Are the little gray cells hungry? Here, give them some of this:
1. The Black Friday came and went… and here we still are sharing the joy of getting something we really wanted cheaper while condemning buying stuff just because it’s discounted: (a) Black Friday is bad for business; (b) Black Friday is bad for the planet and should be banned, say French MPs; and (c) Why Some Brands Are Taking a Stand Against Black Friday.
2. ‘When I start convincing myself that I’m a useless scrap of spoiling sentient meat whose sole value is in whether I meet the Sisyphean standards of productivity I keep setting for myself, that is my depression talking. It’s also the way culture, on some level, speaks to all of us who struggle. The idea that we can never work hard enough or be good enough. […] Almost everyone I love is having a hard time right now. Almost everyone I know comes home from a hard day being ground on the wheel of late-stage capitalism and tries to wrap their shattered brain around the very real prospect of species collapse. And almost all of them believe that they’re uniquely awful, that others have it much worse, that they could snap out of it if they weren’t so weak and lazy. Unfortunately, this means that on top of having to save the world, many of them also now have to handle major depression. And when you are depressed, recovery can feel just as impossible as saving the world.’ Laurie Penny dixit.
3. It is fun to observe when people have clearly published their first knee-jerk reaction and only *after* that they have researched the topic a bit. Exhibit A: Left Field’s Latest Jeans are Literally Bananas. Exhibit B: Left Field NYC and The Appeal of Banana Denim. Ugh… Well, go and read up. Here are some suggestions to begin with: Forget about cotton, we could be making textiles from banana and pineapple and What is banana fibre and how do you make textiles from it?
4. To understand what very curious place the menswear enthusiasts come from, read this 1960 essay The Art of Wearing Clothes by George Frazier. And read the fangirling those same menswear enthusiasts express about George.
5. If the phrase ‘the Japanese designers’ have ever given you a pause when used as something that everybody knows what it means, the first couple paragraphs of this will explain what they are referring to: This Winter’s Tonalwave.
6. Oh, the power of color: Monopolizing and Monetizing a Color: What is the Value of Tiffany & Co.’s Trademark Blue Hue? and The Red Coats Are Coming: Jane Fonda’s protest look makes a statement of its own.
7. A basic primer about the fact that no fiber is perfect: Synthetic vs. Natural Fibers – For Your Health and the Planet’s.
What I was writing about a year ago: Maker’s Pride: Zipper Bag for My Yoga Mat. Pride indeed… few things offer a bigger happiness score than making something from scratch!
What I was writing about two years ago: Stop browsing fast fashion, browse the internet instead. A fun little suggestion to engage the fantasy instead of e-commerce. Still valid!