The Japanese CLOTO Utility Jacket: 3 Days Left to Back on Kickstarter

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A “near-weightless” three-layer utility jacket for under $200 is expiring on Kickstarter soon.

Kickstarter has been a fun way for me to discover new startup apparel brands like American Trench, Boldfoot Socks and Ace Marks shoes, and is a good way for businesses to test demand and receive feedback. So every once in a while, I browse through Kickstarter’s listings.

Today I discovered an interesting listing courtesy of Matsubun Sangyo, a Japanese textile producer based in Katsuyama City on the Sea of Japan.

On offer? A unisex weatherproof CLOTO Utility Jacket that the company advertises as “light and fluffy” yet warm and cozy owing to its unique 3-layer design, which was launched in collaboration with Peak Japan.

The quilted jacket is made from a water-repellent and wrinkle-resistant twisted-thread polyester fabric. The company has over 130 years of experience in the textile industry.

If you want to back the project, you have until Friday, February 2, 2024 at 9:59 AM eastern to do so. By pledging about $163 (24,000 Yen), you can secure an “early Bird CLOTO Jacket” as a reward, which is 20% off the regular retail price. (Remember that the deal with Kickstarter is that rewards aren’t guaranteed.)

I haven’t plunked down for the jacket yet, but am curious about it as a packable chore coat or alternative to a shirt jacket for rainy situations.

Would you make a pledge on Kickstarter for it? Are there alternatives that are worth considering?

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Jake is an expert on men’s style and fashion based in Washington, DC. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs and innovative clothing and lifestyle brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age. He has published hundreds of articles on style and apparel, and regularly interviews small business CEOs and startup founders about industry trends. Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine.

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