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Chic Review: Majem Raincoat

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Think back to the last time you cycled to work or anywhere in the rain. If you live in Amsterdam you probably don’t have to think too far back, for you, what was the most dreaded part? For me it’s not the commute itself but the clingy, cold, wet jeans I’m stuck sitting in at my desk for hours after my ride. Until recently I thought the only option   was to either accept the wet jeans and be stylish with a traditional raincoat, or go for the function over fashion route by wearing one of those Ikea ponchos and looking like “a potato” as one of my colleagues so nicely pointed out (you know who you are).

Until I found Majem rainwear- where fashion truly meets function.

I first encountered Majem while walking through Modefabriek on a work inspiration trip and this coat caught my eye. I was immediately drawn to it’s unique silhouette and smart style.

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It was beautiful, I was intrigued, and after speaking to the owner I was almost sold; but being a product person I needed to give it an “on bike in rain” test ride (or rides) before I could truly make up my mind.

Designed in Amsterdam and made from recycled plastic, Majem was created with the urban commuter in mind. The coat runs long for extra protection on and off your bike I’m 174cm (5’7″), wearing a small, and it hits just below my knee. Whether you are commuting in a suit or jeans, to work or just getting around town, it has you covered.

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What makes this jacket unique are the two side zippers that allow for a quick transformation from a raincoat to a stylish poncho depending on the amount of rain protection you need that day.

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My favorite part about this coat, aside from the obvious function and style points; I never got overheated or sweaty. The relaxed fit and the fact you can make it into a poncho creates enough airflow that you don’t get as much interior cold, wet of other rainwear garments.

Pros:

  • You’re covered from head to toe= dry happy jeans
  • Functions as a raincoat & poncho when needed
  • Adjustable well-fitting hood w/ good brim (so important!)
  • Two secure front hand pockets
  • Smart unique design = Fashion + function
  • You feel super snazzy wearing one
  • Locally designed
  • Sustainable material
  • No damp cling
  • Guaranteed inquisitive compliments when wearing

Cons (that really aren’t cons but help make for a more balanced review):

  • Could use a fit adjustment tab at waist
  • Currently only available in black and off white (Pink & grey are coming in SS18!)
  • Unisex sizes, not necissarily a bad thing just may lead to a roomier fit on some

 

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What more can I say, this coat has won me over.

Traditionally the coats are €135,00. However, Majem is offering an exclusive discount to Amsterdam Cycle Chic readers.

From August 22nd- September 22nd  when you enter AMSTERDAMCC  at checkout you will receive €25 off, plus free shipping on your purchase at http://www.majem.nl/

Or if you are a local and love an in shop experience Majem jackets can be found at the following retailers:

  • They have their own shop on the Molsteeg 8 – Next to Magna Plaza
  • VERSE Goodstore on the Prinsengracht
  • Pop-up Passage at Central Station officially opening Sept. 7th

In the meantime, be sure to check out their beautiful Instagram @majemdesign and tag us both after your first Majem dry ride!  #majem #amsterdamcyclechic

I wont’t sign off hoping for more rain but I will say cheers to more dry rides!

And as Majem says “enjoy the rain”.

Mérida

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Rapha Women’s 100km Ride

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At AMS CC we like to celebrate all aspects of on the bike life in Amsterdam- from the old Dutch bike that clanks as it rides, to carting 3 kids, all the groceries and a puppy while making it home for dinner, to urban speed cyclist, and everyone in between. This past Sunday we met up with the women of the Rapha Club House Amsterdam who where headed out on their Women’s 100km ride through Amsterdam.

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What started in 2013 as a small group of female riders in the UK, has grown exponentially ever year and expanded over 6 continents (Antartica has yet to report in). The best part of Rapha Women’s 100 is it’s not a competition; it’s about connecting a community of women cyclist around the world through a shared adventure and love of the road under two wheels.

According to Rapha’s website over 7,000 women across the globe joined in and rode together on Sunday the 23rd. More than 100 of those women were riding in Amsterdam!

