collaborative consumption

Filippa K's Copenhagen Store Presents Fashion's Circular Future

FUTURE OF RETAIL Plus, spot and snap any of the retailer’s ambassadors—who will be tooling around town till Sunday in jackets emblazoned with messages such as “I’ve…

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Philadelphia Library Loans Out Neckties to Job Seekers

Photo by Pexels A library in southwest Philadelphia is doling out more than books. In an effort to help job seekers make a good impression on their would-be employers, the Paschalville…

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Clothing Rental Could Become the Norm on British High Street, Says Report

Photo by Shutterstock As clothing trends change as quickly as the seasons, British high street stores are considering going the way of Netflix- offering up high end clothing for rent to…

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Iran's "Walls of Kindness" Are Helping People in Need Stay Warm

Photos by Vahid Salemi for Associated Press Nobody knows who started Iran’s first “Wall of Kindness,” but the similar setups have sprouted up all over the Middle…

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Sweden Launches "ShareWear," a Line of Clothing Anyone Can Borrow

SHARE ALIKE Anyone can open up their closet, however. Would-be participants only have to snap a photo of the item they want to share, upload it to Instagram, and tag it with #sharewear…

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This Fashion Library Lets You Check Out Clothing—Literally

LENA, the Amsterdam-based Fashion Library, was born out of a concern for excessive clothing consumption. LENA co-founder Suzanne Smulders notes that 240 million kilos of clothes are…

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Ditto's "Endless Eyewear" Plan Lets You Rent, Swap Unlimited Frames

Buying a new pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses is a big commitment that often involves the input of friends and family to make the right choice, plus it can get pricey. Enter…

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StyleLend is the Airbnb of Women's Closets

Just call StyleLend the “Airbnb of dresses.” Founded by model-turned-entrepreneur Lona Alia Duncan, the peer-to-peer marketplace enables women to access the “infinite…

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Bib + Tuck is an Online Community for People to Shop Without Spending

There’s organic, upcycled, recycled, vintage, and many other ways you can find an outlet to be a more conscious shopper. But Bib + Tuck, a members-only online community for women,…

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Rent the Runway Throws Dream Prom for Sandy-Ravaged High School

Designer dress and accessory rental company Rent the Runway decided to give back a bit of high-style hope to students who’s prom night dreams were all but washed away in the Hurricane…

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Béyonce Puts a Ring on Collaborative Consumption at Rent the Runway

BOW DOWN Rent the Runway wants to make borrowing designer duds as easy as grabbing a movie from Netflix, and it shows. Simply choose the item you want, decide between a four- or…

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Michael Swaine's Free "Mending Library" Repairs Clothes, Community

A GUY WHO SEWS Sitting behind his makeshift “sewmobile” for the greater part of a decade, Swaine says he’s been able to step out of his professional purview to create…

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For the Environment's Sake, Lease Rather Than Buy Those Designer Jeans

Have your eye on a pair of expensive designer jeans? Why pay a pretty penny when you can lease them inexpensively, instead? Dutch entrepreneur Bert van Son, who owns the Mud Jeans line…

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