Tiger Beer has announced an interesting new collaboration with fashion designer Izzy Du to create the world’s first puffer jacket with a beer-powered cooling system made specifically to keep you cool in the tropical heat.
Yes, you read that right – a jacket for the heat. And it’s beer-cooled.
Created with the help of BBH Singapore and LePub APAC, the TIGER Summer Puffer’s cooling system is powered by an ice-cold Tiger Beer, which chills water that is pumped around the wearer’s body via a network of silicone tubes. These tubes make contact with key points where the arteries are closest to the skin, cooling the body down by up to 5°C in the sun.
To engineer the tech behind the TIGER Summer Puffer, Tiger Beer and Du worked with a creative studio in Japan, Whatever Co.
“Inspired by the same tech that keeps astronauts cool in extreme temperatures, we tried a variety of cooling system designs, each making the jacket more effective at keeping the wearer cool for as long as possible,” said Masashi Kawamura, Chief Creative Officer at Whatever Co.
“We tested various tube placements, tube materials, water tank designs and electronic wiring before landing on the final mechanism. We even had a trial run where the jacket became too cold to wear, and we had to tune it down to get it to the right temperature.”
In terms of design, Du captured the boldness of Tiger Beer and incorporated a number of design cues inspired by the brand, paying homage to a tiger with design elements like a bold and bright orange hue, tiger ears, a pair of fangs, and a subtle striped pattern.
“Making a puffer for the summer is an external expression of how refreshing and cool it feels to drink a Tiger. I started with the feeling of opening an ice-cold can of beer, and playing with the colours of the brand, before imbuing the aesthetics of the puffer with a new function,” said Du. The Chinese-Canadian designer has been making waves in the world of puffer fashion with voluminous forms and unrepeatable originality. Her bold vision makes her a perfect fit for Tiger Beer, a brand that believes in defying the odds and attempting the unthinkable.
“This idea is highly innovative and links to Tiger Crystal’s refreshment proposition to resonate with our target consumers in a new and exciting way,” said Sean O’Donnell, Global Brand Director at Tiger Beer.
“The puffer jacket is one of fashion’s hottest items amongst Gen Z and millennials across Asia but there’s one challenge: it can’t be worn in the heat of the tropics. At Tiger we have been defying the odds since 1932 by brewing beer in tropical weather when others said it couldn’t be done. Tiger Crystal refreshes you when you’re on fire, so why not make a puffer jacket with a beer-powered cooling system that does just that?”
The TIGER Summer Puffer follows the brand’s recent Brewed For Your Fire campaign for Tiger Crystal which brought to life on-fire moments and crystal-cold refreshment together through a dynamic mash-up of fun live-action footage and Gen-Z-inspired animations.
Sascha Kuntze, Chief Creative Officer of BBH Singapore said, “It’s always a joy to work with brands bold enough to play in pop culture. And with refreshment so intrinsic to Tiger Beer, it’s only natural for them to refresh puffer jackets for drinkers in Asia.”
Cyril Louis, Regional Executive Creative Director at LePub APAC, added: “At LePub, we believe the only way for brands to win is to resonate in culture at scale, and it is a pleasure to work with the Tiger Beer global team in bringing this piece to APAC and the rest of the world. Izzy has also been an amazing collaborator, uniting the worlds of Tiger Beer and fashion in the most stunning, memorable way.”
The TIGER Summer Puffer statement jacket, featuring the world’s first beer-powered cooling system, can be experienced first-hand during Paris Fashion Week. After its debut in Paris, Tiger Beer is bringing the TIGER Summer Puffer to Asia for ZoukOut, Asia’s longest-running dance music festival.
Global Brand Director, Tiger®: Sean O’Donnell
Global Marketing Manager, Communications & Digital, Tiger®: Melissa Teoh
Agency: BBH Singapore / LePub
Global CEO of LePub, Global CCO of Publicis Worldwide, CCO of Publicis Groupe Italy: Bruno Bertelli
APAC Executive Creative Director, LePub APAC: Cyril Louis
General Manager, LePub APAC: Hanh Kanssen
Chief Creative Officer, BBH Singapore: Sascha Kuntze
Group Creative Director & Head of Art, BBH Singapore: Gaston Soto
Senior Copywriter, BBH Singapore: Luke Somasundram
Art Director, BBH Singapore: Grace Wong
Creative Technologist, BBH Singapore: Nico Tangara
Managing Director, BBH Singapore: Sid Tuli
Head of Business Leadership, BBH Singapore: David Anson
Senior Account Executive, BBH Singapore: Angel Fadila
Strategy Director, BBH Singapore: Ruth Lim
Strategist, BBH Singapore: Meili Yeo
Executive Producer, BBH Singapore: Wendi Chong
Producer, BBH Singapore: Chun Yi Kwek
PR Asset Creation Team:
Photographer : Seow Mun Kong
Videographer : Belle Chew
Producer : Jasmine Ho
Stylist : Josiah Chua
Make-up Artist : Zoel Tee
Technical Production: Whatever Co.
Chief Creative Officer: Masashi Kawamura
Producer: Chieko Hakuto
Technical Director: Genki Toyama
Engineer: Kazuto Omori
Designer: Yoshihiro So
Fashion Designer: Izzy Du