Vega Wearable Light, a company that specializes in fashionable lights for cyclists, has been producing different variations of lighting for over two years. Due to the high cost of production, the company has not been able to offer its product at a reasonable price range.
Angella Mackey, co-owner and lead designer of Vega Wearable Light, has been working in collaboration with Kate Hartman, director of the OCAD Social Body Lab for the past two years finalizing a product that is not only functional, but fashionable as well.
“Vega Edge is a new form of wearable technology, more fashion than industrial design. Our product is designed to work with your wardrobe, not against it,” says Hillary Predko, textile designer for the Social Body Lab at Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University.
The Vega Edge is made with laser cut leather that snaps together with the help of four strong magnets. It can be worn on coats, hoods, scarves, handbags, belts and just about anything you put on your body.
“We’re inspired by the embedded knowledge and ingenuity of old clothing design solutions like pockets, hoods and collars, and strive to integrate that thinking with the latest technologies and design techniques,” says Mackey.
As most bike lights are worn on the frame itself they tend to be forgotten about or stolen, but the Vega Edge is designed to be non-invasive and fashionable while off.
“We were really interested in the prospect of making lights that were beautiful and wearable and able to be worn outside of a sporting or athletic context,” says Hartman.
On March 10, Vega Wearable Light and The Social Body Lab launched a Kickstarter to fund their product. So far they have reached $28,206 out of the $32,000 dollar goal.
The Kickstarter runs until March 31.