Think Outside The Condom Box

| July 21, 2016
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Words by Jo McTavish

INNOVATION and forward thinking ideas have always been at the forefront in our daily discoveries at Moustache. Sometimes the unpredictable is always worth the effort and that is why SKYN® has us talking about their latest experiment within sports performance apparel.

SKYN® who are known for their SKYNFEEL™ CONDOM’s have taken their famous material out of the bedroom and onto the field. In a one of a kind collaboration with fashion designer Pauline Van Dongen, the two have created wearable technology with cutting edge design, drawing inspiration from biomimicry. The end result minimises the bodies limitation and gives extra airtime to the long jump athlete.

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Fashion designer Pauline Van Dongen

 “What struck me about the SKYNFEEL™ material is that it’s super elastic, super-lightweight and super-strong all at once,” says Van Dongen, “No matter how you mould it or shape it, it’s going to feel great on your body. We asked ourselves, can we create an ultra-lightweight garment and mould it in a way that could help long jumpers perform better?”

“Van Dongren’ who is no stranger to innovation, is a Dutch fashion designer who specialises in wearable technology. An enabler of this method, she researches the human body in relation to its surroundings. Her fascination by concepts of change, movement, energy and perception all pointing towards a future of fashion being dynamic and forever changing.

Her work has been seen across the globe, at events such as SXSW, TEDx, Northside Festival NYC, IDTechEx, Turkey Innovation week, Wearable Futures and Dutch Design Week. In 2015 she was named of Cool Hunting’s 25 top innovators.

“In the world of competitive sports, athletes look for every advantage,” says David Chaker, Senior Global Brand Director, SKYN® Condoms at Ansell. “We custom-made an experimental suit for long jumpers to explore the possibility that our material could actually improve an elite athlete’s performance. SKYNFEEL™ APPAREL is amazingly light – like wearing nothing at all – and follows the body perfectly. It would be amazing to have an athlete wear it in a competition.”

A truly unique collaboration is here, where technology meets fashion creating possibilities for formation and insurance. It is experimentation’s like this that allow us to bend the norm and to create an exciting future in the effort of inspiring many more people.

It is in our DNA.

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If you’re ready to try it, visit SKYNFEEL™ here.

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