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SMILE! WINK! KISS! Let us introduce you to the world’s first Afro Emoticons, courtesy of Oju Africa. In fact, the actual word ‘Oju’ means ‘faces’ in the Yoruba language from Nigeria.

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A cut above barbers

It’s November. The month of falling leaves, fireworks, and farcical facial hair. So as men up and down the country trim their ‘taches for charity it seems only fitting to feature Harry’s, a new online/ offline barbers that sells premium grooming products without the premium prices. (Apologies for the over-alliteration in the previous two sentences.)
 

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Hit the road, Foster

Why did the Creative Director cross the road? To buy a camper van and head off on a journey of 80,000 miles exploring surf culture in North America. Not funny, by any means, but a true story.

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A playboy for today?

Playboy is attempting to reach a younger audience and ‘re-assert itself into American youth culture’ through a series of specially-commissioned art projects.

The first is a giant installation by the side of a road in Texas. Designed by Richard Phillips, it features the Playboy bunny hovering above a black Dodge Charger on a concrete plinth. By contrasting the Texas landscape with an iconic car, the piece is intended to ‘capture the spirit of Playboy in its heyday’.

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Vinyl lending

You won’t find strict librarians in this library. Or signs telling you to shhh. Or any books, for that matter. But you might just find a rare copy of that album you’ve been hunting for since 1982. This is the newly opened Vinyl Library, tucked away in an empty shop on a residential street in Stoke Newington.

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Quaffing Gravy

Behold, another new beer is born. Created by two friends, UK craft beer brand Quaffing Gravy is described an ‘easy-drinking pale ale’ with a ‘more hoppy flavour’.

Its logo was hand-drawn by a tattoo artist, and the labels have been screen-printed directly onto the bottles. The result? A beer founders Ben and Narra hope will look just as good on the dinner table as it will behind the bar.

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Buycotting brands

These days, it seems more and more brands are owned by a bigger daddy brand. Kiehl’s is owned by L’Oreal. Pringles is owned by Kellogg’s. Converse is owned by Nike. And… the list goes on.

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Roots spirit

“Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,” the Pythons once sang. If they were right, he’d certainly have approved of this new range from Athens-based distillery, Finest Roots Spirits. One of the philosopher’s preferred healing herbs, dittany, features in one of four unique liqueurs, together with other botanicals and spices. 100% natural ingredients, like cinnamon and clove, resin from mastic trees and a blend of honey and raki make up the other three.

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Inspired by Grandmother’s cupboard

They’re living la vida nostalgia in Portugal at the moment. A new trend for vintage revival products and packaging is alive and well amongst shopkeepers like A Vida Portuguesa. (Tx Amy K)

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Stories on a plate

East London eatery Dishoom has created a campaign that enables people to share their café stories. (Nice one Jamie). It’s inspired by Mumbai’s Iranian cafés, where everyone from businessmen to students to old timers meet up to share food and conversation. So, Dishoom has made 80 plates featuring personal memories and tales from these melting pots of café culture.

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