value retailers such as Matalan, New Look, and George at Asda put pressure on price reductions for fashion retailers. To maintain a competitive advantage, Topshop handed its reins over to a lady hailed as the “most influential person on the British high street” during the mid-1990s, Jane Shepherdson. Shepherdson has been credited with democratizing women’s style and changing the way they buy and wear fashion. Under her reign, the brand was transformed into a style mecca, creating well-designed, style-savvy clothing. … [Read more...] about Where Topshop went wrong
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Aerolatte Matcha Frother, $20After a week of my wife watching me “whisk” matcha with a spoon, she did me a solid and ordered me this matcha-saving frother. Try it once and never whisk with a spoon again. —Matt Paolucci, senior director of category and channel development … [Read more...] about Gift guide: The best gifts for home cooks, according to Chobani employees
These numbers come from the new VTS Office Demand Index, based on its data from commercial landlords in major markets, tracking when potential tenants tour available office space. In development for about 10 years, this is the first public release of the index, which is based on data from October, before the current surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the U.S. as well as the approval of several vaccines. A slowly rising number of tours taken by potential tenants suggests that companies are gradually getting back to working from, well, work. … [Read more...] about Everyone thinks COVID-19 destroyed the office. But that’s not the whole story
The international design firm Carlo Ratti Associati turned unused shipping containers into intensive care units to support northern Italian hospitals overwhelmed during the pandemic. These connected units for respiratory ailments (CURA) help hospitals extend their emergency facilities. Each temperature-controlled pod is equipped to treat two ICU patients, including ventilators, monitors, and stands for intravenous fluid dispensation. To make sure that the atmosphere is clean, an extractor fills the space with negative pressure, which greatly reduces the spread of airborne diseases. The units were also designed with families in mind: Two windows carved into the container let people check on their sick loved ones and allow doctors to monitor progress. The designers of CURA also outlined tech specs in open-source files available online, so that the concept can be replicated by anyone, anywhere in the world. The CURA pods can be installed in about an hour, making it faster than most … [Read more...] about How Carlo Ratti turned shipping containers into intensive care units
Today, the New York Times Cooking homepage is filled with “comforting dishes to eat while the results roll in,” largely comprising all-American pub foods with global twists, including Indian-ish nachos, Mexican hot dogs, and Cantonese cream corn. There’s mac and cheese of many varieties: Southern, French onion, vegan. One of Houston’s local papers is suggesting Vietnamese shrimp spring rolls and apple pie popcorn; one of Portland’s, a pecan sheet cake, “cannabis chocolate optional.” There’s even an Election Cake, a Colonial-era fruit cake packed with raisins and pecans. … [Read more...] about What is America likely to eat on election night?