TEAM.WORK: Mushama + Me x Studio Home

Rain Cape - Mushama + Me x Studio Home : A TEAM.WORK collaboration project // designed and made in New Zealand // Limited Edition // Available online
It’s been a while between collaborations so I am TOTALLY thrilled to bring you the first TEAM.WORK project of 2017. And, as always, it is damn unique!

I had been admiring the collection of the Mushama & Me rain coats for more than a few years when designer; Sharn Blackwell and I began to trade emails with a sniff of a collaboration in the air. I had previously blogged about the brands original Rain Cape and was already envisaging my dream twist on this great initial concept.

So Sharn and I got together in Auckland last year, playing around with the sample shape and visiting some brilliant local fabric wholesalers. We sent a few of our favourite samples to her local waterproofer and thus began the trading of parcels between the islands.
We settled on a beautiful lightweight cotton with a super fine navy pinstripe which, when waterproofed, had a result that was both neutral to work for most peoples personal aesthetic but had some subtle texture for interest. It also meant that it was still super easy to be roughly folded up and shoved into bags to be pulled out when needed. Handy.

Work was also done on the original design in terms of adding some front facing “arm slits” for those times when the hands need to come out but everything else would like to stay dry. These have internal zips to make access easy and tightly shut shop when you are needing full closed in coverage!

Lastly we surveyed you guys on the dome and cord colours – which was fun and super revealing! Out of the three options our “dirty yellow” (or mustard yellow as we call it now) won and the cherry on the top was complete!

The result is a waterproof workhorse of great quality, made locally in Auckland and offering awesome versatility. This isn’t something to last the season – it is classic and carefully built to last you years and years.

During the design process, we literally discussed who the cape would work well for.
Those having to stalk the soggy sidelines of sports fields, making that bike OR walk commute in our crazy volatile climate or even tucking a baby away in a front pack/sling to be snug and dry.  It’s the perfect back-up to keep tucked in the car for weather emergency’s or to take you from the forest to the streets without looking too “outdoorsy and rustic!”.
The hood is decent and will cover a bike helmet plus the low scooped hems will protect your arms and thighs if zooming through a downpour!

I’d love to invite you to read on further below to learn more about my collaborator Sharn Blackwell of Mushama and Me.
You’ll also get to enjoy MANY different takes and angles on the Rain Cape as modelled by my own mother, Mimi, my sister Caroline and her daughter, baby Ada!

And right at the bottom you will also find the details for how you can WIN our original sample!

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The cape is available exclusively in very limited numbers online at Mushama & Me.
Click through to find out more in terms of measurements and specs and please don’t hesitate to snap up your own if this looks like the solver of all your weather exposure issues!

 

 

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Sharn you have lived around the world, by your own admission, in some pretty wet places! Mushama and Me has no doubt  rescued many bodies from the elements – can you talk us through your design process and how you arrived at the Rain Cape and others in your collection?

Yes indeed, I have lived in and worked my way around many parts of the world. The wettest, and most inspirational city was Amsterdam. The weather there is crap, yet it doesn’t stop people getting outdoors. Whether its sunny, raining or snowing – biking is still the mode of transport for most Dutchies.
I think that is awesome!

However, I noticed most people riding in the rain would have mastered the knack of holding an umbrella in one hand while riding to stay dry.
Once shopping around a little, I realised this was the much cooler option when considering the pretty horrific wet weather gear options available…

Amsterdam is where Mushama & Me was born, and so from the beginning I had biking in mind. I wanted to create a raincoat that people wanted to wear (that looked cooler than an umbrella!) I started with two styles, the original A-line cut, and a bike specific style with leg straps to keep your knees dry.

Over the past few years the collection has developed and grown, but still has practicality at the core.

“I think about the lifestyle of those who don’t let rain get in the way of life, like the Dutchies, who still walk, bike and play in the rain.”

