Posts about how to stay groovy while traveling and think out of the box.


Chaos or a Dream Come True: The Future of Shopping

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Just when you thought the shopping world couldn’t get more advanced than online shopping; where there’s a will there’s a way. Urban research, a Japanese company, reported to be opening 50 to 60 new stores per year and driving sales growth above 20 percent in April by the Business of Fashion but that is not all.

Recently they have been doing an experiment on virtual changing booths. Urban Research is one of Japan’s fastest growing fashion retailers and now if this experiment is successful they might have opened a whole new door for not only themselves but for all brands.

However, Urban Research is not the only one who has tested out the virtual changing room. Brands such as Topshop and Fitting Reality have also experimented with this. They use the Xbox Kinect to configure you with the clothes.  Based on the video below, trying on the clothes yourself may be a better bet. The clothes presented in this virtual changing booth makes you look like an avatar. The accuracy of the look is most likely questionable. Hopefully Urban Research can improve these defects.

Just think, with this virtual changing booth there will be no more hassle of trying things on or spending hours roaming the store. You will even be able to mix and match outfits, which will most likely increase your spending; and for you store owners, say goodbye to checking inventory.

Although this does sound like a dream come true this could potentially cause more chaos then shopping on Black Friday. Imagine the crowd of people who would be hovering around the virtual changing booth.

A dream come true or a hectic mess? What do you think will come of this?!


German bling – Like Diamonds on your bag

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You might think that it’s difficult for a backpack to look anything but utilitarian. The German company MCM will make you change your mind. The structured shape and the 24-carat gold-plated studs & black pyramidal gunmetal hardwares details make the MCM backpack a stylish favorite of asian celebrities. MCM bags are not only hip, but also practical: backpack and purses offer an enormous storage space. 

So leave your old backpack in the back of your closet and bring your avant-gardist MCM’s bag all around the world.

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Brand New Pre-Damaged Baggage

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You are at the airport quietly waiting like everyone else for your luggage to arrive on the carousel. You’re a little anxious.  You never know, maybe it was lost, maybe it has been damaged.  You try to fight your place among all those tourists who want to be, just like you, the first out of the airport.  The problem is that you do not always recognize your own luggage.  What’s more common and banal than a travel bag?

We spotted an original luggage from a brand called Crash Baggage. This bag has the unique ability to not get damaged. Why? Because it is already damaged when you buy it! Each Crash Baggage unit is sold with a pre-damaged design, looks like Thor applied his hammer to the design. Indeed, the strategy of the brand is to assume that a major anxiety source for a traveler is damaging his luggage. So instead of rolling your luggage up in plastic before checking it in, buy a bag that just can’t be more damaged than it already is!

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