I have written about the Blade necklace back in March, after I met its designer Njoki Gitahi. I am so happy to share that the Blade Necklace is now available for sale, handcrafted by metalsmith Melissa Hamming. A beauty, right? An no, it’s not sharp!
There’s nothing better than brands you love teaming up and turning up everyone’s dial of awesome to 11. In this case: House Industries + Uniqlo.
I am impressed by the transparent information on manufacturing, price calculation and carbon footprint detail on honest by, a clothing e-commerce site. Take this coat for example: It took 32h to design and took 4 fittings, then 20min cutting time, 68min assembly time, 12min of ironing. The price calculation break down is nothing short of impressive.
I wish I could see this breakdown on clothing brand sites I shop on. It would clearly impact my purchasing decisions. Congrats to Bruno Pieters, founder of honest by for challenging the garment industry to be more transparent.
(by David Rowan)
Fashionable space nerds unite: Slowfactory sells silk scarves with prints from Nasa’s Hubble images. Yes, totally fantastic and nerdy.
Break Dance Not Hearts by Josh Reichlin.
Cotton Bureau is a new service that takes the pain out of t-shirts for designers. Designers can submit a shirt design, and if CB likes it they put it on the site. If at least 25 people people pre-order, the shirt will go to press. Cotton Bureau handles all the printing malarky, and they split the profits with the designer, fair and square.
I gave a small presentation at Yale Art School yesterday and after the event I had the pleasure to meet Njoki Gitahi. She introduced herself and handed me a gift, the above necklace. I was a bit speechless. She made it!
(And no worries, it doesn’t have sharp edges!)
A message that is worth spreading in the design community: Name your Layers by Photoshop Etiquette
This T-Shirt by Matt Pisane raises the question: Who needs to go to an actual university if you have the internet?