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Month: January 2015

Zim & Zou Fills Hermès’ Cabinet of Curiosities with Leather Creatures

French artisan duo Zim Zou teamed up with compatriot fashion house Hermés to create a new installation at the brand’s Shanghai outpost. The two devised a series of leather sculptures of owls, caterpillars, peacocks, koi fish and more, mimicking the colorfulness of a museum installation amongst the store’s array of goods. Each piece is meticulously layered with rich tonal leather and thick paper, all sourced from Hermés workshop in Paris. Two main windows focus on oceanic and airborne wildlife, while two smaller ones zero in on our land-based creature friends. Enjoy a look through this illustrious new display by Zim Zou, and be sure to peruse the rest of their work on the duo’s website. Article source:...

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Sneakersnstuff x Packer Shoes x Reebok Question Mid "TOKEN38" Preview

Teaneck, New Jersey and Scandinavia come together thanks to Packer Shoes and Sweden’s Sneakernstuff as the two have come together to cook something up for the month ahead. Teased by both parties via Instagram, the project — dubbed “TOKEN38″ — appears to encompass a retail space/pop-up installation of some kind, as well as a collaborative take on the Reebok Question Mid, and will likely hit the Big Apple for NBA All-Star Weekend this February. Check out both the pic and vid here and stay tuned for a closer look at Sneakersnstuff and Packer Shoes’ “TOKEN38″ endeavor. Article source:...

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HYPETRAK Magazine: Vol. 1

As the music industry continues to change, the mediums through which we experience our favorite artists does too. For instance: no matter the megapixel quality, capturing your favorite artists’ live rendition of a song can be a bit cumbersome with a mobile phone. Enter GoPro, the billion-dollar golden child of action sports cameras, which has recently debuted their latest vertical – GoPro Music. As you might expect, the imprint will focus on all aspects of the music experience – from documenting a band’s tour from the inside out to a consumer level, where fans can capture, create and direct their own pieces on-the-spot. HYPETRAK caught up with David Rodrick and Neil Dana from GoPro Music for an exclusive interview in its inaugural print magazine, which has been graciously released online. Check out an excerpt from the interview below and head over to HYPETRAK for insights from Rodrick and Dana on the future of music documentation. How important is music to GoPro? David: If you ask anybody at GoPro, music is definitely one of our priorities now. While it’s one of our newest verticals, we’re currently designing a program to put all emphasis on music. Many of our executives have a music background and there’s a lot of music in our blood now. Neil: We’re extremely focused on allowing musicians to capture their experience and share it, which has been GoPro’s goal from day...

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Food Delivery Service Ele.me Raises $350M From Tencent, Sequoia Capital

Ele.me, a food delivery service based in Shanghai, announced this afternoon (link via Google Translate) that it has raised $350 million in Series E funding from CITIC, Tencent, JD.com, Dianping.com, and Sequoia Capital. The investment is notable because Tencent, e-commerce company JD.com, and restaurant review site Dianping.com are closely aligned. Investing in Ele.me, which operates throughout China, can potentially help all three businesses build their online-to-offline (O2O) strategies. Tencent owns a 15 percent stake in JD.com and a 20 percent stake in Dianping. Alibaba and Baidu, Tencent’s main rivals, already have investments in food delivery services. Alibaba backs Meituan, while Baidu holds a majority stake in Nuomi. Both Meituan and Nuomi are group-buying sites that recently launched food delivery services. In its announcement, Ele.me (which means “hungry yet?” in Chinese) said it will continue to operate independently. The company, which serves 250 cities, with 200,000 restaurants and 20 million users on its platform, said that in 2014 its total order volume reached 110 million renminbi, with 75 percent of orders made through its mobile apps. O2O is an important market for companies like Tencent, Baidu, and Alibaba to tackle because it allows them to leverage their existing network of websites and mobile apps to bring users into traditional brick-and-mortar stores, therefore opening up more ways to make money. Alibaba’s O2O plays include affiliate Alipay, China’s leading mobile payment services company,...

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Alibaba Affiliate Ant Credit Launches $80M Financing Program For Female Entrepreneurs In China

Ant Credit, a company affiliated with e-commerce giant Alibaba, announced today that it will set up a financing program for female entrepreneurs in China with a 500 million RMB ($80 million) loan from International Finance Corp (IFC). The loan program can potentially boost the amount of borrowers who use Ant Financial’s services. Ant Credit provides small online loans and says many of its current clients are women who sell products on Alibaba marketplaces Taobao and Tmall. It claims that half of businesses owned by women on those sites are already available for loans. Ant Credit’s new program, which it calls the “first Internet-based gender-finance program in China” is a partnership between Ant Financial Services Group, which runs Ant Credit; IFC; and Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative, an entrepreneurship program for women in emerging markets. Last year, IFC loaned one billion RMB ($160 million) to Ant Credit to finance Chinese businesses. Unlike traditional banks, Ant Credit evaluates potential borrowers using data based on transactions they have already performed online. This makes it easier for small businesses to borrow funds even if they don’t have collateral. Ant Financial was formerly called Alipay before changing its name last October. Its services include Alipay, China’s largest mobile payments service, online investment platform Yu’e Bao, and a new private bank that received regulatory approval last year that will compete with an online bank run...

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