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Luxury shave: Tokyo

In Japan, where a close shave is still a necessity for salarymen, Panasonic is trying to elevate the daily ritual with a pop-up store in the trendy …

Shopping

The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial

A few months ago, while dining at Veggie Grill (one of the new breed of Chipotle-class fast-casual restaurants), a phrase popped unbidden into my …

Philip K. Dick

How Do You Grow a Premium Brand?

It was a great idea. The first of its kind. A series of ultrapremium health clubs located in major cities throughout the world. Targeted at senior executives too busy to eat. Frequent business travelers. Singles. People who just plain liked the extra attention and pampering and could afford to pay …

The Decline Of Premium American Fashion Brands. What Happened, Ralph And Tommy?

Once aspirational, companies like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger have lost their luster, while innovative new brands are shining bright.<p>Fifteen years ago, when I was in high school, I remember flipping through the pages of <i>Teen Vogue</i> and marveling at glossy Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin …

eCommerce
eCommerce

Consumption-Reducing eCommerce Platforms : Buy Me Once

'Buy Me Once' is an online shop that is trying to combat fast fashion and throwaway culture. Although it is easy to find affordable products online, …

Why capitalism creates a throwaway society

How to deal with waste is the great policy failure of our age<p>Within living memory, Britain was a country where recycling was a way of life and waste …

America the Wasteful: A Detailed Look Into Our Throw-Away Society

Out with the old, in with the new. This is a classic motto recycled over and over again throughout generations, often used to justify the changes …

The Era of Disposable Everything • EMGI Group

By m<p>In EMGI Group<p><i>You can only lose what you cling to.</i> <i><br>— Buddha —</i><p>Stop clinging to the unnecessary.<p>I’m sure you’ve seen it. The images of the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

David Suzuki: In today’s economy, everything is disposable

A kerfuffle is raised every time a comedian, politician, or businessperson uses the F-word or the N-word. I understand that. But to me, the D-word is …

Business Strategy
Middle-class

The Lure of Luxury

Most people own things they don’t really need. It is worth thinking about why.<p><i>Photo: scion_cho</i><p>Why would anyone spend thousands of dollars on a Prada …

Buy Me Once: the online shop for stuff that lasts, from T-shirts to tweezers

Whether you’re talking about appliances, cars or clothing, it’s true: they don’t make ’em like they used to. Here’s an easy way around a persistent problem<p>When eight different people send me a link to the same website in the span of a week, I know I have to write about it.<p>The site is called Buy Me …

Life in the slow lane: Why supermarkets should rethink the need for speed

Everyone could win with a lane for people with special needs or folks who just aren't in a hurry<p>Few things are more frustrating than waiting in a …

The Brief, Tragic Reign of Consumerism—and the birth of a happy alternative

<i>Richard’s new book AFTERBURN: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels is released this week. We’re running some of the essays from the book on PCI this week.</i> <br>Buy …

Economics

In praise of slowness

Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash …