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Reviving Craft As Enlightened Self-Interest

Knowledge is in the hand

By Regina Connell. However you feel about luxury—and in particular, conventional luxury fashion and design (all those labels, all those ads!)—you have to admit: it is the savior of craft skills. We can all say we love handcrafted work, and decry … Continue reading

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AltLuxe: Peak Curtains

AltLuxe: Peak Curtains

By Regina Connell. It became a meme a couple of months ago, this notion of “peak curtains.” This pithy phrase came from Steve Howard, IKEA’s head of sustainability, speaking at The Guardian’s Sustainable Business debate. The full quote was, “In the West, … Continue reading

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The Fixers’ Collective

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By Sara McBeen. It happened about 10 months ago. I was sewing the hem on a pair of pants and when I went to press the reverse on my sewing machine, and the lever broke off completely. My sewing machine … Continue reading

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AltLuxe: In Praise of Specificity

Specifics of necessity

By Regina Connell. When I was in Japan a few years ago, I went to a place called Tokyu Hands. It blew me away: floor after floor of stuff, so much of it incredibly specific. A container to hold sliced tomatoes … Continue reading

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