C.P. Company - Urban Protection

In 1997 Moreno Ferrari, the newly appointed designer at Italian brand C.P. Company asked himself what challenges the modern man faced, and how he could design garments to make the wearer’s daily life better.

As a result, he developed the Urban Protection range that incorporates complex, mostly hidden functionality into each garment. Superficially, the outerwear pieces look identical, but on closer investigation, each garment reveals that it performs a function for a specific purpose.

A jacket detects pollutants in the air and sends alerts via an LED screen; another has an integral personal safety device, while another has hidden electronics to embed music into the garment. Ferrari’s approach prioritised utility, which meant that this collection transcended seasonal trends.

C.P. Company Urban Protection Light Jack

LIGHT JACKET

C.P. Company

2000

 

The Light Jacket from the Urban Protection range features a small angle-head torch that attaches to the front of the jacket. It is made from Dynalfil TS-70 and has a square detachable C.P. Company badge on the right chest.

 

Nylon, polyester

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C.P. Company Urban Protection - REM Jack

REM JACKET

C.P. Company

2000

 

‘Freedom of thought, poetry for the soul.’

 

The REM Jacket is equipped with a Sony ICD-30 voice note-recorder housed within an external mesh pocket on the left sleeve able to record up to 16 minutes of audio. The length of the coat can be adjusted by undoing the bottom section of the lining, which is attached inside the coat with Velcro.

 

Nylon, polyester

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C.P. Company Urban Protection - Atlas Jacket

ATLAS JACKET

C.P. Company

1999

 

Designed for the urban traveller, the Atlas jacket has a high neck collar containing a removable inflatable PVC pillow, which can be worn around the neck for support when travelling.

 

Nylon, polyester

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C.P. Company Urban Protection - Life Jacket

LIFE JACKET

C.P. Company

1999

 

‘No noise, for inner life, a new womb to listen to silence.’

The Life jacket features a removable noise-proof headset by Blisom which can be fixed either over or inside the hood. It is constructed from Dynafil TS-70 bonded to a nylon base, creating a protective layer that is rip and abrasion-resistant, as well as being oil and waterproof.

 

Nylon, polyester

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MUNCH JACKET

C.P. Company

2000

 

The Munch jacket features an integrated personal safety device that is activated by pulling a cord within a specially constructed internal pocket. Once pulled, the coat emits a noise, like a high-pitched scream, hence the name of the jacket.

 

Nylon, polyester

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C.P Company Urban Protection - LED Jacket

LED JACKET

C.P. Company

2001

 

The LED jacket features a gas detector manufactured by Figaro Sensors in the USA. A microcomputer connects to a filter and sensor that tests the air for methane, propane, Freon and other gases. There is an illuminated LED scale to give the wearer an idea of the level of contaminants in the air.

 

Nylon, polyester

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C.P Company Urban Protection - Glove Coa

GLOVE COAT

C.P. Company

2000

 

‘Movement, protection, comfort on the road.’

 

This coat features vertical anti-wind pockets and extended internal cuffs with fleece half-mittens. It could be worn with a multi-pocketed waistcoat – not shown – and also came with an aluminium foldable scooter designed by Micro. With these extra accessories, the coat was called Move.

 

Nylon, polyester

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C.P. Company Urban Protection - Jacket with detachable legs

JACKET WITH DETACHABLE LEGS

C.P. Company

2000

 

This jacket has a large detachable Dynafil pocket on the right-hand side which is attached to the body with Velcro and has a mesh back and zip opening. It contains a pair of waterproof trouser legs in Dynafil that can be attached to the hem of the jacket using poppers.

 

Nylon, wool

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METROPOLIS JACKET

C.P. Company

2000

 

‘No smog, for protection, a shell of consciousness.’

The Metropolis jacket features a removable anti-smog mask that is adjustable through openings in the hood and is insulated with a high-density double fleece lining. The jacket was advertised as having pockets designed to be big enough to carry ‘computers, mobile phones and documents.’

 

Nylon, polyester

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C.P. Company Urban Protection - YO Coat

YO COAT WITH SONY DISCMAN

C.P. Company

1999

 

For Autumn Winter 1999, C.P. Company collaborated with Sony to develop jackets with built-in electrical appliances. The YO coat came with an integrated DE705 ESP√2 Sony Discman, which was contained within a specially designed pocket. At the time the Sony Discman was the most advanced portable music player available.

 

Nylon, polyester

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