Is Fashion Ready for the AI Revolution? Artificial intelligence can help businesses align supply and demand, scale personal service and design better products.
…”Online shopping could become a conversation, where the shopper describes the dress of their dreams, and, in seconds, an AI-powered search engine tracks down the closest match. Designers, merchandisers and buyers could all work alongside AI, to predict what customers want to wear, before they even know themselves.”…
…”The truth of the matter is that jeans do not need to be washed after every wear. Because denim material is thicker than most, it’s able to shake off many of the daily grime we rub on throughout the day. Reducing the frequency you wash your jeans will help to minimize color loss on those baby blues.”… https://blog.buckle.com/2013/11/07/how-to-make-your-jeans-last-longer
U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises to Highest Level Since July 2001
by Austin Weinstein | February 28, 2017
Consumer confidence unexpectedly increased in February to the highest level since July 2001 as Americans grew more upbeat about present and future conditions, according to a report Tuesday from the New York-based Conference Board.
Confidence index advanced to 114.8 (forecast was 111) from a revised 111.6 in January
Present conditions gauge increased to 133.4, the highest since July 2007, from 130
Measure of consumer expectations for the next six months rose to 102.4 from 99.3
Share of those who said more jobs will be available in the coming months rose to 20.4 percent from 19.7 percent
Levi’s Is Radically Redefining Sustainability
“And it all comes down to making a timeless product that the customer will hold on to for many, many years.
How do we make the fashion industry more sustainable? For Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation at Levi Strauss & Co, it’s not enough to simply plant a few trees to offset carbon dioxide or use less toxic dyes. To make a real impact in the world, you need to help change the way people think about clothes.” … https://www.fastcompany.com/3067895/moving-the-needle/levis-is-radically-redefining-sustainability
Online Shopping and E-Commerce | Pew Research Center
New technologies are impacting a wide range of Americans’ commercial behaviors, from the way they evaluate products and services to the way they pay for the things they buy
By AARON SMITH and MONICA ANDERSON
…”The survey finds that roughly eight-in-ten Americans are now online shoppers: 79% have made an online purchase of any type, while 51% have bought something using a cellphone and 15% have made purchases by following a link from social media sites.”…
“So I looked the brand up on eBay. I found it new with tags for $125 it was something like $500 originally. eBay is my best friend!! If you find something you love but can’t afford look for it on eBay.” ~ Fashion Posse , https://www.instagram.com/p/BLPo2J4gurt/
When it came to his wardrobe, Albert Einstein famously lived in his routine and, it turns out, lived in Levi’s®.
The scientific genius’s style staples included his beloved brown leather Levi’s ‘Cossack’ jacket. It first appeared in photos around the mid-1930s at the height of his fame.
“This garment was purchased by Einstein at a time when he was becoming a US citizen in the mid-1930s and was worn by him regularly during the period he was becoming an ‘official’ American,” Levi Strauss & Co. Historian Tracey Panek said. “Purchasing the garment of an iconic American brand seems especially fitting.” … etc …
This will probably be an interesting series – about how our planet creates gems, metals, and power/energy.
Treasures of the Earth: Gems
What processes in the depths of the Earth forge beautiful and precious stones?
Airing November 2, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS
Their beauty has captivated us for millennia. Their cost can be extraordinary–some are even considered priceless. Precious gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opal, and jade are the ultimate treasures of the earth, and each one is made from a specific–and often torturous–recipe of chemistry, pressure, and heat. The secrets to their sparkle, color, and even strength lie deep inside the gems themselves, but could they also hold clues to one of the most enduring mysteries in the field of geology? From Tiffany’s workshop in New York to the sapphire mines of Sri Lanka, from North Carolina’s emerald fields to the jade-laden Forbidden City of China, join NOVA in the first episode of a 3-part series, “Treasures of Earth,” as we explore the fascinating science of gems.
Treasures of the Earth
How have Earth’s most extraordinary natural resources driven the rise of civilization?
A three-part series airing November 2, November 9, and November 16 on PBS at 9pm.
“Treasures of Earth: Gems, Metals, and Power” is a 3-part series that will take us on a journey deep inside Earth to uncover the mysteries of how these treasures were created, and to explore how they have allowed humankind to progress and build our great civilizations. But even as that quest continues, we are discovering that some of our treasures may soon run out or have unintended consequences that bring new perils. Can our ancient treasures reveal new secrets that will help us solve the problems we face today?