Pantone Lifestyle Gallery opens in Hong Kong, using color to invigorate, motivate and keep you going this 2021!

Pantone’s authority on colors is acclaimed around the globe, and now the New Jersey-based trend research expert has set foot in Hong Kong. Yes, Pantone has opened their first lifestyle concept store inside the Cityplaza’s Eslite Spectrum bookstore in the Tai Koo district. They call it the Pantone Lifestyle Gallery – and in the true sense – it’s a gallery of hues opened in collaboration with Issho, a lifestyle retailer. Although it’s worth pondering over the timing of Pantone’s decision to open a physical retail store in the current turbulent times of the pandemic-affected the world. Still, Pantone wants to go spread a dash of color in people’s lives who for the most part of the week are stuck in the secure confines of their homes, to truly explore colours and their impact on the human psyche. Maybe a blushing pink would give you faith or illuminating, the Pantone color for 2021 would cheer you up on dark days!

The store is spread across 600 square feet of space – draped in a dash of colors – sexy pink, cool blue, calming green, and refreshing orange – you name it and the store has it. The different displays and islands of the store are marked in blocked patterns – for example, the entrance has a sky blue hue to lure in customers. Inside, the customers will find sections to explore the homeware, loungewear, and home accessories islands. The loungewear section of the lifestyle store has trendy colorful clothes for the young generation – like sweatshirts, fabric slippers, jersey t-shorts, and more. They call it the Funmix collection which, according to Pantone explores the varying emotions and stories with bi-color combos having harmonious or boldly contrasting characters. In the homeware section, the buyers will get to explore the limited edition tableware in striking pinstripes color (four options) which comprises a coffee cup set, bowls, dishes, and more.

Along with the eye-popping retail store that brings a poop of color to the monotony of daily routine, Pantone has plans to stage events in the city this whole year to spread colors in people’s life which has gotten a bit dull lately. Also, they have a strategy in place to open an online store in June with all the updates coming to Issho 46’s social feed.

Designer: Pantone

These reusable totes made from fruit skins is a green alternative to paper bags!

Totes are a prerequisite for anyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Depending on the materials used to make the tote, it generally takes more resources to make them than single-use paper or plastic bags, but totes can be used and reused plenty of times. Using totes instead of single-use shopping bags can help reduce your carbon footprint even further if they’re made of sustainable materials. To offer a sustainable alternative, designers Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten and Lobke Beckfeld made Sonne155, a reusable tote and sustainable alternative to the paper bag.

Sonnet155 is entirely made from biodegradable materials to ensure that each bag can break down into water or soil. Hehemeyer-Cürten and Beckfeld constructed the tote bags from the composite of two raw materials: cellulosic production waste from the textile industry and pectin, which partially mimics the gelling effects of gelatin. Cellulosic production waste comes from cellulose, the structural cell wall found in plants, while pectin is a plant-based polysaccharide derived from the skin of fruits. When used together to build Sonnet155, the locally sourced materials form a sustainable, gelatin-like tissue that can be fully integrated back into their natural, biological life cycle following the tote bag’s use. The tough material almost appears elastic, but looks and feels like leather.

By creating Sonnet155, Hehemeyer-Cürten and Beckfeld hope to make a sustainable alternative to single-use paper bags that feels more “[like] a treat rather than a burden,” as the designers put it. By following a minimalist design scheme, Sonnet155 is enhanced by its own natural, translucent hide that dissolves over time with consistent use. Coming in a wide range of colors that echo the peak months of summer, Sonnet155 is an upgrade to the canvas tote or single-use paper bag.

Designers: Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten and Lobke Beckfeld

The materials used to make Sonnet155 totes are derived from cellulose waste and pectin, or fruit skin.

Sonnet155 is constructed from locally sourced, biodegradable materials to ensure a natural, biological life cycle.

Pectin mimics the elasticity of gelatin for a tough and durable completed structure.

With a minimalist design, Sonnet155 is enhanced by its own unique gradient pattern derived from natural pigments.

The leather-like building material found in pectin gives Sonnetq55 a loose, yet structured frame.

Once Sonnet155 totes reach the end of their use, they dissolve in either soil and water and continue their biological life cycle.

