Kickstart It

Ingenious Dress Lets You Change in Public Without Getting Naked

Undress co-creator April Estrada models the ingenius invention. (Kickstarter)

Rompers for dudes are cool, but we’re now officially with a new addition to the world of crowdfunded fashion.

Prepare to be amazed by the Undress, a garment that bills itself as “the world’s first fashionable and functional mobile changing room.” The duo who created it set out to raise $22,000 on Kickstarter; on November 1, they completed the campaign with a total of $615,663. Read More

Fashion Tech

‘Cloth’ Lets Your Friends Choose Your Outfit From Afar

You can be just like this cool gal, cataloguing her outfits. (Cloth)

After a successful period of beta testing, Cloth — the iPhone app that lets you help your BFFAEAE decide on the totes perfect brunch outfit — officially launched to the public this morning.

Founded last year by Seth Porges, Wray Serna and Bradford Stephens, Cloth was inspired by people’s tendency to ask their friends for outfit advice when they’re getting ready to go somewhere. It aims to replicate every facet of the ~getting ready~ experience all within a single app. Read More

eye for fashion

The Romper for Men? ‘Suitsy’ Combines Pants, Shirt and Jacket All in One Garment

Lookin' stylish, sir. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Good news for all of you men out there who strive to wear as few individual pieces of clothing as possible: a one-piece suit might soon be a reality.

The fascinating and, surprisingly, fashionable concept is called the Suitsy — a “business suit onesie hybrid” that combines pants, a dress shirt and a suit jacket all into one nifty garment, Business Insider reports. The proposal for the Suitsy is posted on Betabrand, a site that lets users create, crowdfund and manufacture ~cutting edge~ clothing ideas. Read More

Fashion Tech

Frank & Oak Lands $15 Million to Build Offices In NYC

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Building a fashion ecommerce brand is clunky. It combines the difficult aspects of product design and marketing the retail business, the most unscalable model of all.

Despite those challenges, men’s fashion ecommerce startup Frank & Oak has nabbed $15 million in Series B funding. They’ll use the cash to build a bigger marketing team and open a New York headquarters where they can start a community around the company. Read More

Fashion Tech

The Modern Man’s Guide to Dressing Your iPhone

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Us men don’t have many opportunities to add a little pop to our wardrobe. We have a few conservative options in watches, belts and shoes, but every pair of cufflinks needs its own French cuff shirt, and trying to bling every day at the office quickly turns you into Needless Tie Bar Guy.

We do, however, all have smartphones. When treated correctly, they’re the perfect gateway to branch out stylistically. Unfortunately, there are few good tips on how to wear your phone, so if GQ won’t do it, we will. Read More

Nope

This Baseball Team Wore Hideous Selfie-Covered Jerseys Last Night

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Oh good god. This is what happens when a minor baseball league tries to understand the Internet.

At last night’s Kalamazoo Growlers game (that’s apparently a minor league baseball team, uh, somewhere), the players debuted a jersey filled with 300 selfies. The local newspaper declared it a “hit” with not only the fans, but the opposing team. “The jersey is really cool,” remarked one player from the Wisconsin Woodchucks. So cool. Read More

Let's Go Shopping

Birchbox Opens Brick-and-Mortar Retail Store in Soho

The inside of the store. (Instagram)

You frequently see brick-and-mortar businesses start selling their wares on the interwebs, but it’s less common to see it work the other way around.

But that’s the case for Birchbox, the New York-based subscription service that sends customers monthly boxes of beauty and lifestyle products. The company — which scored $60 million in funding back in April — announced yesterday the opening of its first physical store in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, at 433 West Broadway. Read More

Funding

NYC’s Birchbox Scores $60 Million in Series B Round

All of the Birchboxes. (Facebook)

Birchbox announced this morning that it’s just closed a $60 million Series B led by Viking Global Investors, along with existing investors First Round Capital, Accel Partners, Aspect Partners, Glynn Capital, Comcast Ventures, Sam Lessin, Consigliere Brand Capital, Slow Ventures, Red Swan Ventures and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. Read More

your health

Spanx Is Squishing Your Organs So Time to Dust Off That Atkins Diet Book

Celeb and noted Spanx wearer, Kim Kardashian (Getty)

Because we know you’ve been tirelessly planning your outfit for the Academy Awards’ red carpet, we thought we’d better inform you that those Spanx you’ve picked out might literally be squishing your organs.

The Huffington Post recently asked a gastroenterologist, a dermatologist and a chiropractor to elaborate on the possible medical dangers of wearing Spanx and other shapewear, and their answers, quite frankly, are far scarier than your juice fast-induced bloating. Read More