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BRIEFINGS

SWATCHES

A jacket based
on deep-sea evolution

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hat can we learn from squids about developing advanced
textiles? Quite a lot. The squid's skin features a complex
network of nerves that acts like an electric field, enabling
the sea creature to change color and appearance in fractions
of a second. A squid can camouflage itself to match its
surroundings in one moment, and make itself highly visible
by creating colorful, amazing optical illusions in the next.
These properties are replicated in the Black Squid Jacket,
a ski and snowboard jacket that looks like metal or oil in
dull light conditions but quickly morphs under bright light to
reflect every color in the spectrum. The creation of Vollebak,
a London-based maker of high-tech menswear, the jacket
features lasers, resin and more than two billion disruptively
structured microscopic glass spheres to imitate the squid's
ability to transform itself.
The microscopic glass spheres embedded in the resin on
the jacket's surface are invisible to the naked eye. When light
hits the jacket, it travels through the curved surface of the
spheres, reflects back at the light source and scatters,
causing the fabric to look like it is emitting light.
At the same time, the Black Squid is a practical ski jacket.
It's fully waterproof, windproof and can be layered with any
gear for warmth. It has a super-high collar, internal storm
flap, rubberized zip pulls and large waterproof pockets.
For more information, visit www.vollebak.com.

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