With a focus on melding fashion, function and performance, Brooklyn-based apparel maker Outlier continues to deliver for the fast-paced active urban lifestyle while offering a simple, elegant aesthetic. Continually blurring the line between activewear and fashion, the brand is unafraid of pushing the envelope in hopes of forging a new design path. Their latest offering represents a commitment to developing the garments of the future, with three experimental hoodies fit for a dawn trail run or a day in the city. Intrigued by the idea, we took a closer look at the three loose-fitting unisex silhouettes made of 17.5 micron merino wool—a material lauded for comfort, quality and moisture-wicking abilities.
"Our experimental items are just another way for us to explore outside our boundaries and learn without constraints," says co-founder Tyler Clemens, "This often informs our other offerings, so we consider the design approach an extension as opposed to a different method." The pullover Cowlhood extends and exaggerates a traditional cowl neck to create an oversized hood. A long-cut with side vents and short sleeves make it perfect for summer nights or layering.
The most traditional of the three styles, the Crossover Hood is given a contemporary treatment with a long drape-fit and dropped hem. A crossed seam in the front sets the foundation for an open, comfortable hood. More athletically styled, the Crossover Hood provides full-on UV protection while keeping you dry—whether hustling through traffic in the bike lane, catching the subway or training for a marathon.
Illustrating Outlier's ability to pack in features while remaining true to a simple look, the Vented Double Hood is one of their more conceptual offerings. The cloak-like cardigan features a two-piece hood with a rear vent and additional cowl. "We wanted to explore hoods from a pattern-making and problem-solving perspective, as well as for sun protection," says Clemens. The result is easily dressed up and always chic.
The Cowlhood and Crossover Hood each sell for $188, while the Double Vented Hood is $248. All three of the limited offerings are expected to go quickly and are available online.
Photos by Emiliano Granado