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The New Converse Renew Sneakers Are Made From Plastic Bottles

17 Jul 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

We all know that plastics are bad for the environment (no, we don’t mean the Mean Girls), but are we doing enough to tackle the problem? Fortunately, it seems like Converse has found a way to be sustainable and fashionable at the same time. In an attempt to adopt more eco-conscious practices, the footwear label is taking a bold step towards reducing plastic waste with its new Renew Initiative.

Looking to breathe new life into waste, the sneaker giant has unveiled three updated versions of their iconic Chuck Taylor kicks: Renew Canvas, Renew Denim and Renew Cotton. Featuring the classic All Stars and Chuck 70s, the Renew Canvas line is crafted with 100 percent recycled polyester from single-use plastic bottles – all while retaining the original look and feel of the traditional canvas silhouette.

Although not available in the market yet, the Renew Denim models are said to be made with upcycled denim sourced from landfills, while the Renew Cotton range will combine cotton canvas waste from manufacturing with polyester to form a new yarn. With this new process, you get an upper that’s made with 40 percent recycled cotton.

The Renew Denim and Renew Cotton packs are slated to drop in August and early 2020 respectively.

Peep the selection of Converse Renew Canvas in the gallery above. Shop the full collection at ION, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Tampines Mall and Changi Airport 2 Converse boutique stores.

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Can't Get Your Hands On A BT21 Uniqlo Tee? Buy These Cute SPAO T-Shirts Instead

21 Jun 2019 by Jasmine Ong

It seems that the world just can’t get enough of BT21. In addition to their global partnership with Japanese retailer UNIQLO, these adorable characters created by K-pop boy band BTS have also joined in another collaboration on their home grounds with Korean clothing brand, SPAO.

Probably known best for their many pop culture-inspired collaborations which include their most recent Harry Potter and Adventure Time ranges, SPAO is no stranger to creating trendy apparel that guarantees the best representation for any fan. As such, it’s no surprise that BT21 is next on the list of partners for the forward-thinking fashion label.

Released on 21 June, SPAO’s newest BT21 collection features each of the eight characters in various designs across three different types of shirts: Short-Sleeved with Pocket, Long Tee and Printed Tee. Similar to the price range of UNIQLO’s, these special edition BT21 tees are priced at an affordable price of ₩19,900 (approx SGD $23). Although it’s only available in Korea, Singapore ARMYs don’t need to worry as you can still purchase it through their online store here.

Scroll through the gallery to peep the full SPAO X BT21 Collection!

But hey, fret not if you’re not able to get your hands on ’em – we’ll be giving away one of the T-shirts in a mega BT21 giveaway soon so be sure to watch our socials for that!

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Landed your first job? As much as it’s important to get all the administrative stuff out of the way, it’s also time to start building your professional wardrobe – because one gotta look their best even when they’re on the clock. Instead of the usual fast-fashion retailers most people would usually go for, why not switch things up with some homegrown threads? From office-ready staples to elevated basics, give your corporate wear a stylish upgrade with these local fashion labels that showcase your unique personality!

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Nothing fits more perfectly than a well-tailored suit that is completely made-to-measure. With the idea of producing bespoke wear that are not easily available off the rack, sisters Olivia and Amanda Lin strive to deliver timeless apparel for both men and women that are suited for any occasion. Though it can be a tad costly to have a spiffy new shirt (approximately $220) or an exquisite blazer (approximately $400) made just for you, the idea of a custom-made outfit should be enough to warrant an appointment at Inventory.

Qlothe 

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For the modern girls with a penchant for contemporary pieces, Qlothe (pronounced as ‘klo-they’) might just be what you seek. Helmed by male founder Elvynd, this independent label crafts thoughtfully designed clothing that are equal parts chic and meaningful – such as the Audrina Pleated Skirt ($45) and Estelle Wrap Dress ($69). In an effort to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint, sustainability is at the heart of what they do, whether it’s through sourcing for ethical fabrics or improving the welfare of the people they work with. Who says you can’t do your part for the environment while shopping?

