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Self-Cleaning Cashmere Means Sweater Stains Disappear in the Sun

It might get the stank and stains out, but every trip through the washing machine takes a toll on your clothing, wearing out your garments and stretching them out of shape. Even a trip to the dry cleaners can be rough, so researchers at Hong Kong's City University found an easier, gentler alternative by inventing a… » 8/13/14 1:44pm 8/13/14 1:44pm

Columbia Designed This Camo To Make Anglers Invisible To Fish

Hunters wear camouflage clothing from head to toe to blend in with their surroundings and sneak up on their prey. But fisherman never do, so Columbia has designed color-changing shirt with what it's calling a 'Solar Camo' pattern that only appears in the warmth of sunlight, helping anglers avoid being spotted and… » 7/10/14 5:00pm 7/10/14 5:00pm

This Backpack Has an Emergency Raincoat That Deploys Like a Parachute

Designed for motorcycle riders and cyclists who quickly need to protect themselves from a sudden downpour, the Funnell backpack actually looks useful to anyone who commutes without a car. With a quick tug on a couple of straps, a full-on raincoat deploys from the top of the backpack, keeping both the wearer and the… » 7/07/14 2:20pm 7/07/14 2:20pm

A Transformers Trucker Hat Mask Is the Easiest Halloween Costume

The general rule of thumb is that the older you get, the simpler your Halloween costume becomes. And with yet another Transformers movie hitting theaters this summer, there's no doubt these Optimus Prime and Megatron-themed trucker hats, complete with masks that unfurl, will be a popular choice this October. » 6/03/14 2:00pm 6/03/14 2:00pm

A Removable Belt Buckle That Makes Airport Security a Breeze

If you're tired of almost having to completely undress as you're herded like cattle through airport security, there's an entire subset of the clothing industry designed to make that ordeal a little more bearable. Like Hummus Apparel's new line of belts featuring a buckle that can be easily slipped off and dropped in a… » 6/02/14 9:40am 6/02/14 9:40am

Spiked Godzilla Hoodie Lets You Live Out Your Destructive Fantasies

With Matthew Broderick out of the picture, and the latest version of the film destroying the box office, it's cool to like Godzilla again. And we all know that the best way to show your appreciation for anything is to wear a hoodie that turns you into a crude facsimile of it—whether it be a gigantic rampaging lizard » 5/27/14 5:00pm 5/27/14 5:00pm

LED Lights Are Ruining Laundry Detergent's White-Brightening Trick

LED lighting is great. The right bulb gives the same warm incandescent glow you love from a fraction of the energy. But there's a downside: while LEDs make cities look awesome, the most common type of LED lighting dims the ultraviolet trick laundry detergents use to make white clothes look whiter. The future is… » 4/19/14 6:00pm 4/19/14 6:00pm

Scratch-N-Sniff Jeans Always Smell Minty Fresh Even If You Don't

When you find that perfect fitting pair of jeans, you don't want to do anything to jeopardize their size and shape. And if you're among a growing demographic who refuses to wash their jeans as a result, you might want to consider Naked & Famous' Scratch-N-Sniff jeans that actually release a fresh minty smell when… » 4/07/14 6:30pm 4/07/14 6:30pm

A Seamless Jacket Made From a Single Piece of Origami-Folded Fabric

Seams can be your biggest enemy when you're trying to design a jacket that's both lightweight and wind/waterproof. So The North Face engineered its new Fuse Uno jacket to assemble from a single piece of fabric like a complex origami model, reducing the number of seams that need to be stitched and sealed. » 2/25/14 12:40pm 2/25/14 12:40pm

Photographs switch the role of parent and child by changing clothes

Mom, you look ridiculous. Son, what the hell are you wearing? These type of conversations go on in every household everywhere. In a generational tug of war between style and comfort it seems like parents and children are on opposite sides. But what if they changed places? What if parents wore the outfits of their… » 2/18/14 11:31pm 2/18/14 11:31pm

Clever New Clothes To Protect You From Germs On The Subway

The news that measles might be spreading through San Francisco's BART network not only triggered a warning from the transit authority itself, it is also a particularly alarming reminder that public transportation can be, well, disgusting. Winter's runny noses, summer's sweat, spring's sneezing allergies—it doesn't… » 2/14/14 9:40am 2/14/14 9:40am

Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps US Skiers Hide Bumpy Moguls Runs

We've already seen (or haven't) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could give them a small advantage in competition. » 2/10/14 3:00pm 2/10/14 3:00pm

The World's Fastest Speedskating Suit Has Lockheed Martin DNA

As much as the Olympics are a test of humanity's physical capabilities, these days the events are also an opportunity for equipment makers to show off their latest technologies designed to enhance an athlete's performance. And it's fitting that Under Armour's new speedskating suit—which the company claims is the… » 1/16/14 2:00pm 1/16/14 2:00pm

New Olympic Zipper Technology Makes Seams Nearly Invisible

You won't find it in stores just yet, but if you look closely at the jackets and other gear worn by US, Canadian, and Russian athletes at the upcoming 2014 Olympics, you might catch a glimpse of Columbia Sportswear's new waterproof zipper technology. Or you might not, since it's been engineered to be almost invisible… » 1/15/14 1:00pm 1/15/14 1:00pm

The Finest Swiss Watchmaking Techniques Went Into This—Belt Buckle?

Most men don't pay enough attention to one of the most important parts of their wardrobe: their belt buckle. A plummeting pair of trousers can be far more than just embarrassing, so why trust a hole punched in a leather strap when Roland Iten has created a belt buckle that's been engineered to hold strong using Swiss… » 1/02/14 5:45pm 1/02/14 5:45pm

The 38 Most Interesting Designs of 2013

Welcome to the end of another year, people! We made it, and not without a ton of brand new stuff to carry us into 2014 and beyond. We saw lots of beautiful, interesting, and just plain weird things, but here we've rounded up the items that stuck with us; not just because of what they are, but also because of how they… » 12/31/13 9:00am 12/31/13 9:00am