Each week we highlight five things we thought were interesting, notable, or culturally significant. This week we are showcasing stories on Virgil Abloh a modern-day Karl Lagerfeld, Jack Rudy cocktail syrup, transforming to-do-lists, Stitch Fitch and using the data to drive value, and how others collect.
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Story-1:: Virgil Abloh a Modern day Karl Lagerfeld
Overview: Virgil Abloh, the man The New York Times called the ‘Karl Lagerfeld for millennials,’ but who should probably best be known as the first Virgil Abloh is one of modern fashion’s most popular designers, known for being Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director, for his own brand separate from Louis Vuitton, Off-White, and for his efforts revolutionizing luxury streetwear.
Why It Matters: Don’t let perfection get in the way of progress. This expression has never been more personified by a single person that Virgil Abloh whose products are both literally and figuratively “works of art/works in progress. With both his own Off-White Brand and LV, Abloh not only has products that look like they are still evolving, but he is also constantly showcasing the process in which he went into building/creating these things. This is of interest to me, mainly because I often see people try to build the titanic, launch with all the bells and whistles, etc. etc. When in reality, they should have applied a crawl walk run approach to launching an alpha or beta build, solicit feedback, then enhance. This lesson can be applied to both personal life and business alike. If you haven’t spent much time looking at some of Abloh’s work, I highly recommend checking out his art installment currently Figures of Speech (High Museum Atlanta), it is a modern pop-art installment that will leave you thinking about what is next for this creative, what is next for our culture.
Story-2:: Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. X Matt Hranek
Overview: I was introduced to the (jackrudycocktailco.com) Jack Rudy Cocktail company by way of Matt Hranek’s (@wmbrownproject) Esquire show Alternative Route. In the episode, Matt ventured to The Ordinary bar, where he was severed a classic Gin and Tonic by the Founder of the brand. I have since ordered the product, find it to be damn tasty, and plan to do a deep dive on it via the Dailey Brew.
Why It Matters: I have written about the fact that I am less into the trills of cocktails where a rabbit jumps out of a hat, in favor of the classics, comprised of fewer ingredients, the simple stuff. Jack Rudy’s recipe is exactly that, simple Gin and Tonic that tasks damn great. If anyone has Gin recommendations, I am welcome them; just send names to @DaileyBlend on Twitter (@DaileyBlend) or Instagram (@DaileyBlend).
Story-3:: How to transform your to-do list into a productivity power tool
Overview: Fast Company writer Stephanie Vozza wrote an interesting article on how a to-do list can be a helpful tool for running your day, but it can also be a place where tasks go to linger and die. If you end the day with things undone or if you keep carrying tasks forward to the next day or week, you need a to-do list makeover—a reality check on how you spend your time, as well as your expectations.
Why It Matters: Wunderlist was my favorite To-Do app, so much so that I wrote a Tech Tips article about the tool on this site (Article linked here). Now that Microsoft has officially stated for the second time that they plan to kill that app, I have to moved from Wunderlist to their new ‘To Do’ List app. There are slight changes to Wunderlist, namely that you have a primary to-do list section, think of it as Today’s tasks vs. lists of things that you could correlate with a group of tasks. I mostly break it down into what do I need to do today vs. what do I need to do in the future that I want to batch. For example, being today I need to run, do my expenses, take out the trash. Whereas my group of things might be “Dailey Blend Tasks” where I put all the things I want to do for Dailey Blend on the weekend. I plan to go into this in more detail at a later time. My issues with all to-do apps, there is no measure. It is all about Planning and no review. I need an app that can help me say that while I think this task takes 20-Minutes, it actually has historically taken you 30-Minutes and you need to alter your plan. Wishful thinking, but something I am searching for.
Story-4:: Stitch Fixes Stock Declines
Overview: Stitch Fix uses modern tech methods (namely data science) to help power its consumer recommendations, boosting the value it offers its users, and growing its share of spend. But the company ultimately sells third-party physical goods intermediated by human choices. So it’s a business that may have attractive economics, but it won’t trade near software as a service (SaaS) multiples.
Why It Matters: The article goes on to talk about how Stitch Fix is not a tech company but it is a Tech adjacent company and as a result, the value of its shares won’t be as valuable. While this may be true, I wanted to write about this because I have used past services and still am not sure they give value to the customers. Why can’t these services start to think less about just selling but providing value. For example, here are Jeans you like, they are $100, because we buy in bulk, we can offer them to you now for $80 or at the end of the season if they are still available for $60. Would you like to buy and save? I know my example is not the focus of the article, but one that companies like Stitch Fix should consider.
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Story-5:: How I Collect – What Makes Five Watch Lovers Tick
Overview: What makes a great collection? Hodinkee (@Hodinkee and Hodinkee.com) sit down with noted watch collectors Grahame Fowler (@grahamefowler), Howie Kendrick (@hkendrick47), Aldis Hodge (@aldis_hodge), Wei Koh (@wei_koh_revolution), and Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) to tease this topic out and, hopefully, arrive at a something close to a definitive answer. Each of these gentlemen approaches his watch collecting from a slightly different angle, from Fowler, who loves vintage Rolex; to Hodge, who designs watches in his spare time and brings a creative perspective to the hobby; to Koh, who built a successful magazine around his interest; to Rose, whose passion for watches led him to found Watchville before joining HODINKEE in 2015. While each panel member’s collecting skews toward fine mechanical pieces, there’s considerable variance from collection to collection, leaving plenty of room for their own personalities to come through.
Why It Matters: More recently I have gotten to know a new store in my area. One of the ladies who manage the store asks me what else I collect. I had never really thought about that before, I more just thought about stuff I liked. But then I looked around my office and I have sneakers, records, DJ gear, watches, hats, pictures, etc. etc. etc. I like many others like to collect things, some might say I have a “problem.” For Hodinkee’s 10’s Anniversary event, they had a fantastic panel about what makes a great collection. For me, I love hearing from this diverse group of individuals. The stories about how they started, why they collect, how they decide is something that fascinates and delights me. For those who are watch collectors and fans of all things Horology, this is an excellent video to enjoy.
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