With Halloween fast approaching, you may find yourself in the market for a cool costume. But if your cosplay activities are confined to strictly on and around October 31, you might not think it’s worth the time and effort to put together an outfit you’ll only wear once, since by the time next All Hallows’ Eve rolls around you might want to dress up as something else.
But now there’s a single piece of clothing that will let you enjoy a little Halloween fantasy while also being a viable fashion option for the reality of the rest of the year, with Japanese clothing brand Itemya’s Wizard Parka.
Itemya literally means “Item Shop,” and is the exact same term used to describe the store in which role-playing video game heroes buy their healing potions, smoke bombs, and warp wings. Armed with that knowledge, you can probably guess that most of Itemya’s products are fantasy-themed, but at first glance you might not see what makes the Wizard Parka special.
From the front, it looks like any other zip-up sweatshirt. Circle around to the back, though, and something might catch your eye.
The black exterior makes it less conspicuous than it probably would be in a lighter shade, but the Wizard Parka features an oversized hood. Enclosed in the hem is a wire which is flexible enough to bend, but stiff enough to hold the shape you choose to form it into. So with a few twists, the Wizard Parka can look like this.
If you’re thinking the sleeves look a little more flared now, you’re right. Opening up the zippers near the cuffs cause them to expand, giving the billowy effect of a sorcerer’s robe.
So powerful is the mystic aura produced by the Wizard Parka that once you deploy all of its optional effects, people won’t be able to tell if you’re holding a folded-up umbrella or a magical staff of lightning bolts.
The Wizard Parka is priced at 11,880 yen (US$100) and can be ordered from Itemya’s parent company Cospa (medium here, large here, and extra-large here), with shipping scheduled for early February. Oh, and mamby pamby healing specialist white mages need not apply, since it’s available exclusively in black with red lining.