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3-D printing takes shape

The Randa Imagine Blog is a big fan of 3-D printing.  We expect a transformative effect on many applications and industries.  At Randa we use 3-D printing for rapid prototyping, product innovation, customization and creative brainstorming.  Our initial costs were high; however, the accretive benefits have been great. - David J. Katz
Additive manufacturing is evolving quickly. Senior executives should begin preparing for five disruptions that will accompany it.

January 2014 | byDaniel Cohen, Matthew Sargeant, and Ken Somers
McKinsey Quarterly

3-D printing, or additive manufacturing,1 has come a long way from its roots in the production of simple plastic prototypes. Today, 3-D printers can not only handle materials ranging from titanium to human cartilage but also produce fully functional components, including complex mechanisms, batteries, transistors, and LEDs.

The capabilities of 3-D printing hardware are evolving rapidly, too. They can build larger components and achieve greater pre…

Must Haves For Fashion Week - There's an App for That

More news on the "fashion meets technology" front - DJK

Fashionista: Many an iPhone-wielding fashion editor could not get through New York Fashion Week without Fashion GPS Radar, a free app that allows users to manage the multitude of show and party invites they receive each season, all in one handy calendar. The app is about to get even more useful thanks to a recent update: For the first time ever, editors can now use the app to request samples from collections within hours of a show.

Extremely Localized Marketing. It's here and now.

Want to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy that goes to the Super Bowl winner? Take a left in 15 feet. Looking to buy some Super Bowl merchandise? Try the fourth floor of Macy’s, straight ahead.

The Super Bowl remains the biggest mass-market advertising event in the country. But this year, a new kind of advertising — personalized and based on physical location down to a matter of feet — will greet fans in Times Square and MetLife Stadium, where this weekend’s championship game will be played.

At both locations, the National Football League has sprinkled tiny wireless transmitters that can send finely tuned messages to smartphones. It is the boldest test yet for a months-old technology that could change how brands of all sorts market to their customers.

Under Armour Shows Some Muscle

Shares of Under Armour shot up more than 20% to $106.39, a personal best, after reporting stronger than expected earnings. The stock valuation increased CEO Kevin Plank's net worth by more than $1 billion during 2013, alone.

"The next great athletic innovation isn't available yet, but it's being built at Under Armour right now" 

Because Plain Old Sriracha May Not Be Enough

Stepping on Dancers' Toes - Now Encouraged

Photorealistic Ballet Dancers on Vinyl Floor at Koch Center
French graffiti artist, JR, created this large-scale vinyl floor designed strengthen audience engagement for the City Ballet, at the David H. Koch Center in Lincoln Center, New York City. Some audience members seem to take this lying down... David J. Katz

All Bacon All The Time

The BarBacon menu lists 5 "artisanal" bacons (including wild boar and lamb), bacon lobster roll, bacon grilled cheese, bacon banh mi and bacon maple brownies.

Do you go gaga over bacon?
Yes, you can purchase a "flight" of all 5 bacons.  Yes, there are bacon infused drinks.  Yes they have "fakin' bacon" for vegans.  What are you waiting for? - David J. Katz

BarBacon Menu
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Pocket Squares - Man Repeller

We like Leandra. We like her blog "Man Repeller." We like when she writes about men's accessories.  Read this piece about pocket squares.  Go ahead. - David J. Katz

He looks a bit like Jordan OB
Following this morning’s dissertation on the boys, the boys, the boys, the boys, I’m still left wondering: why is it that to be a well-dressed man seems so much easier than to be a well-dressed woman? Put any male specimen with two legs and arms into a suit and watch the immediate transformation from before to dapper. Unruly beard, large stomach and curious finger nails notwithstanding. Now put a woman — any woman — in a gown, and she’s not immediately Jared Leto. That which makes her the adjective equivalent of dapper seems contingent on an extensive variety of petty variables.

