A contactless payment jacket has been created by a London-based fashion studio in cooperation with Barclaycard, allowing the wearer to pay for purchases by tapping a sleeve on a card reader.
Designed by Soho-based Lyle & Scott, the men's jacket comes in blue or black and has Barclaycard’s bPay technology fitted into its cuffs.
The contactless payment chip in the cuff of the jacket can be linked to any UK registered Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card and used to pay for purchases of up to £30 of value.
Lyle & Scott, which has set up a dedicated innovations team to develop what they call "ground-breaking products," will be selling the jacket online as well as in the firm’s Carnaby Street store for £150.
"We are a brand that embraces our heritage. However, we understand that it is extremely important to stay in touch with the needs of our modern customers,” said Lyle & Scott’s innovation project manager Jonathan Briggs.
"Innovation is key to realising this and so we are proud to partner with bPay to launch the world's first contactless payment jacket."
Contactless payment technology is on the rise with the value of spending sky-rocketing over the past years. The limit for contactless payments was raised from £20 to £30 yesterday, a move which is believed will further encourage uptake of the technology.
Barclaycard has been experimenting with new approaches to contactless payment technology and has previously developed contactless wristbands, key fobs and gloves.