With the official launch of Apple Card set for this Summer, we now have a first look at the physical version of the payment solution.
According to mobile leaker Ben Geskin, Apple employees have received what is believed to be the first delivery of the alternative credit card. From the first look, we can see that Apple Cards will come in vibrant consumer packaging which features a hidden NFC tag and pairing instructions similar to the “Wake iPhone and hold here” process established with the AirPods. After pairing, the card will be associated with the digital Apple Card located in the Wallet app on the iPhone.
The physical Apple Card is constructed of solid titanium and comes laser-etched with an owner’s name. Aside from the owner’s name, the front of the card features a chip and Apple logo, while the back of the card features a magstripe accompanied by the logos of banking partners Mastercard and Goldman Sachs. Doing away with printed expiry dates and account numbers, those traditional identifying elements are found on the digital version of the card.
Take a first look at the physical Apple Card above and look for the payment solution to officially launch this Summer.
In case you missed it, Apple’s upcoming iOS 13 update is rumored to drop support for iPhone 6 Plus and older models.
Who’s ready for cool, affordable summer shopping? Oh, you? Great, because today, rather than letting you check multiple sites, spend hours browsing, and go through pages upon pages of products, I thought I’d round up the most incredible items some of our favorite brands are selling now. After all, it’s kind of my job, plus I’ll take any excuse to scroll through new arrivals.
From matching sets to swimwear to dresses and skirts to strappy sandals (my current vice), and more, there’s so much to love on Zara, Topshop, and Mango at the moment that I actually had trouble narrowing my favorites down to just 42. Nonetheless, I did, so to shop my top picks from each site—including a few I’ve already bought for myself—simply scroll down and thank (or blame?) me later.
What comes to mind when you think of streetwear? What does community mean to you? Wellness? These are all questions designers Daniel DeSure and Hassan Rahim want you to consider through their zine publishing imprint-turned-clothing brand, Total Luxury Spa. Based in Los Angeles, the label focuses on pushing the boundaries of streetwear through community building and products that shine a different, more positive light — and give back to — the hood.
Their neighborhood is in South LA, just behind Dorsey High School — an area that not only serves as the foundation for the designs, like the Crenshaw Wellness series inspired by a local vegan restaurant that recently closed, but represents their main goal. “The landscape here is changing so quickly,” Rahim says. “Even in areas I thought would never get touched. Because of that, there’s a real sense of what’s sacred…” “And the importance of lifting up communities that have been ignored for far too long,” DeSure adds.
“A lot of people start a brand and then try to build culture,” Rahim continues. “But we had our community first. And it’s all about people sticking together.”
For Total Luxury Spa, that means sharing profits with the people and community that have influenced and supported them (for example, 50 percent of the proceeds of the Crenshaw Wellness series go to Mr. Wisdom) and creating spaces, like their LA storefront, for local youth to hang out and bring their ideas to life.
“There are a lot of brands out there that get involved with politics just for the sake of it,” Rahim says. “But we’re more concerned with our community and the politics of uplifting each other, rather than making a larger statement about the country or the world.”
With a new lookbook shot by Daniel Regan, featuring Sanam Sindhi and singer Kelsey Lu, the designers sound off on the changing world of streetwear and the importance of finding of your tribe.
How did Total Luxury Spa come about?
Daniel: I have a studio called Commonwealth Projects located here in South LA. We were always working on these longer term projects that were meant for cultural institutions, and they involved a lot of people and decision-making. In response, Hassan and I started Total Luxury Spa, where we didn’t have a lot of people to answer to, and we could work with artists that we found, that didn’t really have any representation. It started as an imprint publication in the beginning, but with those publications we started doing shirts, and that’s how the whole clothing project started.
Hassan: In my eyes, everything we do and develop for Commonwealth Projects on the design side is very pragmatic, and the idea of doing something more fantastical is what attracted us to start the concept of Total Luxury Spa.
