10 Stylish Staples That Are Eminently Covetable (And Seasonally Reasonable)

February has officially kicked-off and the spring moods—lockdown permitting—are high. Tier 3 folk, rejoice! Don’t let lockdown hamper your cheer; fashion can still be in order. Whether you’re racing for Zooms in full-force or gathering for a (socially distant) dinner, fuss-free wardrobe staples are your tickets to keep you in good spirits.

There’s plenty on the high-street for the taking, including comfortable options of chuck-on gear that are bound to turn heads among your colleagues and peers—ditto. Dress for a meeting with maximum ease in a striped number from Marni, or look to Umbro for a classic nod on tailoring.

Stay comfy, stay safe! Shop Man In Town’s edit of covetable wardrobe staples, below.


Striped crew-neck jumper, £650, available at farfetch.com


Classico high-neck jumper in black and bio lime, £40, available at umbro.co.uk


Grizzly mid tumbled shoe in brown, £200, available at sebago.co.uk


Pallashock OG in marshmallow, £80, available at palladiumboots.co.uk

Isabel Marant

Logo-jacquard crew-neck jumper, £335, available at farfetch.com


Boxing felt shirt jacket, £1,099, available at farfetch.com

Neil Barrett

Panelled crew neck jumper, £310, available at farfetch.com

Acne Studios

Knitted wool cardigan, £270, available at farfetch.com

Roberto Collina

Classic cotton polo shirt, £184, available at farfetch.com


Chevron pattern jumper, £1525, available at farfetch.com

We Take A Glimpse Into NICCE’s World Of Pared-Back Ease Through Its Little Things Campaign

NICCE Q4 men’s collection is easy to decipher: You just need to glance at the array of pared-back codes to understand why. With numbers ranging from hooded sweatshirts to chuck-on joggers, the looks are posed with militant confidence against the vibrant canvas splashed in pangs of orange, brown and yellow. Labelling the collection as solely practicality influenced, however, would be a false judgement. The latest influx of garments (from catwalks to streetstyle) has seen a soar in functional sportswear and with shirts and bottoms in light, with cotton bases, NICCE Q4 men’s collection makes up for the ideal sportswear aficionado inspired by a proclivity for wear-anywhere comfort.

The campaign for the brands final collection of the year was shot at Peckham Liberal Club by photographer Ollie Radford, capturing the collection in a retro nostalgic setting. From pints to playing pool, the campaign aims to stir a silliness and appreciation for the little things in life after this year’s disruptions, and as we head into the festive season its intent is to offer the cosy-yet-cool vibe to one’s look. Past the printed sweaters, cuffed joggers, long t-shirts and sporty bucket-hats topped with two-toned sneaks offerings and crispy chains, NICCE takes the sporty street aesthetic and reinvents it with dazzling colour and bold, statement stripes. Loose and light hoodies have also made their way into the collection, proving that fun but practically comfortable pieces suitable for everyday and any day wear is at the centre of the NICCE’s spirit.

Shop the collection now, available at nicceclothing.com.

11 Trophy Staples To See You Through The Festive Season

As the world hunkers down ahead of a new lockdown and a tartly cold season, practicality comes with reason. And if you thought comfort can’t be classy, we invite you to think again. As well as offering a simple-to-twinkle route to your daily routine (check out Bottega Veneta’s cult options), comfort staples provide the right balance between ease and a tongue-in-cheek style currency to see you through the frosty days.

Gucci’s suede-trimmed number with two-toned fastenings doesn’t fail to make an impact, while Lee offers wear-anywhere practicality with its quilted lining, for added comfort. From woollen shirt options to figure-hugging alternatives, shop Man In Town’s edit of the best trophy staples to wear this winter.

Bottega veneta cargo
Loewe maglione a righe
Lee Jeans verde




Web-stripe suede-trimmed wool-blend cardigan, £1,150, available at matchesfashion.com


Loose-fit V-neck cashmere sweater, £395, available at matchesfashion.com  

Bottega Veneta

Cargo-pocket cotton-blend trousers, £655, available at matchesfashion.com


Anagram-embroidered striped sweater, £450, available at matchesfashion.com

Triumph Motorcycles

Combustion worker shirt khaki, £90, available at triumphmotorcycles.co.uk


Sherpa rider jacket corduroy in olive green, £84, available at lee.com

Pantaloni militare
Mascherine Simon Carter


Mercer Amsterdam

Racer lux alcantara pearl grey, £230, available at merceramsterdam.com


Terrain cargo pant in camouflage, £60, available at umbro.co.uk

Samsoe Samsoe

Neil crew neck jumper, £150, available at samsoe.com


Sneaker 22 men’s, £195, available at grenson.com

Simon Carter

Surfer boards and scissors face masks, £20, available at simoncarter.net

Talent Focus: Everything You Need To Know About Gran Canaria Fashion Week 2020

Tongue-in-cheek slogans, sunset fabrics and tactical nip slip vests: here’s everything you need to know about this year’s hottest picks.

Gran Canaria can do no wrong in our eyes. The balmy heat. The sweeping bustling beach stretch. The mouth-watering eats. And let’s not forget, the distinctive fashion scene. Yes, the dazzling colour palettes, ostentatious nods to heritage and the sultry heat of the collections that pour forth from Gran Canaria Moda Calida Fashion Week as years go by. And this year was no exception, marking a special edition given the global health crisis, with the international fashion industry turning their heads once again in Gran Canaria for four days. With the current pandemic, the show swiftly switched up, implementing a sun-drenched catwalk.

Gran Canaria Moda Cálida is an action program for the textile industry in the island, created by the Gran Canaria’s Council Department of Industry, Commerce and Crafts, which has the counselling of the Asociación de Creadores de Moda de España (ACME), associated institution from 2017. Fashion is for this organization a growing sector with many possibilities for the industrial development and Gran Canaria represents the framework in which designers and companies support their projects. Until 25th October, the Canarian catwalk hosted the parades of the Canarian firms Diazar, Palmas, Carlos San Juan, Maldito Sweet, Lucas Balboa, Chela Clo, Nuria González, Arcadio Domínguez y Aurelia Gil; junto a Kokú Kids, Ladybug’s Cris e It Child in the children’s category. The show also included the participation of leading national and international firms such as TCN, Bannana Moon, Livia, Guillermina Baeza, Carlos San Juan, Gottex, Aurelia Gil, Dolores Cortés, Como un Pez en el Agua, Énfasis, All Sisters, All That She Loves, Palmas, Miss Bikini y Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada; next to the children’s brands Fátima Rodríguez, Bannana Moon Kids, Dolores Cortés Kids, Cosas de Mon y Belle & Rebel. TCN was the firm in charge of opening the show.

The firm TCN, a worldwide reference in the beachwear universe, was responsible for the inauguration of the catwalk today with an individual show that marked its return to Gran Canaria Swim Week by Moda Cálida after a few editions. TCN is committed to a collection faithful to its origins and its characteristic lifestyle: a boho chic without stridencies that is identified by its style and its characteristic “je ne sais quoi” Sant Remy is the main thread of the Spring-Summer TCN 2021 collection. Provence and its lavender fields are the stars in a story of unique and unrepeatable moments where the TCN woman dresses for an ethereal and light summer.

Gran Canaria Swim Week by Moda Cálida welcomes its second day in ExpoMeloneras (Maspalomas), under the co-organization of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and IFEMA. By all means, the second day was incredibly enlightening and saw a true evolution of the city’s fashion come forward: the day continued with the double fashion show of Chela Clo and Diazar in first place; and Banana Moon and Livia, afterwards. The first show presented her collection “Discordant Retro Vibes“, which embraces current trends in New York youth fashion inspired by the 90’s. The asymmetrical fades of tie-dye and the abstract forms of terrazzo and marble inspire Chela Clo’s collection for the Spring-Summer 2021 season. Diazar has opted for black as the leitmotif of the collection. The compositional elements that make up the proposal of the collection “The New Black, by Diazar” are based on concepts linked to a dark chromatic range with nuances.

Later, it was the turn of Guillermina Baeza, an exceptional guest, who unveiled a collection born from Tangier’s magic. The colours of the collection evoke nature: the blues lead to the sea, and the oranges, cream and mauve, to a sunset in the Haffa cafe. The memory of the smell of “azahar” mixed with that of spices paints the earthy colours with golden flashes.

The afternoon continued with Carlos San Juan and Gottex. To design his collection, Carlos San Juan explored the way in which tensioning cables manage to hold the most spectacular structures, giving them, at the same time, an extraordinary beauty. Gottex has presented a collection with innovative techniques, avant-garde shapes and a variety of new textures and soft fabrics.

To conclude, Aurelia Gil was responsible for closing the day with a collection full of spectacular looks and garments made of tulle that dresses with fantasy the swimwear proposals. The designer presented, on the one hand, pure and unpretentious looks with the swimwear as main character, and on the other hand, totally structured looks that use the swimwear to create a formal look.

The Eco of Southern Italy: Where Emerging Fashion Flourishes Aplenty

In light of a global health crisis sweeping across the international economy, Italian luxury retailers battled against financial odds to present their collections both in September during fashion month and beyond. However, if one delves deeper into the reasons why the financial struggles are facing unforeseen times, one can discover that many of the problems that are being highlighted are a magnification of issues that the world has carried on for years: reducing footfall for brick and mortar retail spaces, the relevance of fashion weeks, the snail’s pace acceptance of digitisation and technology are amongst the gripes we’ve been battling with for a long time.

Covid-19 hasn’t created a new existential crisis, but it has highlighted the one we were working through at our leisure. Sustainability is another area where, in particularly fashion, brands have been making improvements and there have already been calls from many areas of the industry, including from buyers, consumers and brands themselves, to ensure that we do not undo the steps that have been made. After all, when the Covid-19 pandemic has been managed, we will still have to tackle the climate crisis. All those in the fashion industry should consider the changes they can make to improve their own business sustainability – we aren’t far away from the time where business partners, clients and consumers will start asking you, ‘Is your business being socially responsible?’.

In addition, as much as the pandemic has thrown our business lives into turmoil, it also provides us with opportunities for our industry to create better product and reduce waste. It is giving us the space to work out how to have a productive dialog with our consumers and integrate their feedback, values and wants into the products we create. It provides brands the opportunity to work on really understanding their customer through direct-to-consumer channels, providing insights which they would not gain through wholesale. The Italian market seem to have faced a crucial turning point this season: Evening Dresses Show (Edshow) – Salerno Organised by IFTA (Independent Fashion Talent Association), with the collaboration and support of Ice – Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalisation of Italian companies – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Campania Region, Municipality and Chamber of Commerce of Salerno, Edshow has selected 40 brands in the eight southern Italian regions (Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily) which, during the three days of the show (10-12 October) have a Digital-area where they can make themselves known to buyers connected to the 78 Ice offices worldwide. The October event aims to consecrate Salerno as the capital of evening fashion, but also as a fashion hub for the best micro and small businesses in Southern Italy. Like the 23 bells, the most representative symbol of the show, followed by Puglia, with 7 companies, Sicily with 4 and Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise and Sardinia, with one company for each Region.

“Italy has always been associated with innovation and I have always been impressed with the talent emerging from Ed Show,” remarked the recent notes. “The competing collections looked to the future of Catalan fashion design while maintaining all the cultural references that have makes 080 one of our favourite fashion destinations.” While all of the brands and designers who showcased their collections over the week captured our attention in different ways, once again the Italian market hasn’t failed its great knack for craftsmanship.

12 Season-Approved Wardrobe Classics To See You Through Winter

If you find off-duty dressing a forced affair, allow a fair dose of chic practicality to come to your rescue. The new seasonal fashion lexicon takes the effort out of looking effortless. This year’s unavoidable WFH situationship (pardon my lingo) shouldn’t dissuade you from dressing up (or down from you Zoom-ready set up). Nod to casual style in Finisterre, go all swanky in top-to-toe monochrome woollens by All Saints, or make a gently tapered number from Parajumpers your first port of call. For added interest, Colmar offers contemporary styles in a neutral colour palette, while Triumph Motorcycles Lifestyle’s cotton-rich tees blaze a trail through the leisurewear arena, for a crisp touch. And who can blame us? Of course, comfort dressing flourishes aplenty in these times, and whether you like it or not, the go-anywhere style formula promises wear-anywhere ease. Below, shop Man In Town’s edit of the best wardrobe classics to boost your Winter game.

Triumph Motorcycles Lifestyle

Deacon d-pocket wax cotton black jacket, £275, available at Triumphmotorcycles.co.uk


Stretch cotton fleece with light nylon ripstop, £203, available at Parajumpers.it


Down jacket with ribbed collar, £419, available at Colmar.it


Campo wool blend coat, £265.30, available at Allsaints.com


Estrela British Harris Tweed jacket, £181.30, available at Allsaints.com


Wayland men’s long reversible puffer, £1,095, available at Uk.nobis.com

Mercer Amsterdam

Vegan black sneaker, £250, available at Merceramsterdam.com


Marwick smock shirt in navy, £110, available at Finisterre.com


Marwick cordium shirt in green, £110, available at Finisterre.com


Mountain trail jacket in navy, £265, available at Timberland.co.uk


Puma x Central Saint Martins mid length jacket, available at Eu.puma.com


Ela hood sweatshirt in grey, £40, Nicceclothing.com

The ultimate guide to Emily In Paris’ characters

Released a few weeks ago whilst quickly entering the top ten most viewed programmes on Netflix, Emily in Paris got people talking immediately, attracting lots of criticism for the representation of the Ville Lumière and its inhabitants, judged excessively stereotypical (clichés, indeed, are not lacking, although the production has made it clear how unavoidable they are given the plot, which tells the story of an American girl who came to Paris for the first time) and just as many mentions for the colourful outfits. The clothes are the work of costume designer Patricia Field, who was already the creator of Ugly Betty‘s wardrobes and, above all, Sex and the City’s.

A less investigated aspect, on the other hand, is that of the male characters, since they are the ones who steal the scene. Of course, the Emily Cooper of the title, aka Lily Collins, her deputy Sylvie (Philippine Leroy- Beaulieu) and all the other women in the casting. And yet some of the men deserve a more in-depth look at start with Gabriel, a chef as charming as he is skilful at preparing tartare de veau, divided, sentimentally speaking, between the lead role (and neighbour) Emily and her friend, as well as her girlfriend, Camille. The 32-year-old Lucas Bravo, a model, was chosen to interpret it, who boasts of participations in soaps such as Sous le soleil and Plus belle la vie, which are quite popular in France. In this case, the fashion component is kept to a minimum (tight t-shirts, pastel sweatshirts, dark coats, denim jackets, evergreen combination of leather and t-shirts).

Credits Photo 2: Joséphine Leddet x Schon Magazine

It’s impossible not to mention Julien, Emily’s colleague at the Paris marketing agency Savoir, who is a permanent member of the blasé and prone to judge sarcastically what surrounds him. He is the most fashionable, fully dressed at work as on other occasions. His is a style with strong colours, sophisticated: he prefers suits brushed on, in classic colours (brightened up, however, by shirts, jackets in vitaminic colours) or, on the contrary, rather whimsical, covered by large graphics and patterns, sometimes accessorised with brochettes pinned to lapels and necklaces jewellery. Alternatively, polo shirts with bright nuances (like the blue polo shirt by Paul Smith of the latter episode), bomber, satin varsity jacket. Julien is impersonated by Samuel Arnold, a former professional dancer, a Parisian who moved to Paris some time ago to London, where in 2018 he starred at the National Theatre in the play Antony and Cleopatra.

