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Kosuke Tsumura: Final Home

At the turn of the millennium, Japanese designer Kosuke Tsumura unveiled a new article in his Final Home collection: a long coat made from transparent nylon (which looks like a quilted down coat with the down removed), designed to serve as a "final home" in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. For warmth, Tsumura explained, its many pockets could be stuffed with newspapers, or with floppy nylon Final Home teddy bears: "Each customer customizes the number of bears, according to the weather. In my own coat, I wear maybe ten bears. And if you have children, they can also play with the bears and not be scared of the disaster."

[After the Kobe earthquake, Tsumura sent several coats to disaster-relief organizers.]

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