Do you see yourselves as more than a clothing brand?
D: What’s interesting about fashion right now is that it moves so quickly, and you can bring attention to things, and challenge ideas, and help raise a lot of awareness for causes that you’re passionate about. It reminds me a lot of punk rock and [the practice of] making zines — how you can put a graphic on something, put it out in the world, and all of a sudden it’s everywhere. But unlike a zine, people are wearing your message, and they photograph each other with it, and it gets shared instantly. It’s just a very interesting medium through which you can put things out in the world — it’s about challenging a lot of the ideas of traditional fashion and bringing up larger conversations about how to change things from inside.
You obviously have your ‘Crenshaw Wellness’ series, which is great. What role has LA had on shaping the brand?
D: We’re located right behind Dorsey High School, and we are really involved in the community through Total Luxury Spa. The neighborhood is changing really quickly, which is something we are very aware of and want to bring attention to. But LA has always been our home — both Hassan and I are from here — and it’s something that we have always taken a lot of pride in. Many of our designs reflect on our place in the city — things we have been involved or interested in, like music, or more geographically-based elements. All of these things play a constant role in our design process. That’s something we’ve always been interested in — this idea that you can involve the people around you and bring awareness to problems in your home.
I’ve noticed a lot of that sort of spiritual, healing imagery in your work. Aside from “Crenshaw Wellness,” you have others that mention the fountain of youth, space, and serenity. Why has that been so much a part of your designs?
H: It’s a desert in this neighborhood. In any place that’s considered the hood, you only have a Wienerschnitzel, a fucking McDonalds, an El Pollo Loco, a 7-Eleven, and another 7-Eleven. So, even if people do want to do better for themselves in these impoverished areas, it’s really difficult. The idea of the Crenshaw Wellness graphic itself started from the dichotomy of what people might associate with the word Crenshaw, and actually taking care of people and doing better for the hood.
D: And that really transitions into our name, Total Luxury Spa. Hassan and I have sort of different approaches to it, but the way I think about the name is by thinking about a spa or bathhouse as a space of rejuvenation and re-upping your energy levels. I like the idea that culture itself — and all its different creative mediums — is the thing that can rejuvenate you, as if you were at a spa with different rooms for music and the most amazing artwork. It’s taking this very utopian idea of a spa and pulling from that aesthetic.
Right now, there are so many young, community-focused streetwear labels in Los Angeles, like your brand, Come Tees, Born X Raised, and No Sesso. Why do you think LA is a place where community and clothing go hand-in-hand?
D: I think it’s happening here more because LA is geographically so spread out, and if you’re invested in and come up in a neighborhood, you have more of a nuanced conversation with it, and you understand the characters that make it up. Because of that, I think there’s a different connection to it.
H: It’s funny because the clothing comes as a necessity for a bunch of like-minded people to have something they are all interested in. So, it’s about community, but it’s also a lot about geography, which is why LA is very much home to gang culture—because it’s a way that people stick together, for better or for worse. With the geography of Los Angeles and how people navigate that space, you really are clustered in different neighborhoods. And there are a lot of different local scenes that I am always discovering.
How do you describe the Total Luxury Spa aesthetic?
D: We just move from our gut. Aside from our community, we’ve always been really interested in the history of LA. and the characters that make up the fabric of the city. We pull from those ideas quite a bit and want to represent and champion them. So, we do pull a lot from the past, but we also always look to the future. The issues we want to represent are really what plays into our design process.
H: Categorically speaking, though, in terms of streetwear, I think it’s everyone else’s job to label us. We just do our thing and it’s funny because all those lines are getting blurred every day. It’s becoming an ineffective description for things that transcend the genre.
Hassan, you come from a skateboarding background, and of course, skating has played a huge role in streetwear culture as a whole. Does it specifically influence your designs?