Another prominent male figure is that of William Abadie, a 47-year-old French actor who trained at the Actors’ Theatre. A New York studio, whose filmography includes serials such as Gossip Girl, Gotham and Homeland. In addition, he is an experienced athlete whose specialties range from marathon to triathlon and is regularly involved in sports. His alter ego on the screen is Antoine Lambert, founder of the haute parfumerie brand. Maison Lavaux – one of Savoir’s biggest clients – as well as lover of Emily Sylvie Grateau’s boss.  Another role played by Abadie is of a gregarious and unleavened man, tightly knit in tailored suits with a cut impeccable, completed with tie and a rigorous pochette.

Charles Martins, on the other hand, is Mathieu Cadault, the archetype of the successful businessman. A Latin lover in the company of celebrities and movie stars, manager of the high fashion brand Pierre Cadault, a fictional Maison presented in the series as an emblem of Parisian chic (one of the best scenes is, in fact, the one in which the designer of the same name moves around noting the heart-shaped charms and Tour Eiffel, which the sudden role keeps in view on the bag). Given the profession, it is obviously very elegant: in the course of the episodes she shows three pieces of tweed dresses, geometrically patterned scarves, sartorial overcoats, cache-col laid with studied nonchalance along the lapels and so on.

Despite the small amount of time of the respective characters, we can finally mention Roe Hartrampf a.k.a. Doug, Emily’s boyfriend (who actually ceases to be so at the beginning of the series), at the American boy all work and cheer for the Chicago Cubs, and Eion Bailey, interpreter of Randy Zimmer.

#MITPARADE: the fashion collabs championing the icons of pop music and art

We resume our journey with the fashion brands that tell their story through the values of music and art. Two forms of expression that know no borders, but are made of colours and frequencies, mark time and influence moods. They keep us together due to a rhythm that beats in unison or an image that goes straight to the core and this is precisely the reason that makes them vital: because they make us feel alive. Today more than ever, their role reminds us where we come from and how much this can be an impulse not to give up. So, let’s wear these values: of beauty, of music, of art.

A positive message shared by the new Kappa campaign whose protagonist is HELL RATON, which carries forward the value of teamwork and of the ancient popular wisdom of the union that makes strength. A dedication to team spirit, to those who win shoulder to shoulder, as the brand logo teaches. Being a team means playing the same game, running towards the same goal, sharing credit with someone who is committed to the same attainment. The new X Factor judge tells his idea of a team, with his project, Machete Gaming, linked to Esports. After just a year he’s already having a huge success on socials and the Twitch platform, where gamers compete.

Supporting the ability to unite the guys, even during training: “The Esports are exactly like a real sport.” Manuelito reveals his passion for the world of video games as well as the music we already know, and the success achieved by his label, thanks to his innate charisma that makes everything he throws himself into cool. The winning sixth sense of two positive generations, Z and Millennials, a tribute to those who find in common passions, a way of feeling part of the same team.

Moleskine, with respect to its DNA, declares its attraction to the art world with a new limited edition celebrating one of the most striking female exponents of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo. Her struggle and love for life have been her greatest source of inspiration, which we find in her powerful works of art, an object of great interest for all generations. In her words all her resilience, the affirmation of the ego and her attachment to life, in spite of the Pelona (death) who danced around her bed throughout her almost entire existence. It is no coincidence that Moleskine dedicates his attention to this rebellious spirit. In the two limited editions and a special box set, the powerful words of a woman who had all the fire of Mexico inside her and thoughts, like a flooding river, of a rebellious spirit. This edition is a hymn to freedom.

Vans, a brand that symbolises action sports, is signing its collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for the second time. T-shirts, jackets, trainers and accessories become artists’ canvases to capture all the power of abstract expressionism of the works selected for this extraordinary project, available worldwide from November 11.

From Cubism to constructivism by Lybov Popova, to the harrowing cry of Edvard Munch (1895), who, more than a century later, launches a message of great actuality. From the revolutionary dripping of Jackson Pollock, a pioneer of action painting, who won the interest of Peggy Guggenheim, to the explosive quilts screaming for Faith Ringgold’s defence of civil rights. “Faith Ringgold worked closely with the Vans design team and the MoMA team to tell a story through detail, introducing quilted borders to contextualise her work in Vans,” said Angie Dita, head of Global Footwear Design for Lifestyle Footwear at Vans.

Popova’s painting “Untitled (1917)” was applied to Vans Sk8-Hi. Two options of fleece and ringer T-shirts are added to the series.

This Classic Slip-On takes inspiration from Ringgold’s first series of abstract paintings, “The Windows of the Wedding”, made in the 1970s. On the side is engraved a quote by Ringgold, printed with his handwriting: “My mother said I’d have to work twice as hard to go half as far” (My mother told me I would have to work twice as hard to go half as far).

A capsule collection signed by Ciesse has a street flavour and is abandoned in an explosion of graffiti. The collection, which includes the release of two more pieces, expresses the perfect synthesis between J-Ax‘s belonging to the American dream, its rebellious spirit and desire for freedom and the high quality standard of Ciesse Piumini, without shifting the focus from the theme of urban dynamism in harmony with the needs of safety, comfort and style.

The capsule was activated on the singer’s IG page on Tuesday 27th October, with a SWIPE UP connected directly to the Ciesse Piumini website, to pre-order the limited edition street jacket. Just a preview in view of the sale of the other two models, starting from November only in selected stores.

Triumph Lifestyle continues its utility reboot by messing with timeless conventions

Legendary and timeless label Triumph Lifestyle is back with a bold bang for Autumn Winter 2020: drawing inspiration from 100 years of history and a premium etiquette of sportswear- appropriate apparel, the brand provides clothing for craftsmanship aficionados with a penchant for iconic wardrobe classics.

“The Autumn/Winter 2020 campaign is the second collection from this new Triumph Motorcycles sub brand, putting quality at the forefront of every decision,” highlight the notes. “Inspired by the ride, the collection was shot in the raw and unforgiving British landscape of Honister Pass in the Lake District, a bucket list route for any rider. The location provides a breath-taking backdrop, whilst portraying the perfect scene of escapism that so many bikers strive for, a longing to explore – nothing but you and your motorbike.”

Exploring new prints and colours with styles such as the Camo Wax Garstang Jacket, making an item stand out delicately, grounding its heritage in early Field Jackets and constructed with compact twill oil cloth. Contrasting with the bold colours of the Avenham Wool Jacket in herringbone plaid inspired from the early 1920’s Moto blouson sports jackets, this collection has bolstered the foundations of its timelessness. This season, the brand’s masterstrokes incorporated a covetable line-up of luxury leather and wax jackets – which really tells us everything we need to know about the brand’s skill with transmuting staples into something original – blending the likes of utility wear and contemporary fashion.

The Triumph AW20 collection will be available from Triumphmotorcycles.co.uk

Alined Network’s Entrepreneurs are re-writing the future of showroom experiences

The global fashion industry is undertaking a tumultuous ride in light of the Coronavirus pandemic which, for many enterprises, has been the catalyst of irrevocable financial disruptions. Major fashion capitals have had to adapt to a ‘new normal’, fledging to a new modus operandi in order to endure the crisis. Fashion weeks, in fact, have switched their format and the community of insiders hasn’t gathered like previous seasons due to the plethora of government restrictions put in place. For buyers, jetsetters whose task is to identify – likewise represent – world-leading brands, it’s been a shift marked by unprecedented challenges.

As seen over at Milan Fashion Week, an event that took place almost as normal (with over 30% of physical catwalk shows, as reported by the Wall Street Journal), the Italian fashion capital has skilfully cemented its mindset to new avenues of transformation. In Milan, nine partners coming from eight independent showrooms joined forces in creating Alined Network, a digital business portal dedicated to shops and buying groups. Created with self-financed curricula by the leaders themselves, the organisation’s versatility widens to a multiplicity of brands, guaranteeing a creative outline and re-assessing the role of the showrooms. “This is a time to change and rethink fashion,” highlights Livia Gregoretti, Co-Founder of Alined Network. “We wanted to ensure that we could build an initiative that considers the future of fashion and that defines its appropriate character and dynamics.” With a positive mindset and a plethora of brands in its roaster (approximately 200), the initiative introduces a broad spectrum of product search to new consumers, as well as delivers visibility through its digital portal. International brands and emerging designers are represented on its channels, activating a portfolio of innovative business contacts.

Moreover, as the pandemic caused a halt to organisation depriving them from travelling, Alined Network enables a remote reaching system in order for buyers to overview a myriad of offers of the founding showrooms and affiliates, creating an opportunity to schedule appointments with customers and worldwide buyers even from afar. “The new fashion business model of Alined Network lives in the sign of inclusiveness and openness. It lives in progress,” the notes remark. Overall, the portal encompasses clothing, home wear, accessories (footwear and bags), and fragrances, for a men and women.

Cat Footwear ‘Engineered For Originality Campaign’ Voices Digital Artists Cross-Globally

Cat Footwear unveiled their new Autumn/Winter 2020 ‘Engineered For Originality’ campaign, created by several digital artists from across the globe. Hailing from seven markets, UK, Poland, Sweden, France, China, Chile and USA, the artists were recruited by Cat Footwear to unleash a campaign which follows on from SS20, taking cues from the initial concept. The concept epitomises the brand’s forward-thinking and disruptive philosophy born from the challenges implemented from coronavirus, it continues to push the boundaries.

Cat Footwear EFO AW20 – CHILE
Cat Footwear EFO AW20 – CHINA
Cat Footwear EFO AW20 – CHINA
Cat Footwear EFO AW20 – POLAND
Cat Footwear EFO AW20 – POLAND
Cat Footwear EFO AW20 – SWEDEN
Cat Footwear EFO AW20 – UK
Cat Footwear EFO AW20 – USA

For this, each content creator was briefed to create an authentic story, sticking to the brand’s key driver of credibility both in style and in craftsmanship. The result? An evolution in design language, combined by a use of digital artistry. The brand encouraged the use of CGI, graphics, and augmented reality. The final campaign platforms championed the scale and diversity of the Re-Powered community around the globe.

Utilising ‘collage effect’, 3D, and energetic, high-octane style edits, Nas’ campaign styles the Re-powered collection against a backdrop of inner-city environments. Bursts of coloured shape and graphic overlay, alongside high-rise buildings and subways, emphasize the evolution of the collection, from archival workwear shoe, to bold, alternative lifestyle sneaker. 

The AW20 campaign mechanic alone, highlights more than ever the role and influence of the Re-powered community on the Cat Footwear product. By placing the creative directly into the hands of the taste makers that make up the collection’s community, the AW20 ‘Engineered For Originality’ campaign continues to position Cat Footwear as the alternative and progressive choice. “User generated content (UGC) has always sat at the heart of Re-Powered, allowing others to translate our brand for their audience has been the key driver of authenticity, credibility and relevancy. This approach not only makes sense for the time we are living in, but it perfectly aligns to the ethos of Re-Powered and sits at the forefront of content trend,” remarks Gemma Little, Cat Footwear International Brand Marketing Manager.

10 Pairs Of Feel-Good Summer Staples That Provide An Instant Wardrobe Boost

If there’s one way to ensure you keep up an optimum regime of wear-anywhere options, a selection of great versatile options might be the ultimate solution to solve your mid-season drama. Is it fitted, or slouchy? The right answer may have not yet come to fruition, but the best propositions are the ones comfortable enough to support you day and night. And, now restrictions are being lifted and normality is slowly-but-surely resuming, there’s no better time to invest in season-defining staples that exude comfort and peerless functionality. Whatever style takes your fancy, the formula reads: dress good, feel better. 

Perhaps you lean towards a ribbed crewneck tee à la Bottega Veneta, or maybe your proclivity knocks harder for a maxi-printed option from ALL SAINTS. Look to Finisterre for a smart update in tailoring, and Wrangler for the timeless denim number. Below, Man In Town’s pick of the best feel-good summer staples to buy now and wear forever, to provide your wardrobe an instant boost. You’re welcome. 





















The Breeziest Summer Staples That Exude Timeless Comfort

Keeping a casual style currency has never been so imperative in the circumstances we’re currently living in. Of course, the #WFH mode will perhaps cease in the new year, however comfort calls for one to look smart even in the most laid-back occasions. The solution? Chucking on a wear-anywhere shirt could solve your seasonal wardrobe conundrum, adding a classic spin to your zoom call meeting set-up (that’s right, crispness is yours for the taking). 

You could opt for an oversized slouchy option in shirting like Scotch & Soda playing with dashes of bright hues, or make Bottega Veneta your prime port of call with a refreshing take on luxurious practicality. Gucci could be a great bet to serve fearless sophistication…even when you’ve run out of options.

Here, a breezy selection of staples ready to pep-up your summer dressing – in just a heartbeat. 















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Louis Vuitton opens new store in Las Vegas

Louis Vuitton has opened a new men’s store in Las Vegas. Located in the famous Bellagio luxury resort and casino, the new shop features a contemporary design reflective of the Paris brand’s luxury roots and uncompromising craftsmanship. The outpost overlooks the popular Bellagio fountains and designed with an eye-catching façade studded with twisted stainless-steel blades. Moreover, the interior is as sleek and as pristine as they come with leather goods being the first selections customers see.

Moving along inside the shop are travel goods and accessories with ready-to-wear at the rear which opens to a relaxing outdoor terrace. Consumers will be pleased to know that the new LV men’s location carries the latest season collection as well as the new LV Volt unisex jewelry collection up for pre-launch. The release, which is the second collection by Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director of Watches and jewelry, is part of the store’s opening. 

The Bellagio outpost is Louis Vuitton’s third store in Las Vegas. The other two are located at the Wynn Las Vegas and the Forum Shops Caesars. 

Frieze London and Frieze Masters cancelled in light of coronavirus continuous disruptions

Frieze London and Frieze Masters are the latest events to be cancelled in the art sphere in light of Coronavirus’ continuous disruptions.

The news comes after Frieze New York announced that it would be refunding nearly 200 planned exhibitors and would instead host online viewing rooms rather than a physical fair. Much like New York’s art fair, Frieze London and Frieze Masters will now be a digital-only showcase. Frieze’s customary exhibition of international gallerists specialising in contemporary artworks and pre-21st-century art had been scheduled to run from October 8 to October 11, 2020, in London’s Regent’s Park. The week would have usually brought thousands o the U.K.’s capital to attend the fairs, as well as the shows, museum exhibitions and auctions around the city. 

The Frieze Viewing Room is set to commence online on the same dates as the fair would have taken place. Visit Frieze.com for more information. 

UNIQLO owner forecasts 50% profit shortfalls in light of the present crisis

Fast Retailing Co., owner of Japanese apparel retailer UNIQLO, has officially readjusted its financial forecasts for the rest of this year, lowering its profit outlook as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

More specifically, the company now expects an annual operating profit of ¥130 billion JPY, approximately comparable to $1.21 billion USD. This marks a 50 percent decrease, as compared to the smaller 44 percent drop previously predicted, which altered due to an operating loss of ¥4 billion JPY ($37,400 USD) in the period between March and May.

