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June 21, 2021

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Gucci launches its very first range of vegan shoes in Demetra, an alternative to leather.

the new range of vegan shoes—The first in the history of the luxury Italian fashion brand — is made from an innovative new material, dubbed Demetra, which is made from 77% plant-based raw materials. The release marks Gucci’s 100th anniversary with three styles: The Gucci Basket, Gucci New Ace and Gucci Rhyton. Animal-free sneakers come in at a hefty price point, between $ 702 and $ 940.

Popular live-shopping start-up Bambuser wins LVMH innovation award.

Beating 850 participants and 28 finalists, Bambuser, whose clients include Parfums Christian Dior and Make Up For Ever, won this year LVMH Innovation Prize. Already a very popular form of shopping in China—two thirds of Chinese consumers report that they have made a direct purchase in the past year and that this is a big part of Alibaba Singles Day – the QVC-like form of buying is growing in Western markets. (Area recently partnered with the NTWRK platform to host a live design festival.)

Sou Fujimoto reveals a mind-boggling proposal for the new monument in downtown Qianhai.

Wondering to imagine what a skyscraper should look like in the 21st century, the Japanese firm unveiled a futuristic pendant-shaped structure that resembles a water fountain suspended in the air. Almost like an aerial city or a cluster of floating islands, the striking building, which has an illusory vanishing effect, is made up of 99 individual tower elements that connect and unite into one. When completed, the new downtown landmark will contain an observation deck that will function as a three-dimensional exhibition space, as well as a restaurant and cafe.

Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, believes the platform may soon replace traditional owners.

Airbnb is well positioned to recover from its financial woes during the pandemic with new features like flexible booking and streamlined onboarding processes for hosts. Brian Chesky, CEO of the platform, points out that nearly a quarter of Airbnb bookings are for “long-term” stays of 28 days or more, which means a radical shift from travel to life. “In the future, people will start paying their rent like they pay for cable TV, or for Netflix, you pay on a monthly basis,” he said. The edge, noting that a move to long-term rentals could disrupt the housing market. He also predicts that forcing tenants to prove income, submit credit scores or leave security deposits – steps required by traditional homeowners – are “anachronistic and will eventually go away.” It’s something that was invented before technology could automate almost everything. It’s like using a rotary phone, and all of a sudden we have smartphones.

Frances Stein, a longtime fashion editor who helped revitalize Chanel in the 1970s, dies at 83.

The fashion editor Francoise Stein, recently deceased at the age of 83 in Paris, first made a name for herself working for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Charm, and Vogue. Shortly after these passages, she began to design accessories for Chanel, which had failed after the death of its founder, Coco Chanel, in 1971. She takes the classics of Chanel, as well as those of the couturier. Karl Lagerfeld, with whom she had an icy relationship, helped turn the tide of the business. “I try to design things that are visually compelling, but they also have to work,” Stein told The Associated Press in 1989. “A bracelet is great if you can put it on and take it off and it does not curl up in a typewriter or dribble across your plate when you make an elegant gesture.

Galleries and auction houses continue to open satellite locations in vacation enclaves.

Galleries opening satellite locations in tony vacation enclaves – an emerging trend that began last year out of necessity as they temporarily closed during the pandemic – continue at a steady pace. Lehmann Maupin is expanding his footprint in Palm Beach and Aspen, Colorado, where the gallery will open a common space with the design-focused Carpenters Workshop Gallery. “Pop-ups allow a lot of creativity, something you don’t get in an art fair where there are too many issues in too little time,” said Sarah Calodney, director of Lehmann Maupin. The arts journal. Christie’s is following suit: the auction house recently announced that it would “expand its geographic presence to include the artistic enclaves of the Hamptons and Aspen.”

Today’s Attractive Distractions:

This robot on all fours made great strides in traversing the brutal terrain of Mars.

A new group of artisans recycle vintage vases into smoking accessories.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art unveils its all-new chef in residence program.

the latest from adidas capsule collection pays homage to cult classic comedy Happy Gilmore.

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