The thick, wet layer of filthy grey slush currently covering Toronto has me in the mood to be writing about things that are NOT awesome, but Robyn has a strict awesome only policy when it comes to the blog. Thank god for my recent discovery of Trout Rainwear – a new line of stylish rain gear made in Vancouver and designed right here in Toronto.
The ladies behind Trout – sisters Ashely and Jennifer – obviously understand this type of damp, dismal weather and have designed a line of coats that facilitate looking fashionable and professional while staying dry. The collection consists of three distinct looks: the sporty “Humbolt” with its bright pink cord tips; the classy “Gila” trench; and my favourite, the reversible “Biwa” which combines the best of both worlds. All three designs come in a variety of colours, are made with a 100% waterproof Italian double face cotton blend, and feature hidden interior pockets, hide-away hoods and contrast accents.
As an added bonus, these coats would solve many a female traveler’s dilemma: what to pack when traveling to damp or unpredictable climates. No one wants to be cold and wet while site-seeing, but if you’re anything like me, your MEC raincoat is reserved for the type of travel that also involves your MEC backpack. Trout coats are lightweight (i.e. easy to pack), waterproof and versatile – as appropriate for an evening out as they are for museum hopping during a downpour.
Trout will be available at Holt Renfrew mid February and the on-line store is set to launch this spring, just in time for the rainy season. I can’t wait to check them out in person.