Dr. Martens x Undercover collab to drop

It’s been 60 years since the first ever 1460 boot rolled off the production line. And Dr. Martens are marking the occasion with 12 one-off collaborations. For their 5th 1460 Remastered collaboration, reuniting with Undercover to celebrate both brands’ spirit of nonconformity, disruption and attitude. And shared anniversaries.

Reigniting a long-running partnership, their back together with Japanese design heavyweight and Undercover founder Jun Takahashi. Dr. Martens and Undercover go way back. Takahashi is carving out a place in DM’s history. And to mark their 60th anniversary, Dr. Martens have asked him to express what their Original boot means to him.

And it’s not just DM’s anniversary. It’s Undercover’s too. It’s been 30 years since Undercover was established. Takahashi has gone the extra mile to mark the occasion. Drawing on his technical approach to design, Takahashi has created a one-off, bespoke bouquet pattern and incorporated it into the boot’s inner. Choosing flowers because they’re an international symbol of celebration, he’s printed them on the sock and lining, and across the packaging.

The 1460 Undercover is Takahashi’s tribute to DM’s British roots: Made in England to the highest standards in our original Wollaston factory and loaded with decades of shoemaking heritage. The boot is crafted from minimalist, British-souced Black Corduroy — chosen specially by the Japanese designer — and finished with a bouquet printed sock liner.

Embroidered with ‘S’ and ‘N’ embroidery on the vamp — short for Spiritual Noise, an Undercover slogan — they’re instantly recognisable as Docs with yellow stitching and black and yellow heel loop.

Source: Dr. Martens

World Bee Day: Pangaia Collaborates with Takashi Murakami

Did you know that a bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about 5 grams) in her lifetime? There are over 20,000 different species of bee, found on every continent except Antarctica and without them the delicate balance of the Earth’s ecosystem would be destroyed and a third of global food supplies would disappear!

For ‘World Bee Day’ (20th May), vegan material science label PANGAIA has collaborated with Japanese artist Murakami and launched a ‘Bee the Change’ fund in partnership with digital platform Milkywire. This fund aims to protect and preserve vulnerable and endangered bee species across the world. The first collection to benefit the newly established fund will be the very special PANGAIA x Takashi Murakami collection, featuring prints with flowers and a bee.

Murakami’s is best known for embodying an intersection of pop culture, history, and fine art and he is most recently known for partnering with Grammy Award winning latin music artist J Balvin on his latest album cover work.

The capsule collection includes 2 T-shirts made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and two Hoodies made with 45% recycled / 55% organic cotton and all include specially designed artworks.

The T-shirts are available in Off-White with a flower and bee print or Saffron Yellow with a flower ball and bee print. They are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton which is chemical-free, and therefore a completely non-irritant fabric.

The hoodies are available in Cobalt Blue with a flower and bee print, or Orchid Purple with a flower ball and bee print.

Where most other brands use around 10-30% recycled cotton, PANGAIA uses a much higher 45% in their hoodies, mixed with 55% organic cotton. This is one of the highest grades of recycled cotton currently available on the market. They also choose organic cotton where most companies still use recycled polyester — a critical pollutant due to microplastics.

Organic cotton t-shirt – $95

Recycled cotton hoodie – $220

Source: Pangaia

L’Oréal For The Future

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and to address its consequences, L’Oréal has announced L’Oréal for the future, an unprecedented social and environmental solidarity programme to address the following priorities:

  • Supporting organisations that support highly vulnerable women, the first victims of the social and economic crisis generated by the pandemic, with the creation of a €50 million charitable endowment fund;
  • Contributing to the regeneration of damaged natural ecosystems and efforts to prevent climate change, with €100 million dedicated to environmental impact investing.

Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, says: “Over the coming months, our societies will face social crises giving rise to situations of great human suffering, particularly for the most vulnerable. At the same time, we are fully aware that environmental challenges are increasingly pressing. It is essential not to step back from the sustainable transformation that the world needs. We therefore wish to reaffirm our commitment to the environment and to the preservation of biodiversity, and to help mitigate the social crisis for women. These two causes reflect the values and the historic commitment of L’Oréal.”

The L’Oréal Group, which has historically been committed to supporting women, is still there for them today, because women are disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis, particularly in terms of job and income loss. They make up a large majority of single-parent families, and are increasingly forced to turn to food banks to meet their most basic needs.

At the same time, domestic and sexual violence has increased worldwide, including in France (+30%), particularly due to the effects of lockdown measures. To directly help struggling women, L’Oréal is creating a €50 million charitable endowment fund to support field organizations and local charities in their efforts to fight poverty, help women achieve social and professional integration, provide emergency assistance to refugee and disabled women, prevent violence against women, and support victims.

