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U.S. Postal Service letter carrier of 19 years, Michael McDonald, puts on his rain pants before delivering mail. U.S. Postal Service letter carrier of 19 years, Michael McDonald, puts on his rain pants before delivering mail. David Goldman/AP

Getting ready to remake your Spring wardrobe? There’s a new fashion designer about to launch a product line: The U.S. Postal Service.

The line of apparel and accessories will fall under brand name “Rain Heat & Snow,” playing off USPS’ unofficial motto  “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

After quarter after quarter of billion dollar losses and declining mail volume, the agency has pledged to find new ways to generate revenue. So why not fashion?

“This agreement will put the Postal Service on the cutting edge of functional fashion,” said Postal Service Corporate Licensing Manager Steven Mills in a statement. “The main focus will be to produce Rain Heat & Snow apparel and accessories using technology to create ‘smart apparel’ -- also known as wearable electronics.”

The letter carriers won’t be going at it alone -- the agency is partnering with The Wahconah Group, a Cleveland-based apparel company, to launch the new line, which USPS officials hope to see in department and specialty stores in the future.

The product line will first feature men’s apparel, with plans to launch a women’s line as well. 

Eric Katz joined Government Executive in the summer of 2012 after graduating from The George Washington University, where he studied journalism and political science. He has written for his college newspaper and an online political news website and worked in a public affairs office for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. Most recently, he worked for Financial Times, where he reported on national politics.

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