Totes are great accessories for city living or even weekly grocery store trips.

The iconic Adidas Ultraboost DNA can now be customised with LEGO bricks!

Last year Adidas and LEGO collaborated, and successfully released the LEGO x Adidas ZX8000! They were a pair of colorful and quirky shoes that were well-received and loved. Continuing this tradition, Adidas and LEGO teamed up to create another brilliant shoe that has LEGO lovers and sneakerheads all geared up! They recently announced the launch of the Adidas Ultraboost DNA x LEGO Plates. It’s definitely more toned down and subtle as compared to the ZX8000, but the Ultraboost really don’t need much to boost them up. Almost everyone swears by these iconic sneakers since they were released in 2015….including me (I wear them on all my runs)! The foot-hugging and comfy kicks have been elevated by the addition of LEGO to their design.

Priced at $200, the sneakers feature transparent plastic slots on each side instead of Adidas’s famous stripes! These slots have been shaped after two-by-six LEGO plates, which basically means you can slide in three two-by-two LEGO bricks into the slots! The shoes do come along with a collection of bricks in classic primary colors, which you can fit into the slots. However, you can also add in any bricks that you may already have at home! Honestly, it feels like playtime with shoes, and I’m loving the idea of it. The sneaker also displays a white Primeknit (Adidas’ high-performance recycled material) upper and midsole foam. The foams boast a metallic silver toe guard, side strips, and heel counter. The toebox and the sole of the shoe also feature a brick-style pattern on them. The sole comes in a cheerful LEGO yellow, as does the interior lining. In fact, there’s a LEGO logo on the tongue of the shoe as well. All these delightful little features accentuate the LEGO feel further!

The customizable Adidas Ultraboost DNA x LEGO Plates are a pair of amusing and interactive kicks that you can actually engage with. Sliding LEGO bricks into your shoes is an experience that will definitely take you back to your childhood! In an age where fashion and sportswear are taken so seriously, it’s heartwarming to see Adidas adding a bit of fun and frolic to our footwear, and that too in the form of LEGO…I mean who can resist that? Although I do despise stepping on LEGO with my foot, I wouldn’t mind it on my footwear!

Designer: Adidas x LEGO


Vollebak uses 55 laser cuts to reinvent the World War I trench coat design!

Talk of creative high-performance clothing, and Vollebak is the first name that comes to mind. The London-based brand has surprised us in the past with its timeless creations that are made from cutting-edge material and techniques that are normally not used in the clothing industry. This time too it’s no different, as Vollebak has a trench coat to give you that killer classic look. Trench coat dates back almost 100 years, developed during World War One as an essential to keep warm while being comfy, to repel water, and providing a good amount of camouflaging from the enemy eyes. According to Vollebak, they’ve reinvented the classic trench coat almost a century on with cutting-edge technology that infuses it with a unique aesthetic.

Vollebak Laser Cut Trench Coat has to be one the most innovative of its kind as far as, cutting-edge material technology goes. As the name itself suggests, this trench coat is crafted with 55 cuts of the laser beam, before finally adopting the intended shape by bonding together the raw coat pieces. Interestingly, as the heat from the laser vaporizes, sealing off the edges gives the coat an unparalleled raw look. The material of the trench coat chosen by Vollebak is a high-performance 3-layer Swiss material that boasts a very supreme level of elasticity and abrasion resistance. On top of that, it is highly breathable and waterproof.

Apparel with that signature Vollebak touch is not complete, and for this trench coat, they added a reinforced collar and a detachable storm flap. Adding to the oomph factor, the coat is embellished with bonded vents and intricate metal detailing. The classic military green color of the trench coat is so timeless, and I’m already mustering up ideas as to what combination will go with this unique apparel.

Designer: Vollebak

These biodegradable face masks made from rice paper can be planted, helping you and the planet breathe freely!

One sight we’ve all gotten used to since around this time last year is the littered surgical mask. Since the 2020 pandemic started, we’ve seen them crumpled on the side of the street, tangled up in bushes, buried in garbage piles, caught on tree branches– they’re everywhere. One study even shows that with each minute of the day, three million masks are thrown away. Since we’ve already seen some of the devastating effects of the global climate crisis, the need to redesign face masks that don’t contribute to the world’s microplastic pollution levels cannot be overstated.

