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Would-be Hoboes: Your Dream House Has Arrived

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Treehugger points us to this very clever design for a jacket with pouches in its lining that can be unfurled to reveal a personal tent. As the designer, Justin Gargasz, explains:

Individuals feel the need to escape interactions in their environment everyday. Whether it be interactions with excessive technology or other people, this psychological and physical need to get away is where I began my investigation.

A physical as well as psychological escape is achieved when the user has the option to efficiently get away from inside of building and come back when ever they choose. I focused on expandable clothing for concept exploration.

Note that Gargasz isn't suggesting that campers are the jacket's ideal audience—no, he's smart enough to realize that this jacket can't ever replace a good tent tucked into a backpack. Rather, it's a space to "get away." In other words, its a cubby hole for 21st-century hoboes. Which might be exactly what we need. Slate has been busy trying to get its readers to take pictures of the current recession/depression/nightmare. But modern life just doesn't have icons of being down and out, such as a stick with a bandanna pouch on the end or even breadlines. However, this jacket would do nicely. 

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[Via Treehugger]

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  • Jenny Good

    Hipsters aren't so bad, they add some diversity to this world. Everyone's a conformist in some form or fashion. Anyway, this jacket is really cool! It'd be great for camping and music festivals. Is there a link to purchase it?

  • Brad Horner

    I spend time living outside and then went back to living a somewhat stable life indoors. This pattern went on for a while and I don't regret it although it was hard living at times. I would have bought this if I could have tried it on first and could test it in the store.

    Things require energy and materials so the fact that it would cost something is not surprising. Idiot internet trolls probably should not buy this.

  • R Breiner

    Hipsters are douche bags that follow trends that make them look less hip (to become more hip) and drink at coffee houses that aren't commercial like starbucks to make it look like they aren't supporting corporations (to be more hip) what they definitely aren't is homeless hippie-type people, who would buy this jacket to camp out by themselves somewhere. I can see by your name that you're obviously pretty dumb about the world already, so sorry for your luck.

  • Austin Wehn

    god damn... nothing is more hipster than saying you're not a hipster. i bet you voted for obama

  • Nicole wise

    Sounds like the only one here who knows what they're talking about is R Breiner. For those of us who actually like to spend time outdoors this is a great idea.

  • Patrick Allen

    You forget to mention which (awesome, amazing, fantastic) school he went to, and created this in: The Cleveland Institute of Art. That's our parking lot behind the tree he set it up on. Props.