New brand empowers teen fashion designers through creativity and business

My wife Kelly Sparks is design director at Epic Sky, a new fashion brand that's all about empowering young teen and tween girls. Rather than just trying to guess what young people want in clothes, Epic Sky is working with hypertalented teenage designers to develop the collections, and a wide network of teens and tweens to vet the products and contribute content to their site. This past Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a big spread about the company. Congrats to co-founders Monika Rose and Marian Kown, Kelly, and all the badass women at Epic Sky! From the SF Chronicle:

“We’re all about empowerment and positivity,” says Kwon. “There are a lot of media messages about girls being perfect — that they’re not smart or pretty enough, while our mission is to inspire the epic in every girl. You don’t have to have a perfect body or be the most athletic, which is the pressure a lot of middle school girls face. Snapchat and Instagram put a lot of pressure on girls, too.”

“We offer clothes that fit girls and go beyond stereotypes,” says Rose. “As a mom, I want a brand I can say yes to — clothes that are appropriate for girls’ changing bodies and don’t promote early sexualization. On the market now, you go from a one-piece Speedo to a Brazilian thong, and there’s no option in-between for these girls.” Whereas Epic Sky bikinis, designed by Sausalito 17-year-old Antje Worring, actually look like they’d be comfortable and fun to swim in, not just lie around and look glamorous...

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Beautiful, zeitgeisty tights

Chinese fashion house Viken Plan makes an excellent range of vibrantly colored, patterned tights that feel very zeitgeisty, designs ranging from emoji-ish to dazzle-oid. Read the rest

Textiles printed directly from sewer covers

Berlin's Raubdruckerin ("Pirate Printer") roam the world's great cities -- places like Paris, Amsterdam and Lisbon -- and apply ink-rollers directly to the prettiest manhole and utility covers they can find, then print tees, hoodies, posters and bags to sell with them. Read the rest

Using manhole covers to print pattern on clothes

Four artists from Germany are going around with ink and rollers to make prints of manhole covers on clothes. The result is cool! Read the rest

DMCA tees

Support Techdirt before Aug 2 and you can get one of their classic "the content of this shirt has been removed" DMCA tees and hoodies! Read the rest

Twinkly, LED-studded bracelet featuring the Hubble's "celestial fireworks"

Thinkgeek's $60 Star Spangled Bangle is skinned with the Hubble's amazing "celestial fireworks" image, with 15 recessed USB-charged LEDs run for 8 hours and recharge in an hour. (via Ohgizmo) Read the rest

Make: Hobnailed Roman marching boots, the Caligae

In 2010, Lee Holeva, a Roman legion reenactor, lavishly documented his efforts to create a faithful reproduction of caligae, the "ancient milspec Roman footwear" (as Bruce Sterling calls it), worn by Roman legionary soldiers and auxiliaries throughout the Roman Republic and Empire. Read the rest

Fashion student simulates couture collection made from Alexander McQueen's cloned skin

Alexander McQueen's first collection after graduating from Central Saint Martins was Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims which included locks of his hair; for her own grad project, called "Pure Human," Central Saint Martins student Tina Gorjanc created a line of clothes and accessories that asks the audience to imagine that it was made from pelts cloned from DNA retrieved from McQueen's hair strands. Read the rest

Einstein's stinky leather jacket sold for $144,000

Albert Einstein's very cool leather jacket sold at auction today for £110,500 ($144,424). The coat came complete with the pungent odor of the scientist's pipe. Also on the block were Einstein's pocket watch and toy blocks from his childhood. From Christie's:

‘The jacket first appears in a number of photographs of Einstein, taken at the height of his fame in the mid-1930s,’ (said Christie's specialist Thomas Venning). A shot from 1935 shows the scientist wearing it upon his arrival for a holiday in the Bahamas — ‘improbably paired,’ adds Venning, ‘with a rather natty wing collar’...

