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Interview with Wolfgang Langeder – Part 2

About the Way from Inspiration to a Designerjacket

Wolfgang Langeder from the Austrian company Utope is a professional designer, who created the Manta Color Morph Jacket by polychromelab. Last week in part 1 of the interview he talked about his vision of creating a new kind of innovation. This week we dare to take a look deeper inside the designer’s mind.

Maximilian Frey: Why did you use polychromelab’s fabric for the Manta jacket? What did the fabric tell you holding it in your hands the first time?

Wolfgang Langeder: I find this purely functional side of polychromelabs’s fabric very interesting. This fabric is something highly innovative, and basically it is technology that makes the innovation. This agrees very well with my vision for Utope.

“I like the strong connection between polychromelab and nature, and the authenticity that originates right in the life of Lisa and Michele.”

Maximilian Frey: If you like to share your secret with us, were did you get your inspiration? Did polychromelab play a part in your decision?

Wolfgang Langeder: I like the strong connection between polychromelab and nature, and the authenticity that originates right in the life of Lisa and Michele. It was really important to me that the Manta Color Morph Jacket‘s design makes a connection to this and smoothly fits in the overall image of polychromelab.

Maximilian Frey: When you look back on designing this piece of art and on the moment you first saw the prototype, did your eyes glow?

Wolfgang Langeder: When you work on a design, you’re really “close” to the product itself and its details, and you recognise that everything fits together more unconciously. In the final phase then for the first time you have the chance to see the prototype from some distance, and I am glad that the Manta Color Morph Jacket had become such a strong and interesting piece.

Maximilian Frey: Design and fabric, interacting perfectly well. Manta Color Morph embodies the perfection of functionality and elegance. But what should we do with this? Where should we wear this special jacket?

Wolfgang Langeder: I guess that primarily there are situations in the extreme or outdoor range of use when customers wear this jacket. But additionally this jacket is a “style item”, which means that this jacket also could be worn only because of its elegance instead of its functionality.

Maximilian Frey: And what is it that one by any circumstances must not do with the Manta? When would your heart begin to hurt?

Wolfgang Langeder: I am a pragmatist, so I think the purpose of apparel is that it should be worn. Basically everyone should do everything he wants to do with the jacket.

Here you can read the first part of the interview. You can have a look on the Manta Color Morph by Utope and polychromelab here in our webshop. In this post we talked about the Manta Color Morph reversible jacket for women and men.

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High-Tech Jackets tested in extreme Outdoor Tests

Do high-tech Jackets keep their Promises?

Nowadays high-tech jackets have to stand up against nearly everything: they should be waterproof, windproof, stretchy, sturdy, hard-wearing, warming. light and looking good. Additionally one has to add to each one of these functions an attribute like “extremely, 100%, highly, maximum, optimal” to tag a high-tech jacket.  Producers make many promises, but most outdoor jackets have to work for the first time, when the customer allready has bought the jacket and is wearing it in the mountains. If a jacket shouldn’t be a 100% waterproof then, one’s smitten.

Therefore the inventor of polychromelab reversible jackets, Michele Stinco, had the idea to test jackets under extreme alpine conditions, before it is available on the market.

 

High-tech Jackets tested in Tyrol

This is, how an original polychromelab-jacket-extreme-test looks like in practise:

Firstly, fabrics get spaned on wooden boards. Installing sensors we detect whether the fabric is suitable for outdoor use or not.

If the fabric is ready for manufacture, we design a reversible jacket. This prototype then is worn by dummies in our alpine laboratory at the Glungezer in Tyrol. Again we install sensors. Additionally we prepare a webcam to watch the jackets day and night for some months. Here you’ll find out what kind of weather high-tech jackets have to stand in our textiles research laboratory.

Then we evaluate the collected data. This way we’re able to detect waterproofness, windproofness and breathability by the means of temperature curves, humidity measurements and so on. By visual examination we can see, if outdoor jackets have been damaged by wind and weather or at seams and skirts.

