A Captive Audience

Steve Jobs’s Apple legacy may not be so sweet at the core
August 31, 2011, 8:04 am
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Steve Jobs Leaves As CEO Of Apple.

Julian Lee, The Age, August 31 2011

– Apple plays into the cult of the individual.

– Apple product consumers are entirely reliant on Apple products as they work with nothing else – closed ecosystem.

– Affordable luxury – Apple lovers and Others.

– Poor environmental management record.

– Unfair pricing structure.

– Poor philanthropic efforts (especially when compared to Bill Gates) yet defies negative corporate stereotypes attached to Microsoft, google and facebook



Smith Street losing the thread of Tony the Tailor
August 22, 2011, 11:43 pm
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Smith Street losing the thread of Tony the Tailor.

“While the retail landscape of Smith Street has ebbed and flowed around him, Tony the Tailor has been at his old-fashioned machines for years, precision-making thousands of Victoria Police uniforms and sewing for everyone from housewives to executives.

Next month, after decades in the trade, the tailor will create his last stitch in time when he retires, aged 71.”

Why handmade is “so expensive”
August 22, 2011, 2:28 am
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Why handmade is “so expensive” : DiY crafts, free sewing patterns & sewing tutorials – WhatTheCraft.com.

“Instead I decided to write this article to shed some light on the work that all of us that run a handmade business are doing… including all the behind-the-scenes stuff you probably never even think about. (And that some of us don’t charge for.)

Sure, some people will still be rude doucheballoons. That’s life. But maybe I can just make a few people think, “Oh, I hadn’t realized how much work goes into that!”

AFI gong gone in hustle for global muscle
August 19, 2011, 4:12 am
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AFI gong gone in hustle for global muscle.

There will be no Australian Film Institute awards this year. Instead, they will move to late January 2012 and become known as the AACTAs, named after the new Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Is Haute Couture the new Diversity in Fashion?
August 2, 2011, 1:19 am
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Article by Abigail Doan in EcoSalon, July 20 2011

This is not the first time I have seen someone proposing haute couture as a version of sustainable fashion.  This article interesting likens the very strict codes that govern the certification of haute couture to the codes that govern certification of organic or labour rights standards.

The writer acknowledges the elitism inherent in haute couture but wonders in regards to  its 500 odd customers:

“Perhaps there is a philanthropic nature to the women who collect and invest in couture creations in the same spirit that blue-chip art is handpicked from galleries or costly film projects are backed by individuals who believe in a story that must be told and shared. “

The very presence of haute couture gaurantees and encourages diversity within the fashion industry;

“In many instances, we really cannot overlook the fact that cultural preservation, and in turn, timeless fashion methodologies are sustained by the very presence and persistence of the haute couture shows.”

“The idea that fashion of this sort might be a source of national pride rather than a copyright embarrassment or garment factory nightmare, is something to view as a thing of promise.”

Zara Comes to Melbourne
June 15, 2011, 12:14 am
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About as much media as shoppers braved a very chilly morning for the 9am opening of Zara’s Melbourne store in Bourke street mall.  Most of the media was inside the store in order to fully capture the very important shots of people squealing as they rushed the doors.  Overall, it was quite civilized, there were even staff on hand with little wicker baskets to collect shoppers’ rubbish as they  entered the store – important to have your hands free to scoop up all that fashion.

Hungry Beast does Zara
June 7, 2011, 12:06 pm
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