Designer duo Spunky Bruiser turning fast fashion on its head

PHOTO: Designer Christian Olea collecting pieces for Spunky Bruiser’s custom order. (ABC News: Claudia Chiu) RELATED STORY: Australia’s obsession with new clothes hurting the environment RELATED STORY: The home sewers saying no to fast fashion MAP: Sydney 2000 Designers Bex Frost and Christian Olea turn discarded tapestries and other recycled materials into stylish, tailored streetwear for their sustainable clothing label Spunky Bruiser. They trawl Sydney’s op shops picking out pieces to use for their custom-made clothing. “Rather than buying things in bulk, we actually select each piece with purpose,” Bex says. “We try to do everything…

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Spice Launches Three Smartphones, Five Feature Phones Under Its Revamped Brand

After the brand revamp with its Transsion Holdings joint venture, Spice has launched as many as eight mobile devices in India. This includes three smartphones – Spice F301, Spice F302 and Spice K601 – and five feature phones – Z102, Z101, Z201, Z202, and Z301. The prices for these phones begin from Rs. 1,180, and they will be sold starting from July 11. To recall, at the announcement of the Spice brand revamp, Spice Mobility and Transsion Holdings said that 10 mobiles will be launched by the end of the year, with…

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Fashion and Technology Are Merging. And It’s Astounding.

TENTATIVE STEPS TOWARD MELDING FASHION AND TECHNOLOGY The arts and technology are beginning a courtship that may fundamentally affect the way we perceive both of them: in visual art, we have Google Deep Dream, creating hallucinatory vistas on par with the wackier end of Hieronymus Bosch or Alan Aldridge; in music, we have A.I composers; virtual reality offers an unprecedented and fully-immersive opportunity for filmmakers and writers alike. Fashion, however, is another kettle of fish because it is an art that is lived, occurring at all hours of the day. Additionally, the high…

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Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

Traditionally investigations of a foodstuff’s implications for human health focus on the content of individual nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc. However, newer research shows that the health effects of a food product cannot be determined on the basis on the individual nutrients it contains. The food must be evaluated as a whole – together with other foods eaten at the same time. The findings of the expert panel have been published in the highly respected scientific journal the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. We consume foods and meals…

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Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

Traditionally investigations of a foodstuff’s implications for human health focus on the content of individual nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc. However, newer research shows that the health effects of a food product cannot be determined on the basis on the individual nutrients it contains. The food must be evaluated as a whole – together with other foods eaten at the same time. The findings of the expert panel have been published in the highly respected scientific journal the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. We consume foods and meals…

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JNU to rename its central library as Dr B R Ambedkar Central Library

Jawaharlal Nehru University will be renaming its Central Library as Dr B R Ambedkar Central Library at a function today. JNU’s central library to be renamed after B.R Ambedkar         jawaharlal Nehru University will be renaming its Central Library as Dr B R Ambedkar Central Library at a function today. The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) had announced that it would boycott the event which HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar was expected to address through video-conference, to raise various issues faced by the students. Students to boycott the event JNUSU…

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It’s time to put food policy back on the table

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining, “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny, except that it really isn’t. Worse, the bitter reality of the tractor joke is still true: The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban…

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It’s time to talk about the politics of the fashion industry

Think back on the year in fashion and it probably looks something like this: Beyoncé in Formation or the latex look she served at the Met Gala, everything Kim Kardashian, Rihanna in a Saint Laurent red heart-shaped fox fur coat or Demna Gvasalia’s debut as creative director of Balenciaga. Consumers are less likely to ponder how the political and economic instability caused by events like Donald Trump’s election victory or the shocking Brexit vote impacted spending patterns, or how a bombing in the Instanbul garment district affected fashion’s supply chain….

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How the U.S. Army Personalized Its Mental Health Care

The U.S. Army’s efforts to come to grips with a dramatic upsurge in war-related behavioral conditions over the past 13 years holds valuable lessons for bringing precision mental health care to the civilian world. Virtually everyone realizes that precision medicine, which aims to tailor care to the individual patient’s needs, is essential. Yet in attempts to bring patient-centered, outcomes-based approaches to health care in recent years, mental health has taken a back seat to other areas of medical care. Almost alone among industrialized nations, the United States does not systematically…

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It’s Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a Health Expert Lead HUD, Though

Donald Trump’s choice to have his one-time rival Ben Carson head the Department of Housing and Urban Development has triggered a lot of head-scratching. Carson’s ongoing dilly-dallying on whether to accept the job has perhaps driven many into full excoriation disorder, wondering why a retired neurosurgeon with no housing policy experience is even being considered. CityLab’s Kriston Capps assembled a comprehensive set of opinions from housing experts on why having Carson lead HUD would be a huge mistake—not least of which is the doctor’s allergy to fair housing principles. But…

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