Despite these forecasts, Fast Retailing Co. remains positive as it reports a strong bounce in domestic sales for the month of June in Japan as well as a faster-than-expected recovery in the Chinese market. UNIQLO’s domestic sales — which comprise online purchases — rose by a notable 26 percent last month compared to a year earlier, an impressive achievement by the retailer following a 57 percent decrease in April followed by being 18 percent down in May. 

In light of these two recovering markets, the company says it will continue to open more stores globally.

100 word-class photographers team up to grapple against racism

100 world-class photographers from around the world have teamed up to take part in a fundraiser for various anti-racism organisations. Names including Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr and Renell Medrano have all donated work, along with emerging trailblazers including the likes of Joshua Woods, Kai-Isaiah Jamal and Benjamin Huseby, creative director of GMBH. 

Each photographer involved has contributed images from their archives, with each print priced at £100 GBP (approximately $125 USD). The organisers behind the Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser have also added that there will be a series of special announcements regarding artist editions in the near future. 

In a statement launching the fundraiser, the project’s organisers said, “Racism is a deeply Racism is a deeply rooted British issue. As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to lead the fight for equality, the decision to operate under the banner of Anti-Racism is a call for the creative world, and the world at large, to fight racism everywhere it exists, while empowering the organisations and charities already doing this work.”

Take a look through some of the editions that will be available in the gallery above and visit the Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser site for more information. All proceeds minus production and shipping costs will be donated to The Black Curriculum, Black Minds Matter and Exist Loudly.

The creative industry to receive £1.5bn in light of global crisis

Creative organisations are to get a £1.5bn lifeline to help stay in business while coronavirus forces dim all hopes.

The rescue package is expected to help world-known institutions such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Mary Rose Trust. Unveiling the plan, Boris Johnson said the money would help safeguard the arts for “future generations.” The British government has been under pressure to help the arts after warnings the industry would be brought to its knees without government intervention. Now organisations comprising palaces, museums, galleries, live music venues, cinemas and others will be able to access emergency grants and loans. Ministers said the money was the largest ever one-off investment in UK culture. 

MANINTOWN to launch multifunctional studio space, ‘Manintown + Progetto Nomade’ in Milan

Where fashion, culture and art abound.

MANINTOWN prods to new ventures: in the heart of Milan’s metropolitan centre, the menswear and lifestyle platform powers the ‘Manintown + Progetto Nomade,’ a pioneering concept where fashion and design combine one another with the search for novelty and design excellence, along with storytelling. The project was born thanks to the union of two realities: on one hand MANINTOWN magazine, which explores menswear ever since 2014, founded by Federico Poletti; on the other, the PROGETTO NOMADE, a new travelling container inspired by the likes of art, design and the collection of 50s pieces by Christian Pizzinini and Antonio Lodovico Scolari. From this creative synergy, a new exhibition format has developed, burgeoning a narrative that’s curated in visual design by art director and brand strategist Cecilia Melli.

MANINTOWN + PROGETTO NOMADE GALLERY wants to be a prime meeting point, a small living area in the center of the city of Milan, where fashion, craftsmanship or design enthusiasts will meet, likewise industry insiders. The space will host Italian and international talents who will be able to exhibit their productions, but also have networking opportunities thanks to presentations, small happenings and targeted appointments. 

August 2020 will see the launch of MANINTOWN’s e-commerce space, giving change to fashion brands (both emerging and non) and push digital access to retail horizons, encompassing both menswear and womenswear labels. “By combining the strength of the already renowned digital platform with the functionality of the e-commerce platforms and the exhibition space, we can better serve brands in an omni-channel approach,” remarked Francesca Riggio, Executive Brand Strategist Director at MANINTOWN.

The Progetto Nomade, however, has created the space and shared it with MANINTOWN, wants to consolidate the experience of the Palazzo dell’ Elefante della Torre in Salento, where exhibitions and events related to art and the design will enable a solid continuity to the projects and experiment with refreshing promotional approaches.

MANINTOWN’s Editor-In-Chief Federico Poletti concludes: “This space was born in the name of inclusion, giving a voice to new realities that will not only be put on display, but also told in a different way following a phygital vision. From month to month the Gallery’s program will be enriched by creative appointments, scheduling new pioneers and small events. A new phase has now taken place in Milan, city which has always been dynamic and fruitful in cultural initiatives.

Kanye West revamps Chicago Gap store as result Of YEEZY’s collaboration

Kanye West knows exactly how to drop the jaws. Yes, you heard it right. Singer and entrepreneur, he announced a head-scrabbling partnership with chain retailer GAP, kicking off a ten-year-long collaboration. 

A mysterious shroud envelops the Gap Store at the corner of Michigan and Ohio in Chicago, apparently the exact store that West himself used to shop at. https://www.instagram.com/p/CB_RIL9HI_8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

One of the street-facing side features the quirky asymmetric logo for YEEZY Gap (as the joint effort is known), while a larger one at the end of incline is emblazoned with text sourced directly from a note West wrote by hand. It says:

Thank God
Hi Chicago it’s me
This is [the] Gap store
I used to shop at when
I would drive my Nissan
from the southside
so blessed
I thank god and I am
so humbled at the
opportunity to serve
I put my heart into the
color palette and every
detail I love Tron the original
Do you like stuff
I don’t know what to do with
my hands

The text indicates that West himself redesigned the store down to the colour palette. No launch date for the collection or store opening have been confirmed, but specific timelines will surely emerge soon.

Microsoft shuts all its retail stores permanently

Last week, tech giant Microsoft announced a new approach to retail. This approach, taking place with immediate effect, will see the closure of all but four of Microsoft’s stores cross-globally.

Only a quarter of stores of stores will remain open in New York, London, Sydney and Redmond, but they will become Microsoft Experience Centres offering no product sale. The shift to digital service over brick and mortar is something that Microsoft wanted to implement in 2021. As reported by The Verge, Covid-19 made its impromptu catalysing a need for the company to enact immediately. 

Microsoft also noted that none of its retail staff will be let go, as they instead transition to digital-driven positions. Moreover, the company’s site will update its support service with a one-to-one video chat, online tutorial videos and virtual workshops.

“Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location,” said Microsoft Corporate Vice President David Porter in a statement. “We deliberately built teams with unique backgrounds and skills that could serve customers from anywhere. The evolution of our workforce ensured we could continue to serve customers of all sizes when they needed us most, working remotely these last months.”

Facebook will alert you when sharing old news

Social media giant Facebook has dominated the headlines for the past few months, and now the company has just announced that it will be rolling out a new feature which alerts users when sharing content older than three months. Now, when trying to share a post, an alert reading “this article is over three months old” will pop up, allowing you to continue or cancel your post.

Facebook has been criticized for not limiting radical political news, “fake news,” and other potentially harmful stories, and the introduction of the 90-day warning banner, the platform hopes to decrease the amount of untimely content shared by its users.

Vice-president of feed and stories at Facebook said in a statement, “news publishers, in particular, have expressed concerns about older stories being shared on social media as current news, which can misconstrue the state of current events. Some news publishers have already taken steps to address this on their own websites by prominently labeling older articles to prevent outdated news from being used in misleading ways.”

In addition to the new banner, Facebook is also in the process of developing other functions such as highlighting stories containing COVID-19-related content, and will feature a notification detailing the source of the link, and then transfer users to the Facebook COVID-19 Information Center for “authoritative health information.”The 90-day news notification is rolling out across Facebook globally, starting today.

Explore the wild with NICCE’s LA-inspired SS20 collection

It wasn’t all a luxury affair when fashion chose to meet its modern forces. In reality, this meant simple, fairly traditional clothes, done well. Any collection American-related would be missing a trick if it wasn’t a little focused on athleisurewear. Fortunately, NICCE wouldn’t make such a mistake –  the brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection pays homage to the laid-back ease of Los Angeles in the 90’s. Best of all, a super-tactile, utility number with a functional texture is the kind of thing you would want to wear every day. Silhouettes are slouchy and unfussy, with baggy shorts and soft-shouldered jumpers playing key roles. There was a kind of understated beauty to low-key bucket hats in intelligently chosen fabrics and classic jackets that were tweaked just a touch and cropped. This season imbues hints of the utility trend, showcased through gradient tones. Colours mirror iconic NICCE jersey staples, offering newness across wardrobe essentials for upcoming months. Creating the perfect base for festival season, the Kurt-Cobain-esque stripe tees serve-up in nostalgia. This was a collection low on concept and all the better for it; there’s a great deal to love here, which certainly isn’t something you can say at every street brand. 

Available at the brand’s site.

Photographed by Ollie Radford

Kanye West’s Yeezy taps Gap for a decade-long partnership

Kanye West’s YEEZY has signed a reported 10 year partnership with Gap entailing a co-branded line of apparel set to release sometime in 2021. 


The collaborative collection, designed by West and the YEEZY team (helmed by Design Director Mowalola Ogunlesi), will include womenswear, menswear and children’s clothes at accessible price points.

The controversial rapper has long expressed desire to work with Gap. 

In a 2013 radio interview with 99.7 NOW!, West said he approached the brand but “couldn’t get past the politics.” Then in 2015, he told Style.com (now Vogue.com) that he would “like to be the Steve Jobs of the Gap” and take “full Hedi Slimane creative control” of it.

“We are excited to welcome Kanye back to the Gap family as a creative visionary, building on the aesthetic and success of his YEEZY brand and together defining a next-level retail partnership,” Gap Brand Global Head Mark Breitbard said in a statement.Kanye West’s YEEZY x Gap collection will release in 2021 at the Gap website and Gap stores.

Adobe launches “Free Camera App”

After announcing the program over the past year, Adobe has finally released the Photoshop Camera app. The application allows one to apply a plethora of filters for free. 

Photoshop Camera is available for iOS and Android users; it encompasses AI-powered features to improve photos. You can take advantage of quick fixes like auto-tone and portrait control with a single tap or finger-swipe. Filters and effects are just as easy, and you can choose from more than 80 custom filters, saving your favourites to use them regularly. After snapping a picture, Photoshop Camera will suggest effects to apply to ensure the most visually catching result. Then, you can export photos to your computer in the .PSD file format, allowing you to edit in the full version of Photoshop.

Learn more about the it, here.

Jean Liu, Emma Watson And Tidjane Thiam Join Kering’s Board Of Directors

Luxury conglomerate Kering has just added three new members to its board of directors, announcing that actress Emma Watson, businessman Tidjane Thiam and entrepreneur Jean Liu have joined the French Company. “The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team,” said Kering CEO and chairman François-Henri Pinault in a statement.

Emma Watson will serve as Chair of the Sustainability Committee, following years of advocacy on environmental and social justice issues. The actress has been a UN WOMEN Global Goodwill Ambassador since 2014 and has previously been featured in Vogue Australia as a sustainability guest editor.

Tidjane Thiam has been appointed as Chair of the Audit Committee, coming from his previous position as CEO of the Credit Suisse Group AG. Thiam also serves as the African Union Special Evoy on COVID-19, and is a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Jean Liu is the president of Beijing-based transportation company Didi Chuxing and has been at the forefront of empowering women in tech through her DiDi Women’s Network. Additionally, she is a founding member of the advisory board of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, and also serves as a member of the Asia Society’s Board of Trustees.

Kering has been donating around $1 million USD to combat the spread of coronavirus and has reported a 15.4% decrease in revenue in Q1 due to the widespread pandemic.

Coachella has officially been cancelled in light of Coronavirus pandemic

Update – June 2020 Back in March, Coachella Festival announced that it would postpone its festival until October of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, after much deliberation, Coachella has formally been cancelled.

According to Billboard, the festival’s allied company, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), has been financially struggling amid the health crisis. It has had to lay off 15 percent of its employees and has furloughed an additional 100. In addition to that, it has had to issue pay cuts between 20 and 50 percent. “Every employee worldwide will be impacted in one form or another. It is an agonizing decision, but sadly, a necessary one,” AEG’s CEO Dan Beckerman stated in an internal employee memo.

Coachella hopes to return next April; however, AEG predicts the festival might have to be delayed until October 2021 if it aims to have a full-capacity event. For those who have purchased tickets for this year’s event, refunds are currently being placed on hold until AEG confirms the details of next year’s gathering.  

Adidas pledges $20 million to Black communities and vows “more inclusive” hiring

Sportswear giant Adidas has recently issued a statement following last week’s protest due to the organisation’s complacency on racism. Along with the message, the sportswear brand has vowed to immediately implement three steps of action, including a $20 million investment in Black communities, university scholarship for black employees, and focusing on a “more inclusive” hiring. 

Adidas’ investment in BAME communities includes a $20 million pledge in the United States over four years. The money will go to in the adidas School for Experiential Education in Design; and Honouring Black Excellence, a program honouring and supporting the Black community through sport initiatives such as Adidas Legacy, a basketball platform for underserved communities; the adidas School for Experiential Education in Design; and Honouring Black Excellence, a program honouring and supporting the Black community through sport.

Over a five-year, Adidas will finance 50 scholarships each year for Black students at partner schools. The company has also pledged to increase the number of Black employees. According to the memo, 30 percent of new positions at Adidas and Reebok in the US will be filled with Black and Latinx individuals.

The events of the past two weeks have caused all of us to reflect on what we can do to confront the cultural and systemic forces that sustain racism. We have had to look inward to ourselves as individuals and our organization and reflect on systems that disadvantage and silence Black individuals and communities”, said adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted. “While we have talked about the importance of inclusion, we must do more to create an environment in which all of our employees feel safe, heard and have equal opportunity to advance their careers. As adidas, we will create a lasting change and we will do it now.”

We recognize the immense contribution of the Black community to our success and that of others. We promise to improve our company culture to ensure equity, diversity and opportunity. We understand that the fight against racism is one that must be fought continually and actively. We must and will do better” the company concluded.

Apple Card adds interest-free instalments for Macs, iPads, AirPods and more

After Apple’s Chief Executive Officer announcement in April, the Apple Card is now set to add interest-free instalment payments for more of its products. Ever since last year, holders for the credit card created by Apple and issued by Goldman Sachs have been able to purchase iPhone models with 24 months of no interest. 

Apple is now allowing customers to buy Macs, iPads and more through monthly instalments via the Apple Card. The tech company has allegedly announced it will offer 12-month interest-free payment for Macs, iPads, iPad keyboards and display monitors, alongside with similar six-month plans for AirPods, Apple TV and HomePods.

Payments can be made via the Apple Card section in the iPhone wallet app with payments added to monthly Apple Card bills. It is also important to note payment plans are compatible with Apple’s education discounts. Aside from boosting sales of Apple products, the plan will also help promote the enrolment for the Apple Card. 

London Fashion Week Men’s virtual line-up has landed

Back in April, London Fashion Week announced it would become a virtual event in light of the global pandemic. The British Fashion Council has released more details about what to expect when it launches this weekend.

From Friday, the London Fashion Week website will relaunch as a ‘digital platform’, aimed at both industry figures and consumers. The BFC have invited designers, brands, media companies, retailers, and other creatives to submit content for inclusion on the platform, which will be free for members of the public to access.

Over the last three months, designers have had their ability to produce collections severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, which has forced most factories into temporary closure and abruptly halted the fashion industry’s supply chain. As a result, in lieu of traditional shows to unveil new seasonal collections, brands will showcase a variety of digital content formats.

