Largest Diamond Found Since 1905 Sells for $53 Million USD

The largest diamond found since 1905 came from a mine in Botswana in November of 2015. Now almost 2 years later, that same diamond — also called the Lesedi La Rona meaning “Our Light” — has just sold for $53 million USD. According to CNBC, “It is the third biggest diamond ever found, and the second largest of gem quality.”

Another way to look at it is that the rock is also priced at $47,777 USD per carat and was sold to New York’s Graff Diamonds. Diamond miner Lucara and its CEO William Lamb had had this to say about the find, “The discovery of the Lesedi La Rona was a company-defining event for Lucara. It solidified the amazing potential and rareness of the diamonds recovered at the Karowe mine.”

As for Graff Diamonds, its founder Laurence Graff expressed that the “The stone will tell us its story, it will dictate how it wants to be cut, and we will take the utmost care to respect its exceptional properties,” stated in a press release. “I am privileged to be given the opportunity to honor the magnificent natural beauty of the Lesedi La Rona.”

Will Cowboy Boots Be Fall’s Biggest Footwear Trend

In terms of the style set’s top footwear choice, sneakers aren’t going anywhere. Season after season, the casual shoe has dominated the street style circuit and ignited heated discussion in the blogosphere. But while sneakers’ popularity won’t wane anytime soon, an alternative footwear is slowly catching various designers and fashion-forward consumers’ attention.

Cowboy boots were a recurring trope throughout the Spring/Summer 2018 fashion month. The boot initially made a meme-worthy cameo in defunct alt-streetwear label Hood By Air’s Spring/Summer 2017 collectionduring New York Fashion Week, but it was Raf Simons’s debut Fall/Winter 2017 collection for Calvin Klein that put cowboy boots on the radar among the high fashion crowd. Not to mention the striking python, crocodile and suede iterations from Kanye West’s YEEZY Season 5 presentation, which certainly perplexed streetwear aficionados.

A few months later, the Western wear was peppered in an even larger range of designer collections, including Balenciaga, Vetements, Coach 1941 and, yet again, Calvin Klein.

Styled with denim, leather trousers and dress pants, the boots made a buzzy albeit favorable run on the catwalk, but we can’t help but wonder whether they’ll really catch on IRL. After all, they’re not the most approachable booting option out there — far less than the formerly on trend Chelsea boots at least — and then there’s still their affiliation with cattle wranglers and American calvary (who aren’t exactly contemporary fashion icons).

However, if worn confidently and with the right fit, cowboy boots have the trappings of street style gold. The high-low aesthetic popularized by industry tastemakers like Demna Gvasalia, Virgil Abloh and Gosha Rubchinskiy is still a fashionista go-to, and cowboy boots serve as a more formal, but less stiff, alternative to sneakers when worn with streetwear or re-worked business casual (a la Balenciaga).

Perhaps it’ll take a few more celebrity endorsements before cowboy boots become a staple for mainstream consumers; famed influencer Luka Sabbat is currently the most noteworthy fan of the shoe. But our guess is that the footwear will gain traction with the hip-hop crowd (RiFF RAFF excluded) in a few months time, especially once YEEZY Season 5′s boots hit market.

Will you be copping a pair of cowboy boots? Let us know in the comments section.

Fitbit Finally Released Their First Smartwatch

Fitbit’s first official smartwatch, Ionic, is finally here. At first glance, it looks like a sleeker version of the Blaze fitness watch, but Ionic is packing a lot of cool new features under the hood. The all metal unibody design with swappable bands looks great, and the construction also gives it up to 50 meters of water resistance (swim tracking!) and better sensor contact with your skin. Ionic has common features like a mobile payment platform, built-in GPS and music storage, along with the Fitbit Coach app that allows you to access dynamic workouts and personalized recommendations. Couple all those features with four-day battery life and it’s clear why this watch is going to be a real contender for the fitness minded. The Fitbit Ionic will be available in three colorways (charcoal/smoke gray, slate blue/burnt orange, blue gray/silver gray) and is currently up for pre-order through Fitbit.

