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Goji: Yay! Page 2! Two more to go! * Weep Internally * So finally, the Suijou: Origins comic continues. Noiran and Mintel had a bit of an agrument, and Mintel thought it would be a great idea for Noiran to calm down at the beautiful Ocean Dimension. Besides being used to study the creatures dwelling in its depths, it is a rather peaceful place. Weeelll…..

The UK and air conditioning.

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From here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23341698 

“The UK is a country of radiators, not air conditioning. A Mintel report in 2008 found that just 0.5% of houses and flats in the UK had any kind of air con.

That contrasts with the US, where nearly 100 million homes have it. It has even been suggested that air con accounts for as much as 15% of total American energy consumption.

Air con is more common in the workplace in the UK, which might avoid some problems. A Nasa study, cited by Mintel, suggested that productivity falls by 3.6% for every degree over 22C.”

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Why buy secondhand?

Well, for starters, a new (made in China) chest of drawers has a carbon footprint 16 times higher than the antique equivalent per year, according to research commissioned by the International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF).

And then there’s the whole “character” thing! “People who buy antique and upcycled furniture value the past, and the skills and craftmanship that have gone into something. The pieces have a history, they have a story to tell, and they’ve been saved from the skip.” – Jane Westgarth, Mintel

Why Serena Williams, Andreessen Horowitz are investing in this company that sells hair — yes, hair

Hair is a $5 billion market in the United States. Market research from Mintel estimates six out of 10 black women wear a weave or a wig. 

But when Diishan Imira looked at the supply chain of how hair gets into a stylist’s hands, he realized it was a complete mess.

“Basically, women in India sell their hair to buyers from China, who treat and package it, then sell it to primarily Korean distributors.

Those distributors sell to Korean-owned beauty supply shops in the U.S., who then sell it to primarily African American women,” explained Ben Horowitz in a blog post, an investor from Andreessen Horowitz, who is leading a $10 million investment round in Imira’s company, Mayvenn.

Imira grew up around hairstylists, so he had heard their frustrations with the complicated process. Women who want hair extensions can’t typically walk into a salon and pick out the the hair they want, having to go to a beauty supply store instead.

Imira said 95 percent of African-American hair stylists can’t afford to keep the inventory on hand because of how expensive the natural hair is and the low amount of cash they have on hand to spend on it.

This is where Mayvenn steps in.

Mayvenn, which is Yiddish for trusted expert, lets hair stylists set up their own ecommerce sites and sell hair directly instead of referring customers to other beauty supply stores or distributors. The stylist doesn’t have to keep any of the hair on hand because Mayvenn ships it to them in two to three days, then offers a 30-day return window if the stylist or the client doesn’t like it.

“They can wear the product, and they get better prices from us,” Imira explained.

What has attracted Horowitz and other investors to the company is not the fact that it sells hair, but how it helps the stylists it works with.

The company is already working with more than 30,000 hair stylists and has done eight-figure revenue in the year-and-a-half since it’s launched, Imira said. 

“The most successful of these have more than doubled their income via Mayvenn while dramatically improving life for their customers,” Horowitz said in a blog post announcing the investment. “Even more exciting, Mayvenn’s methods and platform can easily be extended to trusted experts in many fields, enabling gifted craftspeople to become economically empowered.”

The company has raised $13 million in funding, including Friday’s $10 million Series A round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Also participating in the round are Trinity Ventures, Core Innovation Capital, Cross Culture Ventures, Impact America, Jimmy Iovine, Serena Williams and Steve Stoute.

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Why Scream For Gelato Instead Of Ice Cream? Here's The Scoop

Why Scream For Gelato Instead Of Ice Cream?

“But it’s gelato, ice cream’s Italian cousin, that’s keeping more customers coming back. Gelato sales rose from $11 million in 2009 to an estimated $214 million in 2014, which has kept frozen dessert sales afloat, according to the market research firm Mintel.”

