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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

New Product: “Shoe Socks” — Wait, what?

Today, a company called Brilliant Widgets announced its new product — “Shoe Socks” — which they claim are “the world’s first form-fitting stretchable protective shoe covers.” Apparently, the purpose of this innovation is two-fold: while traveling, one) they prevent dirt and germs on your shoes from getting onto the rest of your luggage, and two) they also protect your shoes from all the hazards a suitcase or duffel has to offer (you know — real socks, underwear, and t-shirts).

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Friday, February 27th, 2009

London Fashion Week Revives the Naughty Schoolgirl

Maybe I’m just representing my nerdy roots, but if you ask me, smarts and hard work never go out of style. Ditto for talent. This was London’s Fashion Week, and many are reporting a sense of comraderie and support, especially for designers who “did their homework,” so to speak, and showcased thoughtful, fun, and well-planned ensembles. It sounds like fashion across the pond definitely includes careful analysis and design. No wonder, then, that this year’s British styles include a return to a classic symbol of studious behavior with a splash of mischief: the Naughty Schoolgirl.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2009

How Shoes are Made

Yesterday, I encouraged all thrifty fashionistas to visit the cobbler to make your favorite shoes last longer. Today, I’m going to take you inside the world of the cordwainer, or shoe maker. The world’s top shoe making school may be Cordwainers Technical College, now a part of the London College of Fashion. Alumni include Emma Hope, Patrick Cox, and Jimmy Choo. Cordwainers Technical College has been around for more than 100 years–long enough to see the transition from hand-made to manufactured shoes. Cordwainers worked in a specific area of London, which came to be known as the Cordwainers ward. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers is the organization that still sets the standards for shoe making professionals.

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