by Nevena Rousseva
Imagine biking in the fastest drying, breathable, moisture wicking, odor resistant, wrinkle free dress shirt. New York based menswear line Tahaanga is making that possible. The Tahaanga shirts are designed to enable men to bike to work without looking like they biked to work.
Made out of a proprietary fabric blend, the Tahaanga shirts have properties of the highest active-wear fabrics with the look and function of sharp dress shirts. One of the most important components is the sustainability of the fabric. The manufacturing process uses 94% less water, 10% less energy, and emits 15% less CO2 than traditional cotton, and uses 50% less energy and emits 32% less CO2 than other synthetic fabrics. That’s pretty fashionable.
Tahannga is currently raising money through their Kickstarter campaign and I had the chance to ask founder Manuela Fassbender a few questions about this project.
What was the inspiration for Tahaanga?
I saw a gap between performance wear and stylish menswear. Active and health driven lifestyles are where it’s at right now. We at TAHAANGA want to provide a classic button dress shirt that combines style and function for casual and formal wear and help guys to look fresh even after wearing the shirt all day long.
The shirts are designed for business and business travel, but of course for anyone wanting a high-end shirt that looks good while running around, biking, going to meetings or meeting friends after work.
The fabric used for the shirts is a proprietary blend. What was the process of developing it?
I searched the globe to find the finest cotton blend with performance properties that have an exquisite look and soft and smooth touch, but yet has all the performance properties of the highest quality active-wear. Our fabrics are: breathable, odor-resistant, quick drying, wrinkle free and moisture wicking.
Where will the shirt be manufactured?
Tahaanga shirts are proudly developed in the design Hub of NYC and manufactured in Italy with its well established tradition of exceptional craftsmanship.
What has been the most fun part for you so far?
It all started with a dream/vision/idea—Finding an amazing team to take the idea to execution.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Creating a product on a shoestring.
How often do you bike and what is your favorite place to bike to?
During the warmer months I ride my bike 3 times a week. – I love to ride along the Hudson river on the New Jersey side passing right by the Stature of Liberty.♥
Make sure to check out and support the Tahaanga Kickstarter campaign.