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Smile, it’s The North Face x Online Ceramics collab



The North Face x Online Ceramics

Fretting about all this Y2K (the decade that taste forgot) revival malarky? Don’t panic! Just do what I do and regress even further – to all things 70s, Grateful Dead and Whole Earth Catalog.

I’m digging this The North Face x Online Ceramics collaboration (disclosure: yes, I too thought it was a ceramics brand – lol), which features The North Face gorpcore sweats, outerwear and accessories with Online Ceramics’ retro peace-out graphics. (more…)



Shop the post: Farfetch wants your beauty dollars



Farfetch Beauty

Big news this week as Farfetch* enters the online beauty arena.

With leadership from Violet Grey’s Cassandra Grey and expert input from beauty tastemakers including make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench, hair stylist Jawara and model Aweng Chuol, the site is looking for a slice of the global $69 billion beauty pie. (more…)



Shop the post: The Outnet menswear has arrived



Previous season menswear stock from Mr Porter is now available at The Outnet menswear

The Outnet* is such a great destination for discounted basics, especially from well-loved brands.

It has just launched The Outnet menswear*, so if you or any guys you know are into the Mr Porter classics from A.P.C*, N. Peal*, Acne Studios*, Maison Margiela* and the like, then this a good secret source of chinos, blazers, tees, eyewear etc. In particular, the N. Peal crew necks look great (in a good spectrum of colours) as well as the Theory work wear, Acne chinos and outerwear from Belstaff and A.P.C. Just crossing fingers for some Valextra leather goods… (more…)



How personalised skincare schemes like Renude are reinventing the business of beauty subscriptions



 Renude skincare subscription service

A trend that was already on the up pre-Covid has exploded in the last year or so. Beauty subscription schemes have evolved beyond product edits and sampling boxes (although those are still going great guns – hello Liberty The Beauty Drop*) to genuinely useful services that save time and money. Specifically: skincare subscriptions.

Thanks to an overall trend in which skincare has become part of the self-care canon (one of the premises of my book, Face Values), start-up founders have spotted a market for people who are interested in the benefits of skincare, but overwhelmed by products and advice. (more…)