April 23, 2019

News ⚡ — Tuesday, April 23

1. 🕺🏾 Prince’s memoir will release this year, published by Random House

The 288-page book titled The Beautiful Ones includes never-before-seen materials as well as 50 pages handwritten by Prince. The book is available for pre-order now.

2. 🌎 The Washington Post Magazine highlights climate catastrophe 24 different ways

While only one cover will run, each of the 24 examples is inspired by previous stories in the Washington Post.

3. 🌱 Beyond Meats, the meat alternative company, says it may never be profitable

The announcement is ahead of its upcoming move to go public. The majority of losses are due to production costs. An (innovative) green future, unfortunately, isn’t exactly cheap.

4. 🌈 Miu Miu creates a cool customizable stool

The stool is reminiscent of a game of Chinese checkers.

5. 🥊 Podcast platform (and challenger) Luminary is launching without some key podcasts

They’re launching without some of Gimlet’s heavy-hitters such as Reply All (Gimlet of course is owned by Spotify). This is the first big battle in the podcast world between Spotify and whoever wants to step up.

6. ✈️ Daniel Arsham teases an upcoming Rimowa collaboration

Arshan’s fascination with time makes him an interesting partner for the timeless luxury luggage company. Check out our recent interview with the man himself.

7. 🍞 Kith Treats announces a partnership with Cinnamon Toast Crunch

In all fairness, Kith Treats is giving grown-up sneakerheads something else to be nostalgic about.

8. 👀 Eater dissects the food world’s push away from describing food as “crack”

It’s the intersection of food addiction, the war on drugs, and the power of voices in food.

9. 🚀 NIGO teases a Star Wars and UNIQLO collabo

Fresh off making a boatload of cash through his recent Sotheby’s auction, the A Bathing Ape founder presents a short video teaser.

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April 22, 2019

News ⚡ — Monday, April 22

1. 🐰 IKEA is selling flat-pack chocolate bunnies this Easter.
The item dubbed the “VÅRKÄNSLA” is a play on the Swedish word “vårkänslor,” which means “spring fever.”

2. 🚀 Nike and Tom Sachs release this wild “exploding” NIKECraft Poncho.
The concept started in 2015 as a design challenge between Sachs and Nike’s Jarrett Reynolds.

3. 📖 Books and print are the future of luxury.
Luxury is going through a fundamental shift with changing definitions. Some argue it’s no longer about absolute costs but how “extraneous” (read: unnecessary) items are.

4. 🥦 Increased levels of CO2 will alter the nutritional content of our vegetables.
The populations most at risk are those in poorer countries where every nutrient matters.

5. 🙏 Kanye West and Yeezy release the “Sunday Service” capsule at Coachella. Yeezy cashes in on the popularity of his highly-publicized movement and performances.

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April 19, 2019

News ⚡ — Friday, April 19

1. 🤳 Instagram is considering releasing an update that won’t display the number of likes.
Quantifiable engagement has long been considered a reason for social media’s effects on culture and society.

2. ✋ Leica Global is trying to explain the world its controversial ad around Tiananmen Square’s “Tank Man” photograph.
It’s alleged that Leica’s Brazilian agency produced the piece without the approval of Leica Global, leading to a China-wide ban on any searches related to Leica. The original upload has now been removed from Youtube.

3. 😑 Samsung’s USD 2000 foldable phone failed in the hands of influential tech reviewers.
Many shared footage of fluttering screens after only two days of light use. Samsung suggests that a film covering the screen was removed by many reviewers, something miscommunicated by the tech company.

4. ♻️ Everlane is entering the footwear game.
The brand is aiming to ring a greater degree of sustainability to the world of footwear with USD 98 offering, the Trainer.

5. 💸 In China, you can pay to have your voice dubbed over somebody else’s vide of conspicuous consumption and experience.
For less than USD 1, you can have your voice meant to mimic a first-person point-of-view of you in a helicopter, holding a stack of bills, or next to a supercar.

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April 17, 2019

News ⚡ — Wednesday, April 17

1. 😂 Concepts and legacy footwear brand Mephisto partner on an Apple- inspired sneaker.
The shoe takes cues from an 80s Apple icon.

2. 💵 LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter are opening up the conversation around money through their media company.
The podcast called “Kneading Dough” by their media company Uninterrupted hopes people of all walks of life can understand the ups and downs of wealth and money.

3. 📈 Early reports of the iPhone 11 show some strong performance figures.
The phone is rumored to rival some of the ultrabook laptops on the market today.