H: Honestly, sometimes I open my phone and see social media and realize that skateboarding is the last fucking real thing we have. Anyone can pretend with clothes, but skateboarding is either really a part of your life or it isn’t. You don’t even really have to be good — it just means that you are dedicated and it’s a part of who you are. Because of that, I think streetwear has always been authentic, and it also incorporates workwear, like Dickies, as well. Workwear serves a function and that DNA carries into streetwear. You can take a Ben Davis shirt, put an embroidery on the pocket, and that’s your streetwear brand. It’s about realness, and it comes from purpose — it’s the ultimate art versus design argument. A lot of people believe that design exists to serve a function or solve a problem, and art is the opposite.
What is Total Luxury Spa made for, then?
D: Our purpose is a method that no matter how culture changes, or the speed at which the human condition changes, there are really important issues within any given community that need to be protected and kept safe. If anything, that’s our real foundation as a brand. But at the same time, it doesn’t have to be so serious all the time. In fact, you can have fun, and grab people’s attention, then show them the real issues. That playful nature — whether it’s through design or something else — is the best part of art.
Other than the people in your neighborhood, who do you see as being part of the Spa community?
H: I think the ideal customer is the person who is most moved by what we are saying or doing. Our references are never going to be made by an aesthetic decision — there’s always going to be a story behind it and when people connect with that, that’s who we want to rock our brand.
D: Right, and because everything is so accessible these days, for us it’s interesting to be able to dial certain things up and down. So, with our pieces, maybe not everyone can get everything, maybe certain things are meant for the kids who come by the store everyday, and maybe there’s something you can only get if you’re in a specific part of LA. That’s an important element for us. I mean, I don’t want to sound elitist, but there seems to be a real imbalance in the world right now, especially when it comes to fashion. So, if we can do anything to create a bit more balance, that’s what we want to do. Fashion shouldn’t just be for the people who can afford to buy it.
By day, Tae In Ahn works at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Collections Specialist for The Costume Institute, where she’s an authority on creating custom storage solutions for the permanent collection. By night, she posts about all the weird shit she finds on eBay. Ok, fine, she posts during the day too.
“One of my favorite pastimes has always been eye-shopping,” Tae says. “This escalated once I started grad school and got deep into object-based research. After my graduate studies, I had a job at the time that required commuting for long hours. Reading made me car sick easily, but eye shopping on eBay didn’t. I found Instagram an efficient way of sharing many obscure listings with friends.”
From decorative bowling ball pins made from colorful vintage watches to poodle-shaped loo roll holders, Louis Vuitton post it notes to this rare Pleats Please Issey Miyake shirt, @ebayebae is an amusing catalogue of the most random eBay listings. Tae curates them into themes, celebrating the novelty in fashion, decorative arts, and everyday items. It’s a clever mix of high and low, of good taste and bad, archival fashion pieces and kitchy bric-à-brac. There’s something for every one of her 40K followers.
“I think I inadvertently came up with this game for myself to post in a thematic series, or at least try my best to connect one post to the next,” she says. “Other than having more followers and attention, the content has pretty much remained consistent. My earlier posts might have been freakier, though.”
When it comes to sourcing material, she’ll start by browsing through her saved searches. But most of her work is spontaneous, posting things she’s inspired by in the moment such as a specific product category, designer, event, object, material, word or combination of words. Once she starts a search she then refines and sorts the results.
“I typically do not add my own captions as I want the listings to speak for themselves,” she says. “I think doing @ebaybae helps as an outlet to release my consumerist desires, a virtual space to share my “wants” and “needs” without fully committing to buy them. I also find it a great stress reliever and coping mechanism for a long commute, or avoiding intense and scary parts in movies/shows. Most of all, the aim is amusement. I hope it brightens up people’s days to some capacity! Oh and an official eBay sponsorship would be great.”
Here she picks her top 5 posts:
1. Lucite barbed wire and razor blade toilet seat
Some of my favorite finds have been Lucite toilet seats embedded with barbed wire and razor blades, fishing lures, paper clips, playing cards and poker chips, marijuana leaves, dollar bills, and coins.
