Say hello to the kitchen-sink tote


Say hello to the kitchen-sink tote - the bag set to end your commuting woes

Pause for a moment and run through the inventory of your daily schlep. If we’re alike, then on a semi-regular basis you’ll pack some mix of mobile phone, keys, laptop, charger(s), diary, notebook, sunglasses, magazine, indoor shoes, lunch, water bottle, lipstick, gym kit…

Ok, that last one may be rare, but doesn’t your shoulder ache just visualising it? With cargo like this, it’s a wonder we don’t walk into our offices with wheeled carry-on cases gliding by our sides.

Rare is the handbag that can (or should) be expected to cope with this magnitude of haul. But rather than acknowledge that we’re carrying too much and upscaling our bags, most of us still insist on throwing overflow gear into random canvas totes. Sometimes still with kids’ toys or crushed breadsticks at the bottom, for bonus ick factor.

It’s time for an upgrade. Say hello to the kitchen-sink tote, so called because it’s large enough for anything you might need to sling into it. Built to accommodate A4 files and laptops, but with far more structure and verve than your average cotton carryall, it’s smart way to style out your commute.

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この記事のURL2017-07-25 16:56:08


K-Beauty for the Masses


Meet the Blockbuster Korean Skin Care Brand That’s Perfecting K-Beauty for the Masses

In a beauty industry full of physician-led brands, Dr. Craig Kraffert is the only one who’s also made his mark as a visionary internet founder. And not in an “everyone is a ‘founder’ in 2017” kind of way. He started Dermstore.com, the trusted online storefront for high-end, clinical-grade skin care brands, in the attic of a rented medical building in 1999. Most e-commerce sites didn’t survive the first dot-com boom, but in 2013, Target acquired Dermstore for an estimated $150 million. Second only to Sephora for online beauty sales, with approximately $50 million in annual revenue, Dermstore would make a sufficient legacy for anyone.

But Kraffert’s not content to have just one blockbuster success under his belt. Now he’s aiming for another hit in one of the most high-growth areas of the industry: Korean beauty.

Before you think this is just a capable capitalist capitalizing on another trend, Kraffert comes by this endeavor honestly. “I’ve been married for 25 years to a Korean woman who’s still beautiful,” he told the Observer. “Her sister sent her products from this manufacturer when I was at Dermstore. I didn’t want to try them—I had my hands full with all the brands we stocked and the ones who wanted to be stocked. But I tried them, and my dermatology colleagues asked what I was doing with my skin. People noticed.”

The products had been formulated by a prestigious dermatologist eager to address unmet patient needs with clinical skin care. Kraffert says he immediately recognized the range as superior to other brands, but their origin was a problem. “They were Korean and that was viewed as a bad thing at the time,” Kraffert says of his 2006 discovery. The country didn’t yet have its social media-driven, global reputation as pioneers in skin care. Kraffert moved forward with his effort to bring the brand to the U.S. anyway.

This is how Amarté was born. Kraffert worked with the Korean dermatology clinic to form a global partnership to further improve the formulations and customize them for the American luxury skin care market. “If you think about this, it’s a huge barrier to competition if you’ve got a Korean brand,” Kraffert says. “There are so many hurdles there—language, cultural, financial and regulatory hurdles. There’s also a trust issue over whether foreign production is being held to U.S. standards. So we created the only significant brand of Korean origin where all of that is handled in the U.S. by an American team of experts.”

Kraffert owns exclusive rights to the Amarté trademark worldwide and exclusive rights to any Amarté products being sold outside of Korea. While manufacturing is based in Korea, Kraffert says many American cities are offering incentives that could bring Amarté’s production to the U.S.

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この記事のURL2017-07-22 14:55:39


the best designer collaborations


the best designer collaborations this autumn

Designer collaborations with high-street brands are now a regular feature of the fashion cycle and a great hack for getting designer looks on a pocket-money budget (if you are able to get your hands on them, that is). To help you get ahead of the game, here are four worth queueing for.

Eudon Choi x John Lewis

If there is one item that constitutes a pro purchase from a designer collab, it is the coat. Eudon Choi, the London fashion week designer, is on coat duty for John Lewis this autumn, creating five different outerwear designs for its Modern Rarity range. Our pick is the frill hem greatcoat. At £360, it is pricey for the high street, but classic enough to wear for ages. Think of it as a long-game purchase.

Date for your diary: 7 September

JW Anderson x Uniqlo

As someone whose personal style is 99% Uniqlo, JW Anderson described this collaboration as a “no-brainer”. These clothes, priced from £14.90 to £139.90, are brilliantly boring, but they come with the tiniest of twists: a navy Aran jumper with royal-blue sleeves; a classic, red duffel coat with JW-branded toggles. Expect fashion insiders and norms to buy.

Date for your diary: 18 September

Ashish x River Island

The collaboration between Ashish and River Island ticks all the au courant boxes, comprising gender-neutral loungewear designed for “Netflix and chill” lifestyles. Ashish describes it as “something relaxed enough to slouch around the house in, yet stylish enough to be taken out”. There are pyjamas, sequin slipdresses and a sweatshirt that says “good in bed”. It is 24/7 dressing for millennials – all for under £180.

Date for your diary: 21 September

Erdem x H&M

How to make your collab aspirational from the start? Get Baz Luhrmann to direct the teaser video and set it in a stately home. That is what Erdem Moralıoğlu did last week to announce his H&M tie-in. The designer is known for dreamy lace and floral gowns worn by the likes of Alexa Chung and Keira Knightley; judging by the Luhrmann clip, the collection will bring celeb-worthy frocks to the high street, as well as – in a first for Erdem – menswear.