Interesting take on the process that makes the similar ingredients into either ice cream or gelato.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/06/16/413223571/why-scream-for-gelato-instead-of-ice-cream-heres-the-scoop

Cha-Ching: Why Beards Are in

Don?t believe the TV commercial that implies beards are out and the clean-shaven look is back. And what the bearded trend has taken away (razor and blade sales have slowed), its given back in new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the beard-care market.

According to Mintel, a global research firm, beards, once taboo, are welcome in the workplace, but they must be groomed. In a recent poll 39 percent of American men say they feel ?pressured to keep their facial hair neat and tidy.?

Enter those aforementioned entrepreneurial opportunities. The market for beard-care products has been primed by men embracing skin-care regimens in the last few years?sales of grooming products for men hit $3 billion in 2012?and is expected to more than double by 2017. IndependentRetailer.com reports men are spending more on ?male-specific toiletries than on shaving products.?

Mintel says beard-care products ?form a bridge between hair-care and skin-care regimens. And because the category is so new, it?s a perfect market for entrepreneurs to enter.?

Iconic beauty brands, known primarily for selling cosmetics, like Tom Ford, are selling beard oils, which are supposed to ?condition and nourish? the beard. The oils being used by Ford: jojoba, almond, grapeseed and vitamin E are easy to come by. Some brands have created regimens, so they can sell multiple products to men, instead of just one.

Several British companies offer three-step beard-care regimens, making upselling easier, by grouping shampoo, conditioner and oil products. Here in the U.S., Billy Jealousy, founded by two entrepreneurs in 2004, sells a wide array of male-grooming products, including beard oil, hair products, tattoo care kits, mustache wax and an award-winning shave cream to make sure they appeal to a broader demographic of men.

Accessories play a large part in anybody?s grooming routine. Albuquerque musician turned entrepreneur Kyle Malone (who has a beard) was inspired by a Christmas gift and recently launched Big Wood Beard Combs. He told Albuquerque Business First that a lot of women buy the combs for their husbands and boyfriends, so if you start a beard-product company, make sure you market to a broader customer base than just the men themselves.

While men may protest they don?t want to be bothered with a complex grooming routine (Mintel says 84 percent of men surveyed ?want their grooming routines to be as simple as possible.?), 24 percent spent more time taking care of their facial skin and ?22 percent spent more time researching personal-care products.?

Many attribute (or blame) the popularity of bearded men on the lumbersexual trend that cropped up last year (which is still being debated online).

And then there?s Beard Beer, made in Oregon by Rogue Ales. I?m not sure you really want to know this, but Beard Beer is made from the typical malts and hops?and beard yeast. Yes, when searching for an innovative ingredient for a new beer, the company harvested yeast from the beard of its award-winning brewmaster John Maier. Drink up?

Jovens alemães estão abandonando a carne

Por Neuza Vollet (da Redação)

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Segundo pesquisa da empresa Mintel, quase um em cada cinco alemães (18%), entre 16 e 24 anos, compram produtos alternativos para a carne, quando comparados com uma média de um em dez (11%) em todas as faixas etárias. Quase um em cada quatro (23%) come produtos alternativos para a carne algumas vezes por mês, enquanto 12% declara comer substitutos para a carne algumas vezes por semana. As informações são do Global Meat.

Entre os alemães pesquisados que se encontram na faixa etária de 16 a 24 anos, 15% se considera vegetariano, o que é superior ao dobro da média alemã de 7%. Entretanto, o número de consumidores alemães que usam produtos alternativos à carne se reduz com a idade, com menos de 3% de vegetarianos acima de 55 e apenas 5% do grupo comprando produtos alternativos. Entre os consumidores que tentaram alternativas para a carne, quase a metade (48%) eram usuários ocasionais desses produtos uma vez ao mês ou menos.