Sunflowerman on a Cold Winter's Day is a creative force from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Headed by illustrator Matthew Miller, Sunflowerman has taken four years of creative immersion in Atlanta and a Lakeshore upbringing to give the world a fine-art fashion experience.

The Super Bowl Comes to Macy's

"We don’t do things small at Macy’s, whether it’s the parade, the fireworks or the NFL shop.” -  Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc., 

At Macy's Herald Square in New York City, the 36,000-square-foot NFL at Super Bowl shop is operated by Lids Sports Group, which signed a deal in August to open licensed team merchandise shops in Macy’s stores around the country under the name Locker Room by Lids.
15 additional pop-up Super Bowl shops have been installed at Macy’s stores.

Warning, Car Porn

The signature feature is the Rolls Royce Wraith’s Starlight Headliner, consisting of 1,340 LEDs hand-sewn to create an effect of owning one’s personal night sky filled with stars...

Warning, content below represents a man's libidinous fascination with an automobile. It is not Lolita; after all Bradley Berman, the author, is not Nabokov and the Wraith is not underaged. Nonetheless, I find myself simultaneously repulsed... and seduced. David J. Katz

Paris Men - Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow?

Men's Fashion Week - Paris Spring 2014

"Male models are typically excused from the head-to-toe beauty transformations that are the norm for their female counterparts during Fashion Week. But at fall 2014 Paris Men's Fashion Week, which ended yesterday, designers used the lack of makeup as an opportunity to turn hair and accessories into works of art. This went way beyond man-buns: Designers like Thom Browne gave models animal heads made out of repurposed suit fabric, Junya Watanabe skinned several members of Fraggle Rock, and Alexander Wang drew inspiration from the smurf patriarch."  New York Magazine NY MAG

Bow Tie Aficionado - The Blog

The Bow Tie Aficionado site is for bow tie fans.

Warby Parker Spring '14

Click to visit Warby Parker Spring 2014
Eight new shapes, six new colors, (including Canton Blue, Whiskey Tortoise and Marzipan)Go ahead and order 5 pairs of frames to try on at-home for free, and when you've made your selection, know that your purchase will provide someone in need access to affordable glasses.

Ties at the Office

"Sir, your tie is too wide... and too long."
Cartoon from The New Yorker (attribute forthcoming). Caption by DJK
Your caption suggestions are welcomed; add a comment below.
The New Yorker Finalists are as follows: "I was told you were the last person to use the key to the men's room.""We're going out for a quick bite if you want to join us.""We still haven't found your pants, sir." Read more:

The Rules of Men's Jewelry

CHEST IN SHOW | Leave the overly slick open-shirt-and-gold-medallion look to 'Zorro,' portrayed in 1981 by George Hamilton. Everett Collection

Yes to tie clips. No to gold chains. With men and jewelry, there are so many ways to go wrong. Here's how to get it right

UPS & Fedex May Raise Prices for Holiday Season 2014

Demand up, temperature down - deliveries delayed; analysts predict that UPS & FedEx may raise prices during peak holiday season in 2014. 

Lease a Patek Phillipe Watch, Chanel Handbag, or McQueen Dress

Subscription-based luxury good rentals are having their "it" moment.  The latest entry into this market is ELEVEN JAMES, founded by Randy Brandoff (formerly of NetJets) the start-up provides members $10,000 "and up" watches for two month stints for a monthly fee of $249 (or higher for the "Connoisseur Collection" of even more expensive pieces from Panerai, IWC, Patek Phillipe). Subscribers, called "members", will receive a new watch every few months, depending on demand, and get invitations to local parties and watch-centric events.

Google Contact Lens

According to a Google press release distributed Thursday, the company said that the lens is designed to help diabetics and is designed to continuously measure the glucose level in tears via a wireless chip and miniaturized sensor.  The latest step in wearable technology.

The contact lenses were developed at the secret "Google [x] lab" that also works on driverless cars, Google Glass augmented reality eyeglasses and Project Loon, a network of large balloons designed to beam the Internet to unwired places.