Over several years, the jacket aged visibly. ‘Einstein wore it all the time — a fact mentioned in the memoirs of fellow scientist Leopold Infeld, who worked with him at Princeton. Infeld explained that Einstein tried to keep material restrictions to a minimum. Long hair reduced the need for a barber and, he wrote, “one leather jacket solved the coat problem for years.”’

"5 minutes with… Einstein’s leather jacket" (Christie's)

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Wordy, incendiary Trump tees

Stallion Mancakes is kickstarting these wordy Donald Trump tees, reading, "I VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS STUPID RACIST SEXIST FRAUDULENT OPPORTUNISTIC DIMWITTED EAR-GRATING EGOTISTICAL SOLIPSISTIC PANDERING SHYSTERING CHEAP-O MONEY-GRUBBING SCAPEGOATING HATEMONGERING ISOLATIONIST FASCIST POW-BASHING DRAFT-DODGING UNHINGED VACUOUS BILIOUS HYPERBOLIC DELUSIONAL MANIPULATIVE UNDIGNIFIED MERITLESS HOT-TEMPERED DANGEROUS SLEAZY SLIPPERY SILVER-TONGUED SILVER-SPOONED INSECURE VAMPING THUMB-SUCKING BODY-SHAMING SMALL-MINDED SHORT-FINGERED SHORT-SIGHTED UNDERBAKED OVERHYPED ARTLESS SHALLOW HOLLOW CRASS UNJUST TWO-FACED IRRESPONSIBLE UNETHICAL MANIACAL HYPOCRITICAL CERTIFIABLE LOUSY...T-SHIRT." Read the rest

Stunning "Lucifer" bomber jacket from legendary filmmaker Kenneth Anger

Pioneering underground filmmaker and occultist Kenneth Anger has launched a killer apparel line. Dig this magnificent "Lucifer Rising" satin bomber jacket, the perfect look, he says, "for a midsummer night's sorceries." The jacket is a collaboration with LA artist Brian Butler's Lucifer Brothers Workshop:

Although the satin ‘souvenir’ bomber has come into vogue recently with labels such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Saint Laurent, Kenneth Anger’s original design tops them all. Featuring a palette known locally as Hodos Chamelionis, or the Path of the Chameleon—the colors of the forces which lie beyond the physical universe, happens to be the Lucifer Brothers Workshop’s house mascot. Here, they are flitted over gold and black satin in a limited edition of 333 with labels signed by Kenneth Anger himself.

Lucifer Rising jacket, deluxe "Golden Scarab Edition" (via Dangerous Minds)

Kenneth Anger's "Lucifer Rising" (1972):

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Vogue's 21st Century Man (1939)

From Retrofuturism on Imgur: "February 1, 1939 issue of Vogue ran this photo of the 21st Century man, noting that he 'banishes buttons, pockets, collars, ties' and 'will revolt against shaving and wear a beautiful beard. His hat will be an an antennae - snatching radio out of the ether.'" Read the rest

In Madagascar, pineapple jokes are a form of dangerous, soon-to-be-banned dissent

Madagascar, one of the world's poorest nations, is led by president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who infuriated his people by insisting that the economy was doing well and that naysayers couldn't "provide evidence that the country was getting poorer." Read the rest

US DoD white paper: wearing hijab is "passive terrorism"

Countering Violent Extremism: Scientific Methods & Strategies, a 2011 publication by the Air Force Research Laboratory, was just re-released with a new introduction that touts, "the wisdom contained in this paper collection is more relevant than ever." Read the rest

McDonald's 1987 fashion catalog is a horrorshow

The Smile Makers 88 was sent to McDonald's franchise managers in 1987, filled with garments they could buy for themselves, their families, and their workers. It. Is. Terrible. Read the rest

Limited-edition tee: Home Cooking is Killing Restaurants

Epic copyfighter fashion snark from Techdirt: $20, cheap! Read the rest

Mermaid tights with silicone shin-scales

Daniel "Tinkercast" Struzyna, a designer in Dusseldorf, sells these tights with handmade silicone scales: $72.09 a pair, comes in aqua or coral. (via Seanan McGuire) Read the rest

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