Kim Kitsuragi’s Disco Elysium Jacket By ZA/UM Atelier

A collage of three photos of a burnt orange jacket from three angles.  Two are on a concrete background with a white-haired model, the other is in a white-walled room with a dark brown-haired woman (the author).

Image: ZA / UM Atelier / Kotaku

I’ve been afraid, for a long time, that Lt. Kim Kitsuragi, your fellow investigator, is in it Lysandre disc, a game I love-it was cold. Revachol is a harsh coastal city, defined by strong winds that bring winter out of the water. It rains and snows often, even in the short seven days you spend there while playing. And I care deeply about Lieutenant Kitsuragi, who stands by your terrible drunk protagonist for better or for worse (unless you’re a racist). But as much as I’ve been worried about him all this time, my fears have now been sated, because my girlfriend bought me ZA / UM Atelier’s reconstruction of his aerostatic pilot jacket and it is surprisingly hot.

I will be totally honest with you. Overall, I fucking hate video game clothing. Tons of characters have stellar character designs with flawless outfits, but those stellar fits rarely translate into the real world. Most people simply don’t have the energy to take off these clothes. This fact is compounded by the inexpensive materials used for most video game merchandising. We’re talking about quality Halloween costume fabrics, unsuitable for normal human clothing in the real world, where things like rain and friction exist. Clothing that is simply video game themed is also bad. Look at these Cyberpunk 2077 sneakers, what I despise:

The terrible Cyberpunk 2077 sneakers appear against a blinding yellow background.

They look like 2007 Skechers branded baby shoes, but without the bright stripes. It would be better with bright stripes.
Image: Adidas

These trainers are extremely mundane, from “CYBER” and “PUNK” lettering on each side to embarrassing color blocking. They look like they are trying to come from the future, but they totally lack cohesion or an obvious functional design. They are my biggest enemy, and I say this from someone who loves senseless sneakers like Hippie trash 03s, Air Max 720 Horizons (those with the rainbow Gore-Tex shell), e Balenciaga sneaker with a big ass that I will never be able to afford. Instead of designing an interesting shoe, or bringing a recognizable piece of in-game fashion into the real world, Adidas made a mediocre shoe and then slapped some branding on it. It is extremely obvious that this is a piece of video game merchandising, and for that reason it fills me with contempt.

It’s for the exact same reason that I love those custom Pokémon t-shirts, made in collaboration with Original Stitch, whose virtues I have already married. They’re unrecognizable as merchandise, and many are really solid pieces that can quickly liven up an otherwise boring outfit. They are tremendously powerful shirts, which I deeply respect.

Enter Lt. Kim Kitsuragi, a true god of digital drip who has a sense of fashion much like mine, but better. Consider his massive burnt orange Aerostatic Pilot jacket, his old but well-groomed white T-shirt and his amazing brown cargo pants, which taper below the knee. Its fit is immaculate and functional, as it uses all its dozen pockets to the fullest. I was blown away by him from the day he graced my screen and I fell in love with his amazing vibes. Which is all to say, despite my feelings for video game merchandising, I’ve dreamed of owning his jacket for the past couple of years. Now, thanks to my wonderful girlfriend, I do.

The ZA / UM studio has produced a small line of Handmade Lysandre disc clothing. They are all excellent, starting with the unique “Cloak of Death”, which showcases the game’s signature thought cabinet, to Lieutenant Kitsuragi’s stellar cargo pants. However, the star of the collection is, without a doubt, Lieutenant Kitsuragi’s Aerostatic Pilot jacket. In the course of two tests, 85 of these jackets were made. The asking price is 399 euros – this is probably the last gift my girlfriend will ever give me – and they are currently sold out.

The outer covering is in waxed cotton, resistant to the wind. The inner lining is incredibly warm pure cotton, set behind a dark blue fabric with a diamond pattern. It has four pockets, two hidden in the lining (where Kim, and now I, keep our respective journals) and two more around the ribs. The jacket is slightly cropped, designed to be worn with functional high-waisted trousers. The jacket also features a unique stat tag. It gives me a +1 bonus to hand-eye coordination and Volta do mar, a Kim-specific ability never before seen in the game. In my testing, it was difficult to tell if these stat boosts are working properly. Immediately after receiving the jacket in the mail I fell down the stairs of my apartment, which hasn’t happened since then, so maybe it’s working.

