Category Archives: fashion

Fiskars—the Finnish Brand Behind the World’s Most Popular Scissors—Is Launching Gender-Neutral Gardening Clothes 

With Mother Nature in peril, designers are taking different approaches in hopes of saving her. Some, like Christian Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, seem to be urging us to go and play in the dirt. What else is one to do with a logo-ed, tool-filled gardening tote, after all? Tomorrow Fiskars, the nearly 400-year-old Finnish home and garden tool company, will be staking out a plot of its own at Pitti Uomo with a capsule collection of gardening and “urban exploring” gear designed by Maria Korkeila, a graduate of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, and the 2017 Hyères Festival prize winner.


Tech giant Samsung and eco-minded clothier Patagonia have teamed up to tackle ocean pollution. In a statement released earlier this month, Samsung says that “together, the companies are working on a feasible, effective and expandable way to combat the microplastics that result from textiles and laundry.”

How FILA Took Over The Culture in the 80s & 90s

If you grew up in the 90s, you remember FILA. If you couldn’t afford Ralph Lauren or Tommy, you could still sit at the lunch table in peace with FILA on — but be cautious. Past the year 2000, you’d be risking ridicule.

That said, today’s piece is about how FILA became one of the top clothing brands of the 90s and how it’s making its resurgence today.

Meet the People Who Decide What Design Trends Will Dominate Each Year

There is no crystal ball at the Pantone offices that allows the company to see into the future and glean enough insights to declare its annual Color of the Year. The team has something better: Leatrice Eiseman. As executive director of the Pantone Color Institute for almost 38 years and founder of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, Eiseman’s job is to predict upcoming color and design trends alongside a highly skilled team of trend forecasters and colorists. “It’s not just a random choice made by a group of people sitting around,” Eiseman says. “It’s not fluff. We tune in and ask: What is it that’s driving the world around us? What’s the zeitgeist we’re feeling out there?”

Shein to Spend $15 Million on Factories After Labor Abuse Claims

Shein faces growing criticism over its environmental, social and governance record practices, including worker exploitation and copyright theft. The online behemoth has disrupted the fast fashion industry with its sales of £5 ($6.16) t-shirts and £11 dresses. The company was valued at $100 billion in a fundraising round earlier this year, though the figure has probably dropped some since then.

Kyoto artisans grant old clothes new life with traditional black dye

Kurozome Rewear is an offshoot of Kyoto Montsuki, which has been working with textiles since 1915. The shop’s specialty is black montsuki, a traditional piece of Japanese formalwear. Using old techniques that include multiple rounds of dyeing cloth and letting it dry in the sun, Kyoto Montsuki’s artisans are able to create a deep black color that reflects as little light as possible.

The trend to mend: how repair shops are leading a fixing revolution

Bath’s Share & Repair says it has repaired more than 3,000 items in the five years since it opened, 60% are electrical or electronic items, mainly kettles, toasters, radios and lamps. The project also lends out household items and runs workshops on how to maintain your bicycle, use a sewing machine or darn a jumper.

‘It won’t tell you anything useful’: how Palace turned product descriptions into art

Product descriptions included in the book touch on Tanju’s immediate surroundings. “[Looking through it], I would remember the flight that I was on when I watched the film I was talking about or the cold knives and forks on the plane or whatever,” he says. “It’s quite funny.” The turmoil of the last decade, including Brexit and Covid is also covered. Would Tanju take on something like Liz Truss’s recent resignation? “Yeah, but I wouldn’t get directly into politics. I might write something about ‘oh, maybe I should resign’. I really like topical stuff so when you’re reading it you know what’s happening.”

How far-right views became the new edgy aesthetic

What makes a group of twentysomething creatives and socialites want to engage in business with the world’s most shadowy far-right figures is a tricky case to unpack. New York’s downtown is at the epicentre of the so-called ‘internet scene’, which emerged out of the pandemic and spilt out across an endless stream of Adderall-fuelled and schizoid content: Substacks, podcasts and anonymous Instagram accounts. This also prompted an influx of nu-right podcasts, which are long, self-referential and intentionally opaque, stretched across hours of worm-brained audio and rambling text blocks that are nearly impossible to distil into any meaningful chunks of information. They are often led by the sort of terminally online scenesters who listen to Red Scare and wear Praying t-shirts with mimetic slogans like ‘God’s favourite’ or ‘Flop Era’. A similar strain of ironic humour can be spotted across Urbit. An Instagram account, shirts_of_assembly, documents the patrons’ fashion, which includes “I MET MY WIFE AT URBIT ASSEMBLY” and “URBIT MAXIMALIST”.