With The New Gay For Pay, Julia Himberg takes a critical eye to the operations behind and beyond the camera which take place in the various offices of media professionals: showrunners, producers, market researchers, public relations experts and political campaigners. Through research and interviews, she breaks down an industry often viewed as a monolith, complicating both contemporary critical and complimentary understandings of it.
Queer theory and video games might be considered by some to be an odd combination. But this anthology showcases both the interesting areas where the two fields overlap and explorations of the areas where there is tension. There is much to create and critique in these spaces and Queer Game Studies provides a broad entryway into these ongoing discussions.
“I have a plan,” he writes, “If I can master genetics and quantum physics—and then map the quantum leap of genes from Ralph’s bloodstream to Nanny’s—I will crack our family history wide open.” He knows his plan is ridiculous. In his attempt to comprehend the mysteries of his family, and ultimately something of humanity, he fails. However, he is more than successful in creating an illuminating work—a combination of a retelling and journey of discovery—calling it The One You Get.
Ken White started Query Books, creating the publishing company with the goal of republishing significant LGBT novels, biographies, and histories that have fallen out of print. Ken spoke to Lambda via email about the story behind the creation of Query Books and about the bookstores’ and booksellers’ central role in LGBTQ literature and bridging generation gaps.
As the one-product ‘debut and release’ concept becomes something of a trend it’s important to dive into why these brands are doing it this way. More importantly, it’s important to figure out if it’s right for your brand.
Bonobos isn’t the only brand that started out with one product before expanding. Ministry of Supply started out with a Kickstarter for their Apollo dress shirt. Everlane, too, started with a single shirt and release one product at a time. As one-product debut and release concept becomes something of a trend it’s important to dive into why these brands are doing it this way. More importantly, it’s important to figure out if it’s right for your brand.
The manufacturing process can be pretty opaque at times no matter what you are making. We decided to break down some of the steps that Nora Levinson of CAEDEN talked about during an episode of Fashion Is Your Business.
It’s a lot cheaper for companies to host a website than it is to have permanent location in a mall, especially the higher-end ones that are still thriving. However, this is removes some of the convenience customers have come to expect. Sure, it’s easier to click around online then it is to travel to a mall or a department store, but that convenience is still missed. However, a few companies are trying to solve this issue and create premier marketplaces or more convenient online shopping options.
There has been an increased focus on the environmental impact of manufacturing has as well a number of brands creating items that can easily be recycled. But what about reusing? Customers do it all the time, but what would it look like for the fashion industry to embrace it? We already have two companies embracing the idea of rentable fashion: Rent the Runway and Le Tote.
For companies, both big and small, knowing where your customers are (and when they are there) can help businesses be smarter about business decisions or make the entire shopping experience go smoother for everyone. In this post, we’ll highlight two different apps that are using customer location information in interesting or important ways.
There was good period of time where the conversation about wearables was centered on things that looked cool and maybe did cool things, but were practically useless in everyday life. We, like others, saw it as a trend and not where lasting innovation was going. But the conversation seems to be shifting towards what could be considered ‘smart clothes.’
Party of One is the story of someone who grew up using pop culture as a haven from a harsh world, who then becomes disillusioned with it after working in the industry that produces it, but eventually learns how to engage with it on his own terms. It is also the story of someone trying hard to be a somebody, who ultimately learns to be himself. All of it is set to the soundtrack of the hits from the past few decades.
There might have been talk within the fashion industry and others that the physical store was on it’s way out and that more and more people were going to shop exclusively online. People are still shopping offline, however it is clear that the physical store needs to better fit the customers’ needs. What a lot of brands are focusing on now is improving the experience of shopping with the fitting room especially being the site of a lot of innovation.
Lyrics about raunchy and reality-disorienting nights out, with a Mapplethorpe photo as the cover, painted a tantalizing vision of Manhattan nights. And I so desperately wanted to be in the city—to live there and to be considered a part of it.
The clothes and the styles from the runways of fashion weeks used to take a while to get to customers. They would see them eventually and look forward to buying them next seasons or other brands would ‘interpret’ them for consumers. Now, customers are alke to see images or videos from the runway near instantaneously thanks to influencers in attendance. What impact can these influencers have on the changing landscape of fashion coverage? The team at Launchmetrics decided to find out.