Walking up to the second floor of New York’s famed sporting goods store Paragon, I was on a mission to find a good new cycling jersey. I made a left at the top of the stairs and skipped past the cases of pocket knives, sunglasses and flash lights heading straight to the cycling section. Just as I got there I came upon a sign that read: Search and State Made in New York City. Needless to say, I was intrigued. When I set out to Paragon I expected to find something that would work for what I wanted, but I couldn’t have expected to find something as great as what I did with Search and State.
The New York based company is the product of Devin O’Brien and Daniel Golden, two guys who previously worked in design and marketing and decided to set off on their own and create a brand that had a different approach to cycling. What started back in 2010, has emerged this spring as tight collection comprised of just the essentials: one jacket and one jersey in all black. It’s a simple start with more products coming throughout the year.
As mentioned above, everything is made in New York in small runs and is tested to ensure quality and comfort. I can attest to the fit, styling and materials, having purchased both pieces on my trip to Paragon a few weeks back. But I think Search and State’s Devin O’Brien lays the mission out perfectly when he says: “We started Search and State to celebrate cycling from a different point of view. This meant creating an aesthetic we love, a brand we believe in, and manufacturing in the heart of New York City. But most of all, we wanted to build something around our passion for cycling.”
To me, nothing is better than supporting the guys that are sticking their necks out and taking the chance on something they love. It makes you feel good, and it means the mission to find a new cycling jersey might just turn out to be better than you could have ever expected. [Search and State]