The Phoenix Jacket — Style + Comfort + Utility
This premium jacket is tailored specifically for on-the-go creative professionals and technologists.
I created the Phoenix Jacket because I had to.
Nothing like it exists like it on the market. The small number of items I carry on me don't warrant a side bag and jeans pockets just aren't comfortable with stuff in them. Now that I have my own jacket it's become an indispensable part of my wardrobe.
The Phoenix Jacket doesn't have too many pockets and it doesn't have too few pockets.
Jeans are awesome. I love jeans. The problem with jeans is the pockets: they were not designed for today's world. They're only useful some of the time—specifically when you're standing. Once you sit down jeans pockets cease to be useful.
It's like having a car you can drive on flat roads but not on hills.
I've been wearing my Phoenix jacket since May and I no longer have things poking me in the leg or making me sit at a slant.
Jeans pockets problem. Solved.
I always roll my sleeves up. I don't like sleeves because they get in the way when I'm drawing, or typing at my computer or cutting something with an X-Acto knife.
So I designed The Phoenix with 3/4 length sleeves.
Sleeve problem. Solved.
- 2 breast pockets big enough for large smartphones like an iPhone 6 Plus, Google Nexus 6 or Samsung Galaxy Note
- 2 large lower pockets big enough for mini tablets like an iPad Mini or Google Nexus 9
- 3 slots on the left arm for pens or pencils
- 2 inner breast pockets big enough for large smartphones like an iPhone 6 Plus, Google Nexus 6 or Samsung Galaxy Note
- 2 large lower, inner pockets big enough for mini tablets like an iPad Mini or Google Nexus 9
- the final materials for each color are to be determined; It will likely be cotton/nylon or cotton/polyester hybrid
The general color options will be Neutral Sand, Steel Blue and Charcoal Grey. Since final materials have not been selected, these colors could change.
Back around 2004 when I was living in Manhattan I had jacket I wore all the time. It was army jacket of sorts, made out of a very thin but strong nylon/cotton mix. I loved it because of its thinness and the two big side pockets I could carry things in.
Fast forward to 2015. The jacket started developing holes in the pockets. Time and non-stop use had finally caught up with it. Could I fix it? Could I replace it?
I started sketching ideas and writing down thoughts on my "dream" jacket around January. My intention was to carefully take apart my army jacket, make a pattern out of it, and make a new, modified version myself. I realized that as great as I am at working with my hands, there was too big a learning curve to make a new jacket myself. So I began searching for tailors in San Francisco.
By early spring, I had found a tailor in San Francisco and I shared my sketches with him. In a little less than 2 months, I had my new jacket and I loved it.
I decided to call it "The Phoenix" because it had risen from the ashes of my army jacket.
Risks and challenges
I'm launching this project with 2 previously successful projects under my belt. I've learned through experience how important it is to do as much work as possible before launching a Kickstarter project.
I've had graded (M, L, XL) patterns made by a professional pattern maker and I've been in talks with a few small-to-medium size clothing manufacturers in the United States for product estimates so I have a very good idea of production costs.
Things are going to change and get refined as this project progresses. Fabric choices will change, details on the jacket might shift but the core goal will not change: making a great-looking, comfortable jacket for a place for portable tools and gadgets. I will be posting project updates any time an important decision or project milestone occurs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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