Vans and MoMA introduce Monet, Dalí and Pollack to the fashion world in new collaboration

We have seen action sports brand Vans team up with prominent franchises like Disney, Star Wars and Harry Potter before, but the latest collaboration is probably the most sophisticated yet. Vans has turned to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), or rather its exhibition artists, to acquire inspiration and design patterns. The museum and the clothing brand will release a total of two drops with some of the most prominent names in modern art’s history.

The first drop is available today, which features shoes, clothing and accessories with designs from Salvador Dalí, Vasily Kandinsky and Claude Monet. Fans of Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock or Faith Ringgold has to wait for the second drop that goes live in November.

— MoMA is excited to finally reveal the Vans collaboration as they, too, have a rich legacy of supporting artistic expression. We pursue a limited number of product collaborations and our goal is always to engage a broader audience with modern art. We are thrilled to reach art lovers around the world through Vans’ global network, says Robin Sayetta, Associate Director of Licensing and Partnerships in a statement.


The five best jackets for fall, according to our editor of sustainability

On a short-term basis, we need to dress appropriately for the challenging Scandinavian autumn. On a long-term basis, we need to do it sustainably for the sake of our planet. Thankfully, one approach does not exclude the other and fashion brands are slowly and steadily starting to find new and more innovative ways in how they produce their garments.

— The future of innovation is sustainable innovation, and what the world really needs is that brands support a systematic change and take a lead in transforming our approach to ethical and sustainable manufacturing. These five brands all have their own ways in tackling the issue and find ways in how they as brands can find ways to collaborate for change rather than compete for growth, says Fredrik Ekström, Fredrik Ekström, our editor-at-large for sustainability and branding.

Acne Studios repurposed trucker jacket

Acne Studios’ released a fully repurposed capsule collection as a part of this years autumn/winter drop. Part of the collection is this fully repurposed women’s jacket, with cuts and contrasts of tweed, denim and leather. The sleeves are detachable with marked zippers, and the shirt is cut from two contrasting cloths.

66˚North Dyngja jacket

Icelandic outdoors brand 66˚North has tackled the gruesome conditions of Iceland for close to 100 years now, so it’s safe to say that their products can handle cold autumn days pretty much anywhere. The unisex Dyngja jacket is a water-resistant down jacket that was originally designed ten years ago, but the up-to-date version is made out of recycled polyester from discarded PET bottles. We prefer non-biodegradable materials in our clothes rather than landfills and oceans.

Timberland Climate Pack jacket

We know that Timberland has set high standards for their environmental responsibility, and the new reflective, water-resistant Climate Pack jacket proves just that. It is insulated with 100% recycled insulation, and the polyester shell is patched together in materials made from reused PET bottles. The jacket also comes with matching boots and a duffel bag.

NN07 Columbo jacket

The Columbo jacket resembles a coach jacket, but still has the feel and look of an overshirt. Furthermore, it’s padded to give you an extra layer of warmth when the temperature drops. The padding is also made out of PrimaLoft Eco-Padding, that consist of 60% post-consumer recycled materials.

Helly Hansen Mono Insulator jacket

Norwegian outdoor pioneer Helly Hansen has been around for almost 150 years and was among the first to adopt plastic in clothing production in the early 1900s, revolutionizing water-proof clothing. The sporty and unisex Mono Insulator jacket’s shell is made from 100% polyester and is insulated with 100% recyclable down-feel PFC-free polyester.


The Acute Art app makes it easier (and cheaper) than ever to own high-end art

Even though Acute Art is a London based art space, it would be highly misleading to just leave it at that. The art space is completely digital and therefore global in its operation; anyone with a smartphone can attend the exhibitions, anytime. Acute Art is directed and curated by Swedish art curator Daniel Birnbaum and uses new media and technology to produce cutting-edge visual artworks in VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and MR (mixed reality).

For the average art consumer, the art space’s own app is the best and easiest way to access the exhibitions. Acute Art has worked together with artists such as Marina Abramović, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Olafur Eliasson, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Bjarne Melgaard, Jeff Koons, KAWS and more, with many exhibitions still available on the app.

HOLIDAY SPACE by KAWS art. Photo: Erik Sedin

The latest exhibition is a collaboration with Alicija Kwade called AR-BEIT. The series consists of four different sculptures that the user can engage and interact with. The Kreisel (Inception) is an AR art piece that emulates the small spinning top made know from the Christopfher Nolan film with the same name. There’s also the Angst piece, a Kaiser-Idell lamp that sticks it head into the ground when the user walks closer to it.