Designers including Marques’Almeida and Robyn Lynch are showcasing smaller capsule collections, while others are opting out of showing clothes entirely: Bianca Saunders will be hosting a panel discussion with SHOWSTUDIO, while designers including RAEBURN and Daniel W. Fletcher are contributing ‘conversations’ instead of presenting collections. The platform will also host podcasts and playlists created by a host of creatives and brands: ART SCHOOL, Ahluwalia, and the retailer Browns are among those who have contributed.

While the line-up is dominated by emerging brands, notably absent from the schedule are most of London’s internationally recognisable names. Burberry, which typically shows its collections in London during February and September, has not participated. Other absentees include Britain’s most successful independent designers: Martine Rose, Wales Bonner, and A-COLD-WALL* are currently opting out, as is Craig Green, who moved his runway shows to Paris in January this year.

The virtual event runs from June 12-14 at London Fashion Week’s website, where the full schedule will be available soon.

Streetwear giant Palace pledges $1 million to Black Lives Matter

Streetwear Giant Palace joins the burgeoning list of brands and institutions donating o the black community, announcing a $1 million pledge to Black Lives Matter and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. The streetwear brand made the announcement on June 8, while sharing an anti-racism video on its Instagram page. 

News of the pledge comes as fellow brands Nike and Jordan, for instance, recently unfolded donations of $40 million and $100 million, respectively, following the atrocious killing of Minnesota-hailed George Floyd. 

“Palace stand firmly with all protesters seeking justice against police brutality and racism,” the company said in a statement. “Looking at a long-term commitment, we pledge to donate 1 million dollars in 2020, starting with the Black Lives Matter and Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.”

Palace added on Instagram, “this ain’t some band wagon shit btw. It just took a hot minute to figure out. if I could drum up a mill by the end of the year. and work out what we’re going to do long-term.”


The British Fashion Council launches Great British Designer Face Coverings Campaign

British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the launch of ‘Great British Designer Face Coverings: Reusable, for People and Planet’, a joint campaign with Bags of Ethics, to manufacture and retail internationally, sustainable and reusable non-medical face coverings to use alongside existing social distancing measures. Designed in London by six British designers such as Halpern, Julien MacDonald, Liam Hodges =, Mulberry, RAEBURN and Rixo, the project aims to raise £1 million with 100% of sale profit going to charity and split between NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, BFC Foundation Fashion Fund and Wings of Hope Children’s Charity.

The non-medical face coverings are manufactured at Bags of Ethics 100% owned partner factories and provide a reusable and sustainable option for the environment with no single-use plastic. The non-medical face coverings will not deplete healthcare system. The product will be retailed at £15 for three reusable, washable, fabric face coverings with two protective pouches. These non-medical face coverings will be available to buy online through britishfashioncouncil.com and through partner retailers soon including ASOS, Boots, John Lewis & Partners and Sainsbury’s (in Tu Clothing sections in selected superstores, convenience stores and online at Tu.co.uk and Argos.co.uk)

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive BFC commented: “Fashion is a unifying force and now, more than ever, it is essential that we collaborate and come together to support each other through difficult times. Our ambition is to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, while protecting vital PPE supplies reserved for the NHS. Through this project, we will not only celebrate British designers but also champion sustainability in a time of crisis.”

Dr R Sri Ram, Chairman, Bags of Ethics: “We have always been at the forefront of supporting the public through mass behavioural changes in positive and useful ways. Since the early 2000s we helped supermarkets, and retailers reduce their single-use plastic bag consumption by 5+ billion units through sustainable and reusable bags. A new challenge arises with the Coronavirus pandemic. Our aim is to manufacture high quality reusable non-medical face coverings for the public which reduces stigma through great British design, in line with advice from our scientific community, whilst having a positive effect on both people and planet.”

Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries said: “Wearing of non-medical face coverings when you can’t socially distance is important to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It is great to see such leadership from our fashion industry – this partnership will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and raise money for important causes.”

The project is part of BFC’s wider initiatives to support creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the pandemic. It aims to instil public confidence and unite the country through creativity, prevent further depletion of medical mask supplies, champion British designers and maximize fundraising opportunities in a time of crisis.

Most recently, the Government issued guidance for the public to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible. The reason why a non-medical facial covering is important is not that it keeps you safe, but because it stops you from inadvertently giving someone else the virus if you are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic.

How to stay informed, vocal and safe amidst times of Social Uncertainty

Now and forever, we stand against any sort of racial injustice. Sharing and promoting content left and right isn’t enough. The resonance of the present calamities should serve as a tool of empowerment to abolish systematic racism and a systematic dictatorship, demanding action and urging a change in collective reasoning. Unity as equality, if we must really define it. 

Below, we’ve collated an exhaustive agenda for you to take part in this time of crisis, advocating for a better impact and change. 

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Justice for George Floyd

The petition currently stands as the largest U.S. petition of all time according to Change.org. It aims to raise awareness of police violence and killings of unarmed African Americans. The end goal is to reach the attention of Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey and DA Mike Freeman to prosecute all four of the officers involved.

Minnesota Freedom Fund

The Minnesota Freedom Fund is a local non-profit group that pays for criminal bails and immigration bonds. The organization has vowed to help free protesters incarcerated by police.

Campaign Zero

Campaign Zero takes a data-driven approach in the search to end police violence in America. The organization aims to limit police interventions through improving community interactions and ensuring accountability.

Know Your Rights Camp

Know Your Rights is a campaign founded by former NFL quarterback and current activist Colin Kaepernick. The goal is to raise awareness on higher education, give people of colour the tools for self-empowerment and teach valuable instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement in any scenario.

Fair Fight

This fund aims to raise awareness of the murder of the unarmed 46-year-old African American Minnesota resident, and to help cover the family’s funeral and legal expenses as they seek justice for George Floyd.

Fair Fight aims to end systemic voter suppression from illegal voting roll purges and gerrymandering efforts to the closing of poll centers that directly affects minority citizens.

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization promoting press freedoms throughout the world. The organization defends journalistic rights to “report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.”

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has been fighting global human abuses since 1961. The operation has over 8 million supporters worldwide and has brought torturers to justice, stood up for the oppressed and championed individual and collective freedoms including gun control, climate change and discrimination.

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998, the Trevor Project has been providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to the LGBTQ community with a focus on those who are under 25 years old. The organization also hosts workshops, ally training, and TrevorSpace — a social networking community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth to connect with friends and allies.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality helps to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. They advocate changes in policies to prevent discrimination, violence and injustice so that the transgender community can not only survive in the present but thrive through acceptance with recently implemented projects like their Racial and Economic Justice Initiative.

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence

The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence was created as a Political Action Committee after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history targeted the LGBTQ community at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. They support government candidates who approach firearm reform in a sensible way, mobilizing the community and raising awareness in an effort to stop senseless gun tragedies.

Food Bank for New York City

Many citizens are currently going hungry. The Food Bank of New York City does more than just aim to eliminate hunger throughout the five boroughs. It champions programs for children (currently one out of every six kids goes hungry in the city) and is undertaking elevated programs to expand its reach during the COVID-19 crisis.

Venture House

Venture House is a New York City non-profit community-based mental health agency and a member of Clubhouse International. The organization helps empower adults who are living with mental illness achieve recovery through access to employment, education, affordable housing and an environment driven by meaningful and engaged relationships.

London, Berlin And Other Capitals Cross-Globally Stand In Protest For Racial Equality

London, June 1st – In England, thousands of people gathered in Trafalgar Square and chanted “No Justice! No Peace!” prior to marching to the American embassy.

Society is on a jaunt with no end. The present atrocities depicted on a socio-political, socio-economic scale are diminishing and agonising, too. As people around the world are demarcating collective efforts and solidarity with the U.S., protests have risen in response to the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old man whose breath was unfairly eradicated last week.

With a video that did the world-tour, (literally), and further social disruptions, justice has gained a serious reprisal from the people. Massive protests have rocketed the British Nation, lashing out against police violence and fueling a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. And supporters in neighbouring Canada, and across the globe such as The United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and New Zealand have stood-up for the U.S. (and its grievous atrocities) over the weekend. Media propaganda had it bold. 

Demonstrators supporting Black Lives Matter marched through Toronto on Saturday, while thousands of protesters gathered in Vancouver on Sunday.


Thousands more people gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday morning – disobeying Great Britain’s lockdown rules which prohibited large gatherings. Crowds chanted “No Justice! No Peace!” before marching to the American embassy. In Milan, a flash mob of kneeling protesters gathered before the U.S consulate. 

Three rallies were reportedly planned for Australian cities including Sydney on Tuesday and Melbourne on Saturday. However, an organiser cancelled Tuesday’s protest after some people threatened to cause havoc and protest against the event. 

The American protests have overwhelmed cities like Minneapolis and Atlanta over the past few days as the civil unrest has led to rioting and loathing places, as well as boosting violence with the police authorities. Curfews have been put in places in several cities, such as Minneapolis, San Francisco, Birmingham and Indianapolis, and the National Guard has been sent to cities including Philadelphia, Louisville and Milwaukee. 

There is also a growing concern that protests will lead to a peak in coronavirus cases.

Tate Awards 10 Artists A “Turner Bursary” In Lieu Of This Year’s Turner Prize

The Tate has officially announced that it shall award 10 artists with a £10,000 GBP bursary (approximately $12,300 USD) in lieu of this year’s Turner Prize.

In normal occasions, The Turner Prize jury would have announced it shortlist of artists in May and would have invited them to create artworks to be displayed in its autumn exhibition. However, as gallery spaces are shut down amidst the coronavirus disruptions, Tate has introduced Turner Bursaries which aims to help a larger selection of artists during these uncertain times. 

This year’s jury has spent the past 12 months visiting hundreds of exhibitions to select nominees for the now-canceled Turner Prize exhibition. Much like the Turner Prize, these bursaries will be awarded to British and Britain hailed artists who have contributed remarkable works in the contemporary arts spectrum. A virtual meeting will be held in June to choose the 10 bursary winners. 

Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain and chair of The Turner Prize jury, commented in a press statement: “The practicalities of organizing a Turner Prize exhibition are impossible in the current circumstances, so we have decided to help support even more artists during this exceptionally difficult time. I think JMW Turner, who once planned to leave his fortune to support artists in their hour of need, would approve of our decision. I appreciate visitors will be disappointed that there is no Turner Prize this year, but we can all look forward to it returning in 2021.”

Dickies’ Latest Collection Looks At The Colourful ‘90s For SS20

Referencing a time when freedom was in the air and everyone was there for a good time (how wistful), Dickies adopted 1990’S tailoring elements and styles to create their SS20 collection. The brand adopts those famous nineties styles into something more contemporary. Using modern, lightweight construction techniques and breathable premium cottons, the brand fused tailoring and sportswear shapes to create a modern take on that urban spirit we’ve always yearned for. Colourful codes are one – of the many – Dickies’ trademarks. Never one to shy away from the brightest of hues, for SS20 Dickies thought it was important to lighten-up our lives in these dark and stressful times. 

A poised take on the retro-inspired trend, the brand taps a past that sees a future filled with novelty and fresh cues. Building a heritage on existing styles within the iconic range, Dickies’ designers deliver a lesson in dynamic and versatile dressing intermixing a blasé take on chromatic elements. Hybrids are made-up of two sight-grabbing combinations: multi-panel constructions and of bold blues, reds and yellows juxtaposed by a softer palette.

Ever since the company’s prime foray, counting over 100 years since its dawn, the brand’s expansion has led to the reinvention of wearable and functional apparel that adopts a culture spanning beyond the likes of functionality – but prods to a perpetuation of practical-driven fashion. Now, more than ever. 

Apple’s Latest Update Warns When Someone With Covid-19 Is Nearby

Apple has released iOS 13.5 and iPad 13.5 GM to developers as of this week. According to 9to5Mac, the update includes the first version of the company’s Covid-19 exposure notification API.

Apple utilises Bluetooth to exchange anonymous identifiers when two people are in close vicinity to one another. If a person has tested positive to Coronavirus, their phone can share a list of everyone they’ve been in contact with to the cloud. When the other person’s iPhone downloads a list of everyone who tested positive (for the virus) in the area, they will be informed of any positive cases around them and prompted to inform health authorities. 

The new feature also shares updates for Face ID. Face ID recognises when someone is wearing a mask, as it has become a pivotal item, and immediately switches over the passcode screen, speeding up the unlock process ever significantly. Face ID itself won’t work, however, until a mask is removed.

Venice Biennale 59th International Art Exhibition Postponed Until 2022

Despite originally moving schedule from May 23 to August 29 this year, Venice Biennale’s 59th International Art Exhibition has been postponed until 2022. As one of the world’s largest (and most prized) exhibitions, its organisers have decided to move the event to make a way for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition “How Will We Live Together?” which was originally scheduled to launch this May.

The new events dates will now go from April 23 to November 27, 2022, meaning the new schedule will coincide with documenta, another prominent art exhibition held once every five years in Kassel, Germany, which was set to launch this summer.

“In the past few weeks it has become apparent that holding the Architecture Biennale this year would have dramatically compromised the event, leaving countless of nations without the representations of their pavilions and preventing hundreds of architects and thousands of viewers to participate in the exhibition,” said Cecilia Alemani, curator of the High Line in New York and artistic director of the next Venice Biennale. “I look forward to having more time with the artists to develop ambitious new projects.”Alemani added: “In 2022, the Art Biennale will open two days before the day in which Italy traditionally celebrates the end of World War II: I hope that the occasion will mark a new celebration of togetherness, a new sense of participation and communion that we are all very much looking forward to.”

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Announces New On-App Shopping Feature

As retailers cross-globally are being forced to adapt to measures during global disruptions for the pandemic, Facebook has announced the launch of a new shopping feature intended to help businesses sell their products online.

Facebook shops, which was announced on Tuesday May 19, will begin rolling immediately, enabling retailers to sell products directly to consumers on both Facebook and Instagram. 

Businesses can also create their own visual “storefront,” which can be customised with imagery and colours. Moreover, stores can have their own business front page, as well as in stories and adverts. Sellers of all sizes are being encouraged to use this new feature, with a fee-free participation cost for all retailers – a type similar to Facebook Marketplace, which surfaces local ads.

The new feature will also be supported across Facebook and Instagram Live, enabling viewers to make product purchases on live streams (real time).

Facebook has launched this new to boost sales amidst global crisis, which has caused a number or closures around the world.

Tie-Dye Is Spurring Hot Vibes Only For 2020 – (So You’re Welcome, DIY)

If your proclivity longs for a cool-meets-slick style renaissance, stop everything you’re doing: The tie-dye technique is a mainstay, so be prepared to embrace it.

Tie-dye was once the stuff of elementary school arts and crafts–DIY gifts bestowed upon parents and grandparents on special occasions. Then, it became a cure for middle school boredom–a photogenic (and budget-appropriate) backyard event for kids who preferred matching tees to friendly bracelets. Now, more than ever, it’s become a full-blown (and sworn) trend for Spring/Summer 2020. Indeed, tie-dye has peaked the helmed of this year’s most coveted trends, elevating fashion to a new status, already pervading our Instagram feeds and favourite retailers.

The 2020 tie-dye obsession began back in September (during the Spring/Summer 2020 catwalks), when R13, Prabal Gurung and Eckhaus Latta stormed tie-dye pieces at New York Fashion Week. Of course, these trend-frenzy items barely resembled their forefathers. 

