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The Lyle & Scott Contactless Jacket

Finally we have found a use for the coat sleeve other than wiping away snot rockets or opening toilet doors. Lyle & Scott have released the Contactless Jacket at their flagship store on Carnaby Street and only for the price of 150 sheets. The novelty feature on this garment is that it comes with a Barclays bPay chip in the cuff, allowing you to stroke PDQ machines like Alec Guinness waves away Stormtroopers.

You won't be able to bankrupt any casinos for the time being because contactless payment services in the UK has a ceiling of £30 per transaction. The Barclays bPay is compatible with any Visa or Mastercard account, allowing you to manage your bPay account in a number of ways so you stay in control of your spending. The bPay chip is removable and can be slotted into a bespoke bracelet or watch whilst your jacket sleeve can go back to its customary role of wiping spaghetti sauce from the corner of your mouth.

The bPay chip is valid for a minimum of two years, after this time it will not work for contactless payments. However no doubt before it expires we'll all be using voice recognition to pay for our shopping before returning home to our holographic girlfriends on our anti-gravity belts. You'd expect the coat itself would look a little more futuristic with the technology it's rocking, but instead Lyle and Scott have kept it pretty basic with the double face contrast fabric. I can't imagine Rick Deckard rocking this in the new Blade Runner sequel.

Lyle & Scott's innovation project manager, Jonathan Briggs (not the one from the Tele) said: "We understand that it is extremely important to stay in touch with the needs of our modern customers. Innovation is key to realising this, and so we are proud to partner with bPay to launch the world's first contactless payment jacket."

Peter Brooker

Peter is a published author on men's style, a huge James Bond fanatic and the host of our very own Menswear Style Podcast. His new book 'From Tailors with Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films' is available now.

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