Randa Accessories will appoint Randa Luggage president Terry Tackett to lead its Swank business as the current president Rick Luft transitions to a new career in business and career coaching. Frank Fenton, the SVP of sales for Randa Luggage, will be promoted to president of that division.
Argon gas-filled vest inflates or deflates on demand
Double-paned windows provide excellent insulation by trapping heat and air between two sealed layers. Applying this concept to apparel is not new. What is new is allowing the wearer to fill the interior space, providing improved insulation, or to empty the space, providing less insulation, on demand.
Klymit uses small canisters of argon gas, attached to a nozzle, to fill or empty the chambers as desired. The weight of the vest remains unchanged.
This haptic footwear, called Lechal, guides you by buzzing your feet. Really.
The word haptic means pertaining to the sense of touch. Haptic technology, or haptics, is a tactile feedback technology which takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to the user. Today, haptic technology is built into many devices including smartphones that vibrate when you touch a button, game controllers that provide feedback as "virtual reality" or "augmented reality."
Anirudh Sharma, a researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bangalore, India, worked to create a shoe that would provide tactile feedback for the blind. Last week Sharma showcased a working prototype of the "Lechal" haptic shoe, and it is targeted toward the general public. Lechal means "left behind" in Hindi.
When Is a Tie Too Long? Guidelines on finding the right length
Q: When is a necktie too long? I've seen men in ties that cover their belt, which I was told that longer style was a matter of choice. Ties are no longer required most of the time, but I would still like to know what's the proper length nowadays. —C.N.
Amazon Tempts the Anti-Amazons Offer to Showcase Goods Comes Amid Plan to Boost Price of Prime
By GREG BENSINGER - Wall Street Journal - Feb. 20, 2014 7:48 p.m. ET
Amazon.com Inc. is in talks to bring listings for J. Crew khakis, Ralph Lauren polo shirts and Lord & Taylor suits to its site, according to people familiar with the talks.
The discussions, which seek to win over retailers that have largely shunned the online marketplace, involve about 10 well-known retailers, these people said, including Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Neiman Marcus Group Inc.
Amazon wouldn't sell the goods directly; the listings would be links to the retailers' own sites. The arrangement would generate traffic for the retailers, while providing Amazon with more customer data and a new enticement for its Prime shipping program as it plans to raise rates.
Abercrombie & Fitch is said to be one of the 10 or so big retailers that Amazon is talking to. Reuters
And I quote: "Tomislav Zvonaric, 33, a graphic designer from Zagreb in Croatia said: 'The whole concept for the iTie came from wearable fashion. 'I thought it would be a cool idea to have a tie that could have interchangeable patterns or colours and be used as a screen for an IOS device."
[So you put a collar around your neck, point the projector down... and it projects a pattern and color]
"The whole bottom part of the tie is a screen that displays apps like an iPhone or iPad, only it would be arranged to fit the shape of the tie.
'From there, people could make Skype calls, send texts, make phone calls, and even use the camera at the bottom and the top.
'The tie would also have an app so that people could change the pattern or colour of it, meaning men just need to have one tie that suits all occasions."
"Dr. Bell is director of user experience research at Intel Labs. She runs a skunk works of some 100 scientists and designers observing how people use technology. The team’s findings help inform the company’s product development process..." If you are a designer, merchant, retailer, brand steward, sales person, business manager, forecaster, scientist, musician, or are inherently curious - you should read this article. It is longer than our usual posts, and worth every word. DJK
Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist
Genevieve Bell, as a cultural anthropologist at Intel Labs, runs a team of about 100 researchers. The team studies how consumers interact with electronics and develops new technology experiences for them.
Behind the gray, noise-absorbing cubicle walls at the Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Ore., researchers who forecast the future of computing can sense her arrival.
Some skaters think Under Armour’s high-tech racing suits are causing the team’s long-track athletes to underperform at the Olympics. As WSJ reported, the request to switch doesn’t guarantee that American skaters will be wearing different suits when competition resumes on Saturday afternoon in Sochi, Russia.
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, one fashion retailer is expanding a program to deliver customers deals to their smartphones. Jewelry and gift retailer Alex & Ani LLC is using in-store wireless technology based on Apple Inc.AAPL -0.08%’s iBeacon location-aware protocol to engage with smartphone-carrying shoppers.
