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*a project done in partnership with Kathleen Westerhout

While extremely advanced and impressive, it’s not often that the technologies of water safety devices are ever considered fashionable. Lifejackets, or personal flotation devices (PFDs), are utilitarian in style, with little consideration for social stigmas, lifestyle, and fashion. Many available PFDs offer great protection for active, sporty water activities, but there are no products suitable for the fashion-conscious woman who values both style and safety.

Industrial designers Dana Ramler and Kathleen Westerhout teamed up with Mustang Survival and set out to marry safety technology with fashion in a product line for female recreational boaters. Their solution is the Bandeau Belt: an inflatable PFD that merges fashion with a utilitarian device to enhance the user's experience on the water.

The Bandeau Belt comes in three unique styles that can be worn with an endless combination of yachting apparel. This PFD is a great ch...

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