Willy Wonka's 3-D Printed Chocolates

A Willy Wonka dream come true, Hershey's has partnered with a 3-D printing company to make headway in chocolate innovation. The chocolate maker announced Thursday it was entering a multi-year agreement with 3D Systems to produce confectionary treats leveraging 3D Systems' technology, which includes two new sugar and chocolate printers shown at CES earlier this month.  The new 3-D system would allow for customization and personalization of chocolate products.

Online Traffic Siphoning Store Traffic

Stores Confront New World of Reduced Shopper TrafficE-Commerce Not Only Siphons Off Sales, but Changes Shopping Habits Best Buy Co. on Thursday became the latest retailer to chime in with weak holiday results. Like other chains, the electronics retailer blamed the race to offer the deepest discounts, a game of brinkmanship that hurt profit margins and held back revenue. But there is a deeper malaise at work: A long-term change in shopper habits has reduced store traffic—perhaps permanently—and shifted pricing power away from malls and big-box retailers. Consumers' rush to e-commerce is a challenge that brick-and-mortar retailers have wrestled with for years. Across a number of retailers, their defensive strategies don't seem to be panning out. Best Buy, for example, overhauled its store layouts and marketing in the past year, even inviting shoppers to "showroom" the electronics retailer—co-opting the term for people who try out products in stores and then buy them for…

Men's Accessories Roundup: Milan

Cesare Paciotti Men's Fall 2014 Photo By Andrea Delbò

Here are some of the key accessories presentations during Milan Men’s Fashion Week:

Saks’s to Spend $1.25 Billion on Rejuvenation

NEW YORK, United States — Saks Fifth Avenue President Marigay McKee plans to spend $1.25 billion refurbishing the luxury chain over the next two years as she tries to broaden its audience and price ranges.

Ghost Designer

Behind Many Famed Brands: Hired Guns Who Create the Clothes The label says Vince Camuto. But the actual designer of this men's apparel line is far from a household name.

(Counterclockwise from bottom left) W.R.K. (2); Vince Camuto (3); Joseph Abboud (2); Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal (top 3)
"I see myself as like a ghost writer," he says.Matteo Gottardi is a prolific fashion designer who creates clothes for half a dozen different labels, from rugged jackets for Joseph Abboud to traditional woven shirts for Nordstrom's private label. As a hired gun, Mr. Gottardi encouraged trendy designer Rogan Gregory to use a palette of neutral colors in a recent collection and gave Vince Camuto's menswear its slim-cut, cool-dude look. He has also designed menswear for Levi's, a men's capsule collection for Nicole Miller and Macy's private-label clothing line.

Dapper Don Draper - Clues to Mad Men Final Season

Don Draper - Season 7 of Mad Men
The Sherlock Holmes among you may discern clues to the new season, along with puzzles: Why is Don visiting the Algonquin Hotel (visible in the background)?A Brown Suit?  Unusual for Don...California, Mrs. Draper, Peggy...?
Tune in April 13 for answers, and more questions... DJK

Shaking Off a Shy Reputation at Work

How office introverts can get ahead while staying true to themselves

It's easy for someone who's not a big talker in meetings to be pigeonholed at work as lacking ambition or drive. Conference calls can fly right by and he's still reflecting on what to say. Thomas G. Lynch, a self-described introvert, shook off his old image among managers as quiet and took on new leadership roles at work—without becoming a backslapping extrovert. Here's how he did it.