You Will Soon Be Able To Smell Like IKEA

In case you thought the IKEA craze was dwindling — it isn’t. Thanks to Swedish indie fragrance creator Byredo, you’ll soon be able to pair your Off-White™ FRAKTA Bag with the Scandinavian furniture store’s scent. Byredo founder Ben Gorham took to his Instagram account to announce the collaboration, posting an image captioned “SCALE.” The meaning of the caption, as well as what exactly the scent will be, has yet to be revealed.

IKEA’s press release hints cinnamon buns may play a role in inspiring the scent, calling upon a democratic approach to smell. “We’re trying to develop a ton of smells enforcing the idea that everyone has a different relationship to it, and nothing is right or wrong,” explains Gorham in the release.

With Byredo’s fragrances marking in at $150 USD for perfume and $80 USD for a candle, chances are when the fragrance drops, smelling like IKEA will be more expensive than shopping ther

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Power-Generating Clothes Are In Our Future

Materials scientists are bringing about the latest and greatest in power generating technology, by creating clothes that have the potential to transport electricity and power small electronics.

No longer a futuristic fantasy, power-generating clothes have become a present reality thanks to materials scientist Trisha Andrew at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. By applying PEDOT-coated yarn to any type of clothing material, your favorite clothes could become conductors.

Working under the umbrella of textile electronics, materials scientists and electrical engineers hope to turn conducting textiles into advanced electronics that can convert simple body motion into electricity fit for generating power. Andrew claims that utilizing fabric to power electronics and monitor health data are gaining relevance in the health care industry as well as in the military.

The science behind the fabric is equally as fascinating as it’s purpose. As a person moves about in clothes outfitted with the power conducting electrodes, friction from any particular piece of clothing against the electrodes electrically charges the materials, and a few microwatts of power are generated.

After testing conductivity and stability of the PEDOT yarn on 14 fabrics, Andrew says, “We show them to be stable to washing, rubbing, human sweat and a lot of wear and tear.” In addition, the PEDOT layer did not affect the feel of fabric on any of the materials. Perhaps this is because the layer increased total fabric weight by less than 2%, making this technology light and powerful.

On the horizon for textile electronics are plans to use already-made garments as solar cells, meaning a casual morning run could store enough energy to power your phone for the day.

But, until these pliable, breathable electrodes make their way onto our favorite sweaters and running shirts, we will have to settle for plugging our iPhones up to the charger before we fall asleep each night.

Skinny Jeans Are Not Only Bad To Look At, Turns Out They’re Bad For Your Health

Bad news for skaters, hipsters, and emo teens: New data shows that wearing skinny jeans is linked to back pain. But the good news is that you’ve now got a legitimate excuse to break out the sweats.

According to consumer research collected by the British Chiropractic Association, 73 percent of women have suffered from back pain because of wearing certain items of clothing, and the number one culprit is skinny jeans. That’s because outfits that are too tight or stiff limit a person’s range of motion. Not being able to move freely adds more pressure and strain to the back, neck, and shoulder, potentially increasing the risk of pain and injury.

“Whilst we are certainly not saying stop wearing your favorite clothes altogether like most things in life, moderation is best and there are easy ways you can reduce the impact on your posture and overall health,” BCA chiropractor Tim Hutchful said in a statement.

According to the study, other clothing items that affect back pain include oversized bags and those worn on one side of the body, coats with large hoods, high heels, and backless shoes.

While the conclusions from the BCA study may make intuitive sense, keep in mind that it isn’t clear how many people were surveyed. It bears reminding that chiropractic practice is a focus on holistic health, and the strongest evidence supporting it involves treating back pain. Some people have questioned the legitimacy of chiropractic medicine — it’s considered a form of “alternative” medicine — but there is some research supporting its usefulness in treating certain ailments.

