The jacket with inbuilt air-conditioning
Travelling on public transport can be sweltering at any time of the year, but is particularly insufferable in summer. But one designer has come up with a practical, if hardly stylish, solution – a jacket with its own air-conditioning system built in.
The fans – four inches in diameter – are powered by AA batteries, which last for several hours, or by plugging into a computer using a USB cable.
The electrical parts can be removed for washing. The only drawback is the balloon effect caused by the air flow.
Mr Ichigaya ,former Sony technician, now president of the shirt’s manufacturer Kuchofuku – whose products range from a blouse for £50 to overalls at £100 – said: ‘It’s true the jackets make you look like a “Michelin Man” but on factory floors people are more worried about being able to do their jobs in comfort.