A Better Men's T-Shirt

The Benefits of a Better Men's T-Shirt
Time to toss out the three-pack and bulk up on the T-shirt equivalent of high-thread-count sheets ByLAUREN SHERMAN - Wall St Journal
F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Jill Edwards
From left: A classic but trim shape with a banded and vented hem. $95, | A slim cut in hearty slub cotton with relaxed shoulders and a curved hem. $24, | Cut in smooth Peruvian cotton with a thin neck hem. $95, "I WEAR A T-shirt and jeans every single day," said Erik Schnakenberg, 30, co-founder of the Venice, Calif.-based brand Buck Mason. "It's definitely my uniform." Difficulty finding a great-fitting, well-priced T-shirt was one reason that Mr. Schnakenberg, who has a background in fashion retail, and his friend Sasha Koehn, 32, an ex-techie, decided to launch their line of affordable but style-conscious basics last year. "T-shirts have become a fundamental piece of the workday …

Fashion Helmets for Super Bowl XLVIII

The CFDA Designers Gear up for the Super BowlJanuary 10 12:30 PMDavid Yi | Elle Magazine

Designs by Dennis Basso, Alice & Olivia, and Pamela Love / Photo: Courtesy of Bloomingdale's
In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has partnered up with Bloomingdale’s and the National Football League to create 48 one-of-a-kind helmets. Each of the helmets are to be auctioned off, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the NFL Foundation. 

Next Day is So Last Year - Part II

Get Online Orders in a Matter of (AMZN), EBay (EBAY), and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) are competing to improve their delivery speeds. The ultimate goal: ship and drop off any item, anywhere, the same day it’s ordered. Right now, consumers can sometimes get these services—for a price—but each company’s day-of delivery range is limited.
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Nordstrom iPads in Dressing Rooms

Nordstrom to use iPads in Dressing Rooms - "Embrace change, or suffer change..." DJK

Luxury Daily
Department store chain Nordstrom is contemplating putting iPads in dressing rooms to elevate its customer experience and allow it to be more accessible to digital-savvy customers.

Retail Solutions Online
Nordstrom, the upscale department store chain, is contemplating the placement of Apple iPads in its dressing rooms to bolster the customer experience. By placing the mobile devices in dressing rooms, Nordstrom customers and associates would be able to look up product information — sizes, colors, similar styles, etc. — and availability. Many retailers already use smartphones and tablets in-store to meet the needs of digital savvy customers, Nordstrom’s move to put iPads in each dressing room could push it ahead of the omnichannel pack. “We are focused on looking at in-store experiences,” said Jessica Scheibach, group product manager at Nordstrom Direct. “We want to marry the online a…

$1.8 Million Raised for Fashion Scholarships

Randa Accessories is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

The gala was hosted by MC Linda Fargo, SVP at Bergdorf Goodman.

Some of the press coverage of the event is listed below:

Women's Wear Daily WWD
The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund and the Geoffrey Beene Foundation got the new year off to a rousing start Wednesday night, raising a whopping $1.8 million at their annual fund-raising dinner at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria.

Wall Street Journal
"We belong to an industry that has a lot of people with big hearts," said Jimmy Rosenfeld, the president of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund at the organization's National Scholars awards dinner.

Pitti Uomo Holds Strong

Pitti Uomo Holds StrongBY ISAAC HINDIN-MILLER9 JANUARY, 2014 BUSINESS OF FASHION Despite a two-day overlap with London's fast-rising menswear showcase, Florentine trade show Pitti Uomo remains one of the premier stops on the international menswear calendar.

FLORENCE, Italy — Suzy Menkes stood atop the stairs after the Burberry show, clutching a black suitcase, and looking for a sign that proclaimed: “WALK THIS WAY FOR THE DIESEL SHOW IN FLORENCE.” This season, despite attempted negotiations between Pitti Uomo’s chief executive Raffaello Napoleone and the British Fashion Council, London Collections: Men started on January 6th, just one day before the four day Florence-based trade show was scheduled to begin, meaning the two events would overlap for two days. As a result of the clash, Napoleone made a bold move, chartering a private plane to fly media and buyers to Florence the moment the Burberry show had concluded on January 8th, at a total cost of €29,000 (about $39,000).

