JACKET WITH MAGNETIC ZIPPER AND LOOPS
Authors: Hedvig af Ekenstam, Maja Šimunović
Materials: leather, wool, synthetic lining, magnetic zipper
Prototype size: M
This warm hooded jacket has been designed for a quadriplegic so as to be donned and doffed independently, with the help of the loops on the sleeves that can be fastened to the wheelchair handles. The jacket features a wide back and sleeves, and comes with a smooth interior lining. Zipping is made easier by the magnet at the base of the zipper. In addition, loops have also been sewn along the entire length of the zipper to offer support for holding and pulling the zipper. The loops actually serve to allow the user to zip up the pocket herself. The high collar helps keep the body warm. The jacket is shorter at the front to avoid any discomfort excess fabric may cause when sitting.
Hedvig af Ekenstam (SE/SI) graduated in industrial design from the University of Konstfack in Stockholm and works as a designer for the Swedish brand Hedra.
Maja Šimunović (HR) is a graduate of the Faculty of Textile Technologies of the University of Zagreb, and is co-founder of the fashion brand Roba.