Marianne de Groot-Pons, a graphic designer, based in the Netherlands, started Marie Bee Bloom, a biodegradable face mask company, to give back to the earth after noticing all of the blue disposable face masks littered in the street corners and leaf piles. Marie Bee Bloom face masks are made from rice paper in a Dutch sheltered workshop and are filled with a mix of Dutch meadow flower seeds. Since the masks from Marie Bee Bloom are biodegradable, they can be buried in the ground once they’ve been used, then the flower seeds encased inside each mask will have their chance to sprout and bloom. De Groot-Pons’s hope in designing Marie Bee Bloom masks is that they’ll grow into plant life and flowers to help cultivate the earth and nourish the bees that call it home.

Everything about the mask is biodegradable and sustainably constructed too– from the stamped logo to the glue that holds it all together. The woolen cords on Marie Bee Bloom masks are handspun from pure sheep wool, which can be tightened or loosened around the ear with the connected adjusting piece punched out of repurposed vegetable egg cartons. The glue that holds the cord to the mask is made from potato starch. De Groot-Pons says that Marie Bee Bloom masks have not been tested for protection factors. However, they are just as safe to use as homemade fabric face masks. Besides, aren’t we all wearing two face masks nowadays anyway? Wearing a Marie Bee Bloom face mask is an easy way to help yourself, the earth, and the bees.

Designer: Pons Ontwerp

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Marianne de Groot-Pons created Marie Bee Bloom after seeing all of the littered blue face masks outside.

Made entirely from biodegradable material, even the cords are handspun from sheep wool.

The mask’s adjusting cord-piece is shaped from vegetable egg cartons.

Currently, Marie Bee Bloom ships to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, but aims to ship worldwide soon.

Once you’ve used your mask and you’re ready to dispose of it, simply bury it in the ground and tend to it like you would other planted seeds. Then, watch it grow and wait for the bees.

The mask is made from rice paper and the cord is handspun from sheep wool, which is held to the mask with glue made from potato starch.

Wear the mask, bury the mask, sprout the seeds, watch the bees, and repeat.

The designer Marianne de Groot-Pons wearing a Marie Bee Bloom mask.

Vollebak’s Indestructible Jacket is made from Dyneema – a material used to pull entire ships

The Denim Jacket was born in 1880 to cater to the rough-n-tough needs of miners, cowboys, and laborers. More than 140 years later, Vollebak has reimagined the rugged everyday jacket with a material so hardcore, it was used to pull a capsule back into Earth from space, and to tug the Concordia shipwreck out of the sea. Dyneema has quite a rich history. 15 times stronger than steel, and thrice as strong as Kevlar, the material has been used in body armor, anti-ballistic vehicle armor, mooring systems for giant container ships, and ropes used to tie down oil rigs in violent, icy seas. Naturally, a wonder-material like Dyneema would appeal to the guys at Vollebak, who’ve literally crafted some of the world’s toughest garments from carbon-fiber, kevlar, and even ceramic.

Designed to be the toughest utility jacket the company’s ever made, Vollebak likes to refer to their Indestructible Jacket as the Indiana Jones of utility-wear. It features a Dyneema construction, making the jacket practically impossible to rip or tear, while still remaining lightweight (Dyneema floats on water). Designed for all kinds of weather, the jacket features an integrated hood and a collar that can be worn in multiple configurations. In fact, the Dyneema fabric has the ability to insulate you too, so it warms you up within minutes of wearing it… and strangely enough, the material actually gets stronger when temperatures drop, giving you clothes that become more rugged in extreme weathers!