Para esses jovens consumidores as considerações éticas (39%) são o principal fator de influência a favor das alternativas à carne, enquanto que 30% tem como fator determinante a preocupação com o impacto ambiental da produção industrial de carne. Quatro em cada dez consumidores (38%) de 45 a 54 anos procuram alternativas para a carne porque estão tentando alimentar-se de maneira mais saudável.

Katya Witham, analista sênior do setor de bebidas e alimentos da Mintel, declara: “Na Alemanha, o consumo doméstico de carne vem caindo nos últimos anos, refletindo uma tendência à adoção de dietas de redução de carne e ao vegetarianismo. Com crescentes fileiras de consumidores adotando o vegetarianismo ou o veganismo ou um padrão flexitariano de alimentação, a categoria de alternativas à carne está emergindo das sombras na Alemanha, impulsionada pela demanda de uma dieta mais variada e saudável. Na liderança dessa tendência estão os jovens consumidores alemães que conseguem se abster de carne com mais frequência e provavelmente serão capazes de prosseguir com este padrão nutricional no futuro”.

 

The Key Trends From London Collections: Men SS16

£14.1 billion. That’s the projected figure for menswear sales in the UK this year, according to market research body Mintel. Little wonder, then, that this month’s London Collections: Men (LC:M) spring/summer 2016 showcase included over seventy menswear shows and events.

Once an awkward mix of historically conservative tailoring houses and headline-grabbing underground fashion, London is now one of the world’s foremost menswear capitals, with brands and designers that run the gamut in their creative direction and commercial viability making up the chock-full four-day schedule.

This season saw everything from overlaid neon bikinis at Christopher Shannon to nipple cut-outs at Craig Green. But jibes and jokes aside, what will we actually be wearing come SS16?

Key Fabric: Suede


One of autumn/winter 2015’s standout trends is set to continue playing a key role as we transition from the wintry chill to springtime next year. While it was shearling jackets that dominated at the AW15 showcases, the latest run of LC:M shows (mercifully) suggested lighter weight suede pieces for the warmer months.

At Dunhill’s very British affair, suede was a key fabric for casual wear, with the luxury brand showing a brilliantly slouchy suede Harrington and a smock anorak that you definitely don’t want to wear in the rain. Meanwhile, Belstaff’s homage to the Desert Rats (the British Army forces that fought German troops in 1940s-era North Africa) included a military cape and slim-cut biker-style jacket in the fabric.

But it was at storied Savile Row institution Gieves & Hawkes that suede got its most summery treatment, with creative director Jason Basmajian suggesting suede shorts suits and elegantly-cut, lightweight suede outerwear that was poles apart from the bulky jackets and coats we’re used to seeing.

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Although usually confined to a pair of brogues or Derbies, suede is actually the perfect summertime material – provided the skies are clear and the temperatures aren’t stiflingly high.

Throw a suede jacket over everything from a simple T-shirt to a lightweight roll neck for a look that checks the texture box.

Key Print: Animal & Jungle Prints


Now that we’re all over the shock of designers suggesting we wear florals – and are presently proudly sporting them in our droves – it seems spring/summer 2016 will see the bar raised, with prints set to get a little wilder.

LC:M’s runways were awash with jungle and animal prints, from Coach’s punchy leopard and tiger printed separates, accessories and outerwear, to Burberry Prorsum’s frothy, gauzy low-cut tops covered in giraffe prints.

Elsewhere, British favourite Christopher Raeburn put his own distinctive variation on the theme in the form of sweatshirts swathed in a camo-like print made up of monkeys swinging from one another’s arms.

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Eager to get ahead of the game? Just remember that easy does it when it comes to animal print.

Keep the print confined to one statement piece, e.g. a midlayer or jacket, and build the rest of your look out with neutral pieces in black, navy, grey or beige.

Key Colour: Green


Several menswear thought leaders have already remarked on the overwhelmingly sombre palette of LC:M’s spring/summer 2016 outing, but colour – namely green – was there in abundance if you looked for it.

