runway and the finish line). As techwear has since found its way into the mainstream, ISAORA has evolved into a leading consumer-direct label, pulling their line from Barneys and other retailers in order to sell exclusively via their own website without a middleman markup. Read more
Ibex is one of the Big Three in merino wool hiking and outdoor gear (Smartwool and Icebreaker being the other two). The difference is that Vermont-based Ibex produces shorts, pants and shirts in the US and Canada out of wool that’s ethically sourced from New Zealand and Australia. Read more
Welcome to the eighth installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up Swim Trunks. Not too slim and not too loose; not too short and not not too long, these 10 responsibly-made pairs are just right. Note: all of the trunks in this list have a lining of some sort. We’ll be doing an unlined / board short round up a little later in the season.