The Tech Jacket was part of a project in our Advanced Technical Apparel Design & Production course at the Wilson School of Design in Vancouver, BC. This jacket focuses on meeting the technical performance and aesthetic expectations an individual would have from a running jacket that can also easily fit, aesthetically speaking, with regular commuter clothes.
RESEARCH PROCESS + SAMPLE CONSTRUCTIONS
95% of research consisted of visiting sport stores and trying out running jackets. The styles that stood out for me (based on what the design goals were), were purchased to study fabric, fit and design details more closely in studio.
The application of anthropometrics, ergonomics, textile technology and manufacturing technology and techniques such as laser cutting, seam sealing, heat pressing and pattern drafting using Optitex software for fashion and design culminated to the creation of a functional jacket that could meet the needs of the target customer.
Brands researched: Nike, Lululemon, Brooks, North Face, Running Room
View the complete research process and sample constructions HERE.
ABOUT THE FABRIC
The Self fabric is 100% GORE-TEX. The interior collar fabric is a knit composed of 82% Nylon, 18% Spandex. Although the intent was to use a waterproof zipper, this was not available at the time, and a regular zipper was used instead. However, if it was sent into production, a waterproof zipper would be used. I sourced my performance fabric in class, courtesy of donations from techwear companies based in Vancouver. I chose the best fabric available based on what my concept and goal was.
Creative Direction/Editing: Marysol Folkesson
Photography/Editing: Ermin Badzak
Model: Narges M.