THERMO-MAN® is dressed completely in protective apparel and engulfed in flames so factors such as garment construction, fabric weight, material type, style, fit and the impact of outerwear and undergarments can be taken into account. Results are then analyzed to determine the extent of thermal protection Nomex® provides.

If you are interested in attending a THERMO-MAN® demonstration and seeing first hand how garments made with DuPont™ Nomex® helps protect workers from burn injury, sign up here.


I can’t believe this! Germany entered the scene on the digital globe today! Congrats! Google Streetview is finally life! Although it seems Google had some trouble keeping the good quality. Many images are blurred or even black, strange – how come? ;-) ….. Oh! whats that?!? Look what I found!!! F.A.T. patrol is on Steetview OMG! yes true, I heard they tagged the car with a GPS last February … what?!? They even hijacked it?!?! (http://fffff.at/google-street-view-car/don t miss the video) …


OMG! It seems that Google for one day even considered to run Streetview in Germany as a paid premium service … it would make sense! They spend so much extra money on ‘post production’ ;-)


Terracycle Caprisun Lunchbox

Terracycle upcycles consumer waste into new salable goods. They primarily harvest their raw material from schoolchildren as part of charity drives, though they are now placing recycling stations at certain Walmart stores. At the Walmart centers they pay 3 cents per piece, but only for a narrow range of product packaging; the website supports a wider range of recyclables.

The spirit of the project is wonderful, but the problem is that it creates zombie advertising and branding for these undead consumer objects. Which is actually not all that surprising, as the Walmart program is sponsored by the very brands whose packaging are featured in the upcycled goods.

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It’s a little short notice, but if anyone fancies taking part in a fascinating parapsychological art experiment this weekend, look no further:


Royal Academy Schools, 1-2 October 2010

Researching a series of unexplained incidents at this historic building, artist Blue Firth uncovered a first-hand account of apparent poltergeist activity in the artists’ studios.


Radar made a great video of the Fairytale Fashion project. They captured some really beautiful shots and showed some of the work behind the collection.

It’s always crazy behind the scenes. We filmed this whole video in one day at three different locations! There was a video crew of about 8 folks, 2 photographers, a photo assistant, 3 models, hair, make-up, and my assistant for the day Luther Cherry.


Finally, I met with a nice vendor who makes really high quality components for companies ranging from Michael Kors to Disney! They even sent me back to my office with a huge library of components. And I have a very promising appointment with a leather supplier tomorrow, and some appointments later in the week. Things are looking up!

I also found out later from some fashion designer friends that they haven’t always had the best experiences at trade shows. It’s not just me! Most of the vendors I am working with are contacts from previous jobs.


Image courtesy of premierevision-newyork.com

A few weeks ago I hit the fashion trade shows (Texworld and Premiere Vision) to start the search for components. I had a really discouraging time. It turns out that when you tell manufacturers that you want to put electronics in clothes, some of them A. think you are crazy and B. don’t want to do business with you.


It’s time to start designing from the ground up. For a fashion designer that means finding vendors who will supply the zippers, snaps, rivets, toggles, buttons, etc.. Designers usually deal directly with the manufacturer or with an agent who represents different factories. Today there are very few American based vendors, most are overseas (wish I learned Chinese when I was little).

Vendors provide sample cards, books, or catalogs of their components for designers to keep in a library. As a collection is designed, designers refer back to this library. Vendors may add new components each season that reflect trends. Once a library is built, it is constantly updated.


When I was on Project Runway there was a “clothes off your back” challenge where you had to make a new outfit out of everything that you were wearing. We were all wearing wireless microphones and I wanted to hack mine and put it in my garment. This prompted a discussion with Tim Gunn over if hacking the microphone was the easiest way to achieve what I wanted. Or was I just using the technology as a gimmick because it was there. It turned out there was an easier way that didn’t involve the microphone.

This is something that I always keep in mind when designing. There is a huge debate over whether tech belongs with fashion or if the combination is gimmicky. Soft circuits are very popular in the craft/DIY realm because there is a certain joy to doing-it-yourself. That’s why I like to play with ham radio instead of just using the internet or a cell phone.

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