As the weather gets colder, the summer, for many of us, is now but a distant memory, which makes it the perfect time to talk about investment coats. These are not your ordinary John Lewis coats, they are technologically (and even sustainably) designed so you can easily fight of either jack frost, the dreaded wet weather or sometimes both.
1. Nu-Da The Label
There is a new smart coat that promises to keep you both warm and looking good. Nu-Da The Label is a vegan-friendly coat made with carbon fibre heating elements. Offering multiple levels of warmth, the smart jacket works when connected to the Nu-Da rechargeable battery. To power it up, you only need to hold down the LED button located inside the jacket to get it going.
“Each jacket has carbon fibre heating technology in the lining and powered using a rechargeable battery. I have also used vegan material at all levels of manufacturing,” said Crystal Hill, the founder of the Australian label. If you like the idea of owning this stylish jacket created to keep you cosy, then you will be happy to know that you can purchase the Nu-Da jacket on their Kickstarter campaign page now.
2. Ministry of Supply
When it first was announced, the Ministry of Supply’s functional and voice-controlled intelligent outerwear got many of us excited. Called the Mercury, the heated jacket was designed to learn the wearer’s behaviour, so it can automatically heat the coat to their optimal temperature. The high selling point is the fact that the coat has the ability to get better over time. It does this by creating a microclimate for your body using real-time reactive and proactive heating. This allows it to adapt heat and to constantly optimise your body temperature. Using the accelerometer, body temperature, and outside temperature, Mercury triangulates the perfect amount of heat, so you don’t have to worry about overheating. Because of Mercury’s machine learning capability, the more feedback you input into the app the better it gets at learning your preferences.
Smart, functional, but not exactly beautiful, the Mercury brags impressive smart jacket features. This is the kind of functional jacket that you can activate with your voice through a smart assistant like Amazon Alexa. The wearer can also enjoy intelligent heating thanks to the weightless built-in heaters. There is an intelligent thermostat that reacts to your environment, learning your preferences as you go. Designed to last, the Mercury is a durable and everything proof jacket that is ready to repel wind, snow, water, and odour. Functional and pre-trained, the outerwear has multiple pockets, wireless phone charging, a removable hood, and it can automatically turn on when it senses motion or external temperature drops.
3. The Smart Wear Company
On 9th May 2018, The Smart Wear Company announced the launch of its new Smart Jackets on Kickstarter. Designed to include the latest in heat generation and management technologies, the startup has created a collection that has successfully mixed fashion with technology to create a unique gadget that will help you feel warm no matter the temperature conditions.
Founded by entrepreneur Alejandro Peghin, together with his I+D team have developed a whole range of elements that allow us to convert our fashion jackets into authentic pieces of technology. They have achieved this thanks to a small battery inside, a heat generating device, and textile perspiration technology. The unique gadget will not only keep you warm it can also charge your phone. With a battery that remains up to 4h at maximum temperature, and between 10-12 at a minimum, and due to their innovative system, there is no risk of burning. At the same time, their pads are resistible and washable.
4. Tretorn’s Eco Essentials Range
Swedish brand Tretorn has launched their Eco Essentials range for AW18. Founded in 1891, the Heritage brand’s latest collection does not only acknowledge the climate challenges facing the world, the company as a whole is re-evaluating and adapted their 125-year-old design process to echo the demand for environmentally friendly products.
On their exciting journey to re-set the company and brand direction, Tretorn has designed each piece, that makes up the jacket, to be recyclable again. They have done this by making sure that their jackets are not only biodegradable but that they also do not contain harmful chemicals or heavy metals in the form of PVC, fluorocarbons and phthalates etc. Also, the materials that they have used are part of a full circle renewable source adapted to be recycled again.
5. The Emel + Aris Cashmere Coat
Created to be a collection of stylish wearable tech, the coats introduce a revolutionary heating technology that uses a lightweight, inert polymer instead of wires and produces FIR (far infrared) heat energy that is absorbed by the skin to heat the muscles and increase blood flow. The benefits of Far Infrared (FIR) therapy have long been recognised and recent research has validated the vast range of medical claims of FIR, including increased blood flow, pain relief and boosted the immune system.