A Life-Saving Coat for the Homeless

“Six years ago, Veronika Scott accepted a challenge from her college professor: Design something to “fill a need” in Detroit. Scott, an art student, found her inspiration on the streets.”In Detroit, there’s this large homeless population, and they kind of just disappear into the landscape,” Scott said. “I wanted to design for this whole population of people that we just don’t see.” In 2010, Scott created a fully insulated, waterproof jacket that converts into a sleeping bag and knapsack. She called it the EMPWR coat.”

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