The Indestructible Jacket is truly a marvel of engineering on Vollebak’s part. The materials start their journey in a laboratory in Belgium, while the buttons are crafted from impact-resistant corozo nuts in South America. Each jacket is assembled in one of the most advanced factories in the world with hundreds of separate construction processes, over 35,000 stitches, and more man-hours than almost anything else currently sitting in your wardrobe. In fact, the impact-resistant buttons aren’t simply sewn onto the jacket either. The buttons on the front are all threaded onto a heavy-duty woven tape that runs the jacket’s entire length. The tape is then stitched onto reinforced panels above and below each button. The construction allows the jacket to flex and withstand any tearing forces, as each button is free to slide 2 centimeters up and down its section of military tape, ensuring the stitching and construction are as indestructible as the jacket’s fabric itself. Two secret passport pockets are outfitted into the jacket too, with hidden zippered entrances large enough to hold your passport, money, maps, or documents without any danger of them falling out. Just like the rest of the jacket, the pockets boast of reinforced stitching to ensure they last as long as the garment does… and if you’re still not convinced of exactly how hardcore Dyneema is, the fabric has a melting point of 130° C… so short of falling into a volcano or opening the Ark of the Covenant, the Indiana Jones of utility jackets should definitely have you covered for life!

Designer: Vollebak

Finally, The Neon Laser Wireframe Dinosaur Shirts We’ve All Been Waiting For

Looking for a new favorite shirt? Well, look no further than this neon laser wireframe dinosaur shirt from MerryBlue. The $40 shirt is available in all sizes from S – 5XL and is the perfect wardrobe choice for letting your boss know you will be getting that raise, it will be a big one, and it will come with more vacation days so you can also wear this shirt on a tropical beach.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Gosh, but I’d really like a matching hat and swim trunks to complete the look.” And you’re in luck because those are also real products that exist and are available for $30 and $40, respectively. Now if they just made matching loafers.

It’s like the ’80s and Jurassic Park had a baby. A perfect, beautiful baby. I just asked my wife if she’d buy us each a shirt and hat so we could match on our next date night out and she just turned away without responding which I can only assume means she’s going to surprise me with them down the road.

Samsung’s Galaxy Smartwatch just got a makeover with a reimagined tank case shape that curves to match your wrist

Back in 1999, Samsung launched the first-ever phone watch, SPH-WP10 so users could both tell time and make phone calls all from their wristwatches. Raising the bar ever since, Samsung has come out with some of the most stylish and high-tech smartwatches in circulation today. Sticking to the classics, Samsung’s smartwatches are known for their style. Some of Samsung’s Galaxy watches even embrace an analog display to prove a commitment to timekeeping tradition while fostering and delivering the latest electronics of today. Their tried-and-true recipe for building durable smartwatches have led to innovative designs like the fitness-tracking Fit2 and the glitzy, yet elegant 42-mm Rose Gold Galaxy. Introducing their own interpretation of Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatch, a California-based group of designers completely redesigned the electronic company’s smartwatch with a new display screen and watch bands.

Opting for a tank case shape for their smartwatch reinterpretation, the team of California-based designers equipped Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatch with a curved, vertical display panel. Curved monitors are quickly taking over flat screens with a deeper immersive viewing experience and fuller screen with more vibrant colors and graphics. The team then conceptualized nine different ideations for their smartwatch straps, since the functionality of a smartwatch relies on customizing its watch bands. With nine lives, the detachable watch face would theoretically be attached to the different watch straps utilizing a lock-in-place method. Each rectangular watch face locks into the different watch bands by either sliding into laser-cut, metal incisions, or slipping into adhesive silicone slots.

As we use our smartwatches for different activities throughout the day, the functionality of the watch is subject to change, and the team of designers behind this concept came prepared. When we’re in the office, counting our steps to pass the time or actually getting our work done, a supple leather watchband gives each wireless watch face a more refined look and softer feel for comfortable wear throughout the workday. Then, some time on the commute to the gym, we can swap out the leather band for an activewear one, suitable for working out or if we know sweat is coming up ahead. The designers’ take on an active watch features a slim, polycarbonate watchband with stainless steel-dipped ends, ensuring a secure bond between the watch face and strap so those workouts can stay long and sweaty. An additional seven watch bands from the team in California were conceptualized for their reimagined Samsung Galaxy smartwatch – scroll through and find your favorite!

Designers: Howard Nuk, Jeffrey Borges Jones, & Sun Son

Made from upcycled polypropylene packaging, a fashion designer & creative director designed a winter jacket for dogs!

