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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Hotel restaurant’s pop-up store lets diners wear what they eat
The hospitality industry is a hotbed of resource waste and unsustainable practices. Bedsheets need washing every night, lights are left on 24/7 for guests coming and going, and leftover food can’t be reused and has to be thrown away. In the past, hotel chains such as UK Marriott have aimed to recycle resources by turning its used bedsheets into the Bed Linen Tote as a memento for customers. Now Marlow Goods has launched a pop-up store at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, which turns meat byproducts from the venue’s restaurant into leather clothes and bags for guests. READ MORE…
Sandals for kids grow as they do
Any parent will tell you that kids grow at an alarming rate, meaning that clothes and other products have a ridiculously short lifespan as their bodies and personalities change. Some product developers have attempted to tackle this — takeThe Froc chair or Orbea bike for example. Now a UK design student has created Grow, a pair of sandals that can be adjusted to cater for bigger feet as children get older. READ MORE…
Community knit sessions combine the creativity of the young with the skills of the elderly
In large cities, different pockets of the community rarely interact with each other, and most people don’t even speak to their neighbors. We’ve previously seen schemes such as Talk To Me London attempt to get urbanites to get chatting, but now a Netherlands-based project called Granny’s Finest is pairing young designers with elderly knitters to create new products, and foster community spirit in the process. READ MORE…
Store mannequins deliver fashion promotions direct to shoppers’ mobiles
Consumers are by now well used to online shopping and its benefits, and parts of the platform are now seeping into physical stores. In France, we’ve already seen on store install the Inspiration Corridor, using body scanning and touchscreen tech to drive in-store recommendations. Now a company called Iconeme is trialing a smart mannequin service in the UK, enabling the static models to send store info and shopping suggestions to customer smartphones. READ MORE…
Coffee stain? Menswear brand will deliver a fresh white shirt in under 90 mins
The idea of an emergency wardrobe service isn’t an especially new one — we recently wrote about the Closet S.O.S. campaign the Costa Rican branch of Forever 21, for example. However, these services are often aimed at women, but the fashion industry is increasingly moving towards the newly fashion-conscious male market and London-based tailor Thomas Pink’s 90-Minute Delivery service helps customers quickly replace a smart shirt in the case of an emergency. READ MORE…
Stylish bracelet charges wearers’ smartphones
We’ve already seen headphones designer handbags equipped with phone charging capabilities, so it was only a matter of time before the items we wear became able to provide some extra juice for our devices. QBracelet is a minimalist wristband that can give smartphones extra power when there’s no available outlet. READ MORE…
Men’s tailoring service comes to the office
The men’s fashion market is one that’s growing at a much faster rate than the women’s, but this doesn’t mean the fundamentally lazy nature of men has changed. We’ve already seen Hointer use in-store QR codes to make jeans shopping less hassle for men, and now Singapore’s Edit Suits Co. is offering a service that will measure up tailored suits and shirts wherever the customer is. READ MORE…
Customizable wristwatch features 10 designs in one
There are some accessories which are typically too expensive to own more than one, meaning the same item is worn day in, day out. We’ve already seen Japan’s Nendo magne-hinge glasses use interchangeable arm designs to offer daily customization, and now Dutch collective MIJLO has developed the Everyday Watch, a timepiece with two different faces and five straps. READ MORE…
Designer sunglasses made of rubber can’t break
Expensive sunglasses may look great and even provide better protection from UV rays than cheap alternatives, but they’re still just as prone to getting sat on or left behind. While Tzukuri‘s GPS-enabled sunglasses have solved the latter problem, Italia Independent has now created the I-Ultra range, which retain high-end fashion design while being made of a special flexible plastic. READ MORE…
‘Acoustically transparent’ hoodie means DJs don’t have to take it off to wear headphones
Fashion and music aren’t unfamiliar bedfellows — in fact, the two are often seen hand in hand, which is why we’ve seen innovations such as the Cynaps bone conduction baseball cap which negates the need for wearing bulky headphones. However, even headphones have become a fashion statement thanks to one Dr Dre. For those who don’t want to be forced to decide whether to wear their headphones or their hood up, the Audio Engineer’s Hoodie includes a hood made of material that allows sound through unmuffled. READ MORE…
Real Detroit graffiti transformed into high end jewelry
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it can often be found in the most unsuspecting of places. In the past, we’ve seen jewelry created out of the shrapnel and scrap metal left behind by landmine explosions in Cambodia, and now Detroit’s Rebel Nell is turning pieces of graffitied wall — considered an eyesore by some — into luxury jewelry pieces, while also helping disadvantaged women. READ MORE…
Zoo Jeans are ‘designed’ by lions, tigers and bears
Regular readers of Springwise may remember our recent coverage of Gaolhouse Denim, the social scheme that provides prison inmates with tailoring skills by getting them to create premium jeans for consumers. Now another charitable cause has developed Zoo Jeans, created with fabric that’s pre-ripped and chewed by dangerous animals before being fashioned into a pair of trousers. READ MORE…
These summer jeans are embedded with the aroma of fruit
There’s a notion among jeans aficionados that they’re best left unwashed, but this can lead to some slightly funky-smelling pants. To help women stay sweet-scented this summer, Portuguese fashion brand Salsa has introduced its Fragrance Jeans range, which come imbued with fruity smells. READ MORE…
In Japan, store lets customers wear clothes for a day before paying
Buying new clothes online is always a hit and miss affair when it comes to sizing or fit, but even trying items on in a high street store sometimes isn’t long enough either. To ensure customers’ clothes are definitely right for them, Japan’s Fast Retailing Co has opened a store with its GU Fitting service, which enables visitors to take clothes away for an entire day before returning to give them back or pay. READ MORE…
These swimshorts never get wet or dirty
A while ago we wrote about Silic, the project that developed t-shirts that were immune to liquid stains. Now Canada’s Frank Anthony is doing the same for shorts, offering a pair that repels any kind of water or fluid stain. READ MORE…