Sneakers meet the blockchain in New Balance shoe authenticity pilot

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Footwear manufacturer New Balance Athletics Inc. announced today the launch of a pilot program to track the authenticity of its newest basketball shoe using a distributed ledger blockchain to provide trust and provenance for every customer. To provide the blockchain, New Balance teamed up with Input Output Hong Kong to develop the “New Balance Realchain.” The […]

How science and art meet in shoe retail

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The most uplifting aspect about good design—especially of everyday items such as footwear—is that it can animate even a conventional workspace in a bland office building in Mumbai’s Kurla neighbourhood. I am in the office of Farah Malik Bhanji, 42, managing director and CEO of Metro Brands, and it is […]

Meet Thebe Magugu, the Designer at the Heart of South Africa’s Cultural Renaissance

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Last month, 26-year-old designer Thebe Magugu was showered with emotive applause following the presentation of his latest collection at South African Fashion Week. He took a humble bow as the models made their final lap to Shana and Lebo Mathosa’s “Benga”, with their sky blue feathered headpieces dancing in the wind. While the […]