Cleverhood’s Susan Mocarski is passionate about many things, but foremost among them is city living and urban exploration. “Walking and biking in a city is my favorite way to get around and explore,” she says. “I’m not a fan of the term ‘weather permitting.’ I was tired of trying to decide whether I wanted to look sharp or stay dry.” Her solution to this dilemma: Cleverhood, the unisex rain cape that’s making a splash all over the country. Cleverhood capes are a smart, fashionable alternative to rain gear. Their design makes them particularly popular with bikers (on actual bicycles, or “slow bikes,” that is), which Susan is particularly happy about. “Beyond reducing traffic and encouraging exercise, city bikers tend to take greater interest in their local environment, better support local businesses and usher in new ideas in art and fashion,” she says. The hoods also pay homage to Providence – Susan’s home for the last 15 years – with names like the T.F. Green (green plaid) and the John Brown (brown brushed microfiber). Susan is also working with a local mill to design her own fabric. “Fashion combined with high performance is my idea of high style,” she says. “It is the ultimate to find a garment that looks good and feels good.” Cleverhood is available online and in Providence at Clover and Legend Bicycles. Cleverhood will be presenting at 9pm on Wednesday, August 29 at the Providence Biltmore.
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