4. 💺 Philippe Starck created a chair for sale through AI and “generative design.”
Generative design is the concept of defining parameters such as dimenions and weight before passing it on to an algorithim to fill in the rest.

5. 💸 French fashion houses LVMH and Kering are trying to one-up each other.
In doing so, they’ve also brought to light some interesting French laws around tax breaks on cultural donations.

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April 16, 2019

News ⚡ — Tuesday, April 16

1. 🤳 The Social Media Memorabilia Auction House is an interesting commentary on influencer spon con culture.
The project takes various items often seen in the lives of influencers and puts them into fictional auctions.

2. 😕 Apple News+ is off to a rocky start with publishers.
According to five anonymous sources, the experience has been challenging with underlying concerns over lost business opportunities.

3. 🎙️ JAY-Z is set to open the doors to the newly-renovated Webster Hall venue in NYC.
The iconic venue will play host to a “B-Sides 2” show with tickets going on sale starting Friday, April 19.

4. 💸 A Chinese blog was fined approximately USD 30,000 and ordered to pay a real estate developer.
The blog criticized the Zaha Hadid Wangjing SOHO complex for “poor feng shui,” a Chinese superstition around using  “energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.”

5. 🎭 A newly discovered 4,000-year-old Egyptian tomb was unearthed.
The site located South of Cairo is believed to be the resting place of Khuwy, a member of the Fifth Dynasty which dates back to 25th to 24th BCE.

6. 🌾 Bioplastics may have underlying issues when reintegrated back into the earth.
Some big issues include their use of crops intended for human consumption and their acidification of soil due to their use of Polylactic Acid (PLA).

7. 🎨 Hong Kong is staking its claim as one of the biggest and most legitimate art markets in the world.
While Asian sales across the board were significantly higher than their Western counterparts, the price per piece of Western artists was 25% higher.

8. 🏗️ LVMH commits EUR 200 million to the rebuilding of the Notre-Dame de Paris.
Alexandre Arnault took to Instagram to make the announcement.

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April 15, 2019

News ⚡ — Monday, April 15

We’ll continue to tweak the News ⚡ and see where we land. We elected to find a home for some of the short bits of news that are relevant to today but may not fit into a bigger piece of analysis or represent an evergreen read.

1. 🐅 Tiger Woods wins his first major golf tournament since 2008.
The win puts the 43-year-old back on pace to claim his title as the best golfer ever. Nike paid homage to Woods with a timely video they were no doubt sitting on.

2. 🔬 PUMA’s looking to expand its innovation arm with biotechnology to apply microorganism to performance sportswear.
“Bioevolution” is applied in fascinating ways including the ability to use microorganisms to change the upper of a shoe in real-time based on ventilation requirements.

3. 🛬 Singapore’s USD 1.3 billion airport expansion combines a botanical garden with a massive mall.
Changi airport is considered the best in the world but it’s not slowing down any time soon with the unveiling of the “Jewel” in 2030.

4. 📽️ US Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang unveils plans to use 3D holograms.
The leader of “#YangGang is hoping to spread his message, optimize his reach, and double down on his belief in technology to change the US landscape.

5. 🚀 A new study using twin astronaut brothers suggests humans are quite adaptable to long-distance space travel.
The brothers Scott and Mark Kelly both exhibited different physiological changes but ultimately the human body has shown its ability to adapt to zero gravity.

6. 🔬 Stone Island presented new fabric innovations through its Prototype Research Series.
The series featured an installation by Ken-Tonio Yamamoto and Nina Heydorn and featured a unique spray application.

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April 12, 2019

News ⚡ — Friday, April 12

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1. 📉 Uniqlo cuts its outlook on the year by JPY 10 billion (approximately USD 89.5 million).
The Japanese fast-fashion retailer cites weak overseas sales and unseasonably warm winter.

2. ⚽️ Creative agency AKQA has invented a new game thanks to a neural network.
They provided  info from 400 sports which then generated concepts and rules. The sport is called  Speedgate and combines rugby, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and croquet.

3. 💸 Streetwear marketplace Bump raises USD 7.5 million in Series A funding.
The platform has over 2 million users and combines shopping with social, where the average user’s age is 15.

4. 🛬 It will be increasingly harder to return items purchased online.
The goal is to reduce the amount of serial returners who are putting an economic and environmental burden on the system. Returns alone cost the US retail industry USD 18.4 billion per year.

5.📝 Uber is filing to go public.
The ride-sharing behemoth continues to lose truckloads of money each month alongside decreasing rider growth.