With tie-due clothes from years past evoke images of the ‘60s and ‘70s–or to say the least, memories of haphazardly dumping colour-rich dye onto cheap T-shirts-contemporary tie-dye hybrids feel crisp and edgy. Once-distinct shades haven’t blended together to form new, compelling tones; they’re starkly separate, acting more as a print than a chromatic fusion.

The result? A dynamic, hot trend that feels clean but organic, bohemian but tailored, avant-garde but contemporary. The reinvention of tie-dye tells us a story of enormous juxtaposition: but juxtaposition that triumphs (decade after decade), that uplifts (one’s dreary style conundrum through tonal psychedelia), that works (if paired accurately), time and time again.

Tie-dye is too often linked to the puerile pleasure-seekers of Ken Kesey’s party bus. But as designer brands refuse to let go (case in point: Loewe’s SS20 iconic tie-dye collection), and as famous men of all shades further indulge, tie-dye isn’t solely for festival season. Though this 2020 fashion trend has been in the works throughout lockdown around the globe, it’s already trickled in many (big and small) fashion retailers. By shopping designers and budget-friendly staples, alike, you can get an incredibly power-tone glimpse at the perfect tie-dye composition (and serve-up the best off-duty looks in the process).

Dip your eye in the below gallery and get ready for a full immersion, assured you won’t sigh nor yawn. You’re welcome.

Balenciaga Lands A New Flagship Store In London

Reports comment that luxury label Balenciaga has authorized a deal to open a new flagship store on London’s Bond Street. The Kering-owned label came in accord with British footwear and handbag retailer Russell & Bromley to take over its lease on for its store on New Bond Street.

Kering liaised with the building’s landlord, the City of London Corp., to take over the first floor of offices above the store too, therefore giving Balenciaga a new two-story flagship shape. Sources commenting on the matter report that Balenciaga allegedly paid $6.2 million USD to take over the lease. However, the parties refused to comment on Bloomerang.

Here’s Your Chance To Gain A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity With Nike

Sportswear giant Nike, as part of the brand’s ongoing response with Coronavirus, CEO and President John Donahoe will be giving one lucky fan the opportunity to win a private tour of Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. The winner will also get to design a pair of their own sneakers with help from the company’s design team.

The experience is part of Fanatics’ “All in Challenge,” a virtual fundraiser supporting a number of non-profit organizations working on Covid-19 relief efforts. Donahoe made the declaration in a video posted to the challenge organizer’s website.

Nike’s serving-up a once in a lifetime opportunity, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Nike world headquarters, attending a design session with the brand’s top designers to create customised sneaker design, and a one-to-one mentorship session with Donahoe.

Donations for this experience are now open with bids starting at $10 for 10 entries and $100 for 200 entries. All of the proceeds will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry, eliminating food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. Bidding ends on June 3.

Festival Season 2020 – Reading And Leeds Cancel This Year’s Editions

Reading and Leeds Festival have officially cancelled their 2020 editions, dealing with the current situation and the fact that both aren’t able to cope with live music shows.

Reading and Leeds Festival is annually scheduled over a three-day weekend in August, in chorus taking place in Leeds and in England. This year’s festivities were supposed to be led by Rage Again, Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and more. 

Organizers of the premier UK festival announced the event’s cancellation in a lengthy statement: “Reading and Leeds will no longer be taking place this year. We’ve been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and we were hopeful we could deliver the ultimate festival to you in August, something to look forward to in these strange and confusing times. However, it has become clear that it’s just not possible for this year’s festival to go ahead.”

The festival continued to thank loyal patrons for their support and understanding, providing them with information for ticket refunds or retainment. Organizers also promised a much better installment next year, writing, “We’re already counting down the days to when we’re back in the fields we call home for the August Bank holiday weekend. We promise you that Reading and Leeds 2021 will be worth the wait.”

Instagram Introduces New Features To Deter Cyber-Scamming

After issuing Facebook’s Community Standards Enforcement Report, Instagram has launched a new series of features designed to deter cyber-spamming and offensive comments, progressing its fight against online bullying and harassment.

The first and most imperative feature comes with the platform now introducing a “mass delete” of comments option. Unlike the old method of deleting comments one by one, users will be given the option to delete up to 25 comments on each post, alongside choosing the accounts they want to restrict or fully block. 

The feature is designed to address the lack of effective e-traffic and to draw more traffic to accounts that have been affected by cyber-scams, as comments can inundate one’s post and have negative outputs overall. Along with this new feature, the platform has enabled people to pin their favourite posts at the top for people to read more easily. Lastly, Instagram will allow one to control which accounts can tag or mention you in either posts or stories. You’ll be provided with three categories to choose from: everyone, only people you follow, or everyone. 

Nike Donates 140,000 Footwear Gear To Frontline Workers

The past few months have seen sportswear household Nike to share a massive contribution towards the Coronavirus pandemic, not only by manufacturing full-face shields and air-purifying respirator lenses, but also pledging $2 million USD from employees. 

Now, Beaverton is growing its efforts once more, working with non-profit Good360 in the U.S. as well as other local organisations in Europe to donate 140,000 pieces of footwear, apparel, and equipment to the frontline medical workers across the globe. 

Part of the donation will consist of Nike’s Air Zoom Pulse, a sneaker designed with Healthcare workers in mind, in partnership with the Oregon Health & Science University and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. 30,000 pairs will be handed out to various hospitals across LA, Memphis and NYC, as well as the Veterans Health Administration, while an additional 2,500 pairs will make their way to Europe, spanning Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris and Belgium.

The North Face Supports Outdoor Companies With Funds In Light Of Covid-19 Disruptions

The fund is available to companies and charities across the U.K., Germany, France and Italy, with the intention of supporting these organisations until they are able to operate again. Winners of the prize will be chosen by The North Face alongside national and local outdoor officials. 

Applications for the Covid-19 Explore Fund are now open through The North Face website, and applications close on May 22.

Brazil Drops Major Fashion Revenues In Light Of Global Disruptions

Brazil has been reportedly affected by the current pandemic, totalling 66,000 confirmed cases and 4,500 deaths from the coronavirus attack, situation that led to major downfalls in economy, dropping sales to 50 percent. 

The figure comes from a recent WWD report, where Chief Financial Officer of luxury beachwear brand Luis Lima remarked – “We are expecting 50 percent across the board.

Shares are the same sentiment as analysts’ predictions for retail in general. Lima also pointed out lockdowns in the country’s capital have led to store closures. 

“All of Brazil is closed and the only stuff that’s selling is online,” says Andrea Milanez, who handles São Paulo Fashion Week’s public relations. “Everyone is doing sales but even then, no one is buying. People are worried about what is happening.” She also points out that after the pandemic, the consumer’s spending habits will change: “People won’t buy like they used to,” she added. “They will probably change their view of fashion and how they buy it. We will probably see a lot more online buying.”

Facebook And Google To Imply #WFH Measures Until The End Of 2020

Leading technology companies Facebook And Google have recently announced that the majority of employees who can carry out their jobs from home will be able to do so until the end of the year.

Google is extending its work from home measures for seven more months from June 1, while Facebook said it will reopen its offices – after considering factors like public health data and government guidance – on July 6, when COVID-19 lockdown measures are gradually lifted. 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that employees who need to return to the office will be able to do so starting in July, with augmented measures put into place. Facebook is still determining which employees will be required to come in. “As you can imagine this is an evolving situation as employees and their families make important decisions re: return to work,” a Facebook spokesman remarked.

April saw Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg explaining that Facebook’s employees would be among the last to return back to office, nothing the return would have to be staggered and that “helping the rest of our community and local economy to get back up and running first” is the priority.” The company was the first tech firm to state employees will conduct their job from home.

With work from home policies continuing to broaden, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Fortune that the coronavirus pandemic is creating a “double shift” for female employees, who are now fully responsible for home-schooling kids and caring for their relatives. She said Facebook has given employees a bonus of approximately $1000 dollars for their work and childcare costs, with an urge to relieve major hindrances in home scenarios. 

Apple Music Lands In 52 Other Countries

Apple Music wants you to keep calm and enjoy the track you love. The streaming service has officially entered in 52 additional countries, making the service available in 167 countries and regions after 5 years since its prima launch. 

Reports states Apple is now offering these countries free six-months music streaming services. The 52 countries include Algeria, Angola, the Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Chad, Croatia, Guyana, Iceland, Jamaica, Kuwait, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, North Macedonia, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay and Yemen.

In addition to Apple Music’s extension, Apple has also made other services like the App StoreApple Arcade, Apple Podcasts and iCloud available in 20 new countries. The App Store and iCloud — two of the tech giant’s basic online features — is now accessible to most of the world, landing in 175 countries and regions. The additional countries, with the exception of Afghanistan and Nauru, also received Apple Music and includes Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Georgia, Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, Maldives, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Rwanda, Serbia, Tonga, Vanuatu and Zambia.

Fashion Revolution Names H&M “World’s Most Transparent Brand” – However, Concerns Soar High

In the new analytical index of Fashion Revolution, showing the ranking of the world’s leading brands (and how they communicate) on social, political, environmental and economical terms, atop of the list is H&M (with a 73 percent grading against data points). The average score for the 250 brands was only 23%.

According to Fashion Revolution, any scores over 70 implies a good transparency of social and environmental practices. Sportswear giants Adidas and Reebok scored 69 percent, while Gucci, for instance, reached a score of 40 percent. Zero percent was scored by Bally, Max Mara and Tom Ford. 

A head-turning statistic factor from the report reveals that only two percent of brands pay above minimum wage to workers amid the supply chain, with Patagonia being the street pillar to disclose data on their supply-chain workers earning above the living wage. 

To be included in such ranking, brands must increment sales constantly, reaching a turnover of over $400m across sportswear, luxury or high street, meaning smaller labels who do not meet the criteria cannot be included. And to make things clear, transparency isn’t eponymous to sustainability. 

In a recently released statement, Carey Somers (Fashion Revolution’s Operations Director) points the effect of the pandemic on global supply chains. “The crisis has brought to light the systemic problems within the industry and revealed just how fragile the system really is,” she says. “For decades, brands have chased ever-cheaper production and factories operating on impossibly tight margins, consequently, workers’ wages and rights have been squeezed.”

Apple’s iPhone 12 Design Has Now Landed (And It’s Quite Worth Checking Out)

Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 12 was rumoured to grasp design cues from the latest iPad, and a newly-posted video shows how precise those speculations were. YouTube channel EverythingApplePro gave an up-close peek at a physical render using a 3D-printed model of the unreleased device. The 12-minute-long video breaks down the 12’s features, including a 6.7-inch display – the largest produced by an iPhone yet. 

As predicted, the new models design borrows cues from the latest iPad Pro. In fact, it’s literally described as “the pro iPhone.” Further features include a three-way camera composition and LiDAR scanner, a new Smart Connector, and its surprisingly agreeable square frame. 

It should be clarified that the leak is based on a CAD that is 70 percent complete.

For more information, take a peek at the video below. 

Facebook Launches “Care” Emoji In Light Of Coronavirus Pandemic

As the world continues its crusade against social disruptions, Facebook has recently launched a website to make it easier for people to share their support and unity.  

The app has added a new emoji to its wide collection: A “caring” symbol hugging a heart. Messenger users, similarly, can activate a pink-purple heart by pressing onto the existing heart icon. With lockdown measures actualised across the globe, Facebook is now an important communication platform to check on loved ones. 

“We know this is an uncertain time, and we wanted people to be able to show their support in ways that let their friends and family know they are thinking of them,” tweeted Alexandru Voica, Facebook’s EMEA Communications Manager for Engineering. Weeks to come will see Facebook showing warning messages in News Feed to users who have liked, reacted to “harmful” covid-19 information, announced on April 16. 

Canadian Outerwear Brand Nobis Pledges To Kickstart A Donation Of Online Sales In Response To Covid-19 Crisis

Canadian premium outerwear brand Nobis has announced a three-week global initiative, whereby 100% of online sales will be donated to help frontline health medical workers who continue the battle against the scattering of the pandemic. 

From April 10 to 20, 2020, the pre-tax purchase price from all online sales of the brand will go directly to support hospitals and healthcare workers around the world responding to COVID-19 in urgent need of supplies and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). All global sales will be directed to the Red Cross COVID-19 to enable Red Cross and Red Crescents around the world to support Covid-19 preparedness, response and recovery activities. 

In Canada, the list of recipients comprises the CanadaHelps Covid-19 Healthcare & Hospital Fund, which supports over 90 hospital foundations across the country, and five local Ontario hospital foundations – Headwaters Health Care Foundation, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, Scarborough Health Network Foundation, Toronto General, & Western Hospital Foundation and William Osler Health System Foundation. 

This program is being implemented in addition to the commitment made last week when brand donated $100,000 to local hospitals in Ontario. Customers making purchases on Nobis’ website between April 10 to 30, will be able to direct the donation funds to the organisation of their choice, by selecting the hospital or organisation name at the time of check out. For the full list of benefitting foundations and additional details on the initiative, please visit Nobis’ community resource page: Nobis.com/pages/community.

A recent statement saw the label’s Co-Founder and Vice President Robin Yates commenting: ““Nobis, Latin for ‘us’, has always understood the importance of community, and we are incredibly proud of and indebted to our frontline healthcare providers whose bravery and selflessness are a beacon of hope in uncertain times. There has never been a crucial time for us to further our community support. This is why Nobis is doing everything within our means to recognise and support the incredible sacrifice being made by these outstanding individuals in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.”

Facebook’s Founder Mark Zuckerberg Postpones Over Capacity Events Until Summer 2021

Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will delete over capacity and physical events with more than 50 people through June 2021, due to concerns that may arise in regard to coronavirus. This year’s F8 conference, scheduled to take place on May 5 and 6 was cancelled back in February. The latest update means that F8 will not occur next year either.

Other events such as Oculus Connect and GDC 2020, which Facebook said it will not host, have all been cancelled too. 

“The summary is: we’re slowing our plans to return to the office in order to prioritize helping the rest of our community and local economy to get back up and running first,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. Zuckerberg noted that when large groups of employees do return back to Facebook offices, they will do so in staggered waves to keep people safe and minimize the risk of future outbreaks. Facebook is also requiring the “vast majority” of employees to work from home until at least the end of May and is extending its policy of no business travel through at least the end of June this year.

“Most Facebook employees are fortunate to be able to work productively from home, so we feel a responsibility to allow people who don’t have this flexibility to access shared public resources first,” he concludes. “I hope this helps contain the spread of Covid-19 so we can keep our communities safe and get back up and running again soon.”

Select Apple Stores In The US To Reopen In Upcoming Weeks

Alongside Apple’s fiscal second-quarter earnings, CEO Tim Cook revealed the company plans to reopen some select retail stores this month. 

Cook made the announcement to Bloomerang, saying that he believes “just a few, not a large number” of stores in the US will re-open in the first-half of May. Apple is reportedly “going to look at the data and make a decision city by city, county by county, depending on the circumstances in that particular place.”

Moreover, the company plans to reopen every retail store in Australia and Austria. 

Apple released its quarterly financial results on April 30th, looking back at the financial repercussions of the global disruption. As stated in the report, the company has $192.8 billion cash on hand, that’s down 7.4% from its fiscal first quarter of 2020.

However, Apple’s revenue has reached an all-time high of $13.3 billion.