Lose Sleep and Lose Your Mind

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
The Tempest
click image to open full sizeInfographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post


DVF: THE ORIGINAL WRAPPER Harper's Bazaar - February 2014

For a woman whose life is so fabulously well documented, Diane von Furstenberg is not particularly nostalgic. "The best time of my life is now, because I have all the facts," the designer says. However, when coaxed to reflect on the inception of her iconic wrap dress (which turns 40 this year), von Furstenberg recalls: "My first goal was to be independent. I was working at Angelo Ferretti's textile factory in Rome. I was pregnant, I was engaged [to Egon von Furstenberg], and I was moving to America, but I wanted to keep working. So I created a top inspired by the kind that ballerinas wear over their tutu, with a matching skirt." 

Intel and Fashion - Wearable Technology

Behind Intel's New Fashion Collaborations BY VIKRAM ALEXEI KANSARA WEDNESDAY, 8 JANUARY, 2014

L: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, co-founders of Opening Ceremony; R: Brian Krzanich, chief executive of Intel | Source: Courtesy

LAS VEGAS, United States — Wearables, wearables, wearables. This emerging category of personal accessories with embedded sensors, displays and other digital technology (such as Nike’s FuelBand, Google’s Internet-connected eyewear and Apple’s rumoured iWatch) was the most talked-about topic this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s biggest technology and gadgets gathering. And the fashion community, which has been noticeably absent from the wearables revolution, seemed to finally take notice when Brian Krzanich, chief executive of Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, announced that the company was set to kick off a series of collaborations, focused on wearable tech, with fashion industry leaders Opening Ceremony, Barneys New York …

Sensors in Apparel and Accessories

Sensors in apparel and accessories.  Coming soon; belts that watch your waist size, neckwear that matches to dress shirts, jewelry that tells time, footwear that counts steps, and much more... DJK


Some companies are hoping you'll want to play it closer to the chest. Instead of having a heart-rate monitor's wire strapped to your chest, you can pull on the OMSignal's spandex shirt. Sensors wirelessly transmit heart-rate and breathing information to your smartphone. Heapsylon's Sensoria high-tech clothing does the same. Its sports bra and fitness T-shirt contain textile electrodes to monitor your vitals. And yes, you can toss the connected shirts in the washing machine—minus the delicate electronics, of course.

Slouchers are running out of excuses. Lumo BodyTech's Bluetooth LumoBack belt vibrates when your posture droops, and connects to the iPhone to remind you to sit up straight. If a Velcro belt isn't fashionable enough for you, the company…

Public Panics on Pending Velveeta Shortage

Nation Braces for Velveeta Shortage During 'Dip Season' by Hillary Dixler|January 7, 2014
[Photo: Velveeta/Facebook] The nation's ability to make dip using processed cheese product has come under grave threat:Advertising Age reports that there may well be a Velveeta shortage this month, "just as the dip season kicks into full gear." A spokesperson from Velveeta owner Kraft Food Groups tellsAd Age: "Consumers may not be able to find their favorite product on store shelves over the next couple of weeks." Oops. How did the processed food megaminds at Kraft let this happen? One grocer says shipments were delayed until February due to "a plant issue," but Kraft chalks it up to the insane popularity of Velveeta during football season. The spokesperson says "there is a combination of factors involved, but the driver is really the high demand." Of course, high demand in January is entirely predictable, considering last year they ran a social …

The Connected Home

Tech companies have been talking for years about the so-called connected home, in which home appliances and accessories connect to the Internet. Judging from Christmas with my family — as well as the news expected at the International Consumer Electronics Show next week — this year it might become a reality.
The most popular example has been a fridge that sends a text message when the milk is running low. Some home builders imagine building a connected home from the ground up. But most consumers and suppliers are starting by connecting smaller devices that use smartphones as a remote control, said Frank E. Gillett, an analyst at Forrester. My mother received Hue lightbulbs, for instance, made by Philips and controllable with her iPhone. She can set custom lighting for ambience in the dining room, turn lights on or off remotely, and set lights to slowly brighten in the morning. My father received a Nest Protect smoke alarm, which sends his phone messages if it senses smoke or has low …

