Chicago: An Indian-origin couple in the US has invented a travel jacket with a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, earphone holders and various pockets to keep your phone, tablet and even a mini-blanket. The jacket was designed by Hiral Sanghavi and his wife Yoganshi who founded Baubax in Chicago. The jacket has taken Kickstarter by storm, far exceeding its USD 20,000 goal.
The jacket has already raised more than USD 3,000,000, with 36 days still remaining for the crowdfunding project to close. The jacket contains pockets to keep your hands warm, a pocket to hold headphones, a phone pocket, a pen pocket, a passport pocket, a blanket pocket, a pocket to keep your phone, a pocket to keep your drink warm, or cold, and a pocket for your sunglasses.
The drink pocket is made with an insulated neoprene material to keep beverages hot or cold. The jacket also acts as a neck pillow, an eye mask, and it has built-in gloves.
The jacket comes for men and women in a choice of six colours and in four styles: sweatshirt, windbreaker, bomber and blazer. The idea for the jacket came after Hiral, currently pursuing his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in Illinois, had to frequently travel from Chicago to San Francisco to meet his wife.
Every time Hiral travelled to the west coast and forgot his pillow, he ended up buying a USD 25 pillow at the airport. “This laid the foundation for the idea of solving all travel related problems with one jacket – designed with everything a traveller wants and needs,” according to the product description on Kickstarter. The jacket will be available for shipping in November for USD 109