Rye 

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Founded by young designer Bessie Ye, Rye is a Singapore-based womenswear label that’s all about minimalism and sophistication without breaking the bank. Their philosophy? Less is more, which results in a tightly edited collection of pared-down, everyday staples like the Pinafore Jumpsuit ($189) and Cupro Drawstring Flared Pants ($159) that will work hard in your wardrobe without going out of style.

Faculty 

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Launched by award-winning designer Larry Peh in 2014, Faculty is borne out of the desire to deliver classic menswear that is manufactured with the highest level of craftsmanship. Their items are designed with functionality in mind without compromising on the aesthetics – think simple cuts and quality fabrics with a punch of bold detailing. Take their best-selling White Club Oxford Shirt ($355) for instance, which features a pair of larger cuffs as well as a deeper patch pocket to accommodate daily accessories.

Our Second Nature 

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Founded in 2017 by power duo Lauren Tan and Velda Tan, Our Second Nature is a womenswear brand that embodies artsy prints as part of its brand image. Unlike traditional brands in the market, their items are inspired by everyday moments in life which sets the theme for each capsule. Their latest collection ‘Trail’ includes pieces like the Trail Overlap Midi Skirt ($89) and Square-Neck Maxi Dress ($109), which are aptly designed to take you from work to play.

The Shirt Bar 

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From classic formals to unique casuals, The Shirt Bar provides a comprehensive range of quality menswear that allows you to showcase your individuality in and out of the boardroom. Unlike their mass-produced counterparts, they pride themselves on specially engineered shirts such as the TF White Checks SC Spill Resist Shirt ($149), which is designed with technologically advanced finishing that lets you easily wipe off any liquids that spill onto your shirts – no more embarrassing coffee spills!

This article was adapted from Teenage Portfolio 2019.

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Here's Your First Look At The New UNIQLO X BT21 Collaboration, Dropping On 21 June!

14 Jun 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

After weeks of rumours on a possible tie-up with BT21, the Japanese global retailer has finally confirmed the news in an Instagram post earlier this morning: the collaboration of every ARMY’s dream is officially happening!

Since earlier this year, UNIQLO has been going full steam ahead with a smorgasbord of new collaborations launched every other day – the latest additions to its lineup being the Pixar Vacation UT Collection and the Manga UT Collection – and they show no signs of stopping anytime soon. Finally, there’s something for the K-pop fans: a whole new collection dedicated to the iconic characters of BT21.

BT21 is no stranger to collabs either. Created by K-pop supergroup BTS in partnership with LINE Friends, these lovable icons (Chimmy, Cooky, Koya, Mang, RJ, Shooky and Tata) have since teamed up with the likes of Anti Social Social Club, :CHOCOOLATE and Converse to launch a series of oh-so-adorable collectibles ranging from apparel to footwear to cosmetics. Thus, it’s of no surprise that UNIQLO decided to jump onto the bandwagon. 

The first project to be unveiled as part of a new LINE FRIENDS collaboration, the range features a total of 11 designs across 12 colours – and we think they may just give KAWS a run for their money. Bad news for scalpers though; UNIQLO has implemented restrictions for each customer to only purchase only one piece per UT design and colour. Brace yourselves for the T-shirt war!

Scroll through the gallery to check out the full collection!

The UNIQLO X BT21 UT Collection will be available at all UNIQLO stores and on UNIQLO.COM from 21 June 2019.

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Head Back To Hogwarts With The New Vans x Harry Potter Collection!

10 Jun 2019 by Jasmine Ong

After dropping several hints with their social media teasers, the much-anticipated Vans x Harry Potter collaboration is finally here!

Inspired by JK Rowling’s Wizarding World and in collaboration with Warner Bros., the collection will feature footwear, apparel and accessories that will delight any Potterhead. These exclusive items will be styled in colours, emblems and graphics that are reminiscent of the franchise, making sure that both the followers of Dumbledore and Voldemort can get their desired dose of magic.

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For those who are feeling house proud, get represented with the four exclusive kicks donning the colourways of each house: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Each pair is designed in the classic Vans silhouette, promising a clear distinction amongst one another.

Scroll through the gallery to see what you can get from this fantastical collection!

The Vans x Harry Potter collection is now available online at vans.com.

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