farmers use vending machines to sell produce

Interesting innovation found in Germany allows small farmers to sell directly to consumers daily without the labor, time and travel associated with a farmers market.

{photo: Franziska Luh via}

German farm, Peter-und-Paul-Hof, has collaborated with vending manufacturer Stuewer to create farm vending machines, according to Springwise. The Regiomat machines sell fresh milk, eggs, butter, cheese, potatoes and sausage in thirteen German towns and communities.

We love the update to the traditional farm stand and hope to see more fresh vending options that cater to local foods.


news bites 10.1.09

FOOD & FASHIONCarine Roitfeld, editor-in-chief of French Vogue, shares her favorite fashion & food finds in Paris.


  • Don’t worry if you’re not in Paris for the Louis Vuitton runway show... just watch it on facebook {via WWD}
  • Nau, Portland's eco-friendly outdoors brand, has quietly unveiled Changing Room, an online-only payment option in which customers pay half of the full price upfront, then have 30 days to pay off the rest.



Italian fashion labels X limited edition Coca Cola light

Italian designers including Moschino, Donatella Versace, Angela Missoni, Alberto Ferreti, Consuelo Castiglioni and Etro have redesigned Diet Coke bottles for a fashion show during Milan Fashion Week to raise money for young women affected by the earthquake in Abruzzo last year.

The avant garde new designs celebrating beverage and fashion go on sale in Milan starting on September 25th.

{source: NYmag}


news bites 9.24.09

Fashion week inspiration, news, and pretty thoughts...

  • Want to be Cinderella? Just in time for Halloween, one of our favorite designers, Maison Martin Margiela, is bringing the fantastical shoe to life in limited quantities.
  • Time to celebrate! Tom Ford is seeking funding to launch a new womenswear collection.
  • U.K.'s Selfridges launches new range of men's leggings dubbed 'mantyhose'.
  • Photographer Annie Leibovitz & British artist Damien Hirst are two of six personalities tapped by Louis Vuitton to design special-order leather goods for an auction at Sotheby’s in London on Nov. 17 to aid the Red Cross.
  • Levi & Strauss launches a line of snowboard apparel in collaboration with snowboard clothing label 686.
  • Clothing designer Rick Owens has launched a limited-edition collection of furniture designs called "Evolution" at Sebastian + Barquet’s gallery in London.
  • The deets from Fashion week bloggers via Refinery29.

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Burberry: The Social Media trifecta

First thing first- let it be known that we don't a stitch of Burberry.

That said, we're honestly intrigued with Burberry in the role of the comeback kid since 2001 when creative director Christopher Bailey came on board. The succession of well timed and expertly executed shifts in consumer perceptions has transformed a traditional British clothes manufacturer with a dusty plaid past into an international fashion player.

{photo: Burberry}

In our opinion, this years advertising campaign featuring Emma Watson will not be the brands highpoint.

Tomorrow is a perfect example of blending old classics with new media. At 1:30pm EST (6:30pm London time), they will simulcast the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2010 runway show live at In addition to the online London Fashion Week celebration, the brand will launch it's very own social media site, "Art of the Trench," which will encourage customers and fans of the brand to upload pictures of themselves sporting a classic Burberry trenchcoat. To complete the branding trifecta, Burberry's uploading behind the scenes videos and updates on Twitter and Facebook.

We're rooting for the plaid horse this year.



colors we love

We're inspired by the nail lacquer colors seen at New York Fashion Week and it should come as no surprise that Nonie Creme, Creative Director of butter LONDON, is the source...


{photos: Modelina}
"Corporate Blue" isn’t sold in stores, but Nonie, let Modelinia in on how to make the exclusive Vena Cava color at home: Mix half a bottle of Artful Dodger with half a bottle of Royal Navy.

Food52 is live

We've been keeping a secret.
For the last couple weeks, we've been part of the beta group testing Food52 - the recipe forum headed by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs.
We love the concept of a "crowdsourced cookbook" as a way to innovate online resources by inspiring cooking and contributing. It's authentic and approachable for the everyday cook or aspiring chef. This week, all you need is create and document a standout egg dish to win a chance to be included in the Food52 cookbook.
How cool is that?

Nourishment for Fashion Night Out & Fashion Week

Need a little pick-me-up sugar high while you preview fashion week and celebrate Fashion Night out?
For Fashion Week, Glamour Magazine is taking the food truck frenzy to the next level of marketing & promotion by driving around in a big pink truck handing out free cupcakes. The schedule, should you find yourself in need, is as follows:

6:00pm to 6:30: Berdorf Goodman
6:50pm to 8:30: Barneys New York
9:00pm to 9:30: Wooster and general Soho (Adidas Store/Juicy Store area)
10:00pm to 11: Meatpacking District

{sources: NYTimes / Eater NY}


Merci debuts pop-up shop in NYC

A miniature version of the Parisian concept store, Merci makes its American debut today at 680 Fifth Avenue at 54th Street. The month-long pop-up shop is a collaboration with Gap and similar to last years Colette x Gap installation.

While the Parisian flagship offers homewares and clothes sourced from under-the-radar designers and has a library and cafe, philanthropy and not profit is at the heart of Merci, reports WWD.

“What I have is what I give,” is emblazoned in French on a cotton T-shirt ($28), available in the pop-up store. This generous attitude describes husband-and-wife owners Marie-France and Bernard Cohen’s philosophy: once the bills are paid, Merci’s profits go to children’s charities.

The assortment at the Merci pop-up includes: candles from Annick Goutal, tableware by Japanese brand Wasara and luxury vintage items arranged beside limited edition Gap T-shirts and jeans by French artist Laurence Amélie. Overall, the range at Merci Gap is $3 to $3,250, and everything in the store, including the vintage display cases, is for sale.

{sources: WWD, Reuters, Gap}


news bites 9.3.08

A sampling of what sparks our interest this week...

The National, a restaurant by industry newcomers Julie Dickstein and Jeremy Hogeland, was pretty much unheard of before WWD stopped by. (via Grub Street)



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