The author of this piece produces an embarrassed smile while giving only one thumbs up.

An embarrassed smile, like a sincere version of The Expression. It is one of profound discomfort.
Photo: Kotaku


The neuro-receptors in your brain contract, sending a series of electrical signals to the cheek muscles. They squirm and pull back, staring at your face in an embarrassed grimace that resembles a smile. It’s not good.

I live in New York City, which has a surprisingly similar climate to the one pictured Lysandre disc. Like Revachol, it is a metropolis just above the water, which means that it is often rainy, windy and cold. The game, which takes place on the edge of winter, is perfectly suited to the current New York climate, so I decided to test the effectiveness of the jacket in keeping me and Lt. Kitsuragi warm by proxy. I took to the streets of New York in sub-30s, wearing my jacket, a black crop top and a pair of black cargo pants and combat boots. This fit is, apart from the crop top, very similar to that of Lieutenant Kitsuragi and acts as a good test bed.

For those of you who have never been to New York City, the city’s most notable weather feature is its brutal icy wind, carried by the nearby ocean. When I was waiting in line for my covid test just two weeks ago, it made me lose all sensation in my feet below my ankles. This is partly due to my poor choice of sneakers, but I refuse to take full responsibility for this situation and instead choose to put some of the blame on God. The waxed cotton lining of the jacket is extremely effective in blocking the wind. and despite the short cut, it managed to keep me warm even when fully decompressed, exposing my underdeveloped abs to the wind. The inner cotton lining was firm and retained body heat very well.

A model wears the burnt orange pilot jacket with lace skirt and top, with burnt orange knee socks and black sneakers.

This photo appears to have been taken in an abandoned industrial district which is neat.
Image: ZA / UM Atelier / Kotaku

Perhaps the best feature of the jacket in cold weather are its pockets, which are sewn into the cotton lining. These pockets are heated by their proximity to your body and retain heat well. This is especially helpful for me, a woman with poor circulation that causes me extreme discomfort whenever my hands and feet are exposed to the cold for a significant period of time. They are powerful and legitimately do a much better job of keeping my hands warm than even my winter coat, which leaves them in freezing polyester prisons.

In addition to its usefulness, the detail work on the jacket is flawless, consolidating it as a staple or trendy piece in any wardrobe. For those of you who don’t often think about your outfits, most fits are a mix of basics and trendy pieces. The staples are your staples: monochromatic trousers and shirts, black shoes, etc. These make up the bulk of your wardrobe. These basics are then complemented with a trendy piece, which unites the whole outfit. Statement pieces are what allow your personal style to really stand out. Personally, I like to rely on sneakers and jackets for my trend pieces as they are extremely versatile when it comes to clothing, although I love a good graphic tee here and there.

A photo shows the back reflector panel of the jacket, which depicts a map of the Jamrock district of Revachol where the game takes place.

Unfortunately, spotlights require the worst lighting on Earth to become visible.
Photo: Kotaku

The Aerostatic Pilot Jacket is a gorgeous burnt orange, which is vibrant enough to stand out as a statement against an all-black fit, yet subdued enough to serve as a staple when combined with other warmer-toned colors. However, the jacket’s best feature as a signature piece comes from its reflectors, which, across the universe, are designed to allow air crews to find survivors of the crashed aerostat, even at night.

The breast reflector bears the ZA / UM Studio logo, the right arm has the revolutionary acronym RCM (Revachol City Militia), and the back has an absolutely gorgeous map of Revachol’s Jamrock neighborhood where the game takes place. These reflectors are extremely cool to me and make the jacket worth taking center stage in any outfit. If you couldn’t tell, I like it a lot.

To know more: A year later, I still can’t stop thinking about it Lysandre disc

Kim’s balloon pilot jacket is not only a good piece of merchandise, but a stellar example of what good clothes can be. It’s functional, stylish, and made outside of the fast fashion nightmare factory. With good care, it will probably last for the rest of my life, as any quality piece of clothing should.

I loved Lysandre disc, and Revachol, from the moment I first saw it. As trivial as it may seem, the game means a lot to me, and having a physical piece of his world is pretty awesome. And this is really the key to all of this. Despite all my drenches on bad video game fashion, if you really connect with the world of a game and want a piece of it, it’s worth getting some clothes you really like, even if some Internet rando frowns.


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