Angella Mackey’s illuminated outerwear will light up your night ride in style. The new Vega One spring coat incorporates tiny, super-bright LEDs into the upper area of the front and back (photo below) for visibility and safety. Subtle design features keep the lights out of sight during daytime wear.
The native of Canada, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, says she strives for “fashionable hyper-functionality” by incorporating cutting-edge technology into timeless designs.
Ms. Mackey, who has a background in new media and electronic art, recently told Mods Magazine: “The city’s landscape is filled with concrete and cars. One of the best ways to adapt to this environment is to ride a bicycle. It’s free, it’s fast, and it’s fun. I designed my own version of a bicycle coat because I was looking for a garment that was safe and warm without the reflectors and bright-yellow plastics.”
Seven prototypes later, wearers of the Vega coat will find both feminine-figure-flattering tailoring and thoughtful details. The electronics, powered by two button-cell batteries, are built into a soft light strip that snaps out for cleaning.
Ms. Mackey says she plans to add raincoats and capes to her line in the future.
Vega One coat, black, sizes XS – XL, 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester, $449, available at www.angellamackey.com