McQueen’s Latest Shoes

Alexander McQueen’s Latest Shoes - Spring 2014

Smart Toothbrush Connected to Internet

It's not about the toothbrush; a limited value to a small target audience.  It is about connecting appliances, apparel, automobiles, 3-D Printers, medical devices, fitness devices to the cloud.  What's next?  What's of value?  What is dangerous to privacy and culture? On a commercial level, what should we in the apparel and accessories industry connect? DJK World's First Connected Toothbrush Will Keep Cavities AwayLAS VEGAS — You'll have no excuse but be gingivitis free at your next dentist appointment, thanks to the world's first connected toothbrush that keeps daily tabs on your brushing habits.
Called the Kolibree smart toothbrush, the device was announced on Sunday at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas. The toothbrush, which will ship later this year, provides details about your brushing habits, improving your overall dental health. Price will range between $100-$200, depending on the model (details about different versions aren't yet available…

A Pill for Perfect Pitch

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That
In the world of music, there is no more remarkable gift than having perfect pitch. As the story goes, Ella Fitzgerald's band would use her perfect pitch to tune their instruments. Although it has a genetic component, most believe that perfect pitch — or absolute pitch — is a primarily a function of early life exposure and training in music, says Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard. Hensch is studying a drug which might allow adults to learn perfect pitch by re-creating this critical period in brain development. Hensch says the drug, valprioc acid, allows the brain to absorb new information as easily as it did before age 7. "It's a mood-stabilizing drug, but we found that it also restores the plasticity of the brain to a juvenile state," Hensch tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer. Hensch gave the drug to a group of healthy, young men who had no musical training as children. They…

Doctors Without Borders - with Luggage

From: Jón Björgvin
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 11:22 AM
To: Info - Randa Luggage
Subject: Nautica luggage on the go
Dear Randa,
My new Nautica suitcase on the go in Congo on a mission in August 2013 for Doctors Without Borders. It stood perfectly up to the test, 
Thank you and a happy New Year,
Jón Björgvin CH-1260 Nyon Switzerland / Suisse

#RandaLuggage #Nautica #NauticaLuggage #DoctorsWithoutBorders

Solving Problems Using Design

Solving Problems for Real World, Using DesignBy 

PALO ALTO — Akshay Kothari’s first assignment at the — formally known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University — was to rethink how people eat ramen noodles. His last assignment led to a news-reading app that was bought by LinkedIn for $90 million. While the projects had wildly different end products, they both had a similar starting point: focusing on how to ease people’s lives. And that is a central lesson at the school, which is pushing students to rethink the boundaries for many industries. At the heart of the school’s courses is developing what David Kelley, one of the school’s founders, calls an empathy muscle. Inside the school’s cavernous space — which seems like a nod to the Silicon Valley garages of lore — the students are taught to forgo computer screens and spreadsheets and focus on people. So far, that process has worked. In the eight years since the design school ope…

15 Great Design Stories from 2013

The Year in Design - New York Times These 15 stories took us to places full of elegance and eccentricity.
Interactive Link to Top Design Stories 2014


Body Atlas of Emotions

Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and ShameBy Gemma Tarlach | December 30, 2013 2:00 pm Yellow shows regions of increased sensation while blue areas represent decreased feeling in these composite images. Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen. Chests puffing up with pride — and happiness felt head to toe — are sensations as real as they are universal. And now we can make an atlas of them. Researchers have long known that emotions are connected to a range of physiological changes, from nervous job candidates’ sweaty palms to the racing pulse that results from hearing a strange noise at night. But new research reveals that emotional states are universally associated with certain bodily sensations, regardless of individuals’ culture or language. Once More With Feeling More than 700 participants in Finland, Sweden and Taiwan participated in experiments aimed at mapping their bodily sensations in connection with specific emotions. Partici…