Conclusive or not, the study is a good reminder that clothing choices can affect physical well-being. Fortunately, not all is lost if you want to keep wearing skinny jeans — there are other ways to improve your posture and reduce back pain. First, try limiting the number of times you wear tight pants per week to give your back a break. By changing up your style, it shifts the stress on your body (and boosts your fashion cred, to boot). Wearing loose clothes will also let your body move around more freely. And if you must carry around a heavy handbag, take unnecessary items out, alternate the shoulder you wear it on, or wear a backpack to evenly distribute the weight across both shoulders.

“While overloaded and heavy handbags are a common culprit, some more unexpected items like skinny jeans can also wreak havoc – they restrict free movement in areas such as the hips and knees, affecting the way we hold our bodies,” Hutchful said.

You know what doesn’t restrict free movement in your hips and knees? Sweats. So next time people try to sartorially shame you for wearing sweats in public, tell them it’s because of science.

Google & Levi’s Will Sell A $350 “Smart” Jean Jacket

There are devices you wear on your wrist or maybe strapped around your arm, but Levi’s and Google have gone a step further in the realm of so-called “wearables” with a jacket that wirelessly connects with the user’s smart phone.

The Levi Commuter Trucker Jacket is designed to let cyclists change the song or get directions with a swipe or a pat on the cuff, using special material developed by Google’s Project Jacquard division.

The jacket is made from conductive yarns that are woven into the clothing, and can register touch inputs like a screen. A tag clipped on the cuff wirelessly connects the yarns in the jacket to the user’s mobile device.

When it comes time to wash it, wearers remove the tag and throw the jacket in the laundry like other denim clothing (though there will inevitably be those folks who accidentally toss the tag in the wash as well).

Right now the jacket can only control music and give the wearer map updates, but the two companies hope to add more features eventually, reports The Verge from Austin, where the two companies showed off the jacket this week at SXSW.

It’s unclear when the garment will be available to the masses — though it was originally slated for spring — it will cost $350.

The delay is likely due to the fact that it seem there’s still some work to be completed on the app, The Verge reports.

“We’ve been going through continuous consumer wear testing to refine the jacket and its abilities,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge. “We want to be sure we take the time to get it right and provide a great experience for people.

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This Crazy Color-Changing Hair Dye Is Ready To Turn Heads

Back when we rounded up some ’90s fashion mistakes, one item markedly left off the list was Hypercolor, because fashion that changes color based on temperature is still cool. (Well, at least when it’s not near your crotch. Jennifer from seventh grade will never live that one down.)

Now the same principle of “reactive fashion” has been applied to hair dye with FIRE, a new chemical creation unveiled by The Unseen at London Fashion Week, which is currently under way. Inventor Lauren Bowker formulated the dye to be safe for the scalp, no worse for hair fibers than other dyes, and supposedly less toxic than conventional hair dye, although testing is still ongoing and the product isn’t available in stores yet.

The FIRE dye comes in at least two versions (bright red and light pastel), as seen in the video below.

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Ray-Ban Just Dropped Another Cop-Worthy Pair of Sunglasses

Ray-Ban has done it again. Just when you think the cool dad of the sunglasses world can’t possibly release something new and interesting that captures the attention of just about anybody who wishes to keep the sun out of their eyes, it nails it — for like the millionth time.

The new frame is called the Double Bridge, and it’s called that because, well, it has two bridges. There’s nothing loud or shouty about them. They’re classic yet contemporary — distinct yet modest. They come with intricate metal wire detailing and acetate inserts that add a nice bit of contrast against the metal frame, and that’s about it.

Expect these to stay in the Ray-Ban rotation for some time.

Gucci Debuts Neo-Vintage Luggage Collection

Gucci just dropped its latest range of luggages and oversized bags, the perfect carry-alls for travel. Accompanying its 2017 spring/summer menswear collection, the two bags include the GG Supreme Duffel and tote bag. Both are constructed in the signature GG Supreme canvas, and feature a leather patch with gold-embossed logo and skill motif. The Neo-Vintage collection is available now online and in-stores.