Aer Puffer by The Arrivals

The Arrivals designs Aer parka with pocket that blocks mobile phone signal

New York fashion brand The Arrivals has created a puffer jacket with a Faraday pocket that blocks cellular and GPS signals on smartphones, to encourage wearers to switch off and "reconnect with the outdoors".

The parka's chest pocket is lined in a combination of polyester, copper and nickel, and blocks radio-frequency identification (RFID), Near Field Communication (NFC), electromagnetic fields (EMR and EMF) and radiation signals.

The design draws on the Faraday cage, an electromagnetic-proof mesh shield created in 1836 by English scientist Michael Faraday.

Aer Puffer by The Arrivals

After deciding to create apparel that allowed wearers to disconnect, The Arrivals "quickly stumbled" across the Faraday concept when researching anti-conductive technology and the potential for it to be applied to fashion.

"We live in a time where we are more connected to our devices than to the environments we inhabit," The Arrivals co-founder Jeff Johnson told Dezeen.

"We began conceptualising solutions that would enable users to reconnect with the outdoors by disconnecting from everything else."