self-care

Self-care wear: The offhours home coat



Offhours Homecoat

It’s been raining for three days solid and I can barely drag myself out of the house. No matter though, as I work from home and luckily for the likes of people like me, there’s a whole new fashion and lifestyle category designed to cater just for us.

It’s not pyjamas, it’s not tracksuits (god forbid), but it is cosy and comforting for the work-from-home and namastay-in-bed brigade. So let’s hear it for the ‘Homecoat’ from Offhours, a padded kimono-esque wrap coat to envelop yourself in while doing Headspace meditations on the balcony, or cranking out your investor deck on your daybed. Think of it like a housecoat but with extra togs!

Offhours Homecoat

The Offhours ethos is couched in comfort and positivity; the Homecoats are designed in Chinatown, NYC and ethically made in China, while web and Instagram content comes in the form of self help-lite essays.

All this self-care wear makes sense in an age of screen fatigue and relentless hustle. Like the trend for padded parkas, wearing what’s akin to a giant comfort blanket is almost a cry for security and respite from the pace of modern living. Well it’s certainly boosting the homebody economy.

In related self-care style news, Tekla Fabrics  just landed on my radar. A line of organic blankets, bedding and robes from ex-Acne Studios exec Charlie Hedin, this John Pawson-designed blanket in ‘molten lava’ would be a nice addition to my stack of mohair blankets. Just add a scented candle (but maybe not this one)…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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The DRG Style Index: Gentle Monster X Huawei, Patagonia, The Face, Lululemon and more



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GENTLE MONSTER X HUAWEI WEARABLES
Gentle Monster Huawei
Just when you thought ‘wearables’ had died a death, up pops a new slew of tech-cessories. This time they hinge on audio-enabled eyewear, rather than screen-centric devices. Example: Bose’s Bluetooth-enabled audio sunglasses, which contain a microphone and speakers to cut down on screen time. And Gentle Monster’s collab with Huawei (above), which does the same thing. (more…)



Trend report: Namastay in bed




One of this year’s inescapable lifestyle trends has been for stressed out, cash-poor millennials to stay home rather than go out. Which means the money they do have gets spent on small pleasures like scented candles, cute lighting, superior bedding and sheet masks aplenty. Vox unpacks the story in detail here. The TLDR is that  – as with any emerging grassroots movement – commercial brands have been quick to hop on this gravy train, with the so-called ‘homebody economy’ spawning all manner of businesses catering to the #Namastayinbed brigade.

Beauty-wise, it’s a huge cash cow. (more…)