Old money style + more things

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Old money style

Old money style has been a pre-occupation behind the recent fascination with quiet luxury a la Zegna and Loro Piana.

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The fascination with old money style isn’t new. Streetwear brands and hip-hop culture borrowed from preppy style over the years. Brands like Stüssy, A Bathing Ape, Phat Farm and Sean Jean had pieces that aped preppiness – a second old money style. Prior to Phat Farm, Ralph Lauren had trodden the same path and it inspired ‘Dad style’ in Japan.

Barbour jackets moved off the grouse moors and on to the backs of yuppies in the 1980s and 1990s UK – an urban preoccupation that is still maintained today.

Normcore is the practice of wearing great fashion basics that aren’t heavily branded. More related content can be found here and here.


L’Oréal sales growth curbed by muted recovery in China | FT – not terribly surprising given the surge in local premium personal care brands and the guo chao phenomenon

Wrinkles, and why they terrify my generation | FT – the linkage between women’s health and beauty


Starbucks’ 2011 Rebrand | Brandsonify – I still drink from a venti mug with the old brand on it, I didn’t realise that the rebrand was that long ago


China to tighten its state secrets law in biggest revision in a decade | South China Morning Post


Decoding NATO Military Symbology: The Universal Language of Defense | Ryan McBeth


Harry Farrell and Abraham Newman on the weaponisation of the global financial and trade system highlighted in their book Underground Empire. If I had one criticism it would be viewing this purely as an American trait. A classic example would be Chinese policies (cyber-sovereignty, shadow trade sanctions, coerced technology transfer), Russian food terrorism or EU sanctions on Russia.


Hertz Tesla Rental Fleet Costs Company On Depreciation, Repairs – poor industrial design on electric vehicles is losing the customer / business case to transition for a net zero future.


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Japan’s most popular MSG maker had to battle some nasty rumors 100 years ago | Sora News 24


Review: Katalyst’s Electric Suit Shocks Your Muscles for More Gains – Robb Report

Hong Kong

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European regulator approves Farfetch deal for YNAP, Richemont says | Reuters


WhatsApp Flows 101: An Introduction – opportunity for greater personalisation of communications.

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Nike Partners With Dove to Help Build Body Confidence in Girls — NIKE, Inc.


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Britain is ignoring the real Chinese AI threat | Telegraph Online

Quantum Dice launches world’s fastest QRNG Quantum Random Number Generator | EE News Europe


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India joins forces with Japan to bolster global semiconductor supply chain amid growing geopolitical Impact

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Web of no web

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