Banksy’s Bathroom Art Is Your Ultimate Lockdown Pleasure (And No, Don’t Feel Sorry)

In times seeped by global disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the sphere of the arts acquires a whole new peep that tackles creativity through ground-breaking styles. From tik-tok’s dancing queens (and kings) to fawning avenues to nurture craftsmanship, there’s always something for everyone. Though social distancing might have well been a source of embracing quarantine in our respective homes, consider Banksy’s confinement idea your ultimate mood booster – that’s when you’re in the loo. 

The graffiti mogul shared on Instagram a photograph of stencilled rats on the wall – becoming an exclusive insight for his fans, as he never shares images of his home. Humorously titled My wife hates I work from home; the work shows the gang of spray-painted rodents making a mess with one swaying from a light fixture and another clomping on a tube of toothpaste until it spurts. 

Rats are pervasive attribute in Banksy’s art practice, serving-up political satire as a ballot of rebellion and heroism.

BBC Arts To Launch Digital Festival “Culture In Quarantine”

International leading public service broadcaster BBC has launched Culture in Quarantine, a digital festival of the arts that gives insightful access to exhibitions, presentations and museums that would be shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The broadcaster service remarks the program is “rooted in the experience of national lockdown,” giving the public access to the arts whilst supporting creative organizations and artists. 

In a four-section series called Museums in Quarantine, BBC will dive into national collections. For the first series, visitors will be able to go inside the Tate Modern for a last look at Andy Warhol’s retrospective. 

Ensuing programs will focus on the Ashmolean’s “Young Rembrandt” exhibition, looking at further collections in the British Museum. 

Other programming for Culture in Quarantine include a puppet show by Margaret Atwood, a virtual book festival curated by Kit de Waal and productions chosen by the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

The BBC has also launched a Culture in Quarantine Fund liaising with Arts Council England that will support 25 established English-based artists to produce works that “adhere imaginatively and lawfully to the principles of self-isolation.”

“It’s important during this period that we maintain access not just to news and information, but to the arts and culture…” said Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC. “By working together, we can still have a vibrant period of culture to brighten our lives.”

Visit BBC’s website to stay in the know and to get the latest updates.

American Vogue’s Digital Met Gala Wants You To Take Part Too

In light of a disrupting pandemic, global circumstances call for a shift in social customs – galas and festivals included. The first Monday of May could only mean one thing: The Met Gala, in other words, The Oscars of Fashion, where industry groundbreakers[co1]  gather in the name of charity (and sartorial excellence). 

Due to the current situation affecting the fashion community in its entirety, Vogue Magazine has chosen to host a virtual alternative to the Met Gala today. The historic event has been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

The yearly fundraising event would have marked its 150th anniversary tonight. American Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour remarked the following in a recent statement: “It would be impossible to recreate the gala on Monday evening, though I have loved hearing how so many are marking the occasion in their own ways. So instead, I asked a few friends to join me for a simple moment — one that I hope will bring us all a bit of joy.”

The digital Met Gala, titled “A Moment With The Met,” will foresee a live performance from Florence + the Machine and a live DJ set from Virgil Abloh. 

As tickets for the Met Gala usually amount up to $35,000, this may feasibly be the most low-price chance to get involved in the fashion’s wildest parade yet. In order to support the Met’s Costume Institute, Vogue Magazine has prompted to donate the Met and the CFDA’s “A Common Thread” initiative, which provides financial backing for emerging designers and independent business amidst the pandemic. Virtual attendees are also encouraged to donate where possible.

The event’s official Livestream will happen on Vogue’s YouTube channel at 6 p.m. EST.

Get Space-Ready À La Prada, And Embrace Retro-Futurism In This Micro Capsule Of Shirts

Prada has released four new propositions of its stanning bowling shirts for SS20, opting to explore retro-futurism through graphic patterns that take us back to the ‘90s.

Christened the “Double Match” bowling shirts, the various pieces see a 50/50 whole print split vertically at the center front, whereby the left side features the Prada logo, with the right side featuring collaged prints. 

The shirts themselves were constructed utilising a Cuban collar and a cropped, wide-fitted structure, amplifying the level of breeziness and comfort ahead of the warmer season.

The various pieces feature a selection of 4D CGI graphics, cassette tapes and more, adorned on heavy-coloured and bold cotton poplin.

Two of the iterations feature the Prada Vertigo logo alongside maxi digital graphics, while the other two options feature hugely sized motifs: One with the Prada oval logo and the other clad with the Prada visage logo detail.

Take a look at Prada’s SS20 shirts capsule at Prada’s website.

Instagram’s New Food Service Features Drip In Choices

Instagram has recently updated its App with some new features that aid restaurants and food services amid Coronavirus crisis. Business accounts can now add stickers and buttons that allow users to order food and buy gift cards. 

One of the App’s latest updates lets users buy gift cards from a business. It’s an approach adopted to help organisations to boost their business, and customers will be able to shop with the funds once the shop doors reopen again.

Another feature is a sticker that allows users to order food directly to their door from the app itself. Stickers can be added to stories, and buttons to profiles. According to Instagram, the update was created with the intention of helping organisations facing hardship amid the pandemic: “Small businesses are an important part of our community, and many are facing immense challenges during the COVID‑19 crisis.

Today, we’re making it easier to discover gift cards, online food orders, and fundraisers on Instagram so you can support the businesses you love.”

Tik Tok Outpaces 2 Billion Downloads: Everything You Need To Know

Tik-Tokkers, rejoice! The app has officially exceeded 2 billion downloads, according to an analytical report Sensor Tower.

The ByteDance social video app accumulated a whopping 315 million downloads across the App Store and Google Play in Q1 2020 – the highest number of downloads for any app in a quarter. Of the 2 billion downloads, more than 1.5 billion come from Google Play while the App Store accounts for 495.2 million downloads. 

Senior Tower credits Tik Tok’s surge to the coronavirus pandemic, as mobile phone have become the ultimate weapon to dwell against quarantine’s boredom. 

India takes the lead with the highest number of lifetime installs with 611 million downloads, translating to 30.3 percent of the total. Following the South Asian country is China with 196.6 million downloads for its local version called Douyin. The figure translates to 9.7 percent of total downloads, however Sensor Tower notes that the number doesn’t include the country’s third-party Android store downloads. At number three is the United States with 165 million downloads, translating to 8.2 percent.

Spotify Reaches Peak Streaming Revenues Amidst Global Challenges

Leading streaming service Spotify has reached $2 billion in revenue for Q1 2020, tapping analysts’ forecasts. Consequently, the streaming company welcomed a decisive net-sum profit of $1 million, while other businesses remain at loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In light of global challenges lingering across the entire world, chances are we’re all in a better mood of listening to artists we love and cherish for. And on that note, Spotify’s monthly users have peaked to 286 million, while paid users are at 130 million and ad-supported monthly active users are at 163 million.

According to TechCrunch, the spike falls in line with the boost in media streaming services amid the pandemic. However, while numbers soar, other areas decrease. 

Spotify reports that streaming shows low consumption in areas heavily affected by the pandemic, such as Italy and Spain. Furthermore, listening patterns vary with more frequency. 

“Despite the global uncertainty around COVID-19 in Q1, our business met or exceeded our forecast for all major metrics,” Spotify revealed to shareholders. “For Q2 and the remainder of the year, our outlook for most of our key performance indicators has remained unchanged with the exception of revenue where a slowdown in advertising and significant changes in currency rates are having an impact.”

Visit Spotify to stay in the know.

Louis Vuitton Crafts Gowns For Paris’ Frontline Hospital Workers

Louis Vuitton has subverted its Parisian RTW atelier unit to craft gowns for frontline hospital workers, with an aim to render help due to covid-19 pandemic.

The move paves alongside Louis Vuitton’s latest strategy that saw the maison producing tons of non-surgical face masks, in support to those in need during the battle against Covid-19. Louis Vuitton has subverted its Rue Du Pont Neuf headquarters into an industrial unit to produce gowns for six staff at six Parisian hospitals of the “Assistance Publique” – Hôpitaux de Paris” operation (AP-HP), which takes care of covid-19 patients.

Louis Vuitton has remarked that 20 volunteers have been recruited to undertake the task of producing gowns. The gowns are crafted with AP-HP fabrics and patterns, and will be gifted to the following hospitals: Hôpital Antoine-Béclère in Clamart; Hôpital Bicêtre in Kremlin-Bicêtre; Hôpital Paul-Brousse in Villejuif; Hôpital Ambroise-Paré in Boulogne-Billancourt; Hôpital Raymond-Poincaré in Garches, and Hôpital Sainte-Périne in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

Touching on the topic, Louis Vuitton’s CEO and Chairman said: “We are proud to be able to help healthcare professionals at our level and put our know-how at the disposal of the Hôpitaux de Paris to create gowns for medical staff. I would like to thank the artisans of our atelier who voluntarily participate in this civic act and who have been bravely applying themselves since this morning to equip healthcare workers in hospitals who are in need of gowns.”

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Covid-19 Holds A Knock-On Effect On The iPhone 12 Release

Apple is allegedly delaying production of the iPhone 12 by a month, according to the Wall Street Journal.

And while that doesn’t essentially imply a push-back in the release date, it’s likely that the new handset will be in much shorter supply down the track. 

The current pandemic has inevitably caused grievous disruptions to the global supply chains, and according to “people familiar with changes”, disruptions will impact accessibility later in the year. 

Thanks to mass manufacturing over the summer months, Apple is usually able to unveil its new iPhone in September and start distributing devices before the end of the month. Insiders have indicated that the brunt of the pandemic will be seen later in the year with a more restricted supply of the flagship model. 

Setbacks aside, the new iPhone is still one of the most anticipated announcements of the year from the company. 

High-level Art Gets Auctioned On eBay

eBay has joined forces with the Help a Life Foundation on a special auction featuring high-level artworks by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and more. Comprising a plethora of photographs and paintings, the sale will be directed to the benefit of the foundation that houses an education for adolescent orphaned girls in Debre Markos, Ethiopia.

One of the key highlights is Picasso’s Le Musicien de Rue, a lithographic print that was published in Paris back in 1956. The artwork is one of only 2,500 prints. Moreover, Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Can print is up for grab. The work was first published in 1988 by the Belgium-based Galerie Ronny van de Velde. 

The auction is up until May 6. Visit eBay for Charity’s website for more information.

“Writing The Future: Jean-Michel Basquiat And The Hip Hop Generation” Goes Virtual

Comprising works By Basquiat, RAMMELLZEE, Futura and more.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has decided to postpone the physical launch of its greatly anticipated “Writing The Future: Jean-Michael Basquiat and The Hip-Hop Generation”. The exhibition was initially bound to take place from April 5 to August 2, 2020. Instead, MFA Boston will launch a virtual version in weeks to come.

A recent statement saw MFA Boston remarking: “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation’ tells the story of artists who overcame great barriers to bring the world entirely new forms of cultural expression. Now more than ever, it is an exhibition that is urgently needed—one that promises to bring our museums and communities of all ages and backgrounds together at a moment in which new modes of access to art, culture, and ideas will pave the way to our shared future.”

The show will display exclusive, rare works by Jean-Michel Basquiat alongside Keith Haring, Futura, RAMMELLZEE among others. Overall, the exhibition will offer insights into Basquiat before he rose to fame, epitomising his socio-political issues that influenced his iconic works, and showcasing the relationship with fellow artists that helped define New York City’s downtown art and the hip-hop scene in the ‘80s. One of the highlighted, collaborative works to go on display is the United (Fun Fridge) that comprises a slew of hand tags by Basquiat, Haring, Futura, Eric Haze, Kenny Scharf and others. 

Visit MFA Boston’s website for more updates on the exhibition. 

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Apple And Google Join Forces In A Tech-Savvy Rejoinder Against Covid-19

As the current global circumstance continues being disrupted by the turmoil of the pandemic, Apple and Google have joined forces in developing a technology that tracks and reduces the spread of Covid-19.

A recent statement saw both companies remarking: “All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.”

Bluetooth will alert users if they have been in contact with someone who has been infected by the virus. The companies aren’t designing an app for this purpose, but rather they’re drawing a framework that could be later evolved into an app for ioS10 or Android.

The release of this feature is still yet to be revealed.  

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H&M Borrows €980 Million To Boost Liquidty Amidst Crisis

As retailers are lurching from global effects caused by the pandemic, H&M took precautionary measures by borrowing €980 million to strengthen its liquidity buffer over the course of the pandemic. 

According to Reuters, H&M’s 12-month bank facility comes with a six-month extension option, topping the retailer’s €700 million facility from 2017, which matures in 2024.

“The H&M group’s liquidity remains good,” H&M said in a statement. “The group is continuing its work to set up a combination of different financing solutions.”

Being the world’s second largest retailer, H&M is slowly but surely gearing up for a loss marked for he first time in decades. The company plans to raise additional funds and launch other initiatives in aid of these times.

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Facebook Creates “Quiet Mode” Feature To Improve Users’ Balance On The App

Facebook has reportedly added a new feature to its app, “Quiet Mode” to give a better equilibrium to the platform and its users.

According to The Verge, the new function will stop “most” of the app’s push notifications with the exemption of legally required information such as privacy updates. When users launch the app while on Quiet Mode, they will receive a reminder by Facebook stating the feature is still turned on. Quiet Mode is available to switch on/off both manually and on schedule, providing its users the freedom to abandon the app whenever they feel like it.

In a Covid-19 information report, Facebook stated that “As we all adjust to new routines and staying home, setting boundaries for how you spend your time online can be helpful. Whether it’s to help you focus on your family and friends, sleep without distraction or manage how you spend your time at home, we have tools that can help you find the right balance for how you use Facebook.” 

The new feature is fully available for iOS users and will launch in May on Android. 

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Nike Launches New Features To Spotlight Its Products’ Sustainability

In celebration of World Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, sportswear household Nike launched a new feature to help consumers to identify its sustainable designs. Aside from adding a new ta on its website under “Shop Sustainable Materials” that applies a direct filter, Nike will now also display its Sunburst badge on both its product walls in-store and on product display pages online, meaning that a product is made from at least 50 percent sustainable materials. From items meeting this threshold, here will be a new feature called “How This Was Made,” giving customers more insight into where things were sourced and how the product was produced. 

“Earth Day, long credited with launching the modern environmental movement, is more than an annual observance for Nike,” the brand writes. “It is fuel to continue building on decades of advancing sustainability and setting bold goals for the future. From creating innovative ways to recycle shoes nearly 30 years ago to recent measures that address climate change, Nike has long been committed to helping protect the planet to create a better future for sport. After all, there is no finish line.”

Head over to Nike’s website to get in the know with more information. 

Gucci Sales Are “Crashing” According To Kering Q1 Report

Luxury conglomerate Kering S.A. (Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, and Saint Laurent) has revealed its financial report for Q1 of 2020. Similar to the Q1 report from rival LVMH, the Coronavirus outbreak has quivered revenues streams with a reported shortfall of 15.4 percent.

Gucci, among Kering’s most profitable brands, has witnessed a sale downfall by 22 percent worldwide compared to Q1 of 2019. This has been attributed to the closure of physical stores and suspension of travels, interrupting the essential profits obtained by the Chinese investors. This decline, however, was offset by an increase in online sales, which now counts for 9.5 percent of Gucci’s retail strategy.  

Jean-Marc Duplaix, Kering’s chief financial officer remarked that exclusivity will be ever more paramount than before,” as Gucci plans to make further reductions from wholesale. In contrast, one of Kering’s less established brands Bottega Veneta actually saw a growth with a 10.3 percent increase for Q1, which was put down to a 55 percent year-over-year growth from wholesale. Bottega Veneta was recently taken over by Daniel Le, who has tactfully repositioned the brand as a key player in the new wave of Italian craftsmanship, harnessing eco-conscious materials and low-key branding. 

