A carefully picked selection of fashion, ethics + culture from this week around the web
Founded in 2008, Reformation spent the first five years of its existence as a modest business. In the last 12 months, it has blown up. Last year it had about $9 million in revenue; this year it will do better than $25 million, said its founder, Yael Aflalo. Those sales are built by the power of its dresses, crop tops and A-line miniskirts that generally range from $80 to $300. They are also eco-friendly, relying on sustainable and vintage fabrics. When a customer walks into Reformation’s SoHo store, these are the words that greet you: “Change the World Without Changing Your Style.”
via The New York Times
Ever since I completed the Six Items Challenge and waxed poetic about a forever wardrobe, I’ve been thinking about fashion trends and history. Styles come and go and return again. That’s how it works. Sometimes, styles are tweaked to make them more modern, but there are some that hold steady over time. I’d like to get some data on colors, styles, shapes, etc, but I was also eager to get a designer’s perspective. I’ve asked Christina DeSmet, fashion designer, friend, and fellow blogger, to guide us through some essentials for a more trend-proof wardrobe
via The Notepasser
President Obama’s order on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years has many ramifications, including for travel. Many restrictions remain in place for Americans wanting to visit Cuba, but the order makes it easier for a number of prospective travelers.
via The New York Times
Separately those ingredients don’t exactly tick all the traditional boxes for a balanced breakfast. But together they are the three components you need to make Bulletproof coffee, a frothy, energy-igniting beverage that has surged in recent years to become the toast of Silicon Valley. Its promises are multitude, at least according to its creator, cloud-computing pioneer and “Bulletproof Executive” Dave Asprey, who refined his recipe after trying a tea made with yak-butter in Nepal.
via Fast Company
Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year old schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban in 2011 for advocating the right of girls to an education and awarded the Noble Peace Prize this year, has given her response to Tuesday’s attack on the school in Peshawar in which more than 100 schoolchildren have been killed by the Taliban.
Serial has been dissected from almost every conceivable angle, down to them is pronunciation of the sponsor’s name, but as Sarah closes the case on Adnan, Jay, and the rest of the Woodlawn characters, one mystery remains undiscussed—who designed the the black, beige, and red “S” that has popped up on millions of iPhone screens over the last three months?
It took a catastrophic factory collapse on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh killing over 1,000 people for us to have long overdue and uncomfortable conversation about the working conditions that enable us to indulge in “fast fashion.”
“If I would never buy battery hen eggs then why on earth would I buy clothes made in similar conditions?” journalists soberly asked.
via Daily Life
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
//Frank Lloyd Wright
image via death by elocution | edit by Juliette Donatelli