A Reflective Shirt That Goes From Biking to the Office

San Francisco-based startup, Ravelin, has created a new way to bring safety to a work shirt. The RS01 Riding Shirt is targeted at urban dwellers living an active lifestyle who need both to be safe biking to work and to be stylish and ready to go when they get there. At first glance, the shirt fabric looks to be a traditional Shepherd’s check, but what you don’t see is that the bespoke fabric has 3M retroreflective thread woven directly into the pattern. That means you can rock it in the office while being safe on the road without needing any extra gear to carry with you.

During the day, it’ll look like a you’ll look polished but throw some headlights up on you and you’ll glow making sure you’ll safely get to where you’re going.

We all know just how cold it gets when the wind hits our body as we ride, so Ravelin integrated wind blocking panels into the shirt’s front design. The back, sleeves, and armpits are left alone to release heat as you warm up.


The shirt’s design is made to fit like a second skin so it’s easy to move around in. The back fabric is cut on the bias for increased stretch and there’s a cell phone pocket built-in for easy access.



Ravelin has the completed design and now they’re seeking funds to bring it to the public. If you want to help the brand get off the ground and snag one of these shirts, throw them some dough on their Kickstarter campaign.







Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.