 

 

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Getting out and about is obviously a core value for the Mushama and Me customer (rain coats aren’t that handy for lounging on the sofa…).

Where and what are your favourite outdoor things to do with your family?

I have always loved the outdoors, and luckily I married someone who also does. We love to travel the world and try to keep this a priority in our busy lives.

We live in Stanmore Bay, just north of Auckland, in a beautiful spot. We’re super lucky that we can walk to the beach for fresh ocean air, and spend a lot of time there, walking the length of the beach and watching our daughter play and learn.

That said, we spend more weekends away than we do at home. Its incredibly refreshing to leave the hustle and bustle, even if its for 2-3 days.

We love to go camping, its good for the soul and makes us appreciate the simple life. Hiking (mostly short walks now with a baby) is something we try and do most weekends, whether its in one of Auckland regional parks or one of NZ’s spectacular trails.

And festivals – outdoor festivals are the best! It’s where people loose their inhibitions and live totally in the moment!

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UPDATE: Thanks for all the awesome entries! Looks like a lot of you could use a Rain Cape in your lives!

The very lucky winner, drawn at random was Deb L.

Join us to WIN!

We have decided to put our sample Rain Cape up for grabs. This exactly mirrors the original that you can buy here except for the zips being access from the outside instead of in.

TO ENTER: 
In the comments below tell us “on what occasion in your own life do you think the TEAM.WORK Rain Cape would come in handy?” 
(eg. your daily commute in Auckland, your planned travels to Iceland in spring, your forced attendance to winter based sports events….)

Gain EXTRA entries by leaving your answer on the competition posts hosted by the Studio Home Facebook and Instagram.
Be sure to jump on and follow Mushama & Me on Facebook and/or Instagram as well.

– Winner will be drawn at random on Thursday 22nd of June. v
– Open to NZ and Australian residents only.

Rain Cape - Mushama + Me x Studio Home : A TEAM.WORK collaboration project // designed and made in New Zealand // Limited Edition // Available online

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50 Responses to TEAM.WORK: Mushama + Me x Studio Home

  1. Rebecca Solomon says:

    Hiya,

    I’m a special education dance teacher that travels around our school satellite classes. This means lugging an expensive stereo and a trolley full of props and bits of pieces to help engage the students from car to class.. This would be rad to throw over the top and look awesome while managing my gear when the rain turns on in Auckland. Especially because parking around some schools can be average. And I’d definitely dance better with a stylish rain cape.

  2. We have just moved to Dunedin and I’ve bought an electrice bike, so I would use this TEAM.WORK Rain Cape while I’m out exploring our new home town.

  3. Amanda odlin says:

    When I’m singing in the rain 😊

  4. Stacey pinique says:

    This would be great for all the times I get to my classroom dry and then it starts raining and I have to get to another class, or back to my car.

  5. Fleur Woods says:

    Sooooo perfect for weekend sports in the winter and outdoor fests in the Summer.

  6. Chanelle Carrick says:

    This would come in handy keeping me dry on my cycling commute along New Plymouth’s coastal walkway – everyone knows Taranaki is the rainiest place in NZ!

  7. Jenny says:

    Walking to work in the wet and wild Wellington weather 😊

  8. Asha Coldicutt says:

    When I still have to walk our Siberian Husky (I didn’t win the Husky vs Beagle arguement with the hubby I still love her to bits though) in the middle of winter in the pouring rain and gale force winds. She loves it…me not so much…but this uber cool cape would definitely help. #lifeofahuskyowner

  9. Victoria Haydon says:

    This would come in handy for the bottom of the pram when out and about in Lake Wanaka! ⛈🌦❄️

  10. Jude Hoani says:

    A nondriving traditional Nga Puhi weaving city dweller I like to walk as much as possible. I make and use “the Aotearoa Market Kete” it is my constant companion for shopping at Farmers/local Markets sometimes the supermarket. This cape will make the getting of Kai in rainy Auckland a dry, warm event that every active granny like me needs. PS please view my Aotearoa Market Kete on Instagram @jh.weaver. Ngaa mihi jude

