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Clever-hood

We aim to create distinctive, dependable outdoor apparel. So far, so good. After almost 10 years, we’re happy to say our namesake Cleverhood rain capes are popular in cities around the world. We hear from a nice global array of neighborhoods.

Attention to Details

We’re a small family team in Providence working with talented garment workers, textile suppliers and component makers. We strive to support local economic development (like Detroit’s Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center) and small suppliers. We’re conscious of the sustainable impact of materials. Our latest rainwear is PVC-free and some fabrics are from recycled materials. We’re learning and improving techniques. And designs.

Neighborhoods

Our customers like walking, biking and rolling around the neighborhood — rain-or-shine. There’s a bright optimism there. Coincidentally or not, it’s usually reflected in their appreciation of the qualities that make their city, town or path a nice place. We’re big proponents of sustainable transportation and the big benefits of safe streets and open spaces. We meet a lot of people who make a strong case for the benefits of equitable mobility.

Some apparel-making specifics:

  • Cleverlites and Electric Zipsters are packaged in a small mesh pouch made by Armor Manufacturing, a disabled veteran-owned small business, specializing in mesh Scuba bags, FL
  • Using recycled polyester in some fabrics (Electric Gingham)
  • Fabric labels are made in NYC
  • Shock cord (thumb loops and hoods) made in Woonsocket, RI
  • 3M reflective trim made in MN and slit in Cranston RI
  • Black Zippers from YKK are made in Macon GA
  • Zippers from the family Lenzip Manufacturing business in Rolling Meadows, IL
  • All printed paper material is printed in Pawtucket.
  • T-shirts are made in LA, CA
  • Sweatshirt fabrics are made in LA
  • Polartec fabric made in Lowell, MA (before they relocated)
  • Patches made in NYC
  • Webbing is manufactured in Dighton, MA
  • Mailing pouches are compostable and made in CO
  • Dog sweaters are handknit in British Columbia, Canada
  • Heat transfers are made in Columbus, Mississippi

Feel free to reach out. We have a good community. We’re happy to share info and ideas with startups or apparel companies. Suggestions, questions and penetrating insights are always welcome. We’re here in the Ocean State at info@cleverhood.com

I received your cape a few weeks ago and, since we have been having a lot of rain recently in Saskatchewan (Canada), I have had ample opportunity to use your cape on my bicycle on my way to university. The cape works fantastically well! I do not have to worry about wet pants, legs, and shoes anymore, and my backpack fits under the hood and stays dry. This cape is awesome and my bicycle friends want one, too, now!

Ulrich T.