I live in Southern California where all that sunshine can add up to some serious skin damage. Since I love to be outdoors, that adds up to a lot of sunblock.
There were a lot of dirt trails behind the office building where I was working at the time, perfect for lunchtime runs. I would pack all my workout in the morning and bring it into the office each day. Part of that gear, was, of course, sunblock.
One day the bottle of sunblock lotion came open in the bottom of my vinyl bag, and as I was wiping it off the lining of the bag, I noticed that the sunblock had actually melted the vinyl. At that point, I couldn’t help but think what it was doing to my skin. Not to mention getting all sticky with sweat and having the dirt and dust collect in the sun protection lotion that was on my skin. Of course I had the same problem on my bike when going on 3-4 hour weekend rides that ended in the middle of the day. There had to be a better way.
As a former professional patternmaker, I went to the fabric store to see if I could find a super lightweight fabric to make jerseys out of. The selection was very sparse, but I found some very thin, gauzy fabric with a nice print and made a few jerseys for myself.
I found that they worked many times better in the hot weather than the standard jersey fabric. Not only were they much cooler, but they dry in minutes and protect me from sunburn.
Initially I was making them only for myself, but I got enough requests from other women cyclists that I realized there was a real need for them. My goal is to offer women's cycling clothing that is both functional and elegant.
They are currently produced in San Diego, CA.