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This fully biodegradable “leather” is welded together from waste

July 14th, 2019 at 3:36 am » Comments Off

    This fully biodegradable “leather” is welded together from waste Mirum is the latest entry in the attempt to make a cheap, sustainable cow-free leather. Vegan leather shoes are typically made from plastics like polyurethane–so even though they might avoid the carbon footprint and animal welfare issues of raising cattle, they aren’t exactly environmentally […]



Baldness breakthrough uses 3D-printed “hair farms” to grow new hair follicles

July 11th, 2019 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

The 3D-printed structure can for the first time grow human hair follicles entirely in a laboratory dish An exciting breakthrough from Columbia University researchers demonstrates a new way to grow human hair follicles using 3D printed molds. This is the first time human hair follicle cells have been grown completely in lab conditions, opening up […]



RP Technologies help Cross Sword to launch luxury men’s high heel shoes

March 18th, 2019 at 10:14 am » Comments Off

Cross Sword contacted RP Technologies after being recommended to use their prototype tooling & plastic injection moulding services. After initially contacting 2 different companies, both of which created more problems than solutions, Daniel Bush, founder of Cross Sword was relieved that RP listened to his needs and developed a solution to help launch his latest […]



Lipstick in kindergarten? South Korea’s K-beauty industry now targets those barely able to read.

February 23rd, 2019 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

PriPara Kids Cafe is one of the many beauty parlors in South Korea that cater to young girls. (Jean Chung/For The Washington Post) Last year in kindergarten, Yang Hye-ji developed her morning routine. Uniform? Check. Homework? Check. Makeup? Definitely. “Makeup makes me look pretty,” the 7-year-old said on her second visit to the ShuShu & […]



Inclusive fashion is the future of runways and retail

February 6th, 2019 at 1:04 pm » Comments Off

Thin, white, young, stereotypically “feminine” or “masculine”—those are some of the characteristics that traditionally defined who the fashion industry prioritized. That’s starting to change. Fashion is under mounting pressure to cater to all customers, as tech-empowered shoppers wield more influence over brands and new upstart labels, willing to serve the shoppers established brands have ignored, […]



The secret global network of private super jewelers

September 26th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

An elite group of artists are growing in influence and reach. Here’s the key to cracking their codes. Pictured above: Hemmerle emerald, agate, and sapphire necklace; diamond and bronze bangle, and earrings, all with ancient Egyptian faiance amulets. I call them the Super Jewelers. They create only a limited number of one-of-a-kind pieces. They sell […]



Tattooed eyebrows? Microblading makes its mark

August 25th, 2018 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

More and more women are binning their eyebrow pencils and going under the scalpel. But is it worth the sting? “You have tensed up!” the therapist says, snapping on her latex gloves. I look down at my balled-up fists and laugh nervously, trying not to think about the small scalpel that she is holding near […]



The first graphene jacket is here, and it’s magical

August 17th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

At 595 euros ($695) a pop, Vollebak’s new graphene jacket isn’t for everyone. But if even half of what its creators promise is true, it could be worth every cent. According to the company, it shares many of the magical properties of graphene–absorbing heat and then warming you up over time, conducting electricity, repelling bacteria, […]



The rise of the computer-generated celebrity

July 31st, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

A new generation of celebrities is selling out concerts, starring in commercials, and amassing huge Instagram followings. But none of them exist—corporeally, anyway. In recent years, and starting in Japan, technology and social media have spawned a digital demimonde of computer-generated stars, ranging from fake musicians and models to company mascots who appear as holograms […]



A 20 second laser procedure that turns brown eyes blue

December 12th, 2017 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

Considering that blue eyes feature quite significantly in pop culture, it is surprising that only 17% of the world’s population actually have them.



‘A new extreme’ for the sharing economy: Shoe rentals

October 12th, 2017 at 12:45 am » Comments Off

You may soon be able to rent a pair of designer heels at a nearby shoe store.



The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America

April 6th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

Getty Images Thousands of mall-based stores are shutting down in what’s fast becoming one of the biggest waves of retail closures in decades. More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the next couple of months. Department stores like JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, and Kmart are among the companies shutting down stores, along with middle-of-the-mall […]



Should we gamify citizenship?