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Positive fashion: For Days and the circularity of everything



For Days circularity business model

‘Circularity’ is a word that has been doing the rounds (lol – no pun intended) for a while and we’re going to be hearing it a lot more. Example: For Days, the subscription based, ‘closed-loop’ T-shirt company that lets you return its worn-out tees in exchange for a new one, then upcycles the spent fabric into new yarn.

For Days recently received $2.7 million in funding and is starting to licence its business model to other start-ups. (more…)



What to buy from Uniqlo U SS19



Uniqlo U ss19

Even though we’re braced for a(nother) cold snap, I’ve seen sure signs of spring in the air. I distinctly detected a Turner-esque chink of blue sky peeping through the grey at 430pm a couple of days ago, which to me is a clear indication that green shoots are on their merry way. Man, you don’t know how happy that makes me feel…!

And perfectly timed is the arrival of Christophe Lemaire’s latest Uniqlo U SS19 collection, billed as a ‘playful meditation on colour’.

It certainly is. I really like these slabs of flat raspberry pink, tan, white and leaf green (more…)



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…)