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I designed this

Randa has begun pre-production for a series of "I designed this..." videos featuring our designers and merchandisers.  If successful the series will be widened to include "I forecasted this...", "I shipped this...", "I inspected this...", etc.

Thought starter from "A Continuous Lean"; one of our favorite blogs:

I made this...


Short videos of people making things is nothing new around these internets. How many factory videos have I posted on this site? Answer: a lot. Does it mean that all of the attention to craftsmanship is slowing —not so much. And it is not dissipating because it is still interesting. People are also becoming more and more interested in actually making things —be it leather goods or food items. Small batch goods from small batch makers in towns all over the world. The discovery of the tumblr Those Who Make came as a very welcome surprise. The site is sort of a catch all for interesting maker films — sort of like a reg…

Bows and Squares

Randa Bow Ties and Pocket Squares





Sawdust Stronger Than Kevlar

Wood Stronger Than Kevlar




The US Forest Service has opened a $1.7 million plant that will produce cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products, like wood chips and sawdust. The end result is stronger than Kevlar or carbon fiber, with similar low-weight advantages. CNC is also transparent, making it an alternative to ballistic glass. The real selling point is the low cost. CNC from wood can cost less than 10 percent of carbon fiber or Kevlar. The current goal for is $10 per kilogram, but large-scale production should reduce that figure to $1 or $2 per kilo. Cellulose, found in the cell walls of plant and bacterial cells, is made of long chains of glucose molecules. Plants arrange these fibers into webs that create structural support for cells. Wood is basically a network of these fibers, and a typical cellulose fiber measures about 10 microns wide and 1 millimeter long. Wood, when broken down into pulp, loses its lignin, which holds together all the cellulose fibers, leaving them…

Greatest Brand Book

The Greatest Brand Book Ever Made


Normally the watch companies are the ones who release the finest books documenting the history and heritage of their brands. Though it wasn’t until recently when confronted with the history of iconic french trunk maker Goyard that I realized just how exceptional a company archive book can be. In releasing the book, Goyard partnered with the storied Parisian publisher Devambez to release 233 editions, which will each set you back a healthy sum of 6000€ (not including shipping or VAT tax or any customization that you do to the case). The 233 number is symbolic because it is the address of the original Goyard store on rue Saint-HonorĂ© in Paris. Each book is painstakingly made by hand by the finest artisans in France and comes in its own individually numbered, fully custom Goyard case. The book contains a massive amount of documents and images from Goyard’s nearly 160 year history. I was completely enamored with the old catalog images and historical travel…

Nike to Use Sensors in Golf Clubs

Nike Sensors Embedded in Golf Clubs - How can Randa use this concept? DJK







Nike Inc. (NKE)wants to make improving your golf game easier.
0:47 Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Nike Inc. wants to make improving your golf game easier. The world’s largest producer of sporting goods obtained a patent Sept. 4 to put data-collecting sensors on golf clubs to improve personalization. Dominic Chu reports on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." (Source: Bloomberg) Enlarge image Tiger Woods holds a Nike Inc. brand golf club during the 2006 Nissan Open, Presented by Countrywide at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Photographer: Steve Grayson/Getty Images The world’s largest producer of sporting goods obtained apatent Sept. 4 to put data-collecting sensors on golf clubs to improve personalization. In one scenario, the analysis of a swing is shown on a display screen embedded on the back of the club’s head. That would make getting fit for golf clubs faster and more precise, th…

Text "Feed Me, Seymour"

Alert: Your Plant Needs Water New Wireless Sensors Are Connecting Everyday Objects With People
Alert: Your Plant Needs Water
By JESSICA E. VASCELLARO - Wall Street Journal Imagine receiving an email when a load of laundry is completed, or a text message when a child opens the cookie jar one too many times. Such notifications have become possible thanks to a host of start-ups that are adding intelligence and communications capability to objects and appliances, giving them many attributes of computers and smartphones. The approaches, mainly in their early days, vary widely. Twine, a $99 device from Supermechanical LLC, includes a sensor that detects changes in temperature or vibration and sends alerts through a Wi-Fi connection. Users could place the small square device next to water pipes, for example, and receive a text message when the pipes are freezing. Or they could hook up a moisture sensor to receive an alert when plants need water. Enlarge Image
Twine's $99 device can sense …

DVF and Google Glass

Google's Sergey Brin Stars as DVF Shows 'Glass'




WWD on DVF Runway and Google Glass
NEW YORK —Uberchic met ubergeek at Lincoln Center Sunday.
That bearded man taking a bow with Diane von Furstenberg at her spring show Sunday was none other than Google cofounder Sergey Brin.
And the quirky, half-glasses that they were wearing? Glass by Google — a new technology that brings the digital world to the user and tries to stay out of the way.
Models took to the runway sporting the peculiar, lightweight invention that allows for hands-free recording, photo viewing and a host of other functions.
Brin may be the world's 24th-richest person with a fortune of $18.7 billion, but this is the first time he's shown up on the fashion radar and the crowd largely didn't recognize him among the crowd's other boldfaced names including Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Cohen, Oscar de la Renta, Fran Lebowitz, Valentino and von Furstenberg's husband, Barry Diller.
Backstage, hordes o…

Shops For Men

Shops Just for Men

New Wrinkle in Men’s Wear: Shops Just for Men

By ERIC WILSON – New York Times
The conventional wisdom about guys and shopping has always been that they go together like paisley and plaid, which is to say not very well. There is a reason men’s wear in most stores is relegated to the back walls and the basements, while women’s wear is front and center.
But at the beginning of another New York Fashion Week, an event long dominated by the top designers of women’s wear, it would seem that the fight for gender equality has finally come to the place where one might least expect it. When shopping, men are demanding better service, and retailers are providing it.
“For too long, male shoppers were considered to be the stepchildren,” said Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ. “There were a lot of assumptions on the retail level that men weren’t interested in fashion and that they just went to department stores to buy socks and underwear.”
But in recent months, a surprising number …