Using location-based marketing, Alex & Ani is trying to tackle a challenge that confounds many young retailers today: Getting new customers to visit their stores instead of the large, established retailers. The company, which generated $230 million in sales last year, is getting help from an Apple technology retailers hope may make it easier to add a new, mobile dimension to in-store engagement with customers.
A TRULY IDIOT-PROOF WAY TO REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR MEDS.
Take all of the pills in your medicine cabinet that you have to track--the prescription drugs you need to remember to take two or three times a day, the multivitamins and fish liver pills you're not sure make a difference--and imagine that instead of all coming in separate bottles, they came packaged together in a pre-assorted, chronological ticker tape of medicine. Instead of keeping track of which medicines you need to take at which time, you just tear off a square packet from the roll and swallow all the pills inside.
This is the idea behind PillPack, a new service out of Somerville, Massachusetts, that aims to be the Amazon Prime of prescription medication.
The minifig kissing scene didn't make it to the screen; but, the movie did, and it's a hit - DJK
Lego Goes to Hollywood
[Lego's need belts, ties, luggage and men's accessories for their journey to Hollywood. DJK]
Kissing was a point of contention. “We had some kissing in the movie,” says Dan Lin, the producer of The Lego Movie. “It wasn’t lusty. When two minifigs kiss, there’s no tongue or anything. It’s just plastic kissing plastic, which we just thought was hilarious.”
The Lego brand managers were less amused. “They warned us that parents don’t like it when minifigs kiss,” says Lin. “We tested the movie several times. They were right. Parents didn’t like it.” In the end (spoiler alert), the kisses got cut. Instead, there are several romantic moments in the movie, featuring close-ups of amorous minifigures attempting to lock together their fingerless, cup-shaped hands. The effect is equally absurd.
"You know it when it lets you rise to greet the world. A fit that lets you stand out a little brighter, move a little faster, part crowds a little easier. When it feels so right you wear it again and again and again, like a charm that always knows exactly how to win."
Amazon Prime Delivery Drones are a few years away, according to amazon.com CEO, Jeff Bezos. However, starting yesterday, you can point your iPhone at something you like, and Amazon’s updated shopping app places it in your shopping cart, automatically. Amazon calls the new feature “Flow,” and it recognizes items by analyzing their shape, color, size, text and appearance. It actually works.
As the luxury menswear market continues to grow, an elite group of male models are leaving behind the traditional confines of namelessness and emerging as brands in and of themselves. Will they become household names?
(L-R) Garrett Neff, Clement Chabernaud, Noah Mills, Tyson Ballou, RJ Rogenski, Andrés Velencoso Segura, Mathias Lauridsen, Arthur Kulkov, Simon Nessman, Sean O'Pry
Fashionable neckwear sported by men in the late-18th century
SIR –I enjoyed the picture of the shoe heel from c.1785 and the accompanying letter on getting rid of high heels and pointless ties. May we now be shown how late 18th-century men kept their necks looking smart and tidy?
I am saddened by the fact that the hand-painted silk ties I have presented to my husband are no longer worn.
Jean Mitchell Bexleyheath, Kent
SIR – A tie is uncomfortable only if the collar size is wrong. And as for pointless: choosing a tie to reflect one’s mood can brighten the morning and smooth the path to the office. Wear a tie at home to reduce heating bills: it increases body temperature by around 3 degrees Fahrenheit.
“ABOUT US: Shipley & Halmos is a New York City-based creative firm founded by CFDA Award winning designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos. Through various internal divisions, the company designs and produces everything from men’s clothing, footwear, and accessories to books, furniture, and art materials.”
This winter, Randa Accessories will sell nearly
400,000 ice scrapers.That’s a good
thing because two weeks ago the Harbin Ice and Snow World opened in Harbin
Winds from Siberia reach -36 F, making Harbin
China’s coldest city. Harbin clearly needs something extraordinary to generate tourism,
not to mention heat, and that something is the Ice and Snow Festival.
This year nearly 1 million tourists will visit
this frozen tundra to wander, and wonder, through architectural scaled sculptures,
many internally lit with LED bulbs, crafted from 180,000 cubic meters of ice. This year’s exhibitions include models of the
Empire State Building and the Coliseum. The visitors, and creators, need a lot of ice scrapers. - David J. Katz