Solar Flare disable drop capTouted as a politically correct parka "designed to combat the growing uncertainties of climate change," Zegna's new Solar Jacket is the Al Gore of outerwear. A marvel of eco-friendly efficiency, it resists the elements you can do withoutlike wind and rain, thanks to the waterproof Microtene fabricand uses the sun to power the digital devices you can't be parted from. Solar panels mounted on the jacket's neoprene collar soak up rays and then convert the light into energy that charges a featherweight lithium battery in your breast pocket. After four or five hours of basking, the coat is ready to refuel your iPod or cell phone. (It comes equipped with a slew of adapters to ensure compatibility with all major brands; there's even a miniUSB port to give your BlackBerry a boost on the go.) For those days when you're stuck at your desk, simply detach the collar and place it in your office window or on your car's back dash for optimum exposure.
Holiday gift giving can stump even the most confident design enthusiast, as it's one thing to know your own taste, yet another to discern what unexpected gift could put a huge smile on the face of the recipient. The traditional way of choosing a gift is to zero in on someone's hobbies, but that often leads to predictable presents; more golf shirts, more electronics or piles of bestsellers!