Rainy Vancouver keeping homeless dry.

National Post | News

Vancouver’s homeless will soon look a bit more stylish thanks to a private initiative to provide them with matching weatherproof capes.

Arc’teryx, a high-end Vancouver outdoor clothing manufacturer, on Tuesday announced that, for the fourth year running, it will supply Vancouver-area homeless with insulated rain capes sewn from “highly technical waterproof and insulated fabrics.”

Dubbed the Bird’s Nest Project, the program “repurposes excess fabric and creates weatherproof capes to help offset the cold and wet of winter for those living on the street,” according to the company’s website.

The capes are designed specifically for the Bird’s Nest Project and are made from scrap GORE-TEX® and sewn by volunteers trained by Arc’teryx employees.

In a nod to their intended user base, the capes are easy to use, bulky enough to provide “a maximum amount of wet weather protection” and are light enough to be easily folded and carried on sunny…

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