T.Jacket as we know it today has gone through several iterations. Since we laid them out for Walkaboutsg 2014, we thought it'd be fun to show you the 7 that came before it!
1. Hacked (modified extremely well) from a child's inflatable life vest and integrated into a winter jacket, open up the vest and you'll find an inflatable life vest inside! This version of T.Jacket has travelled to Taiwan for Demo Asia.
2. A sample vest from a factory that makes life jackets in China. Definitely needed to be more fashionable - popular opinion: it looks like a vest used by people who do manual work.
3a. Same as 3b, just with a different appearance! 3a & 3b were used to try out the first version of a double layered vest. This has a netting with pockets, and the air bags are slot between the netting and the vest.
3b. Same as 3a, just with a different appearance! This vest was also used to explore different air bag designs: 4 horizontal airbags? 4 vertical airbags? 1 airbag piece with pleats? These and more were all tried out!
4. This is the first prototype of the modern day T.Jacket. This means it's the first one which consists of the garment and inflatable layer+lining held together by a zip-around.
5. The first two vests which managed to land in the hands of our first 20 trial users! Made improvements to aesthetics, wearability, washability and comfort. The vests have travelled to Indonesia!
6. This T.Jacket has been to Hannover, Germany for CeBIT! Sewn by our designer, Yvonne, to try out various materials, looks and styles, it was worn by the team on the way to the exhibition. (It was probably 25 degrees Celsius colder than Singapore's weather!)
7. This T.Jacket has been to Hannover, Germany for CeBIT! You can also say it also forms the basic design for the T.Jacket today!
The experimental T.Shirt
Conceived of and sewn during the period we were experimenting with different clothing forms! This isn't a vest, but a shirt! It was worn out to Yakun (a local Singapore coffee and tea house with yummy drinks and bread with butter and kaya (coconut jam)), and it sure made our designer look really buff ;)
Hope you enjoyed meeting these guys! It was fun taking them out again and revisiting what we've done and learnt these 3 years! :)
And a photo to end this post off.....
T.Jacket predecessors falling in line!