If you have a job that requires professional attire and you want to bike to work, finding the right garments that let you move and still look crisp takes some thought. Happily, there’s a growing number of clothing designers who are tackling this issue.
Iladora has new offerings for the bike-loving professional lady. Started by Ilana Siegelman and Meghan Murphy, the company was started to create cycle-ready clothes for office jobs. Designed by Siegelman and made in San Francisco, Iladora’s first garment was the “Perfect Bike Pant.” These sleek trousers feature just enough stretch and a special tab designed to hold your cuff rolled up and away from chain grease.
Iladora gets TreeHugger points for improving our bike commute, but how sustainable are the garments themselves? Some prefer garments made from organic natural fabrics, but I’ve interviewed enough eco-minded designers to know that it’s hard to attain sport-performance qualities using only natural fibers. Iladora has used a blend of bamboo, cotton and spandex for the blouse, while the pant and skirt are a blend of nylon and spandex.
To make sure that these fabrics are more environmentally sound, Iladora works with a Bluesign certified mill, which ensures better manufacturing practices.
It’s also great to see U.S. based production, giving shoppers on the West Coast a locally manufactured option.