Fashion & Design (176)
Brands solve 'same dress' syndrome
The ultimate fashion taboo is attending an event to find someone else is wearing the same outfit. Brands such as Vakko and Harvey Nichols have recognised this need and have created a solution in their personal tracking system which tracks where pieces have been bought to eliminate two people buying for the same occasion. The store will open at what ever time and send a different dress to the event.
Why it matters
Firstly, this type of service makes the emotional ties with the brands stronger as it is not just the product that they come to rely on. Is this an example of how brands manage their exclusivity and statement?
Article 22’s peaceBOMB bracelet is made by upcycling grenade remains from the Vietnam War era. Named after the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, this design firm is on a mission to assist the economic development of emerging nations by creating products that tell a story about their makers and the legacies of our shared history.
We often associate cork with wine. But the Portuguese company AHUA is using the material for what was one of its original purposes: buoyancy. The company makes and sells thin surfboards and handplanes (surfboards for hands) made of light and eco-friendly cork. The project was funded thanks to an entrepreneurship prize and crowd funding website Massivemov.