The Milk Factory is Finally Open!

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                                Hey y&#8217;all. Since ICFF, we&#8217;ve been cooking up something fun. As you may know, we have our popup, <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Milk Stand, at ICFF</a> every year, but this year we actually <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">had our own little booth</a> selling fun stuff like tees, totes, pins and stickers (thanks <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kelly</a>!). Lots of people were asking how to buy them after the show, so we finally got around to making our own online shop, obviously named <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Milk Factory</a> (what else?!?!). Our launch collection includes all the stuff we had at ICFF and <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">an extra t-shirt</a> we made for the super popular &#8220;I just really need to focus on my design right now.&#8221; Most of the products are proudly screen printed in Pittsburgh, and we hope to have more coming out in the future, but let&#8217;s see where this crazy rollercoaster ride takes us. (Oh AND we ship internationally!) Happy shopping!
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Wardrobe.NYC’s “Anti–fast Fashion” Sport Collection

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                                As someone who has long harbored dreams of cleaning out their closet and starting completely anew with a capsule wardrobe – a collection of essential, complementary, and interchangeable pieces of clothing that work together no matter their combination – <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wardrobe.NYC&#8217;s</a> 10-piece set Sport collection seems an awful temptation to turn a musing into reality.
Conceived as an e-commerce-only venture by designer Josh Goot and stylist Christine Centenera, Wardrobe.NYC launched with an introductory made in Italy, 8-piece collection of tailored silhouettes cut from a minimalist eye. The “anti–fast fashion” ethos of the original collection for fashionistas looking to simplify their lives continues into the realm of athleisure wear for both men and women. The second round comes by way of a monochromatic, pre-packaged 10-piece collection priced at $1,500. To keep things simple and costs down, shoppers are limited to only choosing a size per item; no additional colors or styles are offered.
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PATTERNITY + John Lewis Launch Collection of Geometric Goods

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Pattern pioneers Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, of London-based PATTERNITY, just launched an eye-popping collaboration with British retailer John Lewis that spans housewares and fashion. The bold PATTERNITY + John Lewis collection is full of graphic black and white patterns that land on everything from leggings, parkas, dresses, and sweaters, to pillows, bedding, towels, bath accessories, rugs, candles, and incense, that will no doubt inspire happiness in your life. By working with the legendary retailer, PATTERNITY was able create designs that were of high quality but at reasonable prices, and for the first time, a collaboration that includes both fashion and home goods. From Anna Murray:
This collaboration is a celebration of the power of pattern to positively connect different areas of our daily lives. It is a playful exploration of the fundamental shapes, rituals and textures that make our lives and we hope it will help inspire people
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UNIQLO and Marimekko Reveal Limited Edition Collection

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                                Japanese clothing retailer <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UNIQLO</a> revealed their latest collaboration and this one takes them all the way to Finland to partner with iconic Finish design house <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marimekko</a>. The <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UNIQLO x Marimekko</a> special edition collection includes nine items featuring bold prints inspired by nature and urban lifestyle, designed by Marimekko pattern designer Maija Louekari.
The collaboration is a fitting one, as both brands aim to create products that enhance daily life, and with Marimekko’s beloved prints mixed with UNIQLO’s casual styling, it’s a no-brainer. The collection marks a brand-new print design and includes t-shirts (2 styles, 10 colors/patterns), French-sleeve blouses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), wide cropped pants (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), short-sleeved dresses (1 style, 4 colors/patterns), French-sleeve dresses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), canvas sneakers ((1 style, 3 colors/patterns), and bags (2 styles, 5 colors/patterns). The UNIQLO x Marimekko Collection will launch online and in stores on March 29th, 2018 at 9pm
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Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017

