Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?

  Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? The diamond invention—the creation of the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable, and are essential signs of esteem—is a relatively recent development in the history of the diamond trade. Until the late nineteenth century, diamonds were found only in a few riverbeds in India and…

About the Fear of Aging-Tuesdays with Morrie

  Weren’t you ever afraid to grow old, I asked? “Mitch, I embrace aging.” Embrace it? “It’s very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that…

Michael Swaine’s Free “Mending Library” Repairs Clothes, Community

Photos by Gil Regio Jr. On the 15th of every month, Michael Swaine trundles into San Francisco’s Tenderloin district with a cart-mounted sewing machine—the old-fashioned kind, which you can only operate by means of a treadle. Setting up shop in a reclaimed alley known as the “Tenderloin National Forest,” as he has for the past…

Fashion Consumption

  Use & End of Life A fashion artefact comes to life when worn. It is the interaction between body and piece that creates the stories that take place and remain as imprints on shape, texture, colour and patina on a collar, elbow, waist or cuff. As a fashion designer, I am intrigued by the…

Is Fake Leather Really More Eco-Friendly Than Real?

    I caught an NPR segment a few weeks ago that raised the question of whether it’s possible to have “eco-conscious fur.” The story centers on a project down in Louisiana where they’re turning the pelts of nutria—an invasive, semiaquatic mammal that looks rather rat-like—into high-end fashion pieces. (It’s a subject we’ve covered in…

Humans-“Don’t try to be someone else’s beautiful.”

@Stella Flygare commented- It really bugs me that this person has to be labelled as either gay or referred to as a she or he/she (I hate that English doesn’t have a proper pronoun for this, but in Sweden it’s called hen). Don’t get me wrong, if they are that’s absolutely great. And if they’re…