While statistics are looking promising, Bottega Veneta’s Q1 track record was reasonably low. 

Duplaix also commented further discounts and product mark-downs that are expected for Spring/Summer 2020, as collections begin to pile up in warehouses as a result of shut down stores. He continued, “we know we will face a very difficult second quarter and a challenging year overall, but I can assure you that we are not only adapting to these unexpected circumstances, we are also using these lessons to improve our efficiency, resilience, and agility to emerge better prepared for the future.”

MoMA Lands Free Art-Driven Courses

The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) has recently launched a series of free online courses. From boosting your competence in modern art to deepening your photography skills (to make you a pro), topics are predominantly art-focused and tailored to be gripped by a wider demographic. The courses are: “Fashion as design,” “Seeing through photography,” “In the studio: abstract post-war painting,” “Modern art and ideas,” and “What is contemporary art?”

“Seeing through photography” will aid amateur photographers to grasp a variety of approaches to photographic methods, the context and shifts of our perspective of an image, and the role of photography in today’s world. Furthermore, the “Modern art and ideas” courses will help interested learners to understand modern art through audio interviews with artists, designers, and curators alongside readings and interactive exercises.

View the full list of courses provided by MoMA on its website.

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McDonald’s Rewards Medical Workers With Free “Thank You Meals”

In times stressed by global socio-political disruptions, (free) food is yours for the taking. Good causes only, here’s why…

McDonald’s is the latest service to introduce “Free” meals in light of the current pandemic. From April 22 running through May 5, the franchise will offer free breakfast, lunch or dinner to medical workers that present their work badges. A gesture to give something back to the community affected by the current disruption. 

“We have been inspired by the way our franchisees have been going above and beyond to support their local communities throughout this trying time,” continued Joe Erlinger, President or McDonald’s USA in the statement. “I couldn’t be prouder of how our company, franchisees and supplier partners have come together to give back to those who are working tirelessly for our country. That is truly our McDonald’s system at its best.”

For more information, visit McDonald’s website here.

London-Based Retailer Browns Launches “Family Affair” Enterprise To Champion Creative Community

London-Based retailer Browns has launched its new “Family Affair” Initiative. The project is intended to provide a platform to creatives, including a series of guest editors to curate and commission content alongside their own friends and regular collaborators. 

The project will involve the likes of creatives deriving from a variety of backgrounds: models, artists, activists, producers, stylists and activists. 

As well as launching “Family Affair” to support creatives during this difficult time, Browns has acclaimed its support for the BFC Foundation Covid Crisis Fund. A recent statement saw Browns CEO Holli Rogers remarking: “More than ever connectivity, collaboration and unity are key. For this reason, we are acutely aware of the economic pressures these smaller brands are under and in an attempt to help minimise the impact of these uncertain times, we will not cancel orders. The team and I at Browns are here to talk, listen and find solutions with all of our brands.”

Browns’ “Family Affair” project will take place on its website and on its multi-channels.

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London Fashion Week Goes Gender Neutral, Launching A Digital Platform For The Next 12 Months: Everything You Need To Know

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has just announced that for the next twelve months, all London Fashion Week will merge womenswear and menswear designers into a one-gender platform, allowing greater flexibility.

From this June, London Fashion Week will take a new approach as a digital-only platform in light of these delicate times and will run from June 12 2020 through its normal time. The digital platform (available at www.londonfashionweek.co.uk) will relaunch and be for both trade and consumer audiences. 

The new digital experience will be open to global audiences, offering interviews, webinars, digital showrooms and exclusive insights in London’s fashion, giving the opportunity to existing collections and retailers to make orders for next season’s merchandise. 

With an aim of boosting a community, London Fashion Week will ensure storytelling is done to give a fresh voice to British fashion, putting together a platform that comprises content from designers, creatives, artists and brand partners, enabling collaboration and bringing together fashion, culture and technology.

Caroline Rush CBE, BFC Chief Executive commented: “It is essential to look at the future and the opportunity to change, collaborate and innovate. Many of our businesses have always embraced London Fashion Week as a platform for not just fashion but for its influence on society, identity and culture. The current pandemic is leading us all to reflect more poignantly on the society we live in and how we want to live our lives and build businesses when we get through this. The other side of this crisis, we hope will be about sustainability, creativity and product that you value, respect, cherish. By creating a cultural fashion week platform, we are adapting digital innovation to best fit our needs today and something to build on as a global showcase for the future.  Designers will be able to share their stories, and for those that have them, their collections, with a wider global community; we hope that as well as personal perspectives on this difficult time, there will be inspiration in bucketloads. It is what British fashion is known for.” 

London’s Original Print Fair Turns Virtual

The London Original Print Fair has pledged its plans of creating an online version of the event in May, due to the Covid-10 outbreak. Originally scheduled to take place at the Royal Academy of Arts, the event will launch a digital version which aims at comprising a “browse and buy” selection of works.

In addition, viewing rooms will enable visitors to view and purchase prints spanning five centuries, while number of exhibitors will host themed exhibitions. A multimedia map will give visitors the opportunity to dive into a number of stands.

Being London’s longest-running art fair, London Original Print Fair online will host 51 print dealers, galleries and publishers cross-globally, providing resources for collectors to showcase prints on the current art market.

The list of exhibitors includes numerous galleries across the countries, encompassing the works of artists that span from Rembrandt to David Hockney.

The event will launch on May 1, and it will be shown live at London Original Print Fair’s website for the whole month.

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Two Months Post-Mortem, Kobe Bryant Has Been Nominated To Basketball Hall of Fame

Two months after Kobe Bryant’s death, the NBA star is receiving his sport’s greatest honour. Bryan has been appointed to lead this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class. The announcement was made formally Saturday on ESPN.

Bryant was a five-time NBA star and the fourth all-time leading scorer in league history, winning two Olympic gold medals. The 2020 class may epitomise one of the most glorious ever in basketball history. The late Laker will be enshrined along with Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Women’s NBA star Tamika Catchings. 

In a conversation with ESPN, Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant told ESPN: ““It’s an incredible accomplishment and honour. We’re extremely proud of him. Obviously, we wish he was here with us to celebrate.” She described the inauguration “the peak of his NBA career” and remarked that “there’s some solace knowing that he was probably going to be part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class.”

The Class of 2020 will be hallowed on August 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Nike Shuts Largest Circulation Centre As Employee Contracts Coronavirus

On the 2ND of April 2020, Nike sharply closed its largest distribution center in Frayser, Tennesse after an employee tested positive for Coronavirus. The 2.8 million-square-foot facility is where most of the brand’s sneakers are shipped out of and is now implemented with a scrupulous disinfection process.  

In an official statement to MLK50, Nike remarked the following: “The health and safety of our team is always our first priority. We have temporarily closed one of our Memphis, TN, distribution facilities. During this period, we will be conducting a comprehensive disinfection process. We are targeting to reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 5.”

According to the report, employees were informed that one of them had tested positive for the virus, leaving such case with a decision to shut down facilities after a Meeting of that same day. Workers were informed that they would continue to be paid during the temporary closure and were handed a hotline number to seek for further assistance.

The North American Logistic Campus in Frayser is Nike’s largest in the world and one of the most crucial locations of the brand’s online commerce operations. It remains to be seen how this temporary closure will affect Nike’s distribution worldwide. 

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Apple Releases Cheaper Version Of iPhone SE

Apple has officially announced the cheapest handset of its range, the iPhone SE. Starting at around £320, the device comes in black, white, and red, available for pre-orders from Friday, April 17. 

The iPhone serves as the second generation of the iPhone SE. Its features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and Touch ID while powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic, which is the fastest chip in a smartphone. According to Apple, the phone boasts the best single camera system to date in an iPhone.

The iPhone SE is constructed with aerospace-grade aluminium and durable glass. It’s water resistant up to one meter for 30 minutes and also dust resistant. The home button on the phone is designed with sapphire crystal, featuring a steel ring that is able to detect a user’s fingerprint for touch ID. The single-camera system includes a 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture wide camera with Portrait mode, six Portrait Lighting effects, and Depth Control. Smart HDR relights objects in a frame to offer a more natural look to the image. The rear camera can capture a video at 4K up to 60fps, while QuickTake video on the front and rear cameras allows someone to record a video without leaving Photo mode.

The iPhone can be charged wirelessly with Qi-certified chargers. Fast-charging provides the phone with up to a 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes. Users can also adopt the dual sim modality to have two separate lines on the same number, but on the same device. 

It comes in storage capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

Burberry Supplies Vaccine Research and Converts Its Unit In Aid Of Global Covid-19 Crisis

Burberry dedicates its resources to support global efforts in combatting covid-19 outbreak. The brand has pledged to hep fund University of Oxford’s research into a single-dose vaccine and has planned on donating to various charities to help tackle crisis in food and poverty across the UK.

“The whole team at Burberry is very proud to be able to support those who are working tirelessly to combat COVID-19, whether by treating patients, working to find a vaccine solution or helping provide food supplies to those in need at this time,” stated Burberry’s CEO Marco Gobbetti.

However, the philanthropic move goes on. On top of distributing 100,000 surgical masks to the NHS, the company has also pledged to repurpose its iconic Yorkshire unit to manufacture non-surgical gowns and masks for medical workers and patients cross-globally. 

LVMH’s 2020 Prize Has Been Cancelled (Yet, The Six-Figure Sum Was Treated Effectively)

As the seventh edition of the annual LVMH Prize for emerging designers is imminent, in light of the current pandemic status, all has been cancelled.

The six-figure sum (which amounts to €300,000 prize) has been split between the eight finalists, meaning that each will be able to enjoy the cash reward. The designers in question are: Casablanca, Ahluwalia, Peter Do, Chopova Lowena, Nicholas Daley, Sindiso Khumalo, Supriya Lele, and Tomo Koizumi will all get a share of the bounty.

Luxury Conglomerate LVMH has also set up a fund to support young fashion designers that will be available to all previous winners of the LVMH Prize from previous editions (Marine Serre, Jacquemus and others). The fund will be mostly complemented with the remaining Prize money from this year’s Karl Lagerfeld prize, which is the competition’s equivalent of second place. 

Delphine Arnault said in a statement: “Since its launch, the LVMH Prize has promoted and nurtured young talent. Each year, it places the spotlight on young designers from all over the world and supports the development of their companies. In this challenging context, this Fund in aid of young fashion designers highlights the main mission of the LVMH Prize by supporting our former winners.”

New Balance Manufactures Face Masks In Its U.S. Unit – Everything You Need To Know

New Balance has began producing face masks in response to the current covid-19 crisis. The footwear brand made it clear via an Instagram post, showing an image of a mask and the call out “Made shoes yesterday, Making masks today.”

The Boston-hailed label has teamed up to join brands such as Nike – which has commenced prototyping personal protective equipment (PPE) – in the coronavirus relief effort. It has also recently pledged $2 million to support efforts made on local, regional and global levels, mainly affected by the pandemic. 

“We are producing prototypes for face masks in our Lawrence, MA manufacturing facility,” the footwear brand has said in a press release, adding, “and [we] hope to scale production using our other New England factories soon.”

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Zegna Group Donates €3 Million In Aid Of Coronavirus

Italian luxury menswear association Zegna has joined forces in the fight against Coronavirus. The Zegna group, together with the label’s senior management have pledged a 3 million euros donation to Italy’s Civil Protection (Protezione Civile), which is aimed at helping doctors, nurses, researchers and volunteers on the front-line. 

The news came after The Zegna Group pledged to reshape part of its production facilities in Italy and Switzerland into manufacturing labs for masks. The group is set to make a direct donation to several hospitals, in order to purchase ventilators and masks. 

“At Zegna, we believe our actions today will shape our tomorrow,” remarks Gildo Zegna, CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna, in a statement. “The pandemic we are all facing is a call for people around the world to take action. Each of us must do our part, in every way possible, to stop this global emergency.”

Further luxury brands converting production facilities to supply medical equipment and gear comprise Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Ferragamo – among others. 

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Prada Has Extended Its Intensive Care Units To Italian Hospitals

Prada has donated new intensive care and revitalization units to three main hospitals in Milan, as reported by Corriere.

In a brief statement, Prada announced that it donated “two full units to intensive care and resuscitation to each of the following hospitals in Milan, Italy: Vittore Buzzi, Sacco, and San Raffaele.” The donation was made by head Designer Miuccia Prada, CEO Patrzio Bertelli and Chairman of Prada SpA, Carlo Mazzi. 

Prada’s philanthropic gesture comes as a consequence of a series of donations ushered by Italian labels. Armani has donated millions of euros to four Italian hospitals: Luigi Sacco, San Raffaele, and Istituto dei Tumori (in Milan), counting the likes of Rome’s institute Lazzaro Spallanzani. On the other hand, Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital also received a six-sum intake of $220,000 in donation from icon Donatella Versace. 

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French Conglomerate LVMH Drops In Revenue As Affected By Coronavirus Calamity

Luxury conglomerate LVMH reported a recent downfall in revenue (of 10%) to (20%) in comparison to the same period of last year, allegedly revealed due to the office closures and shoppers desisting from purchasing during Covid-19 pandemic. The company is slated to disclose first-quarter results on April 16. 

LVMH’s reduced revenue earning is a tail now shared with the rest of the luxury world. Kering SA, company which owns the likes of Gucci, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent, on Friday March 27 revealed its sales and revenue fell of nearly 15%, with Burberry Group Plc. Noting on March 19 that its retail sales dropped between 40% and 50%, in comparison to the previous six weeks.

 “In a particularly uncertain environment, the Group will maintain a strategy focused on the preservation of the value of its brands, supported by the exceptional quality of its products and reactivity of its teams,” LVMH shared in a statement. The “[outbreak’s] impact cannot be accurately calculated at this time without knowing the timing of a return to normal in these countries.”

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Chanel Pledges To Produce Face Masks For Lack of Prevention

Chanel is the latest luxury household to pivot to face mask and protective gear manufacturing in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

In a recently released statement, Chanel observed: “[T]oday we are mobilizing our workforce and our partners […] to produce protective masks and blouses.” The storied fashion maison is currently developing prototypes, which will be sent out to relevant health organizations once approved by French authorities.

The brand also remarked that it would not be laying off any of its 4,500 employees as a result of the pandemic. 

Chanel is an anomaly among fashion labels for not being held by luxury conglomerate such as LVMH or Kering S.A. However, Chanel steps along rivals Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, and Prada to ensure there are enough medical supplies to prevent lack cross-globally.  

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Vogue Italia Lands A Blank Canvas For Its April Issue

Vogue Italia’s April issue was recently released, landing a blank canvas as a response to the development of Covid-19 crisis. Emanuele Farneti, Vogue Italia’s Editor-in-Chief, confirmed on Instagram that though the April issue was already in the works, it was shelved quickly to make a more appropriate response to present circumstances.

Farneti also remarked: “to speak of anything else – while people are dying, doctors and nurses are risking their lives and the world is changing forever – is not the DNA of Vogue Italia.” Farneti says the white colour epitomises respect, rebirth, the uniforms of health of medical workers on the front line and a blank canvas for new beginnings. 

