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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
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…
In case of a fashion emergency, mobile wardrobe delivers new threads to any location
Whether it’s turning up to an event to find someone else is wearing the same outfit, or spilling a drink down a brand new dress, we’ve all experienced moments where a spare outfit would have been extremely helpful. While the Soho House hotel in London has previously offered an emergency wardrobe service for guests, a new Costa Rican campaign called Closet S.O.S. is delivering a mini store on wheels to anyone in need of a new outfit at the last minute. READ MORE…
Perfume-holding jewelry enables fragrance reapplication on the go
Jewelry and fragrances are often put on at the same time, so it makes sense to combine the two. In the past, we’ve seen Perfumetools enable those allergic to perfume chemicals to wear a scent housed in necklace pendants, and now OBO is similarly embedding fragrance capsules into necklaces and bracelets, allowing wearers to easily reapply their perfume when they need it. READ MORE…
Nokia develops world’s first smartphone-charging trousers
We use our smartphones so much that keeping them charged is a high priority, but it’s not always possible to find an outlet outside of the home or office. The idea of clothes that can keep devices powered has already been touted in high-end fashion ranges such as Pauline van Dongen’s Wearable Solar. Now Finland-based Nokia has teamed up with British fashion designer A. Sauvage to create commercial wireless charging trousers that can power the company’s Lumia devices on the go. READ MORE…
Shopping bag encourages consumers to donate clothing each time they buy a new outfit
It’s often the case that a perfectly good item of clothing can sit at the back of the wardrobe even when its owner knows they’ll never wear it again. In the past we’ve seen campaigns to remind fashion fans of the out-of-style apparel they own and could give away to charity. Now Swedish label Uniforms for the Dedicated has introduced The Rag_Bag, a shopping bag that can be turned inside out to become an envelope to send old clothes to those who need them. READ MORE…
Accessory turns any wristwatch into a smart one
The buzz around smartwatches grows by the day, although some consumers aren’t convinced they need yet another device to stay connected with friends and family, especially if they already enjoy wearing an analogue timepiece. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Glance is an accessory that simply slips inside the strap of any existing watch to give it smart functionality. READ MORE…
DIY shoes can be assembled and customized at home
We recently wrote about Bamin, the modular bag that comes in several pieces to be zipped together and swapped around by the consumer. Bringing this model to footwear, PIKKPACK is a range of shoes that use just three pieces of material to enable anyone to assemble and customize them. READ MORE…
Drinkable sunscreen protects the skin after swallowing
Regular readers of Springwise may remember the Netherlands’ Swallowable Parfum— an ingestible perfume that emits fragrance from the skin. Following a similar concept, Osmosis Skincare has now created Harmonized H2O, a potable solution that provides the same amount of protection as sunscreen in one mouthful. READ MORE…
Hyper-customizable men’s shirts offer over a billion options
Consumers come in all shapes and sizes and have their own individual tastes, meaning that mass-manufactured fashion often falls short. We’ve already seen companies such as Stantt and Threadmason offer up to 50 different shirt size options, and now Original Stitch is enabling customers to truly personalize shirts with their choice of fabric, color, pattern and design, providing over a billion possible permutations. READ MORE…
All-natural beeswax will keep your glasses on your face
A perennial problem faced by glasses wearers is having to constantly push them back to keep them in a comfortable position on the nose. While companies such as Protos Eyewear are using 3D printing to better tailor frames to fit customers’ faces, Nerdwax is an organic wax that stops glasses from sliding off their face. READ MORE…
App uses video of customers’ feet to 3D print the perfect shoe for them
The mass-manufactured shoes we typically wear are designed to fit the average foot, which means they don’t provide the unique support requirements of individuals’ feet. While new technologies such as Germany’s OpenGo science have provided the tools for doctors and sports scientists to analyze foot problems, 3D printed insole maker SOLS has now developed an app that lets consumers simply shoot video of their foot to help them create an orthotic insole tailored to them. READ MORE…
Modular bag can be customized even after it’s been delivered
Everyone has their own individual fashion sense, and enabling consumers to customize their own clothes has long been a major trend for the industry. But while projects such as YrStore have encouraged consumers to print their own designs in store before taking home their creations, a new service called Bamin has made its bags from modular parts that can be interchanged to create personalized looks even after customers have purchased them. READ MORE…