Broaden your horizons
One of the crucial aspects which sets us apart from other species, is the ability to develop rational thinking: when faced with a problem we are able to analyze it, and by means of our intellect and imagination, come up with a solution. It is this gift that allows us to create new objects and discover alternative uses for pre-existing ones.
Fashion, as a breeding ground for overly sensitive, creative and bright individuals, namely designers, is the perfect subject to put our aforementioned abilities to good use. It comes to no surprise that (some of the best) designers were able to incorporate materials and objects from our everyday lives into their creations, further setting in stone fashion’s recognition as an art form.
Sure, most designers are exceptionally creative, but make no mistake, the ability to push boundaries resides in us all. Some of the most impressively stylish people can be found while walking down the street; surely you’ve come across dapper men and women whose personal sense of style led them to unique interpretations of common items:
Now, I’m not unconditionally supporting all of the choices pictured above (as some are a bit over the top), but some DO work and with astonishing results. The lesson to learn here is: let your creativity run wild, with no restraints, take risks… and enjoy finding your own fresh take on fashion and style.
A new ride
One of the most discussed topics of the past years has been global warming and the contribution of C02 emissions to that effect. This concern has led to worldwide innovations in several fields, aiming to deliver more environmentally friendly products, preferably described as sustainable for added projection in the market.
The transportation industry as a major player when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions’ rankings, was greatly affected. On this note there’s much each of us can do to change the paradigm, be it opting for public transportation, starting a car pool or embracing hybrids. Despite all the recent additions and innovations to the vehicle stock (Segway comes to mind), I’d like to focus on one of the oldest, and still to this day, most beloved of all: the bicycle.
The number one choice for millions of people worldwide, it has become a part of the urban landscape for cities such as London, Milan, Tokyo or Paris. Granted, it’s not for everyone, especially if you live in a place with uneven topography, but other than that you should consider the option. It’s a win-win deal: cheaper, greener, healthier and, let’s face it, more stylish (depending on your ride of course). Remember Scott Schuman’s and Tommy Ton’s pictures of dapper Italian men perfectly suited up, riding their bikes in such rakish ways?
I’ll leave you with my brother’s ride, along with some of those pictures to get you inspired…
My brother’s fixed wheel bike from back when he lived in London.
Photos by The Sartorialist