Since first writing about them nearly three years ago, El Naturalista has done some growing up. The eco-fashion brand based in Pamplona, Spain, is making noticeable advancements in its manufacturing, choice of materials, and designs. The FW12 collection looks wonderful, in my opinion. They feature veggie-tanned leather uppers, natural and recycled rubber out-soles and recycled carbon insoles. The latter includes their Shock System to absorb impact. The brand is doing quite well in Europe and is working hard at making inroads here in the States. I really like how the brand is positioned; it’s not easy to crate “responsible” footwear that is comfortable and visually appealing at the same time.
Nike Field is a nice little experiment promoting the Fuel Band. Check it out. It’s like having Ableton Live built into your browser. Go full screen and start hitting your keys! (Make sure your sound is on).
It’s pretty. And it’s pretty nifty. Thanks Jeff!
This iPhone app displays the current and impending weather patterns in a unique and haptically-rendered colorscape. No charts, no graphs, only color. You can scroll up to check the forecast, pull down to reveal conditions for the next three days. SIMPLE. Pinch the screen to check out the weather for multiple locations you’ve saved at once. All of the viewing options can be seen with informative text, or without in a clean and elegant presentation.
Available now in the iTunes Store.
Rolls Royce has created the world’s first jet engine made from LEGO bricks. Oh yes, yes they did.
The LEGO engine is a half-size replica of the ‘Rolls Royce Trent 1000’, which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane model.
The jet engine is made of more than 150,000 LEGO pieces, and was constructed over a period of 8 weeks by hand.
The company decided to make the LEGO jet engine for children to more easily connect with it (as they know what LEGO is) and hope to interest them.
More info over at Design Taxi.
A classic camo pattern in 100% canvas cotton, given a modern twist with the printed white pinstripes, chambray lining, co-branded by Appelsap and Ontour.
Only 50 pieces will be sold and the best thing is, when you get your hands on this jacket, you will get a free ticket to the Appelsap festival as well!
Rip Cord is a simple improvement upon the classic roll of packaging tape. This tape has a small string running down the center of the tape. The user pulls the string to separate the tape in half. This makes opening boxes a cinch, as there is no longer a need for scissors, knives, or keys.
Read more in this great WSJ article about the company.
Disclosure: I’m an investor.
Im-pressed was founded by Traci Keen just last year, but she has already built up a pretty wide and fun selection of stationary, greeting cards, and the like. A career change from corporate finance led her to the letterpress– away from computers and back to working with her hands (she completed her B.A. in Graphic Design at Simmons College in Boston).
I’ve got samples in my office and I can tell you it’s great stuff.