                                In 2017, Design Milk covered everything when it came to Style + Fashion – including wearable devices, architectural jewelry, geometric games, and eyeglasses made from sheet metal. Want to see which post from this category got the most love this year? Read on to find out&#8230;
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                                10. <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">CES 2017: The Titanium-Encased Motiv Activity Tracker Ring</a><br />
This lightweight, waterproof titanium ring keeps tabs on the wearer’s daily activity, heart rate, and quality of sleep for up to 5 days per charge.
  1. Contemporary Jewelry Designed by an Architect
    Architect Ayça Ozbank merged her love of urban cities and jewelry to create Mara Paris, sculptural jewelry that’s wearable.
  1. The Essential Travel Shoe: Allbirds Wool Loungers
    The cozy Wool Lounger from Allbirds combines the comfort and softness of a slipper with the style of a trendy, slip-on shoe.
  1. Jiwoong Jung’s “Hidden Time” Watch Is a Minimalist Magic Act By the Hour
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Made in London: Thomas Von Nordheim

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                                This is the latest in our <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about London-based tailor <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Thomas Von Nordheim</a>, who was inspired to embark on his career when he coveted a friend&#8217;s fake fur coat that he couldn&#8217;t afford and decided to make one for himself – he took an old coat apart and used it as a pattern. &#8220;I did things as I went along and of course made a lot of mistakes, but in the end it looked quite good.&#8221;
Thomas von Nordheim learned his craft during a three-year apprenticeship with Dusseldorf haute couture salon Lore Lang. “I didn’t enjoy my apprenticeship full-stop,” he says. “But in retrospect it is the best thing I’ve ever done, because it laid a solid foundation for everything I know. It took me another ten years to know what I
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Columbia Sportswear Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Inspired Collection

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                                <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Columbia Sportswear</a> recognizes a sequel can prove even more popular than the original. Last year&#8217;s <em>Rogue One</em>-inspired <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">jacket collection</a> blurred the lines between cinematic costuming and real world functional outerwear – three limited-edition, high-performance jackets that definitely cut a rogue-ish profile. The sequel: another trio of limited edition jackets commemorating arguably the best of the entire <em>Star Wars</em> filmography, fully outfitted to handle ice planet Hoth level climate with tech-insulation and cinematic detailing to delight any original trilogy fan.

Columbia Sportswear sent us a sample of the Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket, and we can attest to its warmth-capturing comfort, even sans tauntaun carcass.

This year’s Echo Base Jackets – inspired by the ice planet outerwear worn by Luke, Leia, and Han in The Empire Strikes Back – aim to fulfill the role of cinematic homage and a vehicle to showcase Columbia’s real world functional outerwear technology. All three jackets are
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Rag & Bone Star Wars: The Last Jedi Capsule Collection

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                                It&#8217;s a collaboration at one time we might have only imagined happening in a galaxy far, far away – but here it is – the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Rag &amp; Bone Star Wars: The Last Jedi Capsule Collection</a>. Founder and creative director Marcus Wainwright turned a life-long affinity for <em>Star Wars</em> lore into a surprisingly stylish capsule collection planned to coincide with the franchise’s 40th anniversary and release of <em>The Last Jedi</em> premiere on December 15th.

Expect both the men’s RB1 Force high-top sneakers and women’s Ellis Force boots to be highly coveted pieces from the collection.

Wainwright notes he’s “always been a massive ‘Star Wars’ fan personally, and I’m fairly close to the guys as Lucasfilm and Disney for various reasons”, which explains how this unexpected and delightfully strong in the Force fashion tie-in came to be, an aesthetic described as “modern Jedi”. From Marcus Wainwright:
Our approach was really to re-imagine
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Foræva: A Sculptural, High Tech Dress Made of Swarovski Crystals

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                                Fashion designer <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lana Dumitru</a> and architect <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Vlad Tenu</a> teamed up on a one-of-a-kind project with Swarovski that takes fashion and digital craft to atmospheric levels. The duo found inspiration for the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Foræva</a> dress in a traditional Romanian rug&#8217;s folk pattern and decided to digitally reproduce it using – are you ready for it?! – over 25,000 Swarovski crystals. The jaw-dropping design required computer 3D simulations, algorithmic design methods, and digital prototyping to achieve the finished product, which uses the crystals in completely unexpected ways.
The undulating lines of the design were formed by custom algorithms that also defined the reinterpreted pattern of the rug. The Swarovski crystals then act almost as if they were enlarged 3D pixels. To complete the dress, it took a team of 15 people almost six, painstakingly long months! About the film:
Captured in a spectacular short-film, Foræva is a story about humanity, mythology and space.
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