Meaning “bike” in casual Japanese, Chari & Co is, on the surface, an NYC shop making and selling gear for cycling and other fast-paced activities. There you’ll find frames and components from such respected brands as Cinelli, Aerospoke, and Shimano Dura Ace, along with other bits of lifestyle ephemera. What’s most interesting about the brand though, is their hyper functional and endlessly stylish in-house apparel line. From cycling caps and Japanese-made fleece hoodies to button downs, tech sweats and packable outerwear, each piece is as at home on two wheels as it is strolling around SoHo with no plans of adventure in sight.
Though it still very much feels like winter in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, here in NYC both the weather and palpable mood say spring. And so, the Residence Bomber Light Jacket is caught our eye. The Chari & Co rendition of jacket du jour features a lengthier fit with reflective 3M details, side snaps for when in pursuit position and a U-lock shaped back pocket, making it both attractive and functional on a bike. And the snap closure and collar-less cut make it ideal for layering over a hoodie.
It’ll also easily work as a lightweight top layer for spring, for those non-cyclists amongst us. And if you’d rather catch a deal on some heavier weight gear, check the Residence Bomber Jacket w shearling collar, currently 50% off.