Item 2019.109 - Volleback Graphene Jacket

Volleback Graphene Jacket Volleback Graphene Jacket

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Volleback Graphene Jacket


  • 2019 (Creation)

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Technical outerwear and sportswear company launched by brothers Nick and Steve Tidball in 2015. They previously worked together in advertising as an art director and copywriter team.

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Fully reversible jacket with two-way waterproof zip closure at centre front. All panels are laser-cut, bonded and then the seams are sealed. The jacket has two laser-cut reversible front pockets and a peaked hood with elasticated drawcord hem edge. There is an adjustable drawcord at the waist and the sleeve shape has been designed with extra underarm panelling for articulation and there are welded eyelets under the arms. The cuffs are laser-cut and bonded. Taped seams. Size M.
Country of Manufacture Fabric: Italy
Country of Manufacture Jacket: Portugal

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Side A - graphene and polyurethane membrane
Side B - 85% nylon, 15% elastane
Weight: 370g

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Invisible Men exhibition label:


Discovered in 2004, graphene is the lightest, strongest, most conductive material ever found and is only a single atom thick. It has incredible heat-absorbing properties, can conduct electricity, repel bacteria, and dissipate the body’s excess humidity. Made by Vollebak, this is the world’s first jacket made from the notoriously difficult-to-manufacture material.

Graphene, polyurethane, nylon, elastane
Archive no. 2019.109


Technical characteristics: Fabric is heat conductive and heat retaining. Waterproof to 10,000mm. Breathability rating: RET 12 (very breathable). Graphene membrane is bacteriostatic, anti-static, certified non-toxic and hypoallergenic. Windproof. Four way stretch to the fabric.


Jacket from second release in June 2019. The first release by Volleback in August 2018 sold out.

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