A Cooler Tricked Out with Blender, Bluetooth & More Raises $5 Million on Kickstarter

07/17/2014 at 12:44 PM ET

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Does your picnic cooler blend margaritas, play music and have a built-in bottle opener? No?

Then you might want to think about investing in Portland, Oregon resident Ryan Grepper’s innovative cooler design — not that he needs the cash. Grepper has raised a cool (natch!) $5.6 million with help from almost 30,000 thirsty backers for his innovative COOLEST cooler, shattering his now modest-seeming $50,000 goal. And there are more than 40 days left in the campaign.

And this 60-quart cooler really is the coolest: In addition to its battery powered rechargeable blender, waterproof wireless Bluetooth speakers and bottle opener, it offers a USB charger, a cooler divider and cutting board, and built-in storage for plates and knives.

Thanks to the LED lid light and extra-wide beach tires, you can basically party anywhere at any time of day.

All you have to do to become a proud owner of this “portable party disguised as a cooler,” as Grepper describes it, is pledge $185 on Kickstarter. Pricey, but we can taste the margaritas already.

—Rosa Heyman

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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lorettafontaine on

Does your picnic cooler blend margaritas, play music and have a built-in bottle opener?


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Have you seen him in person, yet? Could he be one of your Most Beautiful People?

Everything’s possible! 🙂

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…just calling it out early! 🙂

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How do i buy one?

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Hi Jo!
The only way to get one is through the Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ryangrepper/coolest-cooler-21st-century-cooler-thats-actually

Just click on the ‘Back This Project’ button on the right hand side!

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