Category: Innovation

Patrice Banks is Putting Women in the Driver’s Seat

DENVER AND UPPER DARBY, PENNSYLVANIA VIA EMAIL—Women have been passengers in the romance between men and their cars for too long. Cars are fast, dangerous machines, a symbol of freedom, something to be mastered and…

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New Zealand Designer Karen Walker Reflects On Her Three Decades in Fashion

LONDON AND AUCKLAND VIA EMAIL—In the fashion world 30 years is a lifetime. Just ask New Zealand designer Karen Walker who not only made her New York Fashion Week runway debut of her collection in 1998 but also debuted her designs at Barneys New York that same year. “The major shifts I see in the industry are that [fashion] is a whole lot faster,” she told’s Ginanne Brownell Mitic in an interview via email. “Trends get picked up, blown up and spat out in weeks rather than seasons because of the speed with which ideas spread now.’

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Bata Shoe Museum’s Elizabeth Semmelhack Talks High Heels and Sneakerheads

DENVER AND TORONTO VIA E-MAIL—Shoes. As women, we love them, we hate them, we covet them, we even imbue them with magical powers (Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and…

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Perfumer Lyn Harris’ Scents of Smell

LONDON--Lyn Harris is the only classically trained female nose in the U.K., and the founder of the hugely successful Miller Harris brand (thrust into the spotlight in 2010 when Samantha…

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How Technology is Helping Map Sexual Abuse in India

LONDON/MELBOURNE VIA SKYPE: It was during a yoga class in Mumbai where the idea for SafeCity—an Indian-based not-for-profit organization that collects and collates data on sexual assault and abuse in…

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Rebel Nell: Detroit Design With a Difference

DETROIT, MICHIGAN—After disappearing into the workshop next door, Amy Peterson came back into the main office and put down a box. Inside were the first prototypes of what would become…

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Ports 1961’s Creative Director Natasa Cagalj-‘I Have Made It Now’

PARIS AND LONDON—It can be a bit daunting stepping into some of the boutiques on Rue Saint Honore, one of the French capital’s most upscale shopping streets that includes Tom…

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Gender Parity on Wikipedia: An Interview with Lucy Crompton-Reid

LONDON—Polish/French physicist and chemist Marie Skłodowska Curie, born 150 years ago,  not only was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (1903) but she was also the only woman…

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Mid-Century Designer Gives Vintage Furs a New Purpose

DENVER—Repurposing old objects has been a trend that's luckily determined to stay. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tells us on its website that, "the most effective way to reduce waste is to not…

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Bespoke Rug Designer Jennifer Manners On Knowledge, Knotting and Nepal

LONDON—Five years ago, Kentucky-born London-based Jennifer Manners founded her eponymous design company focusing on luxurious bespoke rugs made in India and Nepal. She has experienced quite a lot of success…

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