In addition to its ongoing long-term efforts to reduce its environmental impact as part of its Sharing Beauty with All sustainable development programme, the L’Oréal Group has decided to engage €100 million into impact investing, in order to act upon two key environmental challenges.

50 million will be used to finance marine and forest ecosystem restoration projects that also create new social and economic development opportunities for the populations that depend on these ecosystems (developing sustainable agriculture and fishing, eco-tourism, sale of carbon credits). The fund, the L’Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration, aims to restore one million hectares of degraded ecosystems, capture 15 to 20 million tonnes of CO2 and create hundreds of job opportunities by 2030.

€50 million will be directed to financing for projects linked to the circular economy. With this fund, the L’Oréal Group aims to contribute to the quest for solutions and the creation of business models that support the development of a circular economy, particularly in terms of recycling and management of plastic waste.

The L’Oréal Group plans to present its new sustainability program for 2030 in late June, which will complete the L’Oréal for the future plan and will ensure that all of L’Oréal’s activities are respectful of the planetary boundaries.

Source: L’Oréal

National Aperitif Day: Three recipes that make it perfectly acceptable to drink before dinner

Fratelli Fresh is embracing National Aperitif Day, which falls on Thursday, 21 May, celebrating the ritual of enjoying a refreshing, appetite-stimulating tipple before dinner.

This year, as the country eases back into dining out, and many people are still working and cooking from their own personal headquarters, try one of their quintessential aperitif recipes in the comfort of your own home.

Aperol Spritz
Quite possibly the queen of aperitifs, this coral-coloured beauty is a fizzy mix of Aperol and prosecco.

60ml Aperol Spritz
90ml Prosecco
30ml Soda
Wedge of orange, for garnish

Pour into a big wine glass, fill with ice, and garnish with orange.

A rich, ruby-red trifecta of equal parts gin, vermouth and Campari, this cocktail is perfect in balance.

30ml Tanqueray gin
30ml Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
30ml Campari
Twist of orange peel, for garnish

Pour into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish.

Limoncello Spritz
Bittersweet and enlivened with fizz, this classic aperitif will transport you to the Amalfi Coast.

60ml Limoncello
60ml Prosecco
Dash of Soda
Slice of orange or lemon, for garnish

Pour into a big wine glass, fill with ice, and garnish with fruit slice.

All three cocktails are available as DIY cocktail kits from the Fratelli Fresh Grocer home delivery service: shop.fratellifresh.com.au. Aperol Spritz and Negroni are also available as ready-made cocktails. Salute!

Source: Fratelli Fresh

Batch & Co launches their first Aussie Spritzes

Multi-beverage brand Batch & Co was created from a simple need – it was time to give people a drink at home that tasted just as good as a drink at the bar. The Spritz range offers a crisp and refreshing drink without the hassle of mixing your own.

Simply pour over ice and garnish or pop the top and sip during the early afternoon or evening. Batch & Co Aussie Spritzes carefully balance wine with native Australian ingredients, to create a complex, robust and unique flavour profile, setting them apart from the rest.

After successfully launching a selection of non-alcoholic mixers in 2017, Batch & Co has created a wine based Spritz range served in a sleek can, with its official launch in 2019.

The alcoholic Spritz range is named after Australia’s beautiful coastal locations, including Bondi Beach, Brighton in Melbourne & Queensland favourite, Noosa.

  • Noosa Spritz – This citrus-driven Spritz combines a perfect blend of white & pink grapefruit with a dry Rosé
  • Brighton Spritz – An all day pick me up, this Spritz combines the perfect balance of pear and fig balanced back with a Pinot Grigio
  • Bondi Spritz – This vibrant Spritz has hints of guava & strawberry fruit notes which complement the dry Rosé

The non-alcoholic Spritz range flavours include Guava, Strawberry and Vanilla, with two additional flavours to be released later in the year.

Bondi, Noosa and Brighton alcoholic spritz: $20 for a 4 pack Guava, Strawberry and Vanilla Virgin Sodas: $14 per bottle

Batch & Co. creator Thomas Kiltorp arrived in Melbourne from Sweden in 2000, and quickly made his mark on the hospitality scene, winning The Age Good Food Guide – Bartender of the Year.

Kiltorp says: “After many years of creating cocktails, I knew what the consumer wanted and what the bartender needed. I wanted to create flavours that have the ‘depth’ of cocktails yet are refreshing and delightful on the palette – the flavours really are the hero.”

Source: Batch & Co