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Historical weather data informs this 3D-printed jewellery collection

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Love & Robots’ Windswept collection

Remembering exactly what the weather was doing, or more specifically which way the wind was blowing, might not be the first thing that springs to mind as something you want to capture forever in a piece of fine jewellery. But, it certainly makes for an interesting story to tell when your friends admire what you’re wearing.

Enter then Love & Robots, an Irish 3D-printing jewellery company that has recently introduced its new Windswept collection – a line of necklaces that can be personalised based on historical weather data.

“The world’s first wind-sculpted jewelry”, enables the user to choose any location on any date over the past 50 years and then see how the wind that was blowing at that particular time and place changes the drape of the metal accordingly. Using an online tool to do so, consumers can then pause the movement of the virtual material to create their unique pendant in either sterling silver, 14k gold or gold-plated brass.

Head over to Forbes to read the full story.

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Digital snippets: Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Nicolas Ghesquière, Hunter, G-Star, Dita von Teese

Some more great stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week or so:


  • Watch Romeo Beckham run circles around his fellow Burberry models in SS13 campaign video (as above) [Telegraph Fashion]
  • How Marc Jacobs is amping up the luxury e-commerce experience [PSFK]
  • Tom Ford will even be inviting bloggers to his first ‘real’ runway show [Styleite]
  • Nicolas Ghesquière’s first-ever tweet: an analysis [The Cut]
  • Hunter takes control of British weather in global Facebook campaign [Campaign]
  • G-Star Raw launches animated video campaign [WWD]
  • Dita von Teese sews QR codes directly into her clothing [PSFK]
  • Op-ed: Fashion’s unsung internet forums [BoF]
  • Do people actually shop on phones? The answer is decidedly yes [NY Times]
  • Shoedazzle taps Rachel Zoe as new celebrity spokesperson [AllThingsD]

Topshop’s Cooke reminds us why music is fundamental to bringing emotion into digital


Justin Cooke, CMO at Topshop, took to the stage at Decoded Fashion in London Thursday with one simple message: “You CAN do emotion in digital.”

While he pulled on quotes, videos and nuggets of inspiration from the likes of Steve Jobs through to Mark Zuckerberg, not to mention Walt Disney and Sir Ken Robinson, what resonated the most was the powerful role music plays.

As Leo Tolstoy once said: “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” Cooke added: “Music is killer for me; you can take people down with it.”

He used the example of an Instagram shot he took of autumn leaves made all the more sentimental with the hashtag #paolonutini added to it. Or this beautiful animated Twinings ad that acts as a metaphor for taking a break from our hectic lives, while The Calling’s Wherever You Will Go by Charlene Soraia plays in the background.

But there was one example he gave that stood out more than any other, and that was the rain orchestra. If you haven’t seen it, do click above now – it’s almost worth knowing less about it when you do so for the first time.

… Spine-tingling isn’t it?!

What’s even better is that it’s also a phenomenal example of content that works beautifully for a brand, in this case Burberry, Cooke’s former employer.

Can a fashion house “own” weather? In this case, quite phenomenally so. From personalised animated GIFs of drops pouring down the window, to a partnership with The Weather Channel during the Olympics, rain has become as much a part of the British heritage brand’s campaigns as the outerwear it is promoting.

The autumn/winter 2012/13 Burberry show used this orchestra to fake a thunderstorm above its London Fashion Week tent, and the same now plays in its new Regent Street store in London. At the top of every hour, the lights dim and each of the screens circling the floor transform into a “digital rain shower” – quite a show-stopping moment for the unsuspecting shopper.

“We’ve tried to choreograph it so that you have content specific to certain areas, but then all of a sudden the whole store turns into one rain cloud and makes you stop and smile,” chief creative officer Christopher Bailey told The Business of Fashion at launch. “It’s not just about shopping. The important thing for me is that when you go in, you feel entertained.”

As Cooke explained: “People say you can’t feel that stuff… but when you’re at a show or in-store and that surrounds you, my god you can feel it.”

He pushed for brands to harness emotion to help their consumers feel more connected with technology and with things online. Super simple, but a great reminder that sometimes it doesn’t need anything more magical than that.

BONUS: Cooke also referenced a piece from The Wall Street Journal, The anatomy of a tear-jerker – a great look at how scientifically our emotions really get going through music.

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Some more great stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week:


  • Louis Vuitton pays tribute to Muhammad Ali in branded entertainment foray (as above) [BrandChannel]
  • Neiman Marcus spotlights jewellery with shoppable music video [Mashable]
  • Burberry livestreams weather alerts to billboards around the world, partners with Weather Channel [Creative Review]
  • Carine Roitfeld to launch her own Tumblr before fashion week [Fashionista]
  • Nicole Miller becomes first fashion designer on Vyou [Mashable]
  • Benetton to launch European e-commerce site [Marketing]
  • New York Magazine’s revamped ‘The Cut’ blog will take on the fashion glossies [Business Insider]
  • The business of blogging: The Man Repeller [BoF]