Japan

At This Tokyo Café, Customers Spin Cotton While They Wait

Fancy a snack with a side of raw organic cotton? If you dropped by Tokyo Cotton Village’s café in Kōenji this past January, that’s precisely what you got. From January 23…

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Botanicaldye by Color Ball: Water-Saving Textiles Dyed With 3,000 Plants

BOTANICALDYE BY COLOR BALL \bə-ˈta-ni-kəl-ˈdī ˈbī ˈkə-lər ˈbȯl\ n 1 a: A line of “environmentally sensitive” lyocell, organic cotton, and organic bamboo yarns…

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"Frozen"-Inspired Bra Changes Color When You Bump Bosoms

As if you aren’t already sick of Disney’s Frozen, this bizarre story out of Japan will have you completely off the animated flick. Triumph Lingerie has deputed the…

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Nau, Snow Peak Launch Apparel That Marries Tokyo, Portland Design

EXCHANGE PROGRAM Both Portland-based Nau and Japan-founded Snow Peak are driven by a spirit of adventure. Nate Borne, general manager at Snow Peak, describes his average customer as…

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"Zoo Jeans" Are Fashionably Ripped by Lions, Tigers, Bears (Oh My!)

A zoo in Japan has enlisted some of its fiercest inhabitants to bring “distressed jeans” to a wild, new level. The one-of-kind “Zoo Jeans”, fashionably mauled by…

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Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

Australian company Tzukuri understands that it sucks to loose an expensive pair of sunglasses. That’s why they’ve embedded a chip and a solar cell in every pair that…

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Japan Rolls Out $800 Radiation-Proof Underwear, Wetsuits

A Japanese swimsuit maker has just unveiled a new line of anti-radiation underwear and wetsuits that can protect you from contamination. With Fukushima still very much at the forefront…

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"Mamoris" Chair Transforms Into a Noggin-Protecting Emergency Helmet

“Mamoris” is the chair you’ll want to be sitting on in case of an earthquake. The brain—pun intended—child of Japanese industrial-design firms Znug and Poplife,…

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Online Petition Claims Google is Promoting Illegal Ivory Trade Abroad

Photo by Shutterstock As a company, Google has a pretty green reputation, funding green energy efforts around the world. But surprisingly, the Iternet giant is not completely ethically…

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Kowtow's "Silent Space" Collection Borrows From Japanese Architecture

Inspired by the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando, this stylish collection from Kowtow echos forms of simplicity and beauty. The collection is aptly named The Silent Space, a zone…

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Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's Parent Company, Signs Bangladesh Safety Accord

Asian’s largest retailer agreed to hold itself accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories it employs in Bangladesh. Three months after a devastating building…

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Yes, You Can Buy a 3D-Printed Bow Tie

Here’s one way to one-up those Billyburg hipsters: swap your fabric bow tie for a three-dimensionally printed one. Monocircus’s dapper accessory doesn’t need excessive…

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Transgenic Silkworms Spin Fluorescent Fibers for Glow-in-the-Dark Wedding Dress

One Japanese lab is hard at work producing glow in the dark silk. But the soft skeins aren’t treated after the silk worms have spun their lot, but instead are being produced directly…

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Muji Bankrolls Eco-Friendly Dyeing Plant in Cambodia

Muji has announced the development of an eco-friendly natural-dye plant in Cambodia as part of its commitment to the Business Call to Action, a global initiative to “accelerate…

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Interactive Clothes Hangers Offer Fashion Advice to Japanese Shoppers

SMART HANGER Japanese retailers are hoping that the hanger will promote consumer spending in a notoriously depressed market. “The hanger is being introduced by apparel makers who want…

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Issey Miyake Creates Heat-Retaining Menswear From Recycled Polyester

Issey Miyake’s timing couldn’t be more apt. As temperatures at Paris Men’s Fashion Week plunged below zero on Thursday—and the City of Lights faced its worst…

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Uniqlo Pledges to Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals From Clothing by 2020

Guess we’re not the only ones turning over a new leaf for 2013. Uniqlo is making a New Year’s resolution of its own. In response to Greenpeace’s “Detox”…

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Bottega Veneta Goes Vegan With Purses Made From Japanese Washi Paper

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Bottega Veneta, an Italian luxury house best known for its leather goods, is challenging its status quo by launching a line of…

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