Friendsgiving, Airbnb Trips, year of mezcal
–Soho’s newest boutique isn’t a store. “Laundromat,” a chilling new installation from Ai Weiwei, is a display of possessions from a European refugee camp. Via W Magazine.
–Marks & Spencer’s new line focuses on statement pieces, streetwear and the ever-trendy “hygge”. Via the Guardian.
–Ikea and Uber are bringing NYC customers a “Friendsgiving” package, tapping “a new cultural phenomenon” among city dwellers, Retail Dive writes.
–”If you have a passion, an interest, or a hobby, you can share your community with others in the world:” Airbnb moves into travel planning with the launch of Airbnb Trips. Via The Verge.
–Is mezcal poised for a breakout in 2017? The spirit, dubbed “tequila’s sexy cousin,” is making waves in the US. Via Bloomberg.
–Less shopping, more turkey: Major retailers, including Office Depot and the Mall of America, will not open on Thanksgiving this year, the New York Times reports.
–Smart home devices are an $890 million business. Are agencies ready for voice-activated ads? Via Adweek.
–A major overhaul at Tinder means users can now choose from 39 different genders, including gender fluid or agender. Via the Telegraph.
–Oxford Dictionary declared “post-truth” the word of the year, BBC reports. Usage increased 2,000% in 2016.
–Alibaba’s Jack Ma sees “tremendous challenges” for e-commerce, despite posting $17.8 billion in sales on Single’s Day. Via Bloomberg.
–Dazed has an exclusive look at makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench’s new capsule collection, with London womenswear brand Finery.
–Havana’s 304 O’Reilly bar abandons typical cocktail recipes, opting instead for creative and free-wheeling drinks. Via Grubstreet.
–Trying to catch Spotify, Google Play is integrating location services to offer personalized playlists for “wherever you are.” Via TechCrunch.
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