I think the feeling of overwhelming loneliness is something just about everyone has experienced at some point in their lifetime. It can be a crippling, devastating phase when all we really want is someone to love us, be with us, and to even hug us.
That being said, finding a hugging substitute in a jacket should not be the answer to your problems.
Earlier this week the Hug Me Jacket was released unto the world. This piece of apparel – really more of a parka than a jacket – was designed by Si Chan, a Macanese fashion designer who is new to the fashion world. When talking about this jacket, Chan posed the question, “Everybody needs love, don’t they?” On some level, yeah, okay, I can get behind that. Everyone does need and want to be loved. That’s a pretty fair statement. However, this jacket is not something someone who just went through a bad breakup should wear. Hell, this jacket shouldn’t be something anybody wears. Period.
In truth, the Hug Me Jacket just comes off as majorly creepy. It doesn’t look like you’re being hugged so much as you’re being given the Heimlich maneuver, being choked, or (most of all) being abducted by a ten armed green alien in the dead of night. But hey, maybe you’re into that.
It seems that the jacket fits perfectly into the line of other prototype jackets, all of which can be viewed at Chan’s official site. There’s an obvious hand motif put into use in each one of his pieces, and it’s sad to say that it doesn’t really work for any of them. Not at all.
While the Hug Me Jacket is probably the creepiest amongst these designs, that’s not to say there aren’t some other really strange (and rather unsettling) jackets as well.
The Hug Me Jacket, and presumably all the other jackets as well, are currently just prototypes and cannot be purchased. However, Chan is hoping to have them available online by this winter. If this is the case, then you can pay £800 for one of your very own (or $1,200 if you’re from the US). Oh joy.
In all fairness, Chan truly does seem to be a great designer. After all, he graduated at the top of his class at London’s College of Fashion, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was only his first line of clothes. I’m sure seeing more of his work will be a delight, once he’s found his footing as a designer. Let’s just hope he grasps a better concept in the future.