Yeezy + more stuff

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Yeezy

In 2020 Forbes magazine described Yeezy’s rise as “one of the great retail stories of the century”. Yeezy influenced and inspired a multitude of other fashion brands. Kanye West and the Yeezy brand has been a phenomenal power in street wear. West collaborated with BAPE early on his career and Yeezy took off with the famous Nike collaboration output: Air Yeezy sneakers. Adidas reached out to West, after

The Adidas-Kanye West divorce bill is in: ending sales will cut expected profits at sportswear company by over a third | South China Morning Post 

Adidas has a plan to sell Yeezy sneakers without YeBecause the company owns the designs it made with Ye, it can—and it probably will—sell the shoes, chief financial officer (and interim CEO until Dec. 31) Harm Ohlmeyer said on the company’s Nov. 9 earnings call. – They can’t use the Yeezy name though. Given that Yeezy is responsible for up to 40 percent of adidas properties according to some sources, this could end up being the best of both worlds for adidas. Kanye West was unhappy for a long time with the adidas deal, so unlikely to complain, and he may yet be able to use the Yeezy brand with another sneaker maker, for instance in China.

China

Nvidia hobbles A100 chip to meet US export control rules | EE Times 

Opinion | How China Lost America – The New York Times – interesting piece by Thomas Friedman – the big take out for me is that China thinkers don’t realise that Xi Jinping doesn’t care due to his Marxist dialectic world view. Read also: The Return of Red China: Xi Jinping Brings Back MarxismChina is now breaking from decades of political, economic, and foreign-policy pragmatism and accommodationism. Xi’s China is assertive. He is less subtle than his predecessors, and his ideological blueprint for the future is now hiding in plain sight. The question for all is whether his plans will prevail or generate their own political antibodies, both at home and abroad, that begin to actively resist Xi’s vision for China and the world. But then again, as a practicing Marxist dialectician, Xi Jinping is probably already anticipating that response—and preparing whatever countermeasures may then be warranted – Kevin Rudd on China

Consumer behaviour

PR emails: I said yes to every single one for a day. Oof. | SlateCould it be possible that the publicists are on to something? Is the daily flood of hopeless pitches actually a secret window into American ingenuity, optimism, and desperation—not to mention a very interesting line of scientifically tested sex toys?

In repressive Qatar, hotels are a haven for sex, booze and more | Financial Times 

Design

Really interesting commentary on how Adidas designed the mesh used in the 4DFWD running shoe that provides a similar energy transfer to the carbon fibre shank in  Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% shoes that completely changed long distance running

Who Will Replace Evans Hankey as Jony Ive’s Successor as Apple’s Design Chief? – Bloomberg – this looks like a potential crisis for Apple. They don’t seem to have built up a design team culture in the way that Dieter Ram did at Braun

Is CGI getting worse? Yes and no. The reason why it seems to be worse is down to worker exploitation

Economics

China unveils new policies to solicit foreign investments in manufacturing operations – implies a point of weakness in the Chinese economy. This also explains China slashes quarantine time for international arrivals to 5 days | South China Morning Post in the hope that senior executives will be bothered to turn up. These policies might be needed due to the multitude of down sides in sourcing from Chinese factories:

  • COVID-zero
  • Brand China
  • Coercive technology / process transfer
  • Restrictive outbound capital platforms

Automotive supply chain saw component demand revival despite macro headwinds | DigiTimes 

Morgan Stanley (MS) Cuts China Annual Inflow Estimate as Risks Mount – Bloomberg – slowing foreign investment

Expect a global economic recession in 2023: Report: TSMC takes action in response to falling demand | EE Tiimes 

Finance

Sam Bankman-Fried is not very good at League of Legends | Financial Times – parody meets real life personified. Read in conjunction with What if crypto just…dies? – by Noah Smith – Noahpinion

China given advantages in loan for Kenyan rail project, contract shows | South China Morning Post 

FMCG

‘Grave of the Fireflies’ candy-maker goes bust as costs soar | The Japan Times 

You need this instant Japanese curry rice if you hate cooking but want to eat a balanced diet | SoraNews24

Gadgets

Inoreader – Take back control of your news feed – new RSS Reader, though I find Newsblur better for my needs

Germany

Scholz in China | Franco-German tandem | Supply chains – Chancellor Scholz’ China visit has cost him dearly in every other arena but China

Hong Kong

38,600 Hongkongers under 18 have applied for Britain’s special BN(O) visa scheme, but most requests come from residents in prime working years | South China Morning PostNearly a third of 142,000 Hongkongers who have applied for a special visa that leads to British citizenship are under 18, while those aged 25 to 54 make up the majority – Hong Kong already has an ageing population. You will also find that the leavers are likely to skew much higher in certain professions and skills sets such as nursing, social work, business management, accountancy and teaching

Health

‘I miss eating’: the truth behind the weight loss drug that makes food repulsive | Food | The Guardian – this is a mess for Novo Nordisk. (Disclosure: I worked on the global launch of Wegovy®)

Innovation

NTT claims it can stop the noise leaking from headphones • The Register 

Bosch taps IBM quantum computers in hunt for new EV materials | DigiTimes and IBM think they’re on to something big: IBM sees 2023 as quantum inflexion point | EE Times 

Infineon, X-Fab join Fraunhofer DNA memory project | EE Times 

Japan budgets $2.4 billion for chip R&D hub with US, Europe | EE Times

Eliyan raises $40m to shake up chiplet interconnect | EE Times 

Japan

Honda and Nissan move financial forecasts upward as Yen stays weak | DigiTimes 

Germany finishes first again with Japan and Canada rounding out the top three nations | Ipsos 

Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo now selling flowers online, they’re way better than we imagined | SoraNews24 – interesting brand extension by Uniqlo

Luxury

Hermès, L’Oréal bounce back in China despite ongoing lockdowns | Advertising | Campaign Asia 

Marketing

Life and work post Covid – production and post | shots 

Materials

Great video on how additive manufacturing’s unique properties can result in innovation. This heat exchange was printed from laser sintered aluminium alloy powder. The weight savings and increased thermal efficiency figures claimed are very impressive. The problem is using this technology at scale, or will it be niche like carbon fibre fabrication is now?

https://youtu.be/1qifd3yn9S0

Some machines combine CNC milling machines with additive manufacturing capability, this hybrid expertise makes a lot of sense.

WFL additive manufacturing
Tim Wantink – The WFL M80 Millturn with 10 kW laser-unit for additive manufacturing

Online

TrustCor Systems verifies web addresses, but its address is a UPS Store – The Washington Post 

Deception Is a Weapon in Russia’s War in Ukraine – The New York Times 

Retailing

China’s Singles’ Day 2022 sellers aim for quality over quantity | Quartz – similar to what’s been said on Campaign Asia – I think it will be difficult due to platform power

Security

China Recalibrates Its Strategy in the Pacific Region – The China Story 

Microsoft links Russia’s military to cyberattacks in Poland and Ukraine | Ars Technica 

Australian police reveal Russians behind Medibank medical record hack | South China Morning Post 

Software

Signal >> Blog >> Reflections: The ecosystem is moving – interesting discussion on federated versus centralised systems

Taiwan

TSMC and UMC report double-digit October sales growth; no 3nm for Arizona yet | DigiTimes 

Technology

The US used shell companies during the Cold War to secure titanium from Russia. Now it seems that Russia has done similar things with electronics components for its smart weapons obtained from US manufacturers.