As Vogue makes it clear, fashion upholds major risks and crisis with this pandemic, with independent households forced to pivot in production and protective gear, to step towards a final downfall of the virus. 

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Drake, The Weekend & J.Cole Video-Chatted an 11-Year-Old Fan Prior To His Death

Last week, The Weekend, Drake and J,Cole teamed up in video-chatting an 11-year-old fan, Elijah Patrick Williams, prior to his death caused by cancer, as reported by Billboard. The young boy’s cousin, Michael Watson II, confirmed the news via an Instagram post on Sunday March 29. 

Williams can be seen taking calls from J.Cole and The Weekend in the first video below and scroll through the gallery in the second post to see a snap of him talking to Drake.

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Martin Margiela Drops An “Intimate” Documentary In A Few Days

Titled Martin Margiela: In His Own Words, the world awaits for the designer’s big-hit across the global screens this Friday.

Filmed 10 years after Margiela’s departure from his own label, the documentary gives an intimate glimpse into fashion’s most acclaimed and most puzzling figures.

The trailer looks at some of the momentous times of the designer’s career, comprising the introduction of the veiled model, using ice to alter the garment colour, the Tabi shoe, as well as delving into the accomplishments of his identity and career.

The film was directed by Reiner Holzemer and encompasses the likes of Carine Roitfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier among many more successful creative entrepreneurs. 

Take a peek below…

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Ralph Lauren Provides $10 Million In Donations To Combat Covid-19 Crisis

Ralph Lauren donates $10 Million to help in combating coronavirus crisis. The sum, extended via the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation, will go towards the company’s employees in need, as well as global communities impacted by the pandemic. 

The recently-turned knight, together with the Foundation’s president Patrice Louvet, declared the pledge to WWD. “We believe that no matter who you are or where you are from, we are all connected. That is why we are taking significant action to help our teams and communities through this crisis,” Lauren remarked.

“We recognize that this is an unprecedented multifaceted crisis that demands different responses for different needs in different places,” Louvet continued. “That is why we are funding multiple activities to support our teams, our partners and our communities around the world.”

$10 million has reportedly been planned to go towards various programs, from financial grants for Ralph Lauren employees to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Fund. In addition, Lauren has committed in supplying medical equipment such as 25,000 isolation gowns and 250,000 masks. 

Elsewhere, the company pledged that it will be closing stores and hospitality locations in selected countries until further notice. The wellbeing of our teams, friends, and family around the world is what matters most right now.” The announcement has been shared via a few Instagram posts, featured below. 

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Brooks Brothers Responds To National Call For Supplies To Aid Medical Workers (And Wider Demographics) In Need

Brook Brothers (also known as the “Company”), America’s oldest retailer, announced its response to the urgent call from the White House and other state leaders for medical supplies.

The Company is in the process of converting its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shirts and suits to now making masks and safety gowns. Brooks Brothers plans to utilise these facilities to produce up to 150,000 masks per day, on a continuous basis to help increase protective gear for medical workers and wider demographic battling the spread of Covid-19, both at the nation’s hospitals and other facilities. The company pledged to be soon producing gowns. 

Over the past two weeks, the Company has been in direct contact with Federal and State officials, task forces, several hospital systems and other municipalities and organisations.

As part of this effort, Brook Brothers has built an extensive liaison with Stop the Spread, a coalition of volunteer CEOs working in Washing D.C. and around the U.S., to legitimise and support government actions in relation to Covid-19. 

The company has also teamed with leading universities recognised as centres for excellence for both textiles and technology in order to develop prototypes. Brooks Brothers has been working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration service to expedite the approval process. 

For over 200 years, Brooks Brothers has been at the forefront of tackling some of the nation’s most critical issues – from its support o he Red Cross society in 1898 – to crafting U.S. military uniforms from the Civil War through today. The Company currently supports numerous national and local charities with a focus on health and welfare. 

“We consider this a duty, and part of our DNA at Brooks Brothers, remarked Claudio Del Vecchio, Chief Executive Officer. “These are challenging times that are impacting us all. We are deeply grateful to the medical personnel at the frontlines who are fighting the pandemic, and we are honoured to do our part and join our peers in retail to provide protective masks that our health care system critically needs.

I also want to thank our dedicated manufacturing employees who are returning to work as we reopen our factories to make this possible.”

Adding up to the 150,000 masks crafted per day, Brooks Brothers expects to begin producing protective gowns. And for marking the product start, Brooks Brother’s factory personnel are set to return to their job this week following a two-week precautionary self-quarantine.

The company is closely following public health guidance and will enforce federal guidelines for sanitation and social distancing across all facilities to protect the welfare of its staff members. 

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Italian Luxury Label Gucci Donates €2 Million To Facilitate Support For Coronavirus Pandemic

After the entire fashion world has placed major shifts towards supporting and backing Covid-19 turmoil, Gucci is the latest fashion house to pledge a lump-sum donation to battle against spreading coronavirus.

Based in Italy, where the epidemic has implemented huge havoc, the luxury label announced a 1 Million euros donation to the Italian Civil Protection Department (Protezione Civile) in partnership wit Intesa Sanpaolo and an additional million-euro sum to the United Nations Foundations Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Gucci solicits its consumers and followers to join to help in raising financial backing to combat the pandemic. Those interested can help donating to the Solidarity Response Fund for WHO through the “donate” feature on Gucci’s website.

Moreover, Gucci is offering its social media accounts, owning over 70 million followers, to the World Health Organization to tackle public health information that could protect the health of the community. 

Gucci’s President and CEO Marco Bizzarri and Creative Director Alessandro Michele remarked: ““This pandemic calls us to an unexpected task, but it is a call to which we respond decisively, advocating the selfless work carried out by health workers, doctors and nurses on the front lines every day in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, in Italy and in the rest of the world.

Their generosity and courage light our way forward in these difficult days. By supporting each other and helping those who are most vulnerable among us, we will be able to overcome this crisis: united, even more than before.”

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Philanthropic Fashion: Designers Support Scholars (And Beyond) Through Free-Of-Charge Lectures

As times of upheaval couldn’t get worse and all hopes seem to dim, the fashion industry knows how to get hold of the quickest solutions. On this occasion, the Alexander McQueen’s Sarabande foundation has consolidated in the making of free lectures on the subjects of art and fashion, as the world rolls in self-isolation. 

Titled The Sarabande Sessions, the free-of-charge classes are set to broadcast talks from household such as Thom Browne, Tim Walker, Molly Goddard, and A-COLD-WALL*’s Samuel Ross – and that’s just to name a few.

The first session, on March 27, featured a dialogue between Oscar-winning designer Colleen Atwood and acting mogul Eddie Redmayne. Classes start everyday at 5 pm DMT and run until April 9. 

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 31 March
Camp: Notes on Fashion. Andrew Bolton in conversation with Liam Freeman.

Wednesday 1 April
A-COLD-WALL*’s Samuel Ross in conversation with Bunny Kinney

Thursday 2 April
Grayson Perry

Friday 3 April
Script to screen: How to get your films made with Olivier Kaempfer, Amy Jackson and Fiona Lamptey.

Saturday 4 April
Get your film seen: How to market your film with Bunny Kinney, Saam Farahmand and Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith

Sunday 5 April
Jake Chapman in conversation with Mark Sanders

Monday 6 April
Juno Calypso

Tuesday 7 April
Maggi Hambling OBE in conversation with James Cahill

Wednesday 8 April
Thom Browne in conversation with Tim Blanks

Thursday 9 April
Tim Walker in conversation with Molly Goddard

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Apple Tackles Covid-19 Safety Through A New App Launch: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Apple has launched a new app and website for users in the United States, in order to deliver accurate and reliable information regarding the Covid-19 condition.

The digital portal allows users to answer a series of questions around risk factors, recent exposures and symptoms for both themselves and their beloved ones. In turn, they will garner recommendations on steps that follow, together with guidance on social distancing and self-isolating measures, how symptoms should be monitored, whether or not a test is suggested, and when to contact medical wellbeing.  

It should be feasible that Apple remarks that the program is designed to be a source for individuals and does not replace instructions from medical providers or guidance from public health authorities.The Apple Covid-19 website and app were created in partnership with the CDC, 1 the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA. Click here for more.

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The Breezier The Better: 14 Of The Best Shirts To Invest In Right Now, That Vow Timeless Refinement

These duty-heavy heroes have been (and should be) the abiding testament to formal dressing. 

Take a seat, broaden your alternatives and don’t feel sorry: your style currency update starts from now. It’s time to rethink formalwear, which has found itself boosting with great remark since the early classroom days.

The new grab-and-go shirt is gently shaped, free from hardware and in store just in time for spring. Now that the point of wearing the perfect wipe-clean coat (paired with the cosiest pick-me-up cardigan) has passed, the search for the pleasingly sized shirt number can’t be neglected.

Enter the shirt. Double the poise. Not only they vow timeless refinement, but they’re also an instant way to inject some luxe glamour into your wear-anywhere wardrobe.

The high street offers everyday options from Finisterre and Ben Sherman in go-with-everything neutral strokes. Or, if your penchant seeks for an upbeat in loosened tailoring (you’re welcome, Palmer Harding), there’s a style to suit all tastes: scrap the trivial influences and tackle a seasonless dialogue against your seasonal lust. 

From constant updates from Gucci and Neil Barrett to new designers-in-making signature staples, the beat rolls on. And believe it or not, so could your charm. Here’s Man In Town’s edit of the best shirts to buy now – spoiler: be ready to rewrite your own style policy in no time. 





























Cover photo: Courtesy of Simone Lorusso

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15 Chuck-On Pairs Of Essentials That Exude An Uplifting Cosy Template

The current world situation made it clear: as self-isolation reached upon us, we’re propelled to invest in staples worth of cosy belonging.

Whether it’s a timeless classic from favourites Paul Smith or Burberry, or must-have hybrids that are pioneering and intriguingly tailored, from Chalayan to Ahluwalia, a first-rate staple is a lifetime essential.

And for the ultimate in luxury menswear? Look to Bottega Veneta for further evidence, whose honey-smooth pouches have grown into a dandy style hit, dive into Armor Lux to crack your comfy-(but)-lusty style conundrum and take prints to the extreme with a bracing Aries uniform.

And trust us, you’ll never get over this season’s look-at-me bold sizing. In fact, be prepared to ditch your weary bargains and embrace the wear-anywhere power of upsized practicality. 

As evenings get brighter and days go warmer, browse Man in Town’s edit of versatile options eager to make your off-duty template cosy, now and forever. You’re welcome. 































Cover photo: Photography by Chris Davies, styling by Jo Levi and grooming by Tina Elliott

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This Buy-Now-Wear-Now Adidas Drop Has Just Landed, It’s Here To Stay, And We’re (So) Into It

Treat yourself

Albeit leisurewear is the new on-the-go trend, in daunting times when we’re advised to break from the weight of the coronavirus threat, loungewear options come to be highly covetable. 

The ultimate huge-everything style recipe has carved the global lanes of relaxed practicality – see the AW20 runway scenarios for further reference – but there’s more.

Iconic brand Adidas has just simmered a brand-new concoction of fuss-free apparel that makes a middle-aged man look as cool as ever. And the major hallmark of daddy’s style is the not-so-humble tracksuit pants.

Toss it up or down, whack it soft or bold, this staple is a statement piece that’s been and always be here to stay.

Adidas latest drop encompasses a plethora of season-defining and home-fitting staples varying from low-top sneakers to functional jackets – once teamed up, they represent the ultimate practical revival, proving a tracksuit isn’t just for the gym.  

Available in range of blues, blacks, neutrals and brights, Adidas loungewear iterations drips of a youthful vision together with a contemporary fit, emblazoned by a stretch for added comfort. There are two types of fabrication stretches, for those looking for a different kind of wearability.

On a chromatic note, colour-ranging bridges from khaki (ready steal your off-duty limelight) to a multiplicity of shades that allow the staples to look crispy in despite of the number of washings, making it the seamless must-have chino from the get-go. 

The meme? You’ll answer lounge-swagger before you know it. You’re welcome.  

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The Cosiest Season-Defining Jumpers That Spell Instant Bliss

Newsflash: cosy jumpers have whipped their sleekest revival. Now, whether you buy them cropped, long and laid-back, they semaphore simple and classic polish. And you don’t need to stick to the conventional silhouettes – induce a hint of subtle hues teamed with brights to champion seamless comfort and practicality (both highly coveted on a shopper’s list), and the perfect buy will offer both.

Opt for the cosy jumper: this versatile all-in-one staple is your swiftest route to practical chic. As seen on the autumn/winter 2020 catwalks, ease is the perfect way to make a statement, leaning towards a proof in timeless dressing.

This season, there’s a jumper for everybody. Marni’s macro bold-striped take oversized shapes cater a flattering, relaxed fit, while Bottega Veneta’s latest knitwear numbers deliver a wear-anywhere off-duty mood. Look to Etro for vibrant dramatics, Maison Margiela for the softest pastels and Givenchy for the smartest neutrals aboard. If you’re on a pursuit for amplified sophistication, consider pairing layers in matching hues.

The note says: effortless, fuss-free, sophisticated. Got it? Shop Man in Town’s edit of the jumpers bound to galvanise your spring wardrobe in just a heartbeat.  

















Cover photo: Photography by Chris Davies, styling by Jo Levi and grooming by Tina Elliott

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8 Of The Best Workwear-Savvy Hybrids Geared To Stir Up Your Spring Wardrobe

In these transitional months, versatility breathes new life into a shopper’s wardrobe. As spring tosses-off winter’s icy grip, we’re invited to rethink about our style conundrum by injecting a refreshing take on season-appropriate staples. But which one will you choose?

This season’s trend instructions are far too tantalising to let go. Sway your maximalist palavers into a minimalist fantasy – and opt for the smarter side of casual, with a tinge of a tongue-in-cheek tonal edge.

Exude a freshly structured pair of trouser and team up streamlined cuts, that guarantee an instant metaphor of tasteful stir. Solve all major workwear blues by energising your image when choosing heart-halting tailored updates.

Case in point: Arket’s utility-inspired cosy numbers, Acne Studios’ winsome practicality or Scotch & Soda’s manageable affair. Out there, a myriad of options retains a delicious style currency, ready to skyrocket your head-to-toe take on duty sleek.

From Valentino, Bottega Veneta and Weekday too, here are Man In Town’s favourite workwear-savvy hybrids to steal the limelight in this transitional period. You’re welcome. 

















Cover photo: Photography by Chris Davies, styling by Jo Levi and grooming by Tina Elliott

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The Best Streamlined Updates That Promise Duty-Chic

The news in tailoring? The wear-anywhere blazer is a man’s ultimate utility rival. Sometimes the best fashion solutions are staring you in the face.

Extending a smart wardrobe while blending it with breezier updates becomes synonymous of relaxed sophistication.

As the new season is looming, necessary investments roll in. Subtle hints of colour seamlessly blend with the daily winsomeness you already own: And trust us, it’s worth exploring.

The appeal of minimalist dressing has yet to wane and, varying on one’s style proclivity, clean-cut tailoring twists have flown in plethora this season – see Bottega Veneta, Prada, Jil Sander and Marni for further evidence.

Give duty-lead styles a try: pair elegance and relaxed practicality with a cool approach, and you’ll gain everyday (and night) advantage.

Shop Man in Town’s edit of the best streamlined updates to uplift your Spring wardrobe now and forever. 















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