Business Reopens Its Doors After 53 Days To Find All The Leather Products Molded ‹ Bored Panda

12 05 2020

Got to love nature! It doesn’t care about us, which I suppose shows it’s sentient.

This article from Bored Panda shows what can happen inside a luxury goods shop (admittedly in Malaysia with the A/C turned off) when we’re not getting in the way of the natural way of things.

Within only a few weeks of us forceably cutting back on traffic the air clears, life returns to the previously contaminated waterways of Venice and London and… fungal growths begin to break down luxury goods into compost.

There are theories that evolution really got into top gear once fungus appeared and began the breaking down of useless dead things and returning previously locked in nutrients back into the food chain. Perhaps this in Nature’s way of giving us a message about how high fashion is just so much useless dead material, better served as food for the simple creatures of the world…

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Why did men stop wearing high heels?

25 01 2013

Gender questions can be quite vexing.

We tend to make vast assumptions based on our own current experience and be uneducated on historical aspects.

For example, in the 1600’s the height of masculinity was to be indicated by the wearing… of high heels!

Today? Not so much…

The BBC has an interesting piece on the matter: BBC News – Why did men stop wearing high heels?.

The Why Factor is broadcast on BBC World Service on Fridays at 18:30 GMT. Listen to the heels episode via iPlayer or The Why Factor download.

Absolutely Fabulous dahling!

23 02 2012

I was flicking through my daughter’s copy of Nylon (don’t ask), and I saw an ad for Alexis Bittar.

Delighted I was, to see Patsy and Edina. Looking for an online still to share with you all, I found one better… a video! And as an extra, no cost bonus… the song is by Flight of the Conchords. Their video’s here.

Sit down with some Bolly and enjoy, dahlings…

Alexis Bittar Spring 2012 Behind the Scenes from Alexis Bittar on Vimeo.

Dr Martens and the Swiss watchmakers

3 01 2012

I remember reading somewhere that during the second world war the watchmakers of Switzerland made a tidy profit by selling wrist watches to both the British and the Germans. Same watch, but presumably not with the modern style multi-lingual instruction pamphlet. I bet the guy on the help desk had a fun time. Maybe he hedged his bets and answered in Swedish until the caller made their nationality known.

Of course that might be a false memory because it just feels like it SHOULD be true. Or maybe I saw it on TV. Or the back of a matchbox. Or a beer mat. No matter…

This posting is about the boot and shoe brand: Dr Martens. Ironically, Herr Doktor was one Klaus Märtens (a real doctor) who began manufacturing the boots in Germany once he was demobbed from the army. He allegedly began by using stolen leather from a cobblers he looted, and made the soles from rubber scavenged from decommissioned Luftwaffe airfields. By 1959, sales were so good that he took the design to the international market. R. Griggs Group Ltd. bought rights to manufacture the boots in the United Kingdom. Griggs tweaked the name to Martens, added the trademark yellow stitching, and created the name AirWair for the soles. The classic “style 1460” as seen below made its debut on April Fool’s day 1960 and is still going strong.

Dr Martens 1460 BLACK SMOOTH.

Classic Style 1460 DMs

Classic Style 1460 DMs

Because of their comfortable air-cushioned soles they were a quick success with people who spent a lot of time on their feet – like policemen. I distinctly remember my father lovingly polishing his DMs every morning before he began his daily beat as the local village bobby.

By the 1970s though skinheads, punk rockers and other anti-establishment types were creating another potential market for the Doc. What to do? Obvious… cherry red and a few more holes!

Cherry Red 14-hole DMs

Cherry Red 14-hole DMs

In 2003 production left the UK for China and Thailand, but in 2007 the “Vintage” line returned to Northampton in the UK for manufacture. There are now a whole selection of shoes, boots, scarves… all manner of things. For the rabidly nationalistic, there’s Union Jack toed boots:

UJ toed DMs

UJ toed DMs

And for the ex-punk now turned mature geek (and wearing a tie and collar over the “cut here” neck tattoo), there’s a DM USB thumb drive too:

Doc Martens USB thumbdrive

Doc Martens USB thumbdrive

What you lookin’ at?

Where crystal meth chemists go to be honest

27 12 2011

I have three children. “One of each” as I like to joke. It’s not very funny I know, but I don’t care. My middle offspring is the fashionista. She subscribes to a magazine called Nylon. Its content keeps her abreast of the latest trends on both sides of the pond, and I occasionally scan its pages. For the articles, you understand. No really – it helps keep me up to date with the bands I would have heard if I ever bothered to listen to the radio. Also the UK bands that I might otherwise not get to hear about at all. The fashions themselves leave me as befuddled as the next parent though.

Anyway, one day I was thumbing through a copy while eating my cornflakes and guzzling my morning bucket of tea. I was drawn up short by an advert for nail polish. It was of an unusual concept indeed, and I was struck by the technology that went into this digital cosmetic. (Aw come on…) This nail polish is magnetic. As best as I can make out, you apply it to your fingernails as normal, then apply a magnet while it’s drying (there’s one built into the lid for convenience). Scientific magic happens and you end up with a patterning in the colouration from the effect of the magnetic field on the particles embedded in the polish. Fascinating! I was then struck by how many other “clever” things that were appearing in cosmetics of late. Surely this is an indication of a more constructive channeling of the skills of the chemist than the less healthy (and less legal) meth kitchen so common in certain locales. If you’re interested, the product is available at Sephora in Vancouver – and presumably other locations. It’s a brand called Nails Inc.

There’s even a handly little “how to” on YouTube:

Only slightly more complicated than respraying your car, but I’m sure you’re worth it! Once home from Uni., my elder daughter got in on the act too, and here’s a “real life” result care of her:

Magnetic Nails

Magnetic Nails