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January 16, 2020

Now You See Me…

Talk about spies in Disguises!! Pushing back against the onslaught of facial recognition software, Reflectables are a new type of eyewear that refracts the infrared technology increasingly working to capture your identity. And there seems to be an appetite for this type of invisibilia – the founders have raised over $40,000 on Kickstarter and counting… with orders coming in from Americans tired of surveillance to foreign demonstrators hiding for their lives… read on about how you too can refract:

Change Up Artist

In keeping with the quick change theme, one Italian shoemaker – ACBC- has launched their long awaited Made2Share shoe. Marrying sustainability and fashionability, this unique design is made from organic materials that are biodegradable. But that’s not the real kicker! This shoe boasts one permanent sole structure, with up to four unique uppers that can be zipped on and off for a whole new look. Paging Carrie Bradhsaw!

Just in the Lick of Time

Not all is tense in the UK! The Royal Mail has announced it will be issuing a series of specialty stamps commemorating classic video games for its first collection of 2020. From Worms to Tomb Raider to Populous, gamers and designers will surely gobble up these unique and charmingly nostalgic images from the earliest days of game. (But seriously, what about Pong?)

Eat Your Words!

A top contender for phrase of the decade must be “netflix and chill” – it sums up all of the exhaustion, ennui, escapism, and nebulous relationship status for most of us. Well, now you can slap a quality name brand on your sweet sidekick treat of choice, to share, or to drown your sorrows solo. Ben & Jerry’s has paired with Netflix to launch their latest collab. It’s name? Yup. Netflix and Chill. Inspired!

Hans Solo

After they’ve downed a pint a two post break up, today’s young heartbroken lover can now hit the road with a caravan that cares. A new travel company has created a program called the ‘Break Up Tours’ which promises to provide its users with unique and curated “heart-healing and soul-cleansing travel experiences around the world”. The company has also designed an app that allows the broken-hearted to be included in various Circles of Travelers to make new friends along the way. So, singletons, what are you waiting for? Kick that pint of Chubby Hubby to the curb and hit the road!

Kids Draw the Darndest Things!

Ever wish you could see the world through a child’s eyes? Well, one dad did just that!!Taking his kid’s drawings, he worked a little photo shop magic and created landscapes rampant with magical beings. #dadoftheyear

Click on the link and enter a place both hysterical and poignantly wonderful.

Fun and Games

In close, I wanted to share out a link to an incredible pictorial that ran this weekend in the NY Times. Photographers captured the unique games and rituals performed by groups of young multi-cultural girls on playgrounds across NY City. From the clapping games of Haiti to the foot stomping dances from Yemen, stories of villages, families and history from around the world are played out across the black top of city schoolyards all over the city. It is an incredible cross-cut of ethnography, sociology, femininity and joy in a series of snapshots of a single day.

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