this is a work in progress!
Pockets is an on-person storage device designed for men. It is designed to fill the whitespace between “pants pockets” and “messenger bag” When you need more pockets…
;This whole thing began as an exploration of the *cough* man-purse. I was fed up with lugging around a back-pack or messanger bag, but always had my pants and coat pockets full of “stuff.” And then there were the things I’d like to remember to carry with me, but never did (flash drive, nail clippers, lip balm, mints, change, business cards, etc.).
The best solution, I found, was my small camera case that had a long should strap. I used this guy for three years, but it often ended up overstuffed. I also grew tired of the “fanny-pack” references, even though I wore it over my shoulder, across my body.
The decision to create a prototype came about two weeks before I was to leave on a long cross-county road trip. I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to test-drive my concept. I set to work laying out the pattern and made a trip to the fabric store to buy materials. After a weekend of sewing I was nearly done. I finished it up the morning we left. If the stitching is rough, that’s why.
I’m slowly starting to go through the first revisionary stage. I’ve had a good 3 months of testing, and I have some solid ideas going foreward. A few of my thoughts:
- the material needs to be “slicker” Possibly a nylon weave…?
- I need some non-zippered pockets
- some kind of rubber inner part to grip my shoulder better
- a removable/non-fanny pack pouch would be nice for larger stuff (wallet, camera, PSP)
- I never anticapted this, but I found that I often folded the prototype (as depicted above) and carried it that way. I think an extra slab of velcro to hold it together in this configuration would be useful.
- lastly, as I initially thought, but didn’t do because of the complexity, if the diameter of one side is larger than the diameter of the other, it will be more comfortable.
I’ll be posting sketches as I develop this further.