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Subscription service lets you remotely manage your own tiny farm

Le 16 janvier 2017, 09:57 dans Humeurs 0

Nowadays, a wealth of products are available at the click of a mouse for food lovers, with craft beers and hand-reared veggies delivered to their door but one company have decided to do things a little differently.

For around £65 month, you can now manage your very own piece of land and eat all the organic produce grown on it.

Brazilian based company Mandala da Montanha, was set up by Martin Schneesche and Alexandre Yokoyama in 2015 as a farm for selling home-grown food but, unlike other subscriptions services, it allows the consumers to be part of the farming process.

Tapping into the rise of the Millennials for whom convenience is King, this service lets people decide what they want to plant - from a variety of lettuces, beets, onions and spinach to more indigenous ingredients like scarlet aubergine and okra - and for a small fee, delivers it right to their front door.

There’s no doubt that Millenials’ ‘I know what I want and I want it now’ attitude is changing the food industry but the duo insist that Mandala is about much more than indulging people’s hankering for convenience.

“Being a little farmer sucks sometimes, because most people think that a lettuce head is always the same, which it is not. 

Distributors only want pretty vegetables, and always with the lowest cost possible. So we decided to sell directly to our clients, who value our products,” Schneesche told Munchies.

It also allows customers to know exactly where their food is coming from, how it was produced and fundamentally reduces food waste.

With their ten square metres of land, if someone produces an excess of food the owner can decide to trade the remaining harvest with another subscriber who has also over-produced their lot. 

What’s more, Mandala also offers classes to its subscribers in regenerative agriculture, tool handling, land management and cultural dealings at no additional cost.

Day for Night insiders decode festival fashion

Le 16 décembre 2016, 10:33 dans Beauté 0

Fashion may not be listed on Day for Night's official lineup, but make no mistake, street style will be one of the main attractions during this weekend's "festival of the future."

Last year's two-day music-meets-visual art extravaganza attracted more than 20,000 concertgoers, including award-winning fashion designer and Balenciaga's former creative director, Alexander Wang. Event organizer Dutch Small anticipates that attendance will double this year; Wang is among those expected to return for this weekend's festival.

"One thing that we noticed at the event last year was that people dressed differently than at other music festivals," he says. "We saw sharp, sleek and monochromatic outfits. I do feel that Day for Night has its own distinctive look - in the way that Burning Man and Coachella have their own aesthetic."

Topman USA, a fast-fashion men's chain that retails out of Nordstrom department stores and has a stand-alone shop in the Houston Galleria, is one of Day for Night's sponsors. And the UK clothier has tapped Bayou City blogger Josh Robertson to be its official festival brand ambassador.

Robertson, branding specialist and creative director of Rebel Wishes, joined four other social media stars at the Houston Chronicle offices this week: Magen Pastor, Dominique McGhee and Saba and Sarah Jawda.

The sartorially gifted group modeled trendy Instagram and Snapchat-ready ensembles fit for Day for Night's rocker-chic crowd.

While Robertson dressed in head-to-toe Topman for our makeshift runway show, sisters-slash-interior designers of Jawda and Jawda opted for high-low outfits that mixed designer finds with more affordable, locally sourced pieces.

Sarah sported a white lace Thurley dress from Baanou in the River Oaks District. Saba paired a Misha Nonoo coat dress with fishnets purchased from a Montrose sex shop. Both sisters wore Nora Lozza earrings that are currently on sale at their holiday pop-up boutique on Blossom Landing through Dec. 21. Pastor wore an all-white outfit from Salt Studio Boutique and McGhee went the luxury route in muted Prada and Burberry.

"We're excited for Björk and Travis Scott's performances and will probably wear lots of cute but also comfortable things, like messenger bags and little booties," Sarah said. She and her sister helped developer Frank Liu Jr. of Lovett Commercial transform downtown's former Barbara Jordan Post Office into a 150,000 square-foot events center re-named Post HTX.

"Comfort is key; you never know what to expect," Sarah said.

La Mode A Beyrouth: Cairo’s newest fashion marathon

Le 9 décembre 2016, 09:08 dans Beauté 0

For five nights, Egypt’s fashion experts and enthusiasts flocked to the Fairmont Towers in Heliopolis to witness fashion history in the making. La Mode A Beyrouth Cairo is a franchise of Lebanon’s official fashion week, which aims to bring international quality to the local market.

The event was held on 19-23 November, and it debuted this year with a long list of well-established designers from Egypt and the region. From Abed Mahfouz to Jamil Khansa, the runway unfolded next season’s top international couture trends.

With that said, the event also included the debut of a true local talent, Ahmed Fayez. Not only did his show predict an elegant season to come, but it also displayed a very promising future ahead for him.

As for the great finale, none other than the designs of Danny Atrache graced the enormous runway to declare a stunning end to a true fashion fiesta.

The event’s main goal was to bring the world’s top quality fashion straight into the heart of Cairo in order to connect the region creatively and artistically. Meanwhile, La Mode A Beyrouth Cairo also aims to become a solid platform that can help future talents reach a wider audience.

Multi Art is the main company behind the extravaganza. Along with the stunning fashion week, the company also owns a creative academy that aims to teach young talents the secrets of fashion design, modeling, and make up.

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