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On circularity, beauty and solving the cost of convenience



Axe deodorant is part of the new Loop circularity platform
I think about the cost of convenience a lot. We’re so hung up on things being quick, accessible and easy that we forget that there’s a cost associated with it. For example, two of my bugbears – getting hooked on free media consumption means we’re now slaves to Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk, and the obsession with a cashless society is a burden for older people who can’t keep up with technology and miss the human interaction of bank counters and supermarket checkouts. (Not to mention the simple fact that cashless culture means you spend more.) And then there’s a third – the environmental cost of our disposable culture.

The good news is there’s finally some progress being made in the field of packaging. We still want the convenience that comes with disposable goods but we’re not changing our behaviour fast enough for recycling to make a significant difference. (more…)



High-low fashion: H&M X Eytys is selling out fast



H&M X Eytys collaboration

The H&M group really is killing it on the high street imo. COS, Arket and & Other Stories are my current high street go-tos for perennial pieces with a fashion edge that aren’t going to date by the time I’ve hung them up.

H&M has just created another winner with its H&M X Eytys collab of unisex shoes, clothes and accessories that just launched last week. It’s a pretty tight collection of streety chinos, boxy tees and the signature Eytys sneaker – in fact, lots of the best bits have already sold out online. (more…)



Trend report: What to wear and do for SS19



Givenchy ss19 by Corey Tenold

Even though people are sniffy about trends, I still quite like tracking them. The trick is just to pay attention to the ones that work for you. So in this wee SS19 round-up, I’m deliberately ignoring anything overstatementy or hype-y that will have disappeared in a year. And instead homing in on the classics that have been reinvented or lifestyle movements that will impact how we live.

NOGO We’ve reached peak logo (sorry Gucci) and now it’s about deliberately unbranded products. I signed up to Italic last year, which is a membership-based direct-to-consumer company selling unbranded, yet high quality products that come straight from the factory. (more…)



Meet the handmade cowboy boots you can actually afford



Tecovas handmade cowboy boots

I have a long term obsession with cowboy boots. Only the classic kind, mind. So, I’m all over this DTC start-up. Tecovas is a Texas-based western-wear company that sells classic western boots and other accouterments to local cowboys and anyone else who’s into them.

Launched in 2015, Tecovas boots are made in Mexico City in a three generations family-owned factory. And in modern direct-to-consumer style, its USP is an Everlane-esque transparent pricing model that lets you know exactly where your money’s going. (more…)