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San Francisco's misty days present one of the great dilemmas of our time: Do you raise your hoodie to shield your head, covering your giant Beats headphones in the process, or do you compromise sound quality by placing your Beats over the hoodie? After all, you want your Muni peers to see that you have Beats, not those silly white Apple earbuds that are so five years ago.
Thanks to the miracle of crowd funding —and the Betabrand Think Tank— that quandary will soon be a thing of the past.
Behold, the Audio Engineer's Hoodie: A relaxed fit, zip-up jacket with acoustically transparent, speaker-cloth hood panels and internal headphone routing. (Because exposed wires are so passé.)
Nic Pope, a real-life audio engineer at San Francisco's Different Fur Studios, submitted the design to Betabrand to solve the problem of how to look stylish both in and out of the studio while wearing the same hoodie. The result? A dark topper that will leave your friends asking, "Is that black or slightly darker black?"
If you're interested in one of these black beauties, you have until August 12 to preorder and save a few bucks. (Retail is $158. The 10% preorder discount brings the price down to $142.20.) The jacket is only available in a men's cut right now, and is expected to ship in October.
As for you lady audio engineers, Betabrand's Julia Marino promises that the company has a women's version of the same pattern, and can make it happen if there's enough demand.
· Betabrand [Official Site]
· Betabrand Makes Silicon Valley Style a Thing [Racked]