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12. 12. 2004

LUMI Illuminated Apparel by Natalia Allen

I'm not a nighttime jogger - or a daytime jogger, for that matter - but I am a nighttime driver whose had more than a few scary incidents of nearly plowing over runners in my neighborhood who seem to think that I can actually see that skinny strip of reflecting material on their running clothes. Those lame reflectors just don't do the trick when you're competing with the glare of headlights and traffic signals.
In my opinion (and my opinion counts if only because I'm the one behind the wheel), nighttime running clothes should really glow all over to get my attention. Designer and futurist Natalia Allen looked at this problem from the perspective of a runner with an instinct for self-preservation, and developed LUMI photoluminiscent fabric, "one of the first and most advanced ubiquitous, visibility enhancing fabrics for apparel."

We fused photoluminescent, soft reflective and Friction Free,Nc technologies together at the fiber level to create a quality performance fabric for apparel that performs effectively in universal light conditions. Through Lumi-(c), outdoor enthusiasts, pedestrians, children, pets and athletes can be illuminated by their apparel and visible at night while hiking through a desolate [forest] or walking down a trafficked road.

If it were available, I'd definitely clothe my dog in a LUMI vest to keep him safe on the street when we're walking at night. LUMI apparel (for people or pets) hasn't reached stores yet, but it's an exciting product to keep an eye on, along with other products being developed by Natalia Allen, Parsons School of Design's Designer of the Year.

Read more about Friction Free Fiber System at www.frictionfreetech.com.

Photographs by Ian Roberts.

Posted by Hoyun    Category: wearables
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