All parents are familiar with the problem of selecting clothes for their children: you will not have time to buy new clothes, as your child already grows out of them. The British engineer Ryan Yassin found a solution to this problem!
Children grow up - and their clothes, unfortunately, no. However, now you can solve this eternal problem will the help of the smart children's clothing Petit Pli. This innovative product was recently awarded the prestigious international award in the field of industrial design James Dyson Award.
The creator of Petit Pli is the Ryan Mario Yasin, a Royal College of Art graduate and an engineer of aircraft engineering. He came up with the idea to start with his clothing project from his own personal experience. Yasin once bought a few pieces of clothes as a gift to his nephew, but when it was time to give them to his nephew, they were already too small for the child.
“Children grow 7 sizes in their first 2 years on Earth and this equates to a lot of wasted clothing. Petit Pli’s versatile waterproof shells are pleated in such a way that they can grow bi-directionally to custom fit a large range of sizes,” says Yasin.
This effect is ensured by plication, which allows the shells to stretch to the required size. As a result, the Petit Pli clothes can increase by up to six sizes. Yasin’s understanding of folding techniques from his previous research on deployable structures for small satellites, had a great influence on the Petit Pli clothing. He used his knowledge gained from his aviation engineering studies to devise a set of versatile shells that allow the clothes to stretch when unfolded, so they expand according to the growth of the child's body.
The Petit Pli clothing is currently only an outerwear garment. Moreover, this unique smart clothing is fully recyclable as well as allowing for a range of patterns and colors.
"The cloth is characterized by increased strength, it is able to protect children from getting wet," explains Yasin. These smart clothes are designed for children of two age categories: from 6 to 36 months and from 2 to 5 years.
For his invention, Yasin received an award of 2,000 pounds. He plans to invest it in the production of smart clothes.
Last year in the United Kingdom, about 300 tons of clothes were thrown into a landfill. Probably, the new material will reduce the number of disposed clothes and improve the ecological situation on the planet.
"Children outgrow their clothes in a matter of a few months, yet we clothe them in miniaturised adult clothing, as opposed to designing them from the ground up," Yasin told the architecture and design magazine Dezeen. "With 11 million children in the UK, I thought it was time we redesigned children's garments," says Yasin.
The product is still in the process of patenting. The designer is currently raising investments for the Petit Pit and plans to launch an early fashion line for the United Kingdom with a focus on finding factories with high ethical standards.