ABOVE: P^cubed Adventure Traveler Pants by Clothing Arts.
by Durant Imboden
Not long ago, we received an e-mail from Adam Rapp, the owner and designer of a New York-based company named Clothing Arts. Adam wanted to tell us about his company's line of "P^cubed Pick-Pocket Proof Pants" for travelers.
Adam recounted the story behind the new product line:
"A few years back, I had a run-in with a team of pickpockets in Xian, Chia. I looked down at the wide-open pockets on my chinos and thought 'why not combine the security of money belts and a great pair of travel pants?' Five years of travel experiene and two years of development, 'Picket-Pocket Proof Pants' were born."
The P^cubed concept involves "all-around covered zippers and a triple-secure hidden passport/money pocket." The company's Web site explains:
"Zip the zipper to seal the pocket, secure the button flap for twice the protection; for even more security, lock what's most valuable in the triple-secure hidden passport pocket... Pickpockets are looking for an easy target, and in a pair of our P^cubed Picket-Pocket Proof Pants, they'll have to find another victim--and you'll be free to enjoy the beauty of the world around you."
The product line includes Adventure Pants (top photo) and Adventure Shorts and--for urban wear--Business Pants and Business Shorts (photo below).
I haven't tried the trousers myself, but the concept is intriguing, and as soon as a lightweight and quick-drying nylon version is available, I hope to field-test the Business Traveler Pants in Europe.
For more information on P^cubed Pick-Pocket Proof Pants, visit the Clothing Arts Web site at clothingarts.com.