  11. Hayley Crump says:

    This would be the best thing ever for us – in the winterless north it can be very rainy. With a toddler and new pup that can not be house bound it will save me for the day time dash to the beach, park and just in the back yard for a hoon around – happy toddler is a happy mummy! Plus I’d look good while standing in the rain waiting for the kid and the dog to stop digging in the mud 😫

  12. anna says:

    I think the question is more like in which occasion in my life here in NZ this TEAM.WORK rain cape would not come in handy?!!!
    It’s simply an alrounder given windy welly’s southerlies; or northerlies; or the roaring 40’ies…
    so plenty of use throughout the year or even within a single day.And how great would it be to come home once dry and sound in this wearable artwork!

  13. Deb L says:

    So need this for sideline winter AND SUMMER sports in Wellington!! This would be the ideal wind and waterproof coat I have been looking for, yet feeling like I look less ‘trench and puffy’ in a unique piece. Love!

  14. Gwyneth Hulse says:

    Perfect for kindy and school drop offs, pick ups and arm loads of bags.

  15. Amelia says:

    Perfect for when I’m dashing from the house to my studio through high country snow and rain…and when I want to look as chic as that little French birdy when attending playgroup with the other mammas. X

  16. Lisa Hansen says:

    Standing out in the rain while my son plays hockey on Saturday mornings, as they never cancel hockey for rain 🙂

  17. Margie foster says:

    I would dearly love to own a cape made with love and joy.
    I cycle – walk the dog – tramp trails – actually I would wear it everywhere to the cafe for lunch or coffee
    I would educate everyone how it was made what went into the design production and the life motto of the people who make it. It’s not just about the wonderful cape to me it’s the whole process from start to finish. I truly believe cottage industries are the essence of creativity and awesomeness of people putting themselves out their to do what they gelieve in you rock you girls

  18. David says:

    Oh, such a wonderful cape! I know my girlfriend would find it super handy zipping between meetings on her bike 🙂

  19. For me its forced attendance at winter based sports. I have had my kids spread out and I am due to be a grandmother in two months as well as being mum to a ten year old. I go to soccer matches and hope to be a hands on grandma so this rain cape would be a game changer for me 🙂

  20. Corin Hinderegger says:

    This cape is perfect from running around dropping of & picking up kids to do some horse back riding with my two beloved horses in the rainy winter, aswell as taking the dog for walk or going down the shop:) there are to many possibilities to list here just love it😍

  21. Wendy Scherer says:

    Just a beautiful rain cape to drop off son at Omanu Primary school, or walk around the mount or along the beach after a long day at work

  22. Jackie greenbank says:

    Walking the dog in the park on a beautiful rainy day

  23. Jo Knight says:

    Oh this is gorgeous! I don’t currently own any rainwear and this looks like the business. Thumbs up for being kiwi made 🙂
    I would wear it for netball coaching, egg poaching,
    watching rugby,
    walking the dog out in the fog,
    mad dash from the car in the rain, to the shops and back again,
    on my tredley, on the trail
    oh I do hope I receive this in the mail!

  24. Sophie Arthur says:

    So many answers, but the top scenario that comes to mind is walking the dog during a Northland storm (current situation). Well done guys, great final product x

  25. Sarah Blake says:

    Oh I would love this for my daily walk with dog and babe! And for having in the car for unexpected downpours – it would work over any outfit!

  26. Brenda Chawner says:

    On my waterfront walk to work when the weather is wet–it’s both stylish and waterproof!

  27. Rosie Carson says:

    I would love one of these to keep me dry while I make good on my resolution to go for a walk every day this winter. My current raincoat is like a glorified piece of glad wrap and does little to inspire venturing out in anything apart from a light drizzle!

