This $300 Hoodie Is Designed to Outlive You

Vollebak
Vollebak

Three hundred dollars may sound like a lot for a garment as basic as a hoodie, but if the manufacturer’s claims prove accurate, this may be the last one you ever need to buy. The 100 Year Hoodie is made from industrial-strength materials specifically chosen for their potential to last longer than the person wearing them.

As Co. Design reports, the clothing item is the latest creation from the designer sportswear company Vollebak. At first glance, it resembles the same simple cotton hoodies many people have hanging in their closets. It feels like one, too: The 100 Year Hoodie is a great option for lounging around the house. But if the day brings you outside, the sweatshirt can handle almost any condition. What feels like plush cotton is actually a softer version of Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests and space suits. The stitches, zipper, and drawstring are all ultra-high-quality, too, to resist wear and tear.

"Some of our favorite pieces of sports gear are the ones we’ve spent half our life with," Vollebak’s product description reads. "So every piece in the 100Y range is designed to last far beyond the normal life expectancy of clothing. This is kit built to last 100 years and be passed down to the next generation."

Man wearing yellow hoodie standing against yellow background.
Vollebak

While the fabric is engineered to maintain its form, the colors are meant to age. The 100 Year Hoodie: Raw Edition is what the material looks like in its undyed state. After just a few days in the sun, the pale yellow color matures to a deep ochre. The Granite Edition also changes color, fading from charcoal to a weathered gray the more it’s worn.

Vollebak specializes in reimagined hoodies. In 2015 it released the Baker Miller Pink hoodie, a pricey sweatshirt-straitjacket hybrid allegedly built for relaxation. At $295, the 100 Year Hoodie is also more expensive than your average piece of athletic wear. But if you plan on staying active until old age and want a hoodie that can keep up, it may be well worth the cost.

[h/t Co.Design]

New LEGO Sets Let You Recreate the Iconic Skylines of San Francisco and Paris

In 2016, LEGO began releasing architecture-themed sets that let toy-loving designers recreate the world’s most famous skylines in their own homes, beginning with re-creations of New York, Venice, and Berlin. And now, the company is adding Paris and San Francisco to the mix, according to Archinect.

The new LEGO Architecture kit for Paris will feature the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe (both already available as stand-alone skyscraper kits) as well as the Louvre, the Tour Montparnasse, and other famous buildings. The LEGO San Francisco kit features the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid, Coit Tower, 555 California (formerly the Bank of America Center), Alcatraz Island, and the new Salesforce Tower, which recently became the city’s tallest building.

LEGO sets of the Paris and San Francisco skylines
LEGO

No doubt residents of both cities will have some gripes about which buildings were included and which were nixed from the kits. The Tour Montparnasse, in particular, was so deeply loathed upon its completion in the 1970s that the city of Paris promptly imposed a strict height restriction on buildings taller than 11 stories. Meanwhile, many San Francisco residents are still adjusting to the sight of the Salesforce Tower, which opened in 2018—it has been called “an atrocious spectacle,” its height described as “really offensive.”

You can check out all the kits from LEGO’s Architecture line here. Keep an eye out for the San Francisco and Paris versions starting early next year.

[h/t Architect]

Aquarium Points Out Anatomical Error in Apple's Squid Emoji

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iStock.com

When an inaccurate image makes it into Apple's emoji keyboard, the backlash is usually swift. But the squid emoji had been around for more than two years before the Monterey Bay Aquarium pointed out a major anatomical error on Twitter. As The Verge reports, the emoji depicts a squid with a siphon on its face—not on the back of its head, where it should be.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium dragged Apple for the misstep on Wednesday, December 5. "Not even squidding the siphon should be behind the head," the aquarium tweeted, "rn it just looks like a weirdo nose."

A squid's siphon serves some vital purposes. It pumps water over the gills, allowing it to breathe, and it blasts water away when the squid needs to propel through the sea. It's also the orifice out of which waste is expelled, making its placement right between the eyes in the emoji version especially unfortunate.

Emojis have incited outrage from marine biology experts in the past. When the Unicode Consortium released an early design of its lobster emoji earlier this year, people were quick to point out that it was missing a set of legs. Luckily the situation was rectified in time for the emoji's official release.

Apple has been known to revise designs to appease the public, but getting the squid's siphon moved to the other side of its head may be a long shot: Until the most recent backlash, the emoji had existed controversy-free since 2016.

[h/t The Verge]

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