Fashion firm Ermenegildo Zegna has chosen Eleksen Group's ElekTex iPod controls for its Zegna Sport iJacket.

The iJacket will be sold from spring next year in Zegna's own retail stores as well as other luxury retailers in the US, Europe and Asia including Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.

The jacket is compatible with Apple's ever-popular iPod music player, using remote control technology to allow the wearer to control the player without opening the jacket or pocket to access the player.

Eleksen CEO Robin Shephard: "With Zegna's iJacket we're entering the luxury goods market for the first time and the global power of Zegna's brand and distribution network will ensure that this product is available worldwide

"There is clearly a growing market for clothing that enables consumers to interact more conveniently with the ever-increasing number of mobile entertainment devices available to them. I would not be surprised if in ten years' time we will be referring to clothing that is not tech-enabled as 'dumb' clothing."

Anna Zegna, creative director at Zegna, added that the Zegna iJacket provides iPod users with "excellent sound performance and function. We have created a luxury sport jacket that integrates a seamless function of wearing outwear and enjoying the highest technical abilities of music and innovation."

Eleksen specialises in touch-sensitive interactive textiles for electronics interfaces. The company's core technology, ElekTex, is an electro-conductive fabric touch pad for the creation of flexible, durable and rugged fabric touch screen interfaces.