  28. Terry Hutson says:

    I could really do with one!! Great to be dressed in a fashion statement. I would wear it whilst walking the dog which is every day rain hail and wind!! Being waterproof and made in NZ is a real good feature, and of course the benefits are far and wide. I look forward to winning one!!!

  29. Caren Davis says:

    Perfect for those winter-trying to get my baby to sleep-walks!!!!!

  30. Andrea Aubrey says:

    When off to feed my chooks and dogs on the farm! Then when I head into the big smoke, to shelter my little bundle (a la Caroline) when it comes in August or on the jet boat, oh the list is endless! Looks fab you guys! Xxxx

  31. Lilly Pomeroy says:

    I would love this rain cape since it is oh so rainy here in Taranaki! I think it would come in very handy for walking to work, and walks along the beach when it is not so nice outside.

  32. Christina Goss says:

    With 3 kids and 3 different winter sports games to attend every weekend the Mushama + Me rain cape would be perfect for the sidelines.

  33. Amelia says:

    I’d love this for walking in Auckland’s crazy weather!

  34. Kristin says:

    Cycling on one of those days when you don’t know what Wellington weather will bring – great to keep your thighs dry no matter what

  35. Pamela says:

    Preserving my newly styled styled kwof and Zambezi blouse in the rain sodden Merivale dash to the RangeRover, darling…..

  36. Sue Ryan says:

    Your fabulous raincoat would be perfect for travelling anywhere and I would love to be the lucky owner.

  37. Kim Lilly says:

    The team.work raincoat would be awesome to wear when biking on my bike round town and to the gym as I would be dry and look really stylish at the same time

  38. Amy rogers says:

    My life at the park with my two babies where I spend my life….. Melbourne can be pretty grey and wet and I love the yellow/grey combo!!!!
    Love you work Ju xxx

  39. Rose says:

    Cycling to and from work in “sunny” Auckland!

  40. Isabella Blenkin says:

    This would be perfect for my wee 5 month old Phoebe and I. One of our favourite activities is going to the market on a Saturday, however living in Wellington it is often raining. This would allow me to continue babywearing and keep her dry!

  41. Sarah says:

    While I’m cruising on my Mary Poppins style bike to work! The disposable rain ponchos seriously let my look down! .

  42. Beccy Beavis says:

    I love this rain cape, well done!!! I have just had a baby girl, and this would be perfect for daily winter walks with my energetic toddler as i could fit my newborn in her wrap underneath & the domes means I can still breastfeed. What a brillant design for a busy mum!

  43. Cressida wilson says:

    When I am walking my doggies in this winters weather!!! They love visiting true red zone in chch and I need a good coat to keep me dry while they have fun

  44. Rebecca Wilcox says:

    I would be very tempted to wear this on every occasion! Even when it’s not raining! Metservice say’s 10% chance of rain? Better put in on, just in case….

  45. Andrina Cloney says:

    When my husband, who is a builder and doesn’t mind working in the rain, needs his apprentice (me) to hold stuff while he builds fences and pours concrete. This would make my enthusiasm levels rise for such excursions, as I could just stare at the cape in joy as I follow instructions.

  46. Krista says:

    I love this rain cape. Nice work team. I would wear it any chance I got especially over a snuggly jumper to go find snow this winter!

  47. Penny says:

    Love this rain cape 😍 I could of used one today walking around willowbank in the rain! I find some jackets so restricting while lugging children around! I would also look a hell of a lot cooler than I did 😜

  48. Kate says:

    This wee number would make for a fab addition to our ritual puddle splashing outings following notable downpours. It might also make for a good cover to hide edible treats that I do not want to share with the little person on the aforementioned adventures.

  49. Phoebe Scarsbrook says:

    I would love this cape, I think it would be perfect for my crazy self, when I get out in the rain and spin around like in the movies, it looks beautiful and it would be such a help for all those rainy days and make them seem more exciting!! It would make rainy days be a bit brighter ✨☀️☔️