”Wearables now allow the user insight into their wellbeing on a holistic level”

The Finnish family-owned company has been innovating sports technology and helping all levels of athletes and coaches to achieve peak performance and stay healthy for over 40 years. Their roots are deep in research and science, where the founder, Seppo Säynäjäkangas, was a professor at University of Oulu. In 1977, he developed and patented the world’s first wireless heart rate monitor, and the company has since expanded into multiple training solutions for elite athletes, coaches, and active fitness enthusiasts. The — award-winning — product range includes pioneering sports wearables, training apps, and cloud services.

— I’d say we remain a trusted performance partner due to our accuracy, reliability, and superior experience, says Puranen. Our team of scientists ranges from physiologists to nutritionists to doctors of molecular physics. We’re also the top choice for research collaborations within the fields of sports medicine and physiology. The products are used in hundreds of independent studies every year, so when you buy one, you can be confident that the data you get is accurate.

Earlier this summer saw the launch of the most recent watch, Unite.

— The great thing about it is that it offers such great value for money, says Puranen. It includes all our best features that help the user sleep, recover, and train better and smarter at a really accessible price point. For instance, Unite gives you feedback on your sleep duration and quality as well as the recovery of our autonomic nervous system every night. Based on this info, it also gives you personalized guidance on what type of workout suits your recovery level that day. It takes the guesswork out of training and motivates the user to make healthier choices.

What can be measured by a sports watch, she tells, has evolved a lot in the past years. 

— It’s no longer about how fast you run and what your maximum heart rate is during sprints. Wearables now allow the user insight into their wellbeing on a holistic level with complex data processed into easy to understand feedback and actionable guidance. Our goal is to help our users to reach their goals, whether that goal is to run a 3-hour marathon or to learn how to sleep and recover better.


Speaker company Transparent adds matte black colour option

Stockholm based Transparent is known for making simple and functional audio products in contrast to many other technology companies that can be perceived as complex and pretentious. Now the brand is adding another colour option to its transparent speaker collection, that literally camouflages into your home.

— Following the success of the Small Transparent Speaker last year, we wanted to build on this, while adhering to our brand’s mission of creating timeless and circular speakers. Matte black, an essential colour to any home, offers an understated yet expressive aesthetic which also encapsulated our ethos for simple yet functional design, comments Per Brickstad, co-founder and chief designer in a statement.

The matte black finish is added to the single aluminium uniframe encasing for the speakers and the transparent speaker’s previously red cables have been updated to uniformed black cables. Spec-wise, the speakers have gotten a new Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip to create studio-level sound quality, as well ass true wireless pairing to stream music to multiple speakers simultaneously.


A celebration of ten years transforming an industry

In 2010, despite his true passion for high-quality menswear, Henning Källqvist couldn’t find what he was looking for, neither online nor offline. 

— I realized that there were probably other people with the same desire for clothes missing the availability and service of high-quality menswear online, he says.

So, he founded Care of Carl, offering those brands online.

— We believe in investing in timeless brands of great quality and craftsmanship to build a long-term and sustainable wardrobe.

”A fantastic journey.” That’s how Källqvist describes these first ten years, going from a startup with two employees to more than 80 today. 

— And a growing turnover curve beyond the ordinary, he adds. Our industry has been undergoing a huge transformation, a transformation that we have been a driving force in. In the beginning, many of the brands we retail today were not available online at all, and to get hold of these you had to visit one or even multiple physical stores during their — in some cases — limited opening hours. Today, we have gathered both well-known and smaller niche local brands in a unique digital environment, where they are available around the clock, most often with next day delivery. We are eternally grateful to the brands that believed in our idea from day one and dared to hop on the train first. Others, who were more suspicious of the internet, took some time, but most of them have realized the benefits of our concept and being available online.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, you launch a special anniversary line. Tell us more about it.

— We’ve teamed up with some of our leading suppliers, such as Crockett & Jones, Altea, Barbour, and Stenströms, to create a unique collection of garments. Guiding words during the process have been timelessness, durability, and quality as well as the cutting-edge in every man’s wardrobe, says Källqvist, continuing,

— One of the highlights is shoes from Crockett & Jones, where we have asked the Swedish tannery Tärnsjö Garveri to provide the leather. Not only is the collaboration itself completely unique, but the use of Tärnsjö’s leather also means that each shoe is unique in itself.

What do you think about the future of physical and digital retail? 