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Unfortunately, my little Dutch bike wouldn’t have made it through 100km (yes, Im blaming the bike) so we only have photos of the beginning. Maaike Steenwijk followed the cyclist along the ride and was kind enough to loan us a couple of her photos. Thanks for letting us join the fun!

 (You can view their full route here)

If you’d like to get involved next year or are looking for local cycling events, drop by the AmsterdamRapha Club House  on Wolvenstraat 10 and be sure to check out A.S.C. Olympia – the oldest cycling association in the Netherlands.


Monday boost

Yep it’s Monday alright. If you haven’t had your coffee yet, I also would love a little boost like this. 

  


Double Dutch

If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen this already. It got so much love on the social media networks that we thought it deserves its own post on the blog.

So, here you go. This is how it’s done.


Instamonth: April’s top 10 Instagram pictures

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 Instagram pics of April.

1. Carrying flowers on back carrier

Carrying flowers on #bikeluggagerack #flowers #fleurs #bike #velo #amsterdam #wibautstraat

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2. Love on a bike

Love on a bike #cyclechic #bicicletaeamor #bikeams #amsterdam #doubling #dutchbike #sparta #dutchlady

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3. Turning to the right

4. Kings Day: Bikes in Vondelpark

5. Another windy morning

Another windy morning #amsterdam #cyclechic #windyweather #wind #dutchbike #bikeams #cyclelane #cycling #bicicleta

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6. Bike crates are soooo cool!

Boys in Amsterdam #bikecrates are soooo cool! #growingupinholland #amsterdam #amsterdamcycling #kidsonbikes #bikeams #children

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7. Kings Day: Hipsters in the Vondelpark

Hipsters celebrate it too! #hipster #amsterdam #kingsday #koningsdag #qday #holland #orange #racebike #cyclechic

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8. Mums and Babies

Mums and babies #westerpark #amsterdam #childseat #dutchbike #dutchlady #bikeams #familycycling #cyclechic

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9. Kings Day: Vondelpark Flea Market

Everyone in #orange for Kingsday in the #vondelpark #brocante #dutchie #holland #kingsday #qday #amsterdam #cyclechic

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10. Kings Day: Dinking

Good evening all! #homesweethome #amsterdam #wibautstraat #oost #kingsday #qday #koningsdag #cyclechic

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Instamonth
Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.


Sunny days make me feel good

Finally the first real spring days! And what do you do? Ride to your local park and chill out. At the Sarphati Park, in De Pijp, you could barely see the grass. Bikes and people everywhere. Oh ya.

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Sunny days make me feel good
Sunny days make me feel good
Sunny days make me feel good


38HOURS launch memories

It was a successful launch last night at the 38HOURS travel magazine launch in Amsterdam. Everyone cycled along to the at Tommy Truelove vintage store where the event was held and local Brouwerij ‘t Ij ale flowed freely.
Guests spoke about the love for travel and we we happy to meet readers of our blog which we are always a little chuffed about!

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The style of the store inspiring vintage-styled attire to the evening.

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We anxiously flicked through to find our article!

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Marc, the magazine editor was there on the night joining in the fun.

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Three crazy Amsterdam Cycle Chic-ers Mel, Meredith and Aude, got into the spirit of the evening..we missed you Joni!

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Lost Cabin performed for the guests and also George from the cafe and brunch spot ‘G’s’ also came along.

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Meredith proudly shows our article which talks about the history of Cycling in Amsterdam from the 19th century until today. And sharing a little insight into our way of life..cycling!

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Happy revellers cycling home from the event.
We would like to thank 38HOURS for the opportunity to be part of this great travel guide and we wish them all the luck in all their new guides to cool cities in the world!

By Mel.


38HOURS in Amsterdam. What would you do?

Come and join the Amsterdam Cycle Chic-ers tomorrow night at the 38HOURS launch party in Amsterdam. Click here to join. It was a privilege to be asked to contribute to the cool new travel guide curated exclusively on the fabulous city of Amsterdam.

So cycle down to the Prinsenstraat and have a sip of local beer, listen to some music to gear up for the weekend. Stay tuned for our next post for updates on the event..we hope to see you there!

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The Amsterdam Cycle Chic team.