Spiky Swine-Flu Jacket Warns People to Stay Away

by , 12/17/09   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Featured

Chic Peak Swine Flu Jacket, Eco-fi felt, recycled plastic bottles, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, design charrette

Swine flu got you down? Nothing telegraphs “don’t stand so close to me” more effectively than a jacket covered in a porcupine’s worth of sharp, pointy quills. The unisex topper, conceived by eight industrial-design students at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, offers mass-transit commuters a visually striking way to keep fellow straphangers at bay.


Made from Eco-fi felt, a polyester fiber derived from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, the Chic Peak jacket was developed in a scant 48 hours as part of the university’s annual design charrette. The team was asked to address the role design could play in providing passenger-safe transportation, despite the peril of flu season and the looming specter of H1N1.

Nothing telegraphs “don’t stand so close to me” better than a jacket covered in pointy quills.

“Why not take an uncomfortable issue and create a social dialogue?” remarked the designers on their website. “Our wearables send a distinct message to others that says, ‘I’m under the weather and you may not want to get too close to me right now.'”

+ Chic Peak

+ University of the Arts in Philadelphia

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One Response to “Spiky Swine-Flu Jacket Warns People to Stay Away”

  1. […] ECOuterre! By provenzanoc So late, but ill take it. For last semesters charette my team made this inspiring jacket out of eco felt. It was covered in spikes and was meant as a visual cue that the individual wearing it is sick, all in hopes of raising germy awareness during the H1N1 crisis. We had 48 hours to get from topic to product and we delivered big time, also (fun fact) this is how i met James! Anyways a lady from ecouterre.com contacted me a while back asking for info on the design because she wanted to post it. Long story short  i gave her all the info but didn’t check up after and just figured that she wasn’t that into our project after all. But and bad on me it actually did get posted. Visit Ecouterre Post […]

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