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Ultraolive Taped Seam Dry Bag

Keep essentials dry or stash away wet and dirty gear without spreading the mess in your suitcase

by Hans Aschim in Travel on 22 October 2014

Bags, Dry Bags, Taped Seams, Travel Accessories, Brooklyn, NYC, Roll Top Bags, Ultraolive, Waterproof

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There's nothing worse than needing to pack a pair of dirty running shoes or workout clothes into a (semi) clean suitcase of clothes—especially after a rainy day jog. And traveling is stressful enough without having to worry about the fate of your stored electronics when that sprinkle transforms into a torrential downpour. Luckily, the design crew at Brooklyn-based Ultraolive has a solution to both. Their new dry bag contains the mess of your beat up trainers or provides a dry safe haven for electronics. The heavily coated cotton is given the roll-top treatment with taped seams and TPU backing for a water-tight seal; a heavy duty buckle closure keeps the seal securely in place. When empty, the bag packs down flat for easy storage. Never question the rainy day travel run again.

Pick up the Taped Seam Dry Bag from Ultraolive in black or ice blue for $55.

Images courtesy of Ultraolive

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The Possible Project: A Makerspace for Teen Entrepreneurs

An after school program campaigns for funds to provide students with a cutting-edge, hands-on learning environment

by Gabriella Garcia in Culture on 22 October 2014

Start Ups, Education, Entrepreneurship, Kickstarter, Makerspace, Non-Profit, Boston, Kids

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In a world where even a college degree seems to be barely enough to start a successful career path of any kind, entry into the workforce now demands a worthy skill set and competitive edge in a global economy. Anticipating this, lifelong entrepreneurs Mark and Becky Levin founded The Possible Project, an after school program in Cambridge, MA that helps high school students master the skills necessary to create and run their own businesses. In light of the start-up industry's sustained growth and the disruptive nature of the space, Becky and Mark Levin are right on the money.

Since 2010, The Possible Project has partnered with three local public schools and already supported over 250 students, many of whom come from backgrounds that present potential barriers to achievement. As part of the program, the teenagers have launched a multitude of healthy ventures, selling products and services from the artistic (handcrafted accessories, boutique nail art) to the pragmatic (smartphone customization, computer repair and eBay packaging services). Throughout the three-year curriculum, The Possible Project provides resources, mentorship and lessons in design and production.

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Now, The Possible Project is keeping their students ahead of the game by building a cutting-edge, 1,800 square foot makerspace, slated to open this December. Conceptualized after the founders noticed that students were ordering product components from distant sources, the space will provide a hands-on learning environment equipped with digital design software, a vinyl cutter and a 3D printer. This, the Levins hope, will give their students "the opportunity to design, prototype, manufacture and sell their goods at scale." Fundamentally, the space will give students at The Possible Project the ability to cultivate their ventures from raw material to launch and expansion.

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However, The Possible Project can't do it alone. The program is currently seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign to equip the makerspace with a professional-grade Trotec Speedy 400 laser cutter, a versatile machine that will open a whole new spectrum of possibilities for students. "They're surprisingly interdisciplinary," The Possible Project writes on the campaign page. "A graphic designer uses a laser cutter to create signage and corporate collaterals like logo-engraved glassware; an architect produces scale mockups; a jeweler makes finely-cut earrings; a toy designer produces parts for her latest action figure."

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The campaign isn't leaving this claim up for speculation either—pledge rewards will all be made by students using the Trotec laser cutter purchased with the donations. Rewards include laser-etched champagne glasses and water bottles, laser cut thank you cards, and a one-of-a-kind, laser cut Pangolin chandelier. All items are completely unique to order, personally connecting campaign donors with the students they are helping.

Back The Possible Project's makerspace via Kickstarter through 1 November 2014.

Images courtesy of The Possible Project

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Brook There's Ethically Made, Organic Lingerie

The Portland, ME-based designer chats about creating a comfortable alternative to synthetic basics

by Kat Herriman in Style on 22 October 2014

Bras, Ethical Fashion, Independent Designers, Lingerie, Made in USA, Womenswear, Maine, Organic

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When Brook DeLorme first launched her line Brook There in 2007 as a spin-off of her and husband's shirting label Seawall, her focus was on creating soft, easy loungewear pieces that would highlight the elegance of handcrafted, no-fuss basics. However, it wasn’t until DeLorme began creating soft-cup lingerie sets that her collection really began to take off. The Maine-based designer found a strong following in Portland, where her simple-yet-feminine designs hanging in the windows of her streetside studio attracted both locals and tourists.

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A dream come true for ladies with a penchant for simple styling and organic fabrics, DeLorme’s collection is inspired by her own struggle to find bras that were supportive, wireless and not made from synthetic materials. Using herself and two of her seamstresses as fit models, DeLorme produces styles that are comfortable for sizes 32A through 36D. Her signature silhouette—a double-layered cotton jersey cup with just enough structure to conceal and shape—embodies her laid-back aesthetic and emphasis on daily wear. To get an inside look at her process, DeLorme spoke to CH about the choices behind her collection.

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Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Inspiration is so non-verbal. It's mostly just an attraction—to a color, or a texture, or a pattern, or the way light works. This sense of attraction to different visuals is constantly shifting and updating. There's never a lack of inspiration. Since organic fabrics are rarely available in prints or patterns in the quantities we buy at, much of the design work is about translating the easy inspiration into the realities of sourcing and production.

Custom lingerie tends to be expensive, how do you find a balance between quality fabrics and price?

Most of the cost of high-end lingerie is in the labor actually, not fabrics. Nice fabrics do cost significantly more, but this is off-set by the relatively small size of bras or underwear.  However, lingerie pieces—especially bras or the keyhole style underwear—do require a fair bit of skill and time to produce, which translates into higher cost. A core value for us is to produce in the USA, and, for the time being, in Maine.

 
Why do you use organic fabrics?

My interest in organic sources has been lifelong. My parents sought out organic products before there was popular awareness (in the '80s to early '90s) and later started organic farms. The desire to use organic is two-fold: it's an environmental choice and a personal choice. It's about the way cotton or sheep are farmed and raised, and it's about what we put next to our skin.

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How do you describe your aesthetic?

It's feminine, but not girly. The colors I prefer are like notes in a minor key. There are small details, rather than big shapes. Everything is wearable. It's thoughtful.

Do you think living and working in Maine has influenced the way you design?

Yes—pragmatism and simplicity are long-held Maine values. On one side, we can trace my family back 13 generations—just in Maine. So I feel very connected to the place. Natural fabrics, long-lasting styles, unfussy appearance, comfort and practicality are all design choices that I imagine must be influenced by living in this place.

 

Visit Brook There's online shop to peruse their silk and organic offerings; underwear starts at $32 and bras, $52.

Images courtesy of Christina Jorro

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