Monday, April 20, 2015

LATIGO Media Preview- F/W2015 Women's Shoes/Boots


Remembering the tone, temper and style of "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)", the late 60's POP vibe- heralded an early 70's era of boho/chic-that is certainly having a moment for 21st century Coachella goer types=for Fall 2015 ... including the affordable footwear from the appropriately enough- San Fran. designed-Latigo label.

Timeless classics done in a free-spirited manner ---favored styles delivering late summer- include lace-up boots, anything with walk-able block heels, retro+equestrian embellishments that polish up these sweet modern silhouettes-delivering  in easy to wear- rich earth tone suedes and leathers- that can attire female feet from Monday to Sunday.


Alabama high boots-Victorian style suede lace-ups to go with maxis, minis or tuck in leggings $199.99
Lace-up boots-in varying heights...suede or leather...
Eden $149.99-mid calf height...rawhide leather laces

Polly $169.99

Magpie $199.99-like high the front is cut higher...back zip on this

AL $169.99

Portland $149.99

Sculptural and block heels give these cut-out and open toe sandals 4 season wear----look great with hosiery when one feels like layering up- or with bare feet...
Cabo $139.99
Cajun $129.99

Unexpected trim-crochet lace...
Party $129.99-crochet lace edge is feminine touch to leather chukka style Nice
lacey crochet edge...berry suede with back zip
western boot cut toe...Party $129.99
Braided leather trims...

Dosha $149.99
Paz $149.99-vintage buckles on this multi-strap has a western spirit...this is a fav

Pogo $149.99
Low heel cropped boots...multi- buckles -adjustable.
Passion $129.99 Beatle boots-a bit of a heel-adorable-esp. leopard-tan

Prema -double buckle leather on block heel $129.99
Basca flats with back tab for ez on/off have upper with ethnic pattern embroidered -$89.99


Sunday, April 19, 2015

CES On The Hill-Highlights Personal+Commercial Electronics 2015

International Consumer Electronics Association

neWEB, Qualcomm, Samsung, Google Cultural Institue, Pinshape, Tensio, Whitings, Canon, Dolby Laboratories, Snapchat

Washington D.C.

Well something finally (prominently) landed in front of the Capitol last Wednesday---it just wasn't a piece of agreed upon- by both houses of Congress- legislature (reining in patent trolls)--- or like-an Attorney General vote…(c'mon people).

No comment on the message or method here of a Florida guy; what really stood out for us… the self-piloted-easy to navigate-consumer electronic/drone-ish aspect of the story (besides the security stuff)--- timed just prior to the CES On The Hill event-that took place nearby at the Rayburn building…an event that had some of its own nifty highlights from the industry/companies -broadly speaking-in the consumer electronics biz.

What truly interested elected officials-beyond a photo op, their massive staffs--- (that seemed to us to be millennials who probably know a lot more than their bosses about applications, gadgets etc.), and media attending…was probably varied.

It was a very well-done event, IMO.

An hour spent there-gave a broad overview of some exhibitors-the most interesting for us-how products  can positively impact a country's infrastructure by reducing energy costs- and efforts to ease internet access in areas currently underserved.

OneWorld---founded by Greg Wyler-def.  highlight ---pictured above is a micro- SATELLITE company-seriously-for companies that provide high speed internet services -like  Verizon, Honeywell, Virgin (Richard Branson's a Board member)- would contract with-to beam down (our expression) internet services (via neWEB satellite) to those in rural-inaccessible areas of planet earth-esp. those areas lacking those lovely cell towers or fiber optic/cable wiring, and connectivity to aviation etc.  We chatted with two employees about how arduously red-tape the process is to launch a satellite and to secure the license to a global spectrum allocated by the ITU and then deliver the 'goods' without interference via a patent pending "Progressive Pitch™." FYI: state of the art onboard GPS sensors and ground tracking measurements assure accurate delivery within meters, plus neWEB satellites avoid outer space collisions and really importantly end of life crashing down aka 'disposal' where it could cause harm. Good to know…one less chicken little-Henny-penny to cause concern

 QUALCOMM® clued us in further that it's a company that goes way beyond its memory chips and showed off techy meters that help municipalities more efficiently manage resources including whether or not life saving hydrants have enough water pressure---

 We haven't seen these garbage receptacles---maybe on the Left coast …powered by solar cells…these waste containers alert sanitation when they're full -via connectivity---which clearly saves person-power time, energy (sanitation trucks prob. suck up a lot of fuel), and costs associated with...

CityBridge( what few old telephone booths are left-and converts them into touchscreen tablets (ADA compliant-Braille)- information kiosks, free charging of personal electronics -w/USB charger, and FREE USA phone calls, ez access 911+311 too via 24/7 gigabyte wifi. No doubt this is a former Mayor Bloomberg's initiative.

Disrupters to the traditional retail distribution system abound----think AMAZON...
Pinshape is the latest entry for 3D printer designers and end-users. Think of it kinda like Etsy (recently  NASDAQ listed and valued at $1billion plus-insane??)...serving as an easy to use platform/ marketplace where interested can download 3D designs---and those designers retain their Intellectual Property-ie. share or sell...not a design service like Shapeways.

made by 3D printer=FUN
Warning-the website-with scores of designs-(can be sorted) is addictive -like Pinterest.

founder-Luke Matheson-super smart-assured us that new materials and collapsing print times are a given-imo like Moore's law. Love how Gen. Zs are going to grow up with 3D printing as omni-present.