Date for your diary: 2 November

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この記事のURL2017-07-19 12:34:59


a nation of prom queens


How Britain's girls became a nation of prom queens

Once upon a time, the only thing bouncing off the walls at a school disco was the hormones. Today, you need extreme survival skills just to fight your way through the throng of stretch limousines in the car park.

Forget the old-fashioned dance - Britain has been swept by prom-mania. Inspired by US television programmes, such as Glee and Hannah Montana, the High School Musical generation is demanding more from its end-of-year celebrations. Plastic cups of fruit punch from wobbly trestle tables are firmly out. Think ice-cream vans, photo booths and chocolate fountains in extravagant function rooms and five-star hotels, complete with red carpet.

Around 85 per cent of British schools now hold a prom during the four weeks from June to July. And no, new research has found that some parents are spending £300 and upwards on outfits for their little prince and princesses. The poll of 2,000 Brits by online retailer Spartoo, found that the average cost of a prom outfit is £102, with 14 per cent of parents shelling out three times that. And those were just the red-faced mums and dads who were prepared to admit it.

A 2016 study by retailer Simply Be, found that the cost of proms in Britain had rocketed by 72 per cent in five years. The biggest rise was for hair, up from an average spend of £26.50 in 2012 to £62. More than three quarters of parents (78 per cent) said their daughters would visit a hair salon, while 62 per cent had their nails done and 37 per cent had make-up professionally applied. Some schools are even getting in on the act - putting on 'Prom Fayres', with catwalk shows of potential dresses, displays of jewellery and professional make-up tutorials.

For the past month, all over the nation, giddy teenage girls (generally aged 16 and at the end of their GCSE years, rather than the 18-year-old school leavers popularised by American culture) were busy stockpiling fake tan, false eyelashes, hair extensions, rhinestones and metre-upon-metre of chiffon, satin or taffeta. Their bedrooms looked like an explosion at a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

"It cost me a fortune," says Geraldine Rees from Manchester, whose 16-year-old daughter attended her school prom in 2012. "She spent months looking for a dress, ended up buying two and still cried on the day, because she'd decided that neither one looked right. Then there was the spray tan, professional 'up-do' and manicure. Not to mention the limo ride to the prom itself and an after-party that carried on late into the night."

Website Mumsnet is awash with other horrified mums, fretting about suitable budgets for the night.

"So far she would like a beautiful dress (obviously), her hair doing, nails - and she's not sure about what to do about the car or whom she will share with. Also she's asking about how much it will cost for someone to do her make up," says one.

"I would like to meet the person who first thought a prom was a good idea at a British secondary school and slap them," laments another.

This is competitive conspicuous consumption at its most vulgar and there's no shortage of companies jostling to cash in. In 2013, clothing brand Quiz launched a 'Prom Queen Dreams' collection ("make sure you are ready to be crowned queen of the ball" read its press release), which offers a selection of twinkling baby doll dresses and stilettos to turn your daughter into a cross between Girls Aloud and Joan Collins.

Topshop have previously run a competition to find a 'Prom Queen', who won the bespoke dress of their dreams, as well as hair styling, makeovers and manicures in-store. It's even possible to buy clip-on 'prom hair' in ready-made buns. Even boys aren't totally immune, with men's retailer Moss Bros reporting a 3.9pc increase in like-for-like sales in 2013, thanks to the demand for evening-wear for proms.

It seems we're a nation in the grip of prom fever. But what started as nothing more than a bit of fun, is taking on a more sinister edge. Young women are competing with each other at an extreme level; who can procure the most expensive dress, arrive in the biggest car and wear the biggest tiara. As early as January, girls are posting their prom dresses on social networking sites and marking them as 'reserved', to deter schoolmates from buying the same one. At a time when their self-esteem is already so fragile, shouldn't we be protecting teenage girls from fixating on appearance like this?

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この記事のURL2017-07-12 19:13:19


Amazon Prime Day 2017


The summer sales might have started everywhere else, but next week Amazon will be unveiling its Prime Day and if you’re an avid bargain hunter, you will be in your element. It kicks off at 6pm on Monday 10th July. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know...

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Every year Amazon offers huge discounts across all of its channels. This year the site is also trying to entice new customers to become paid-up members by giving them £20 off Amazon Prime subscriptions until midnight.

What were the best deals last year?

If you were quick on your feet last year you could pick up an Oral-B Pro 6000 CrossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity for £55.99, reduced down from £229.99. Fragrance was also another good area to grab a bargain. Beyonce’s fragrance was reduced to just £9.99, while Cerutti 1881 Homme Eau de Toilette was £13.77.

Which are the best fashion and beauty deals to look out for?

While Amazon is being coy about which products will be discounted, it’s worth looking at the brands on the site ahead on Tuesday, so you’ll fully prepared.

As we mentioned, fragrance is usually heavily discounted. We’re predicting Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Paco Rabanne could be in the mix. Gadgets, including LED Photon Therapy 7 Color Light Treatment Masks could also be discounted in keeping with the trend for high-tech at-home beauty.

In terms of fashion finds, we recommend keeping your eyes peeled for shoes - both Nike and Aldo are likely to be offering significant discounts and Amazon wields a covetable supply of different styles from both brands. And look out for watches too. With any luck Gucci's large accessories offering is about to become infinitely more affordable.

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この記事のURL2017-07-10 15:55:32


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