Since our launch five years ago, we’ve won innovation awards from TIME, WIRED and Fast Company and been compared to Tesla and elBulli for our radical commitment to what comes next.
We’ve always believed that sharing our thinking openly will help us move faster. So if you’d like to hear the full story behind the Vollebak adventure, and where we’re headed in the future, we laid out our entire blueprint for the next 100 years in this podcast with Om Malik.
While clothes today still do what they’ve been doing for the last 50,000 years, keeping you warm, dry and cool, we’re on the edge of a revolution. Over the next 10 to 100 years clothes are going to be used to enhance our strength and sensory perception. They will help us become faster, more intelligent, and live longer. So we’re starting work on the next 50,000 years of clothing. Here are a few of our favourites so far.
We created the world’s first Solar Charged Jacket that stores and re-emits light, a pair of 100 Year Sweatpants built to withstand fire, nature, water, and the rest of this century, and the first gear for Mars – it’s engineered with an anti-gravity pocket for shifting gravity fields, a ballistic nylon outer shell, and a vomit pocket for puking in space.
We made the two toughest t shirts on Earth: our Carbon Fibre T Shirt is engineered with 120 metres of carbon fibre normally found in jet engines and supercars, while our Ceramic T Shirt is embedded with the same ceramic technology as the International Space Station.
Our Garbage Sweater is built from old bulletproof vests and firefighter suits that were heading to the dump. And every one of our Full Metal Jackets uses more than 11km of copper – the future building block for intelligent, disease-resistant clothing.
Our Planet Earth Shirts are designed for all 510 million square kilometres on the surface of Earth, and our Black Algae T Shirt is grown in forests and bioreactors and turns into worm food at the end of its life.
Every month we launch clothing concepts that have never been seen or attempted before. And while quantum leaps in technology are required for a lot of our gear, and every piece takes between one and five years to make, our kit can sell out fast – sometimes in days, or even hours. So you can sign up for advance access to all our new launches here.