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Uber’s Twisted Logic Means This Isn't a Strike. It's a Boycott
"Today, many Uber and Lyft drivers in major cities across the country are striking to protest their pay and working conditions, in large part because they’re classified as independent contractors instead of employees. But Uber doesn’t think of its drivers as independent contractors or employees. It believes drivers are, in fact, Uber’s customers."

via: Jalopnik

Vampire Weekend Successfully Reinvented Who They Are
"With Father of the Bride, their fourth album, the group has expanded itself and the conception of what a band can be."

via: GQ

What Your Pokémon Pick Says About You
"Detective Pikachu, which stars Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds as the voice of a talking Pikachu (a Pokémon) who fancies himself a pint-size Sherlock Holmes, hits theaters Friday. The film is based on a spin-off video game of the same name, and it’s a pretty fun time at the movies. Still, what does its existence say about us? For that matter, what do Pokémon say about us?"

via: GQ

Why Streetwear is at the Forefront of Innovation in Hardware
"The right zipper or button isn’t the sort of detail you’d notice on a runway or in a street style snap; it is immediately obvious, however, when you touch and feel — and actually wear — a garment. Though not necessarily perceptible at first glance, the combination of engineering and artistry that goes into creating a single zipper can make the high prices of designer clothing far more understandable. And, in recent years, those small details and closures are also a place for menswear brands to create innovative styles unique to their labels and to display their logos; in essence, hardware is crucial for these designers to establish their brands."

via: Hypebeast

A Juventus x Palace collaboration is on its way
"Palace and Juventus seem to be ready to present an unprecedented collaboration in the coming months. After the "Juventus Icon" collection, released in January and with which the Champions of Italy joined by right into the world of streetwear, the one with Palace would be a significant step forward and would confirm a very strong bond that over the last two years he approached big street brands to soccer clubs."

via: NSS Magazine

Björk Guest-Edit: In Conversation with Maggie Nelson
"Björk and author Maggie Nelson tackle the ambiguous future of feminism and humanity in this freewheeling email exchange for the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of AnOther Magazine"

via: AnOther

71 Years Later, Fashion’s Most Glamourous Night Remains Relevant
"Look beyond the red carpet and you will see that the evening is big business. The money raised by way of the gala – some $13.5 million as of 2017 – is enough to fund the Costume Institute’s annual operating budget in its entirety, and so, it is in the interest of the organizers to keep the appeal of the event–which got its start in 1948 when fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert decided to host a fundraising dinner to support the then-newly-founded Costume Institute ahead of the opening of its annual exhibit–intact. "

via: The Fashion Law

It’s Time to Break Up Facebook
"The company’s mistakes—the sloppy privacy practices that dropped tens of millions of users’ data into a political consulting firm’s lap; the slow response to Russian agents, violent rhetoric and fake news; and the unbounded drive to capture ever more of our time and attention—dominate the headlines. It’s been 15 years since I co-founded Facebook at Harvard, and I haven’t worked at the company in a decade. But I feel a sense of anger and responsibility."

via: The New York Times

The Internet’s YouTube Habit has the Carbon Footprint of a Small City
"Every day, people watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube. According to a new study by researchers at the University of Bristol, all those hours add up to a large carbon footprint over the course of a year. They calculated that in 2016, people watching videos on YouTube resulted in approximately 11.13 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, a standard unit of measure that indicates carbon footprint. That’s similar to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by a city the size of Frankfurt or Glasgow, Scotland, over a year."

via: Fast Company

Why Fast Fashion Brands Are Fleeing China
"Forever 21 is the latest fast fashion giant to join the exodus, but why have brands like Topshop, New Look and Asos retreated from China while others like Uniqlo and H&M seem to have cracked it? Read China Decoded to make sense of the market."

via: Business of Fashion

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