CANON's exhibit with fake accessories vs. real deal-was a 411 on counterfeiting of Canon goods...given attendees (and their budget responsibilities to combat illicit products and trade reinforcements at borders)- the Canon show and tell was a reminder that black market goods can come into this country from all over, by many means. Why anyone who allocates meaningful coinage on an authentic Canon camera would ruin it by penny pitching on a battery charger or battery- bought on the cheap from dubious sources-eludes us.

GOOGLE™ Cultural Institute showed us the company's content endeavors - providing an online resource for some of the world's Art institutions, world monuments, and moments in history---via images, text, and historical archive collections of photos/maps---made accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

NEAT-a do-it-yourself virtual reality headset---conjured up in the UK by Google employees as part of the Google 20%-so we were told.

DOLBY Laboratories introduced a new Audio System providing enhanced accessibility features like the ability to turn up volume wise/dialogue enhancements-i.e. the volume (up or down) of the speaker's words-isolating them vs background noise, multiple language deliveries, and descriptive services that we think will have actors/actresses vying for opportunities-like the popular books on tape. 
naturally the 4K UHD tvs dazzled....

Samsung's GEAR Innovator Edition $199- Occulus Games+Apps available for purchase
that's a Galaxy Note in the headset-pairs with that so Android only

iPhone 5+/Apple Watch/iPads...feeds into HealthKit-TENSIO™ app keeps data/tracks vitals for those with hypertension aka "...chronic condition coaching app..."+push notifications accordingly

Withings...Smart Body Analyzer scale...for accurate body fat, BMI, weight in regular and athlete mode, heart rate-and interesting-checks the air quality-temps and carbon dioxide measuring $149
Most time spent: at SNAPCHAT-the disappear in 24 hours video sharing service-searchable by hashtag-congregates events uploaded by users---providing various viewpoints -by timeline-vs  Periscope -Twitter's new video app and Meercat....that lists but doesn't merge seamlessly by hashtag. VERY FUN.

ALSO interesting-kinda adapted the Holocracy management style we read about on the Business of Fashion website -as adopted by ZAPPOS.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Road Bicycle Accessories-Function+Style POC Sports- FABRIC Cycling


Poc Sports-sunglasses ($150-$260) and road bike helmets come in perky well as the basics
If industrial designer icon Yves Béhar designed bicycle accessories...the wonderful results would probably look a lot like the offerings from two Euro based companies, POC Sports (Sweden) and Fabric Cycling (UK).

Both brands are completely new to us -making the serious eye candy helmets and bike seats we saw some of the freshest new 'stuff' seen this season.
Fewer vents that are longer/wider-and Coolbest padding very notice-able difference-larger open surface area in front combines with unique interior for increased air flow---so -POC Octal road bike helmets deliver optimal ventilation and more protective ride -with more coverage+ protection and temples+back of the head. EPS liner is strategically thicker in most exposed areas + is covered by PVC shell. Ultra-light-under 200 grams (size M CE version)-comfy+adjustable. Plus eye garage so sunglasses fit correctly+securely and there's a scannable ICE tag. $270. The even more amped up Octal AVIP MIPS comes with the Multidirectional Impact Protection System -to reduce an impact's hi-vis colors+reflective AIP sticker kit-reflective pops. $320

PLUS POC Snow goodies-include helmets-gloves-mittens-sunglasses-goggles-for techy and tasty as the bike gear...
POC-team athlete Julia Mancuso Skull Orbic Comp helmet $400 patent pending deflector panel for racers with multi impact protection without losing energy. Interior foam detaches for cleaning-neat. Performance race gloves-shock absorbing, padded, neoprene cuff w/ velcro adjustment, Pittard goatskin-a primo brand, EVA padding back hand -fingers, special shock absorption in thumb. The Known sunglasses Julia Mancuso edition  w. water impervious rubber grips when wet, lense treated w/ Ripel- does what it sounds like.$170

Fornix Jeremy Jones edition helmet-backcountry $220, the sunglasses DID Glacier Jeremy Jones$250---dark lenses slays backcountry light-grilamid frame lightweight, sidecut panels out of  laser goatskin-kinda like our hard core mountaineering sunglasses. Iris X  Jeremy Jones edition goggles $140
Will Aaron Blunck-those sunglasses $150 are lifestyle/performance blend w/ hydrophilic rubber that grips when sweaty, and Ripel treated lenses-ez to clean.


Scoop-moulded padding and waterproof microfiber cover to a one piece nylon base-unique manufacturing
Love at first site-FABRIC Cycling is "an innovative new parts brand..." includes these amazing bike seats-made of  reinforced nylon-to all carbon fiber base choices and 3 rail, material choices-for casual to racer riders willing to spend the $ (£s).
Started by Charge Bikes founder Nick Larsen-Fabric seats are showing up paired with bicycle brands.

What we saw=impressive -all designed to maximize comfort=performance. And make nifty desk accessories too.

Scoop saddle-3 widths and three styles-no staples unlike most bicycle seats, vacuum bonded upper + custom design rail 
ride position and body type (and implies your riding style) helps to focus on best bicycle seat.

titanium rails-lightweight
Sculptural---we would love to demo these....clean lines,no excess-moulded construction
ALM-gorgeous-and aerodynamic combine for one sleek looking seat-designed in cahoots with Airbus engineering types utilizing Additive Layering Manufacturing Technology (3D printing techy process) dampens vibrations, flexible
carbon fiber- rails- base

hand finished Buffalo leather top
Light Lock-On Grips too