2. Butterfly scale microscope slide
This was such a magnificent find, which started with a simple search for microscope slides. One of my favorite assignments while studying textile conservation was using the microscope to identify fibres. This in addition to seeing my friend Katherine’s personal collection of microscope slides sparked a desire to seek them out. While perusing through, I remembered the time I went to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in L.A. and saw Henry Dalton’s micromosaics. I then refined my search and came across this beauty!
3. Rolex Ring Watch
This was posted to transition from the previous post, a series of small glass eyes for dolls that were displayed on the seller’s palm, to the next thematic series of watches/clocks. I really like this seller’s typographic choices for the title and listing price.
4. Maurizio Cattelan The End Sculpture
Sometimes I will post a listing referencing a current fad, event, and/or mood, such as a Poké ball-shaped diamond engagement ring during the Pokémon GO craze. This one was posted on January 20th, 2017, the day of the U.S. Presidential inauguration.
5. Gucci Watch Bezels in Lucite
This encapsulates a lot of the things I’m drawn towards: lucite, obsolete retail displays, desktop accessories, and luxury design house logos. Many of the listings that I share represent a combination of my personal aesthetic preferences along with my academic interests in material culture and consumerism.
This article originally appeared on i-D UK.
Grand Hyatt Bali opened its doors in April 1991 and true to its name, became the resort with the largest number of rooms on the island at the time. Offering 636 rooms, 5 swimming pools, and 5 restaurants, the resort was not built to be an ordinary resort, but a destination where spectacular moments happen.
The extraordinary moment begins right when the guests enter the lobby as they are greeted by a dazzling view of the ocean, with waves breaking into the reefs, and lily ponds cascading into small rivers and lagoons. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a heron standing still elegantly by the pond. The breathtaking flora and fauna of the resort is captivating for both the young or old and exotic pets can be found throughout the resort, warmly greeting guests with their cheekiness.
The resort was built around two ancient temples. The temples are 400 years old and was originally built as a resting place for a Balinese high priest whenever he made a journey from the southeast to south of Bali. With a major religious significance to the local Balinese community, Grand Hyatt Bali contribute in helping maintain the historic temples as well as allowing uninterrupted access throughout the year, especially during large religious ceremonies. These ceremonies are an experience to behold as hundreds of Balinese Hindus travel long distances in their colorful costumes to give offerings.
Balinese design philosophy is felt throughout the resort, from a gamelan at the lobby entrance that symbolizes a grand welcome to all guests entering the property to soothing Balinese flute music filling the lobby and Grand Club Lounge, an exclusive lounge available for our Club Room guests. Balinese design incorporate many natural materials found in Indonesia to their building material and decor, from coconut, bamboo, wood to lava stone. More importantly, Balinese design pays a lot of attention to the aesthetics and energy flows. Art pieces such as statues, paintings, woodcarvings are widely used as decoration in the resort and the resort’s open plan living design allows the natural elements to give positive energy to all beings.
Grand Hyatt Bali is committed to integrate local flavor in its design and takes Tirta Gangga as the inspiration for the architecture. Tirta Gangga is a legendary water palace located in an area called Karangasem in Bali and consists of a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by lush garden. The same design principle was applied to the resort to inspire guests to feel like a royal when wandering through our tropical garden and lagoon.
Earlier this year, we discovered that everyone’s high street favourite Zara has a secret, oh-so-stylish sustainable collection tucked away on its website. The conscious edit, Join Life, is filled with fashion-forward, eco pieces that you’d be forgiven for thinking were straight from the mainline offering. Naturally, we stocked up.
Ever since, we’ve been scouring all our favourite stores in search of further undetected gems. And happily, our lunchtime scrolling paid off when we discovered Next’s cool little sister collection, Label Mix.
According to the website, the collection is “created in collaboration with fashion’s rising stars and niche brands to create beautifully crafted investment pieces”.