Iconic Volkswagon Beetle Emerges As Modern, Electric Car


Volkswagon charmed global citizens this summer, announcing that it would reintroduce their classic microbus with electric power. Today we are charmed to learn that the iconic VW Beetle will reemerge as a modern electric vehicle. The iconic, vintage design remains with an eco-friendly, high-tech upgrade.

“The electrified Beetle combines the charm of our classic car with the mobility of the future. Innovative e-components from Volkswagen Group Components are under the bonnet–we work with them to electrify historically important vehicles, in what is an emotional process,” explains Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components. “We are also providing Beetle owners with a professional conversion solution, using production parts of the highest quality.”

With a range of 125 miles before a charge, the new e-Beetle is a perfect car for running around Carversville. The near-production model of the e-Beetle was debuted at the 2019 International Motor Show, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany every September. The successful concept means that more historic car conversions could be on the horizon, with Volkswagen hinting that an e-Porsche 356 might be arriving soon, writes My Modern Met.

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Honored With Own Typeface Greta Grotesk


As the world goes totally mad, we must turn to the creatives -- that would be me -- to keep us from losing our minds entirely. LOL and crying through my tears.

Greta Thunberg has been honored with a typeface called Greta Grotesk, inspired by and emulating the teenage activist’s handwriting.

Tal Shub, creator of the typeface, is a designer based in New York who co-founded Uno, a company with a mission to eradicate single-use plastic bottles by offering a reusable alternative.

“We’re all very moved by how this girl has inspired so many people to take action,” Tal states. “From the very first moment of seeing her sign, I was really impressed by the bold design and clarity of the message.” As Greta’s letterings clearly struck a chord with many around the world, not just Tal, he was surprised at how little discussion there was around the actual typography. “Here’s this iconic piece of visual communication, yet nobody’s really paying attention to how that design is central to this movement. It’s really the classic typographic discussion – something that’s starring you in the face, but most people don’t pay attention to it,” he adds.

Read more details about Greta Grotesk’s typeface.

Art by Congo, the Famous Painting Ape, to Go on Sale at London's Mayor Gallery


Art by Congo, the Famous Painting Ape, to Go on Sale at London's Mayor Gallery

In December, a beloved 20th-century artist will finally get his due when a lot of 55 paintings by Congo the chimpanzee goes on exhibit at the Mayor Gallery in London.

The paintings are owned by Desmond Morris, who hosted “Zoo Time,” a U.K. show broadcast from the London Zoo in the 1950s.

Morris was no ordinary television host. He was a noted abstract painter, an ethologist (someone who studies animal behavior) and zoologist. He’s also the author of many popular science books, including 1967’s The Naked Ape, which examines humans through a zoologists lens.

As Nigel Reynolds at the Telegraph reports, one day Morris offered the young chimp Congo a pencil and the rest was history. “He took it [the pencil] and I placed a piece of card in front of him,” Morris recalls. “This is how I recorded it at the time, ‘Something strange was coming out of the end of the pencil. It was Congo’s first line. It wandered a short way and then stopped. Would it happen again? Yes, it did, and again and again.’”

Nick Knight Captures Major #BlackGirlMagic in 'A Certain Romance' for British Vogue November 2019

Nick Knight Captures Major #BlackGirlMagic in 'A Certain Romance' for British Vogue November 2019

Top models Adwoa Aboah, Anok Yai, Duckie Thot, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Lineisy Montero, Shanelle Nyasiase, Tami Williams, Ugbad Abdi and Winnie Harlow gather in ‘A Certain Romance’, fearless fashion glamour styled by Edward Enninful. Photographer Nick Knight is behind the lens for British Vogue’s November 2019 cover story./ Hair by Jawara; makeup by Val Garland

LVMH Luxury Ventures Invests in California's Madhappy Streetwear Lounge Around Brand

In June 2019 Architectural Digest revealed two LA retail pop-ups created to promote mental health and inclusivity as critical brand DNA into the shopping experience. In the consummate LA lifestyle shopping experience, California gave us Madhappy and an invite to the local optimist group.

Before we start swooning, what about Madhappy’s sustainability credentials? We’re still looking but in F.A.Q. Madhappy answers the question of how to care for Mh products with the reply “We recommend washing on cold. Hang dry or dry on low heat. Lower environmental footprint + perfect for your Mh.” This fact does not answer our sustainable fabrics question.

Madhappy products are currently made in LA; Classics by Madhappy are available year-round with a flow of new seasonal colors. Limited capsule collections and collabs are never restocked.

Is Pharrell Williams singing ‘Happy’ running through your brain yet? It was in ours for the last 15 minutes, prompting us to imagine the perfect Madhappy festival, as directed by a blog post. Madhappy’s four co-founders: brothers Peiman Raf and celebrity stylist Noah Raf, Joshua Sitt, and Mason Spector have a big reason to be happy.

The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Luxury Ventures subsidiary revealed that it has taken an investment position in Madhappy and its positivity-centric message. In March 2019, the smile-worthy streetwear concept raised $1.8 million from MeUndies founder Jonathan Shokrian, College Fashionista founder Amy Levin Klein, founders from Sweetgreen, and Justin Caruso, the son of American retail real estate magnate Rick Caruso.

Business of Fashion notes that LVMH’s “bet on a tiny streetwear label is a sign of the luxury giant’s eagerness to get on board with start-up culture and emerging fashion business models, even as its parent steers some of the industry’s biggest brands.”  

“LVMH is not trying to recreate [streetwear] from a distance by copying after the fact,” Shireen Jiwan, founder of Sleuth Brand Consulting told BoF. Instead, by way of investments like this and the appointment of figures like Virgil Abloh to top spots under its main umbrella, “they’re getting in front of it by collaborating with the organic creators of this new way of living, working, wanting, shopping, being.”