Philippine Favorites at Tito Rad’s Grill This restaurant, near Little Manila in Queens, is the work of a chef and owner who once dreamed of being a forester. http://ift.tt/2Ba2ov7

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Sainsbury’s-owned Argos has taken an interesting approach to marketing around Black Friday. Apart from the expected stream of ‘don’t miss it’-style emails around the day, the company has launched “Mew-Tube”, a live stream of kittens on its website designed to soothe stressed shoppers. It went live on Thursday evening, and while it’s an entertaining break from the current shopping frenzy, you can’t avoid noticing that the kittens are playing with cat toys from the Argos pet range and are also surrounded by other Black Friday-related Argos items, such as a Star Wars BB8 toy, Teksta Dog, My Little Pony Castle playset and Xbox One X. It’s probably the most unique Black Friday effort by any UK retailer this year and comes courtesy of its agency Hope & Glory. The company’s digital director Mark Steel said: “We know that Black Friday can feel a little overwhelming for some people as they search for the best deals, so we took this opportunity to offer a calming solution in the midst of what is, for many, a shopping frenzy. The calming impact that animals have on people is well documented, so our kitten stream is designed to offer the ultimate take-a-break moment – a ‘paws’ for breath.” It follows an increasing tendency for brands to use animals in advertising with dogs the current favourite, cropping up in both relevant and irrelevant scenarios. The post Argos launches Mew-Tube, a livestream of kittens to soothe stressed shoppers appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2B8vsTB

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Stylists, editors and brands have adopted red as the colour of the moment in unprecedented volume. It’s appeared as both a cover and editorial feature within Marie Claire, Elle and Vogue. British magazine Stylist called it “the colour of the season” and dedicated a whole collector’s edition to it. In a way, its appeal comes as no surprise – it’s the most documented hue in colour psychology but what does this mean for fashion? Red has exploded as an essential colour for A/W 17/18, but it’s important to note that its growth has been building for several seasons. Our WGSN Colour team actually predicted this important commercial colour trend in 2014. So why does red resonate so much and what’s next for this potent colour? We first started tracking red as an emerging core colour back in 2014. Rather than being used in a classic way, we started to see an increased usage of red in a fresh, youthful function. We saw these patterns throughout global street style, and started to see influential street brands/ cult fashion names like Supreme and Gosha Rubchinskiy use bold red in a cooler, non-classical way. As red develops internationally within the youth scene, it will continue to be an essential colour within the young women’s and men’s market sectors. It was at this point in the spring of 2015 that the WGSN colour team put red as a key colour for SS17 .We called this Machine Red, pinpointing the tone of red to have cleaner, sportier qualities (check out the article we wrote on this at the time here). A little further down the line Red started to appear on the streets, in particular in Asia roughly around 2016. Young people in Asia were rocking red to stand out, taking cues from cult streetwear brands such as Supreme, which channels red as part of its identity. The shift in relationship to colour in this part of the world was notable because it showed that the younger generation in China is reinventing cultural associations with red and wearing it in a bold, new way through streetwear and casual wear, not just in connection with culture. While over in South Korea, we noticed that the street style was heavily inspired by K-pop stars such as G-Dragon and Kris Wu, both of whom have been wearing statement red. In Asia, young people are becoming bolder in self-expression and are wearing a graphic palette of red, white and black. Following suit was the catwalks for SS16, we saw that red started to pop up in the collections of influential designers collections such as Celine and Balenciaga for SS17, and I’d like to point out here that this is what we predicted back in 2015 as our Machine Red. Since then, red has continued to grow within the catwalks, “We have seen red increase dramatically on the catwalk year-on-year from 2016 to 2017,” says Lizzy Bowring, Head of Catwalks at WGSN. Luxury labels like Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham have truly embraced red as a feature colour. So what’s next? Red will continue on and will still be a huge business driver through to SS19. Further on from that, we see it become deeper and less bright, its popularity will affect other tones that sit within the same family. The post Why red is radiating as an essential colour for A/W 17/18 appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2jQCysK

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Craft is evolving along with the digital world in terms of the way professional makers design products and pass on skills. Last month, I attended a Re-Master workshop hosted by Makerversity at Somerset House. Re-Master is a collaborative learning system where makers of all levels can create an embroidered textile sample without first learning extensive textile processes. Interaction designer Sabina Weiss collaborated with IT engineer Tom Hartley to create the software behind Re-Master, which teaches eager makers how to hand embroider. As a part-time textile maker, I prefer to hand embroider than use a machine as it gives me more control, so I was interested to see how Re-Master could break this barrier that I have with digital machinery. At the workshop I learnt how the off-screen sketch-to-embroidery interface creates an immediate, tactile response to your handmade input (a drawing or sketch), turning it into digital embroidery without the need to learn software or draw the design in vectors. The design is captured using computer vision, then vectorised and converted into digital embroidery output. This new system provides makers with the opportunity to transfer handcraft knowledge without the presence of a craft master. This style of learning style is enhanced by adding an interactive quality as well as increasing the rate at which complexity in craft skill can be captured. Craft is associated with physical handwork that often consumes many hours of work, and I am a strong believer in practice makes perfect. Within design, the craft and digital fabrication industries are increasingly collaborating to create innovative design and new methods of production, and Re-Master is a shining example. Living in a digital world, it is rewarding to have had the experience to create new embroidered textiles using traditional and innovative technology combined. Re-Master encourages makers of all levels to try something new and not limit themselves to one textile discipline, and could change the way makers execute their work in the future. The post The future of craft in a digital age: Re-Master by Sabina Weiss appeared first on WGSN Insider. http://ift.tt/2hLUXCD

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