A wearable countermovement

Project KOVR protects you and your privacy against the threats of our information-driven environment.

We as humans are creating an enormous invisible network on top of our existing biosphere; the infosphere. This infosphere consists of networks and radiowaves. It’s our new, ever expanding environment that grows at a staggering rate. Yet we roam around unprotected with privacy sensitive data. This data might easily be tracked and misused by virtually everyone; random people, but also companies and governments. It has become impossible to control which information about us is revealed and what stays hidden. We are not in control of our own privacy anymore. And privacy is what makes us human.

Clothing has always been a method to protect ourselves against the possible threats of the biosphere, like the cold or extreme heat. Project KOVR is protecting you from the infosphere. It does so by using metalliferous fabrics that shields the computerchips in your cards, clothing and car keys; even making your phone untraceable. It blocks every incoming and outgoing signal, keeping you safe from radiowaves and radiation. Project KOVR believes in being able to choose when to be traceable. In people regaining control over their privacy and data. So when preferred, the black pockets allow you to still be reachable with your device of choice.

Stay human in an information-driven environment.

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The new digital invisibility cloak

Project KOVR launches the Anti-Surveillance Coat Type II. Disconnect in style, wear it your way. You decide.

It’s here. Project KOVR launches a new and even smarter design of the Anti-Surveillance Coat. The ASC Type II is a privacy protection coat that is made so your data is safe while allowing you to be ‘disconnected’. Protect yourself and your privacy in style with this unisex coat that can be worn inside-out.

The ASC Type II protects you and your privacy. By using multiple layers of metalliferous fabrics it creates a wearable Faraday cage, blocking every incoming and outgoing signal. Want to stay connected? The black pockets allow you to still be reachable with your device of choice. You decide.















The project

KOVR (pronounced cover) is a project of Dutch designers Marcha Schagen and Leon Baauw. The projects name comes from Esperanto, created to be an easy-to-learn, universal language. Its goal was to put aside political and cultural differences and enhance communication transparency.

Project KOVR is an ongoing project aimed at giving the individual the power to weapon itself against the unwanted tracing of everyday objects.



Marcha Schagen

Marcha Schagen

Creates wearable objects, fashion, installations and performances. Emerging from her own fascinations based on social issues, Schagens (1991) work invites the audience to form their own opinion.

Leon Baauw

Leon Baauw

Rotterdam based designer with a strong focus on the contemporary and future affairs regarding society. Baauw (1991) is involved in education and active as researcher at The Accessibility Foundation.






















  • Material used

    Material

    We use metal-containing fabric in all of our products. Multiple layers of nickel, copper, and polyester provide full protection for your information.

    Black pocket with phone

    Black pocket

    Want to stay connected? The black pockets allow you to still be reachable with your device of choice. You decide.

    Portfolio Item

    Prototype: Backpack

    The Anti-Surveillance Backpack is reinforced with a stainless steel shell. Owners can place their phone in the black front pocket in order to remain reachable.










The Anti-Surveillance Coat (2016)

The Anti-Surveillance Coat protects you and your privacy against the threats of our information-driven environment. This new, ever expanding environment consists of networks and radiowaves. Yet we roam around unprotected with privacy-sensitive data. This unisex coat which makes use of metalliferous fabrics that shields the computerchips in your cards, clothing and car keys; even making your phone untraceable. It blocks every incoming and outgoing signal, keeping you and your personal data safe from radiowaves and radiation. We believe in people regaining control over their privacy and data. So when preferred, the black pockets allow you to still be reachable with your device of choice.

Exhibitions and events

Launched early 2016, the ASC Type I was immediately picked up by the media. So far this design has traveled the world, as it has been featured in many exhibitions and shows. Interested in displaying the ASC Type I on your event? Contact us for more information.



On request

There is a possibility to place a request for the ASC-Type I. If you want more information or when interested in a business inquiry, please contact us.