How The Points Guy’s Chase Sapphire Reserve Jacket Was Made

Dec 6, 2018

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Part of the final reveal of the winner of the Best Premium Card category at the inaugural TPG Awards involved the unmasking of perhaps the most on-brand item of clothing worn in TPG staff history: a jacket literally decked out in Chase Sapphire Reserve cards.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Brian Kelly onstage at The Points Guy Awards on December 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Points Guy)
Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Points Guy

So, how did such a jacket come to be? The process started with a connection to artist and designer Kate Rusek and an ambitious idea. “We reached out to the top three issuers who had cards nominated for that final category (Chase, Citi and Amex) with the idea of covering the jacket with all three cards, 300 total,” said Kate O’Brien, TPG’s Director of Business Development. “Ultimately, Amex and Citi weren’t going to be able to get the mock cards produced in time, but Chase was able to do it.” Luckily, by this time reader voting had closed with Chase as the winner anyway.

Then, it was time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Brian Kelly, O’Brien and Rusek tested out an array of different patterns to arrange the cards on the jacket, which Kelly already owned and decided to repurpose. After trying out a few different styles, the team picked a checkerboard pattern with sapphire jewels so the 100 mock cards, courtesy of Chase, could stretch across the whole jacket. The cards all bear the name “The Points Guy” — and at 0.5 ounces each, 100 metal Reserves amount to more than three pounds of credit cards.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Brian Kelly talks onstage at The Points Guy Awards on December 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Points Guy)
Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Points Guy

And, in case you were wondering, it costs approximately $900 to look this good.

Featured image by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for The Points Guy.

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