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Retailers Embracing Men’s Jewelry and Accessories

From  WWD Womens Wear Daily
PARIS — When friends Adrien Messié, a former collaborator of French design maven Andrée Putman, and Erwan Le Louër, founder of ethical jewelry label JEM, stepped into the jewelry arena in 2012 with Le Gramme, they thought the market for men’s jewelry was “mature, but there was no selection,” explained Le Louër over a bottle of Evian in his pristine design office on Rue Beaubourg, just steps from the Centre Pompidou, Paris’ hub for modern and contemporary art.
“We launched the line just to see, did everything contrary to the market: We only had five references really — one design declined into different weights — and the fact is, it grew like crazy.”

Monkey See, Monkey Do - Primates Have Fashion Too

It is said, “Fashion follows function.” In fact, it often does not.
The utilitarian origins of apparel and accessories are fairly obvious. For centuries belts have held up pants, shoes protect the feet, clothes warm and protect the body, and bags carry stuff. Some origins are less obvious. Egyptians created blue eye makeup to place copper near the eye; small quantities carbonate of copper prevents eye infection. High heels were first worn by men to keep their shoes in horse stirrups and by women to keep their fine shoes above waste in the streets. Fashion is often a signifier of affiliation, conformity, status or affluence. In 18th century Europe pale skin indicated that you did not have to work outdoors, ergo white makeup was often used. In modern America tanned skin represents that you don’t have to work at a desk all day. Red lips are a sign of good blood circulation and fertility; think lipstick. Saffron colored robes are worn by Buddhists Monks in the city, whereas ochre or brown…

Every March 100 Million People Are Wrong

There are more than 9.2 quintillion ways to fill out the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament bracket, and as March Madness gets underway, more than 100 million Americans are determined to get it exactly right.
Jeffrey Bergen, a DePaul University mathematics professor, has calculated that with some knowledge of team rankings, player statistics and other basketball matters, the odds of hitting the perfect bracket are one in 128 billion.

A Customer Complaint, 4,000 Years Old, Lives On

When considering customer service it is wise to remember William Shakespeare, "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” The entrance to the British Museum in London is located between Russell Square and the Bloomsbury gardens; the building dates back to the 1600’s. Included within its collections are an ancient granite stone and a considerably more ancient clay tablet. Both artifacts are carved with messages of historic significance to modern business and are indicative of how much, and how little, has changed over the ages.