While I’m subscribed to a newsletter that sends out lists of dogs available for adoption, I’m unfortunately still puppy-less. That being said, if I did have a short-haired doggo of my own, then these colder winter months might call for a shopping spree. If your dog’s winter style could use a revamp, then look no further than Remy, the half-dachshund, half-chihuahua, full-time sleepyhead from New York City. Between Two Naps, an NYC-based collaboration between a creative director and fashion designer makes experimental and wearable objects for dogs, inspired by their pup Remy. Upcycled from grocery delivery bags, Between Two Naps’ new glossy delivery jacket is handmade in New York City and tailored-to-fit any dog.

With these winter months getting colder and more treacherous, keeping dogs and puppies with shorter hair warm is a top priority for dog-owners. In fact, 40% of dog-owners based in the U.S.A. bought some item of clothing for their dog during the year 2020. If you’re looking to upgrade your’s pup’s wardrobe for the new year, the collection of dog jackets from Between Two Naps features some other fun options, like headpieces topped with pillows and puppy-themed, plush racing helmets. The Delivery Jacket, however, is their upcycled option, which comes one-of-a-kind, with a cropped body and elasticated underside. Their design features classic packing labels embedded into the jacket’s fabric that includes random words such as “sleep,” which help the store owners track outbound shipments.

Speaking on behalf of every single one of us – with all the shipments we’ve been receiving in the mail in 2020, it’d be difficult not to instantly recognize the sheen of this dog’s astro-chic jacket. Between Two Naps took it upon themselves to reinvest in an otherwise unsustainable piece of metalized polypropylene, which typically ends up in the trash, and transformed it into an insulated, one-of-a-kind, winter jacket for small dogs. So, wear it proudly pups, because – and yes I’m still speaking for all of us –we wish we could.

Designer: Between Two Naps

Balenciaga’s neon energy inspires this old school camera’s film – resulting in Instagram worthy effects!

Much like record players, film cameras came to popularity in the 20th century, but both designs have still found their own niche crowd of modern-day buffs who are sure to fill up today’s tech grids and timelines with the occasional nod to yesteryear. Film cameras have since transitioned out of the 20th-century, opting instead to join the growing market of digital point-and-shoots and smartphone cameras, but something about film’s accuracy and crispness, along with the patience required for it still lingers in Instagram filters and selfie sticks – we still love taking photographs, that’s never changed. Inspired by the bright, neon lights of Balenciaga’s eclectic personality and the acquired technique in using film, Dongjae Koo’s film camera comes equipped with fluorescent soaked 35mm film to capture the energy behind the famed fashion house’s latest campaign.

Koo designed five different rolls of 35mm film in neon pink, yellow, green, blue, and purple. While film filters might be considered more like accessories to the camera, giving each developed photograph a desired filter, or effect like washed light and neon imprints, this camera would be designed for the use of its filters. With a relatively standard ISO of 400, Koo’s film would be suitable for daylight, twilight, and indoor shooting – perfect for shooting editorials or Instagram group photos worthy of being called one. The film camera itself is a little bit elusive in appearance, with a touch of color on an otherwise all-black, sleek, matte-steel body reminiscent of some of Balenciaga’s all-black runway looks. The distinguished personality of Balenciaga buzzes through this camera with its minimal, no-frills, metallic structure that was fashioned after Balenciaga’s collection of richly textured and colored duffle bags and purses. Koo’s overall design comprises both the physical film camera and the companion film filters, which are ready for use with each shot. For the most part, Koo’s design is similar to other film cameras with intuitive locks, dials, and clicks that open and close the camera’s film compartment, or change the camera’s shutter speed and focus. Then, the camera’s digital interface indicates to users how many shots have been used up with each roll of film, the zoom aperture, along with the option of using a self-timer. By interweaving modern-day digital language with tried-and-true film hardware, Koo bridges the world of today’s conveniences with yesterday’s proven struggle.

When new film camera designs like Dongjae Koo’s shuffle into today’s market, the world of old school design converges with contemporary values and practices in order to uphold the relevancy behind the film camera. We’ve always loved taking photographs, it’s the subject and reason that’s changed throughout the years. Today, due to the smartphone’s and social media’s rise in popularity, the world of fashion is at our fingertips, closer than ever, and is inspiring many global designers to reach out to take hold of its relevancy. Take a picture if you’d like, as we’ve learned, it’ll last longer.

Designer: Dongjae Koo