Take Danish sportswear wunderkind Astrid Andersen, for example, whose latest batch of martial arts-meets-streetwear featured a shade of lime green that was surprisingly delicate against the designer’s signature swag-heavy silhouettes and bold logos. Or Casely-Hayford, whose pieces in sea and jade green provided a counterpoint to the collection’s other key hue: red.

Probably the most universally wearable takes on the colour came from a brand synonymous with well-crafted casual tailoring (Oliver Spencer) and a label that’s swiftly earning attention for its avant-garde made easy aesthetic (Lee Roach).

Oliver Spencer showed a military green, which was worked across trousers, shirting and outerwear, while Lee Roach applied an almost identical shade to generously-cut but exceptionally well-tailored trousers.

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Arguably one of the easiest trends on the list to tap, incorporating green into your current wardrobe requires minimal effort. With brands and retailers offering a whole spectrum of shades right now, it’s simply a matter of selecting the hues that work for your skin tone.

As a general rule of thumb though, darker shades of green like olive drab can be worn as neutrals, while brighter, bolder shades like jade work best as statement pieces.

Key Piece: The Spread Collar Jacket


A featherweight cotton T-shirt might serve well as a seasonal staple in warmer climates, but London-based designers were well aware that the British summertime calls for something slightly sturdier.

Cue the spread collar jacket: a lightweight, tailored solution to the summer outerwear conundrum. At Topman Design they came neatly cropped, striped and complete with 1970s-inspired spread collars, while Lou Dalton showed slouchier, pocket-heavy versions that had something more of the Harrington about them.

Elsewhere, Oliver Spencer showed flecked navy and grey versions that proved exactly why his name is now basically a byword for savvy smart-casual dressing, while YMC offered breathable, perforated options that would be ideal for the warmer months.

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Smarten up in summer weather by investing in one of these now. Remember that cropped, slim-fitting tailored styles will work almost exclusively on leaner guys, while slouchier silhouettes with a little more give will suit broader frames and casual dressers.

Key Look: Lightweight Layering


The notion of layering outerwear has remained pretty much nascent. Until now, that is. This most recent LC:M outing showed designers’ admission that layering utility jackets over suits or top coats over blazers isn’t so much a trend as simply a modern – and practical – way to dress.

Hardy Amies’ collection saw 1960s tailoring spliced with sci-fi-inspired technical pieces – a lightweight panelled blouson jacket (a bit like a spacecraft interior) worn over a standard, but still sharp, single-breasted checked suit, or an outdoorsy cropped windbreaker layered on top of a double-breasted suit.

Elsewhere, Lou Dalton proffered what was probably the most sensible way to approach spring/summer layering with Harringtons and windbreakers worn on top of a shirt on top of a T-shirt. Simply add or remove pieces as needed, depending on the weather.

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Whether tailoring teamed with an anorak or a lightweight bomber layered over a denim jacket, your options are pretty much endless.

Although there are no hard and fast rules for on-point pairing, it’s worth ensuring the pieces you layer are lightweight to see that you stop short of channelling the ‘Michelin Man’.

Key Detail: Pockets


That function is at the heart of a good deal of menswear design isn’t breaking news, but this season – for designers in London at least – fondness became fixation.

Belstaff’s luxurious reworking of military wear featured looks crafted in premium fabrications that still sported the hallmarks of function – namely pockets. There were pocket-covered field jackets, pockets on cargo pants, pockets on gilets and even a tank suit featuring – by our count – eight snap button-closure pockets.

At Hardy Amies, creative director Mehmet Ali took his cues from Amies’ own designs for Stanley Kubrick’s seminal 2001: A Space Odyssey, layering, for example, a bomber jacket with a shoulder pocket over a blazer, or a gilet with generously sized pockets over a double-breasted, windowpane check suit.

