Switzerland

Freitag is a Feat of Brotherly Love That Flaunts Its European Roots

F-abric was developed because you couldn’t find sustainable workwear for your employees that was also biodegradable. What came first, the designs or the material? It was…

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Freitag Teases World's First 100 Percent Compostable Denim Jeans

ECO-DENIM Because the jeans contain neither rivets nor nylon thread, each pair is 100 percent compostable—at least once the metal buttons are unscrewed (and reused, per Freitag).…

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Freitag's Compostable "F-abric" Clothing Line Combines Form, Function

FINE FABRIC All the resources that go into F-abric are grown on European soil without harming it or demanding excessive amounts of water, according to the firm. Looks like Freitag…

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"Bignik," the World's Largest Picnic Blanket, Engulfs Swiss Town

BIG DAY OUT But “art has to have a clear function,” the Riklins believe. To that end, the duo has invited locals and tourists to picnic on the checkered spread. PHOTOS |…

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Dying is Forever: Swiss Company Turns Cremated Remains Into Diamonds

Algordanza is turning the notion of “family heirloom” on its head. The Swiss startup takes cremated human remains and transforms them into diamonds. The concept isn’t…

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Is Gap the Worst Corporation of 2013?

Photo by Tupungato/Shutterstock Is Gap one of the worst corporations of 2013? The Public Eye Awards certainly thinks so. At a press conference during the World Economic Forum in Davos…

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Atelier Laure Paschoud's Modular Clothing Lets You Customize Your Look

The driving force behind Laure Paschoud’s collections for her label, Atelier Laure Paschoud, is the ability for each piece to tell a story. Whether inspired by a concept, like…

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Triumph Lingerie Gets Oeko-Tex's Eco-Friendly Seal of Approval

UPLIFTING NEWS This additional layer of product safety is vital because underwear comes in direct contact with the skin, according to Hans-Peter Grosch, senior department head raw…

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Never Lose a Sock Again With Blacksocks' RFID-Chipped "Smarter Socks"

If you’re fed up of finding socks without their mates, a new high-tech system promises to track—and match—rogue items across multiple piles of laundry. For $189,…

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Ida-Marie Corell Makes a Voluminous Dress from 555 IKEA Shopping Bags

We’ve seen some crazy things made out of IKEA products: room dividers built from children’s hangers, “frozen trees” cobbled from plastic-bag dispensers, and even…

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Bernhard Burkard's Fabric Hanger Marries Swiss, Ukrainian Traditions

Who decreed that hangers had to limited to plastic, metal, or wood? Swiss design studio Bernhard Burkard went against the grain—so to speak—when they devised a lightweight,…

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Air-Conditioned Bulletproof Vests Keep Police Officers Cool in the Heat

Kevlar vests may be able to stop bullets in their tracks, but they’re also impermeable to water vapor. Translation? The police officers who wear them have to remain cool under…

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Inspired by Braille, Laure Paschoud's Ethical Garments are a Tactile Treat

TOUCHY FEELY To create her “Braille” collection, Paschoud experimented with two- and three-dimensional volumes that she restructured to flatter the human figure.…

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Most Luxurious Necktie Ever? Scientists Weave Fabric From 24-Karat Gold

Need a gift for the man who has everything? Give him a tie woven from pure gold! Scientists from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, also known as EMPA,…

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Swiss Artist Noémie Doge Makes Jewelry From Repurposed Footballs

Avid football fans won’t be caught offside with these unique repurposed necklaces made by Swiss jewelry artist, Noémie Doge. Derived from old footballs from different corners of the…

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