Pat J. Fraley

CSM Design Students Refashion Birkenstock Sandals

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LONDON — Like Netflix subscriptions, wine of every color and spray-on root concealer, Birkenstocks were among a chosen few products that didn’t suffer the negative effects of lockdown.

With people rarely leaving home and their feet tucked discreetly under the desk during video calls, they became the go-to work shoe for anyone who considered sneakers to be too fussy in times like these.

Indeed, with millions of people locked up in their homes, “the word ‘comfort’ got a whole new meaning,” said the brand’s chief executive officer, Oliver Reichert, in an interview with WWD.

Despite the fact that its stores had been closed for several weeks, and its wholesale partners had — and still have — “considerable problems,” Reichert said sales have remained at last year’s levels.

 

 

Long before lockdown, Birkenstock had always been keen to push into new directions, collaborating with luxury

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8 Midcentury Modern Decor & Style Ideas

If it wasn’t obvious from all the pastel pink sofas and Danish sideboards lingering on your newsfeeds, midcentury-modern decor is still having a moment. Although sleek and timeless, the style can quickly monopolize a room (or make it appear dated) if it isn’t executed with care. The key to making the aesthetic look decidedly non–Brady Bunch is understanding its history and creating an effortlessly modern mix. New to the style but love the look? Learn all about it and get tips from the experts on how to add a Mad Men vibe to your space with midcentury-modern decor.

What is midcentury design?

The movement spanned from about 1933 to 1965 and included architecture as well as industrial, interior, and graphic design. Designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobsen, and George Nelson created iconic furniture and lighting that are still highly coveted. The architectural style, seen

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The best gadgets for school under $50

The wide spacing means you can make use of every AC outlet at the same time, and you’re also less likely to have overlapping, tangled cords like you often get with flat power strips. AiPower adaptive charging technology automatically adjusts to provide the maximum safe amount of power to your USB devices and the large power button at the top of the unit lets you turn off everything at once, which is an easy way to save energy.

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Aukey 8-in-1 USB-C Hub

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While docking stations are really useful work-from-home tools, they’re expensive and ultimately not very portable. Instead of investing in one for your studying-at-home time, grab Aukey’s 8-in-1 USB-C Hub instead. We like it because it offers many ports and connectors in a lightweight, packable design for only $38. It includes three USB-A ports, one USB-C port that

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This custom camper van was created out of a Ram ProMaster for less than $20,000. See inside the design from one of the newest camper converters.

Dirtbag Conversions' Ram ProMaster build.
Dirtbag Conversions’ Ram ProMaster build.

Dirtbag Conversions

  • Oregon has a new camper van conversion company: Dirtbag Conversions, which was officially registered in May.

  • The company was founded by Kevin Marquardt, who has been converting vans for several years under the “Dirtbag Conversions” name.

  • Despite the company’s infancy, Marquardt has already seen a large number of inquiries, which he attributes to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • One of his builds, created on a 159-inch ProMaster with a high roof, was completed for under $20,000 for a client who wanted a van to take on long weekend trips.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

There are a multitude of van conversion companies in the market right now. One of the latest to enter the scene, Dirtbag Conversions, turned a 159-inch Ram ProMaster high roof van into a custom camper RV for under $20,000 for a client who wanted a van to

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