Canadian designer Lida Baday created an all-season jacket for the homeless that can be stuffed with newspaper for insulation!
"Newspapers are also easy for anyone to get their hands on," says Baday, who found the project a technical challenge. After researching fabrics, she settled on black Aquamax, a waterproof, breathable fabric laminated with a nonporous membrane.
The coat is an anorak-style, with drawstrings at the waist and hem. A hood can be folded into the collar. Two pockets in the hood, four on the chest, a large one on the back, and a long one down each sleeve can be stuffed with crumpled newspaper as the temperature drops.
"You stuff or unstuff the pouches as you need to, so the same jacket that keeps you dry in the rain, becomes something that can protect you from extreme temperatures," Baday says. In warm, dry weather, the entire jacket can be folded into one of the pockets and there are straps so it can be carried as a backpack or used as a pillow.
This is a project, called 15 Below, by Canadian advertising firm TAXI.
Links: The Star article (Photo: Michael Kohn) | 15 Below Project website [Flash] - Thanks Liz!
ya there would dude, they fuck like rabbits.
here's a blurb I pulled when I googled Final Home.
inal Home Clothing Solutions started in 1993 with clothing designed to be a mobile home. Final Home's garments are made with concealed pockets that can hold stuff, extra insulation, or cushions. The company has offices in France, Germany,, the UK the USA, and Japan, as well as stores in Tokyo, Taiwan, and New York City. The New York City stores sponsors club nights and concerts and they also have in-store performances, featuring such DJ's as Roni Size and Ken Ishii.
The same goes with the starving kids in Africa. If we would just stop feeding them - there would be no starving children in Africa now would there?