6. 🎧 You can now listen to Apple Podcasts on the web.
This decouples the experience from iTunes.

7. 🌯 Netflix unveils its new Street Food trailer.
After a successful run with Chef’s Table, Street Food shines the light on the democratic landscape of street food.

8. 🖥️ Moschino and The Sims launch a new collection in real life.
The capsule will release at Coachella with some pieces available in-game.

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April 11, 2019

News ⚡ — Thursday, April 11

We’ll continue to tweak the News ⚡ and see where we land. We elected to find a home for some of the short bits of news that are relevant to today but may not fit into a bigger piece of analysis or represent an evergreen read.

1. ⚫ Scientists managed to take an image of a black hole.
To be fair, the blurry image could be anything but it’s a landmark moment in science.

2. 📜 Monotype redesigned Helvetica.
Maybe you’ve heard of Helvetica? /s This is the first time in 35 years the iconic font has been updated.

3. 🔵 Dark blue is considered to be the most calming color.
A survey of 26,000 people chose it to have which can be seen in The World’s Favourite Colour Project by G.F Smith. Editor’s note: yes this blue isn’t dark blue, it was the closest emoji available.

4. ⛏️ YouTube is exploring its own “choose-your-own-adventure” series.
This is all part of Youtube’s strategy modification towards in original content. There was a suggested move towards scaling back original content in 2020.

5. ✍️ You can now edit Google productivity tools directly in Dropbox.
That means creative’s can combine their favorite storage service with the convenience of Google’s robust G Suite.

6. 🚄 “Flygskam” is a new Swedish word for those guilty over the environmental effects of traveling.
This feeling has more and more Swedes electing to travel by train.

7. 🧠 Running an electrical current through your brain boosts working memory in older adults.
All it takes is 25 minutes to potentially reverse the decline brought on by aging.

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April 10, 2019

News ⚡ — Wednesday, April 10

We’ll continue to tweak the News ⚡ and see where we land. We elected to find a home for some of the short bits of news that are relevant to today but may not fit into a bigger piece of analysis or represent an evergreen read.

1. 🎓 Business of Fashion launches a new series called the “BoF Start-Up School.”
The industry’s go-to site for fashion news hopes to guide those looking to make it a very challenging industry.

2. 📈 Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” hits number 1 on the Top 100.
The TikTok incubated viral-sensation was previously removed from the Billboard’s country charts for not being “country enough.”

3. ⛓️ YouTube’s streaming superstar PewDiePew is moving his efforts to a blockchain-based DLIve streaming platform.
Unlike YouTube’s centralized model, DLIve aims to provide a comparatively larger % of revenues to users, upwards of 90.1%. By contrast, YouTube provides only upwards of 65% of revenue to creators.

4. ☃️ An ice-drilling project in Antartica is hoping to unlock 1.5 million years of history.
The high-quality ice samples hope to provide insights into the earth including the availability of methane, carbon and other gases.

5. 📚 Bobby Hundreds announces his forthcoming book, “This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community–a Life in Streetwear.”
The book written by the outspoken founder of The Hundreds tells the tale of his philosophy and insight into the world that is streetwear. The book releases June 25, 2019.

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April 9, 2019

News ⚡ — Tuesday, April 9

We’ll continue to tweak the News ⚡ and see where we land. We elected to find a home for some of the short bits of news that are relevant to today but may not fit into a bigger piece of analysis or represent an evergreen read.

1. 📢 VSCO and Access Ventures’ ongoing mentorship and funding program VSCO Voices announces its 2019 recipients.
The winners include Alexandra Cuerdo, Cori Corinne, Dave Kasnic, Lauren Vied Allen, and Khristopher “Squint” Sandifer who each put together a series of fascinating focuses and projects around underserved topics.

2. 💳 The Apple Card goes under the microscope.
As expected, Apple went extra on the creation of the metal card.

3. 💸 Spotify is ramping up its advertisement tools for artists and brands alike.
The new features are part of the Spotify Ad Studio which allows creators to directly engage with their audience in 30-second spots.

4. ✍️ Nike By You is the latest iteration of the NIKEiD experience.
The new experience is much more dynamic and allows for instantly shareable renderings with an initial launch happening with Heron Preston on the Air Max 720/95.

5. ⚡ For the gear heads: Lexar launches a series of ultra-compact SSDs.
The Lexar SL100 Pro will come in 250GB ($87.99), 500GB ($134.99), and 1TB ($239.99) varietes.

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