Similarly, Danish label Soulland and East London-based brand Several also showed pieces that put pockets – quite literally – front and centre with overalls and a boxy-cut gilet respectively.

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A pocket-heavy piece makes for an ideal way to stand apart without straying into peacock territory.

While a shirt with button closure breast pockets worn under a four-pocket field jacket will work well, adding a multi-pocketed cargo trouser into the mix is erring on overdoing it, so don’t get too heavy-handed.

Why Serena Williams, Andreessen Horowitz are investing in this company that sells hair — yes, hair

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Serena Williams and Andreessen Horowitz have both invested in Mayvenn’s idea of empowering hair stylists to sell hair.

Hair is a $5 billion market in the United States. Market research from Mintel estimates six out of 10 black women wear a weave or a wig. 

But when Diishan Imira looked at the supply chain of how hair gets into a stylist’s hands, he realized it was a complete mess.

“Basically, women in India sell their hair to buyers from China, who treat and package it, then sell it to primarily Korean distributors.

Those distributors sell to Korean-owned beauty supply shops in the U.S., who then sell it to primarily African American women,” explained Ben Horowitz in a blog post, an investor from Andreessen Horowitz, who is leading a $10 million investment round in Imira’s company, Mayvenn. Read more, click image or title.




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Why Serena Williams, Andreessen Horowitz are investing in this company that sells hair — yes, hair

Hair is a $5 billion market in the United States. Market research from Mintel estimates six out of 10 black women wear a weave or a wig. 

But when Diishan Imira looked at the supply chain of how hair gets into a stylist’s hands, he realized it was a complete mess.

“Basically, women in India sell their hair to buyers from China, who treat and package it, then sell it to primarily Korean distributors.

Those distributors sell to Korean-owned beauty supply shops in the U.S., who then sell it to primarily African American women,” explained Ben Horowitz in a blog post, an investor from Andreessen Horowitz, who is leading a $10 million investment round in Imira’s company, Mayvenn.

Imira grew up around hairstylists, so he had heard their frustrations with the complicated process. Women who want hair extensions can’t typically walk into a salon and pick out the the hair they want, having to go to a beauty supply store instead.

Imira said 95 percent of African-American hair stylists can’t afford to keep the inventory on hand because of how expensive the natural hair is and the low amount of cash they have on hand to spend on it.

This is where Mayvenn steps in.

Mayvenn, which is Yiddish for trusted expert, lets hair stylists set up their own ecommerce sites and sell hair directly instead of referring customers to other beauty supply stores or distributors. The stylist doesn’t have to keep any of the hair on hand because Mayvenn ships it to them in two to three days, then offers a 30-day return window if the stylist or the client doesn’t like it.

“They can wear the product, and they get better prices from us,” Imira explained.

What has attracted Horowitz and other investors to the company is not the fact that it sells hair, but how it helps the stylists it works with.

The company is already working with more than 30,000 hair stylists and has done eight-figure revenue in the year-and-a-half since it’s launched, Imira said. 

“The most successful of these have more than doubled their income via Mayvenn while dramatically improving life for their customers,” Horowitz said in a blog post announcing the investment. “Even more exciting, Mayvenn’s methods and platform can easily be extended to trusted experts in many fields, enabling gifted craftspeople to become economically empowered.”

The company has raised $13 million in funding, including Friday’s $10 million Series A round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Also participating in the round are Trinity Ventures, Core Innovation Capital, Cross Culture Ventures, Impact America, Jimmy Iovine, Serena Williams and Steve Stoute.

SEE ALSO: Invest in black entrepreneurs because it’s good business, not out of ‘social obligation’

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Hair is a $5 billion market in the United States. Market research from Mintel estimates six out of 10 black women wear a weave or a wig.  But when Diishan Imira looked at the supply chain of how hair gets into a stylist’s hands, he realized it was a complete mess. “Basically, women in India sell their hair to buyers from China, who treat and package it, then sell it to primarily Korean…

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