The ĀPA raincoat was born out of necessity: Coats today simply cannot compete with the ever changing weather. Traveling through an urban city, we struggle with sweaty plastic coats in humid subways and trench coats that don't adequately protect us from heavy rain. We have sports coats that don't look good in the office and fashionable coats that don't protect. We dress in heavy coats or light coats in the morning only to have the temperatures shift without warning during the day.
Rain, sun, humid, hot and cold temperatures - sometimes all in one day.
This is why in the spring of 2016 during a hot rainy day in Brussels we decided to completely reinvent the concept of the raincoat. Our team went on a journey throughout Europe. Over 18 months, we traveled to top factories, labs and suppliers in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Poland to create a coat that would protect us from the changing elements while looking our best.
Waterproof | Breathable | Adaptable | Lightweight | Functional | 100% Made in Europe
ĀPA is the Sanskrit word for the element of water and we built our coats to live up to the name: The ĀPA coat is equipped with top of the line technologies used in high-end extreme sports apparel, offering incredible protection from rain along with breathable membranes and lining that adapt to shifting temperatures. All packed into a stylish coat practically designed for the urban lifestyle - 100% made in Europe with top quality materials and manufacturers.
ĀPA is using Schoeller Nanosphere® fabric - one of the most advanced waterproofing technologies in the market today.
The whole coat is made from a three layer Nano Fabric with incredible waterproofing characteristics. The fabric also repels water better than any other technology. Nanoparticles on the fiber form a fine structure similar to the natural surface of a leaf. Water, dirt and oil simply roll off the fabric - without any coating that tends to fade over time!
At the same time the fabric is super lightweight and feels soft to the touch. It's the best technology we tested and we tested them all. Including the best fabrics from Gore-Tex and others.
The coat's surface is also dust and stain repellent, creating a self-cleaning effect. Nothing sticks to the surface of the coat. Better yet, the more you use it in the rain the cleaner it gets.
C-Change® is a revolutionary Thermo Adaptive membrane that adapts to the changing temperatures. When it's cold the fibers tighten up to increase heat retention. When it's hot the fibers open up to breathe. It works best between (but not limited to) 10°C - 25°C | 50°F - 77°F to always keeps you protected, comfortable and dry.
Climate Shell LayersTM
A unique design that combines 3 specialized layers of lining and interlining: breathable, moisture absorbent and heat retention layers provide you with a wonderful balance of warmth and breathability.
NOSO Taped Seams®
The coat's stitchings are reinforced with the highest quality durable waterproof taping, for complete protection and increased durability.
We use lightweight materials that are wonderfully comfortable and make the coat easy to pack into a bag or suitcase when traveling.
On average coats weight less than 0.8KG | 1.7 LB.
Top European Quality
Our coats are 100% made in Europe from materials to manufacturing: Belgian design, Swiss technology and fabrics, Italian and French lining, Polish manufacturing and German and Spanish hardware. A combination of the best traditions of quality and technological innovations that Europe has to offer.
Each ĀPA coat style has unique adjustable features so you'll be ready for anything from riding a bike, walking in the rain, a day in the office, to a night out!
The Classic has adjustable wrists and a removable hood for a wonderfully sharp look on top of a suit.
The Parka has adjustable wrists, waist and hood for more sporty activities.
5 Practical Pockets & Headphones Buckle
Green technologies and responsible manufacturing are at the heart of our core values of being innovative in a transparent and sustainable way.
We are proud to have all of our materials and 100% of the production process done in Europe, following high standards of working conditions and sustainable manufacturing.
Our manufacturers are Bluesign® approved with responsible use of resources, clean processes with controlled air and water emissions, safe environments for workers and safe products for consumers. We also use nickel free hardware (anti-allergenic) and are free from any harmful chemicals.
WHAT IS MY SIZE?
Our coats have a large fit with long sleeves. If you are usually in-between sizes, we recommend you take the smaller one. You can always exchange it if the fit isn’t perfect (see Exchange Policy).
We are happy to exchange your coat for any reason. Just return your ĀPA Raincoat plus the shipping fee both ways, and we will send you another one right away. As we are just starting up and offering our raincoats at a highly discounted price on Kickstarter, we won’t be able to accept returns.
All of our raincoats are covered with a Limited Warranty/Lifetime Guarantee similar to other high end apparel products. Our raincoats are fully warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. If a product ever fails due to a manufacturing defect, even after extended use, we will repair the product, without charge, or replace it.
Damage caused by normal wear and tear, accident, improper care or the natural breakdown of materials over extended time and use are not covered by the lifetime Guarantee. Damage not covered under warranty will be repaired for a nominal fee.
ĀPA was founded by Franco-Belgian designer Léa Potache Stein in collaboration with colleagues from top European luxury brands. With a first collection launched on Kickstarter, ĀPA is proud to present its MODERN RAINCOATS, offering the opportunity to look impeccable, regardless of what the weather is.
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Our coats are made with some of the most advanced – and most expensive – materials and technologies that Europe has to offer. Selling our coats through traditional retailers with the normal markup would require us to sell at a very high price. We wanted to democratize the technologies and launch our coats at an affordable price.
Kickstarter provides an amazing platform to bring our products directly to customers at a low price that cannot be found anywhere else. All the funds we raise on Kickstarter will be injected into the manufacturing of our coats, in introducing new colors, and in the development of additional groundbreaking products. A win-win for everyone!
Risks and challenges
The coats you are seeing are prototypes, you can expect the final product to be even more polished.
For the past 18 months, our team has been working night and day to refine our design, manufacturing process and the logistics. All the fabrics and elements are ready for production. We have partnered with top European manufacturers and quality control teams to ensure that we send out the highest quality coats to you.
We are aware that there are always unforeseen issues, but we have anticipated and planned for potential risks and have built a rock-solid production and delivery plan. However, if by chance anything unexpected happens, we promise to keep you informed, both during the campaign and afterwards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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