If the prototype passes this test, we send it to the textile laboratory at the University of Innsbruck, where elasticity, scrub resistance and colour intensity get scientifically proven.

But there is one last test in our polychromelab 2610 alpine lab for the prototypes: the high-tech jackets get proven at applied extreme sports tests, like trailrunning, skiing, climbing and so on. Only this way one can proof what outdoor jackets have to be suitable for.

 

Alpine Proof – the Future of Outdoor Gear

Prospectively the project Alpine Proof will create an alpine seal of approval for outdoor gear to award high-tech jackets, which passed tests consiting of a combination of applied and scientific examination.

A true high-tech jacket doesn’t leave somebody out in the rain alone, but protects against wind and weather like a friend. High-tech jackets by polychromelab are available in our online shop.

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Cycling jacket exhibited on Eurobike Friedrichshafen

Pedaled cycling jacket wins Eurobike Award 2014

It was more than one year ago when Pedaled and polychromelab decided to design a cycling jacket, which stands out as a real functional jacket. There was hard work to do to create an awarded jacket, because demands on functional jackets in the bicycling branch are high.

Using the unique reversible fabric by polychromelab one can conceptualize a reversible jacket which can cool body temperature down on one side and – reversed to the other side – is able to warm. The fabric is highly breathable and additionally a 100% windproof and waterproof – so the reversible fabric is the best requirement for a high-tech cycling jacket.

The japanese designer Hideto Suzuki started to design a functional designer cycling jacket with the reversible fabric. For his effort he wins the Eurobike Award 2014 in collaboration with Pedaled and polychromelab.

Here are some pictures of the reversible cycling jacket on the Eurobike 2014 in Friedrichshafen at the Pedaled booth and the statement of the jury about the Eurobike Award.

If you are interested in the lab jacket, visit the homepage from Pedaled.

NZZ cycling trends PEdALED

NZZ Neue Zürcher Zeitung visits the Outdoor Exhibition 2014 in Friedrichshafen and reports about the latest trends in the section cycling and bikes. This year’s focus is on the sythesis of functionality and design. The japanese designer Hideto Suzuki creates a wonderful compositum with his PEdALED Lab jacket for cycling. The 3layer fabric by polychromelab offers best functionality and is easy to work with.

Read the full article to the latest cycling trends on:

http://www.nzz.ch/lebensart/stil/mit-stil-pedalen-1.18350712

 

WORKING DAY 2610

today we visit polychromelab obervatory for a photoshoot and work. conditions are getting really heavy – uv radiation is strong – snow is melting and we have the first results on fabrics.

this will be one of the last skiruns for this season.

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Günther Platter visits polychromelab fashionlab

Günther Platter visits polychromelab design and fashionlab in Tyrol

Günther Platter, govenor of Austrian province Tyrol visits polychromelab in our design and fashionlab in Hall in Tyrol, Mustergasse 5. He is having his election campaign 2013, we had a brief talk about innovations of Austrian startups, ski mountaineering and of course our fabric, which we engineer in our fashionlab in Tyrol, and the future we will face with our designer products.

You might be interested in this article about the fashion label UTOPE from Vienna. We work together and aim to revolutionize fashiontech and design in Austria.

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MASTER THESIS BY PETER EGGER UNI INNSBRUCK

Congrats to Peter Egger. He did his master thesis on the polychromelab 3 layer alpine fabric concept pointing out that it is working much better in terms of thermoregulation and moisture management than existing 3layer concepts. But on this more to come.

Today we went to the thesis auditory assisting Peter on his journey in applied textile science with the university sportsscience Innsbruck. Parts of the thesis will be available within the next weeks on www.polychromelab.com. Peter all the best and thanks for the great job aswell thanks to Michael Hasler and Dr. Anne Herten. We will continue the good collaboration with the University of sportscience Innsbruck.

 

A ICY TESTDAY

today it was time to test a new development on the top of tyrol. we had a look how resitant a light fabric is and how the reflection and absorbation capacities are. michele