Monthly Archives: November 2013

Word up

Words are integral to our lifestyles, and writers, linguists and philosophers have waxed lyrical on their importance. But how often do we contemplate a word for all its meaning and worth?

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There’s method in that mo

Method is launching two limited edition ‘Soap for Hope’ hand washes in support of two important causes: breast and prostate cancer awareness. Both hand wash bottles feature unique designs, including a moustache pattern as a wink to Movember, the global charity that challenges men around the world to grow a moustache during the month of November, raising money and awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer.

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Are you motivated to shop?

Sports clothing retailers are experimenting to capture the imagination of shoppers in-store. Many of these initiatives are multi-sensory experiences and installations built around a product or brand to create an emotional bond with people. The sportswear brand Under Armour created a unique experimental retail space to mark its arrival in Shanghai. It focuses on the spirit of sport and exercise, with shoppers first led to view a short film before being guided to the retail area.
 

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Balanced rush

Energy drinks are being reinvented for Millennials, who are demanding functionality and health benefits with their buzz.

Red Bull remains the market leader, maintaining its global profile with marketing campaigns such as skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s jaw-dropping parachute jump from space. But young guns like Runa are snapping at Red Bull’s heels, touting organic ingredients and ‘natural’ caffeine.

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Market on a mission

Though the specific foods on sale might differ between a Kroger and a Whole Foods, the template is the same: cavernous spaces jammed with thousands of choices, ending with the checkout counter shamble. Local Mission Market, a new San Francisco store, tosses that entire model in favour of rethinking grocery shopping as a user experience. (Cheers Tim)

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Chateauneuf du Paper

Fancy a glass of red? Perhaps a drop of white? A dash of Rosé? Well now you can add a bottle of green to the wine list thanks to Truett-Hurst wineries, who have recently released an energy and cost-saving bottle made out of paper.

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Wage against the machine

Long before Arnie donned his leather jacket and uttered the immortal words ‘I’ll be back’, humans have been fascinated with the idea of robots (and their potential to take over the world/ clean our kitchens). Even before Karel Capek coined the word ‘robot’ in his 1920 play Rossum’s Universal Robot (thanks Wikipedia) the ancient Greeks and Chinese had notions of artificial intelligence.

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Pin early for Christmas

He used to make a list. He used to check it twice. He used to find out who’s naughty and nice. Not so these days, as Santa (2.0) can now hop onto Topshop’s new Pinterest site and find out what everyone’s after for Christmas.

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Putting the Tea in cocktail

There was a time when tea was tea. You put milk in it. Maybe some sugar. You drank it. Then we discovered different blends like Earl Grey and Lapsang souchong. Then came Oolong, Darjeeling, Jasmine, Chamomile, Peppermint, Green, White, Redbush, and a thousand other fruity flavours.
 

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Louis and the Great Double-Helixed Elevator

There are many beautiful features to the new Louis Vuitton ‘Townhouse’ that opened in London’s Selfridges store earlier this month. (Tx to our shopping diva David G.) Amongst the traditional turtle-print leather and digital ateliers, you can find a series of specially commissioned artworks by Hayakawa Katsumi, Bumpo Teppe and Barnaby Barford’s glass and porcelain interpretation of the Seven Deadly Sins.
 

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