Origami As Outerwear. The North Face ‘Jacket’ Made From Paper

We recognized the Fuse Uno Jacket from The North Face this week as a “Best In Show” product for 2014. The jacket, which comes to market this fall, is cut from a single ply of fabric and then folded into shape.

The result is a design that saves on manufacturing waste and requires less stitching and seam taping. It’s also lighter weight.

From a flat template to a folded final product

One of our readers, Jeremy Clark, was intrigued with the design. He took a couple hours to perfect an origami iteration made from paper.

Said Clark, “I cut the template out leaving some slack to allow for some fastening tabs. If someone was really talented, I’m sure the template could be used as a pattern for an actual fabric version.”

Clark’s creation

Want to make your own mini jacket? Clark added, “Other than tape and scissors, patience is all that is needed to produce a paper replica.”

The result is a miniature version of a real jacket coming to market this year, and soon to be seen on the backs of alpinists and outdoorsy types around the planet. —Stephen Regenold

—See details on the real (fabric) version of the Fuse Uno here.

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Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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