— Today, more than 80% of all clothing sales in our segment still take place offline, in physical stores, while digitalization in other industries has come much further. Those who provide other kinds of physical products are generally further ahead in the digitization process, while those who don’t have a physical product are more or less fully digitized today. Many consumers still find it difficult to order online due to possible problems with fit, size, and returns as well as the lack of styling services and help with choosing clothes. So, the challenge is no longer availability-related as it was 10 years ago, but rather the lack of personal service and guidance when picking out new pieces of clothing. If you are a regular customer in a local men’s clothing store, you get superb service and this level of personal help has not yet been achieved online. This is something we believe will become an increasingly important part of e-commerce over time.

Ten years after the start, Care of Carl has grown out of their physical suit, now moving both warehouse and office to a twice as large office environment with three times as much storage space. 

They just launched their new International Designers department, introducing the likes of Moncler, Lanvin, and Dsquared2. After the anniversary collection, they’ll add another department to the range, featuring existing and new brands from Japan, such as Beams Plus, Camoshita and Kamakura, and more, gathered under one roof. 

— It’s maybe a slightly different element compared to the rest of the range, but with clear connections in the form of shared values ​​and clear preppy influences, says Källqvist.


The anticipated Polestar Precept is officially going into production

On Saturday Polestar revealed that the previously introduced concept model Precept will be going into production. The four-doored sedan, that was initially showcased back in February, is not only sustainable in its fully electric engine. The interior is built and tailored with the help of recycled materials such as old PET Bottles, reclaimed fishing nets and recycled cork vinyl. The Precept is one step in Polestar’s road to climate neutrality.

— Consumers want to see change from this industry — not just dreams. Now, Precept becomes an even stronger statement. We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our cars and our business. The aim has to be climate neutrality, even though I recognize that is a long-term goal, comments Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO in a statement.

Other than the impressive exterior and interior design that is showcased in Polestar’s official pictures, not much information is available. Polestar did not release any information regarding the Precept’s prize, nor any information about battery size, range or motor specs. But the fact that the car will leave the drawing board and hit the Chengdu manufacturing facility in China is palpable and good news.


Soulland highlights world-famous comic Peanuts in new capsule

Schulz first introduced the Peanuts characters in 1950, when the comic strip debuted in seven newspapers. Since then, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other characters have made an indelible mark on popular culture, with Schulz now being widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time.

The first glimpse of the Soulland meets Peanuts capsule was shown at the brand’s Autumn/ Winter 2020 Runway in Copenhagen, focusing on some of the American cartoonist’s hand-drawn vintage and classic artwork, assembled in a collage style. 

— I love Charles M. Schulz’ work! The ability of the art to remain relevant across generations and age groups really amazes me! Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang are great characters for kids clothing and still hold relevance on the most luxurious garments. The focus of my work was to source exclusive materials like silk organza to create a grown-up and extravagant feeling, while still remaining humoristic and true to the Peanuts universe, says Silas Adler, Co-founder and Creative Director.

The mentioned silk pieces, with an all-over printed short sleeve shirt with bowling collar and relaxed pants for men and a transparent maxi dress and a fitted shirt for women, drops tomorrow. The other styles from the 12-style collab, which includes organic T-shirts, hoodies, and crewneck sweatshirts, launches next Monday.


Halebop unveils one-of-a-kind Air Jordan collaboration with theheyyman

The Swedish telecommunication company Halebop has gone for a rather unorthodox sales approach to attract new cellphone plan subscribers, Hypebeast reports. The subscription includes a 100GB data plan, the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 and a never-before-seen Air Jordan 1 sneaker, exclusively designed by Nicholas ”theheyyman” Avery. The LA-based designer refurbishes and customizes popular sneakers and has gathered quite a buzz on social media for his takes on various Air Jordans, that usually comes with a hefty price tag.

And the Halebop sneaker is no exception. Halebop calls it ”the world’s most expensive subscription”, but is yet to present a final price. The subscription plan is available in October solely for Swedish customers, and only eleven people will have a chance to get a hold of the care package.


Power play — Amazon enters the gaming industry

After speculations and rumours for approximately a year, Amazon finally unveiled their new gaming service Luna yesterday. Much like Google’s gaming service Stadia, Luna is a cloud gaming service where you pay a monthly fee to get access to hundreds of game digitally. You can use the devices that you already own to access Luna, which means that phones, computers or existing Playstation and Xbox controllers can be plugged in to get going easily.

Amazon did also release its own controller though, which will cost around €45 during the early access period. The Luna Controller can connect to any wifi and Bluetooth-supported screen.

For around €5 a month you can access already available gaming titles such as Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee, GRID, Abzu, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Amazon says more titles will be added ”over time.”

For now, only gamers in the US can request an invitation for early access to Luna. Gamers from other regions of the world have to wait for its broader release.