A Coat to Help Detroit’s Homeless

GOOD Magazine featured this coat designed to help the homeless, and employ them. Design student Veronika Scott envisioned a way she could help, by designing a coat which could allow homeless people to stay warm, but also preserve their dignity.

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13 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Such smart kindness, such practical vision. Amazing. thanks and folks read the whole story

  2. I couldn’t disagree more. It reads like a bad sitcom story for a cliched shallow fashionista character. “Yes they’ve not got anywhere to live or anything to eat, but if they have a nice coat to wear they’ll preserve their dignity!”

    This is patronising, self-indulgent rubbish, I’m afraid.

  3. “Let them eat cake!”
    – Queen Marie Antoinette

  4. Love the coat!



  5. Matt-

    I couldn’t agree you with you more.

  6. I agree with matt

  7. can homeless people afford it?

  8. This reminds me of the FINAL HOME coat that was made in the mid 90s. From their website:

    ‘When one loses his house, the thing which protects him in the end is cloth’. Under this concept, this nylon coat was designed by Kosuke TSUMURA. It’s the starting point of this brand and also a product which perfectly embodies the brand’s concept of survival, protection, functionality and recycleability


  9. I call it… Derelicte!

  10. ^^^ damn, you beat me to it!

  11. The best way to help homeless people is a coat?


  12. hey i like you coat idea, my name is Christopher Wisdom a current architecture student of Morrisville State College and me and a couple of my college mates are working on a homeless shelter; the basic design of the shelter is already finish and we now exploring the ideas of insulation and i was wondering if you have any idea or feedback on insulation (i know you had use wool and tyvek).

  13. I agree with matt,

    As an inspiring product designer, this is not one of the products I would ever want to design. It makes me question, how does it end the problem of homelessness? Or does it even promote it?
    I think design can definitely change the world, but only if it was inherently sustainable. Not just with materials but all the systems associated with it.