Happy Friday! Even if your office doesn't observe Summer Fridays, you can still blow off work for the rest of the afternoon with these must read links.
❀ A clever and eco-friendly solution for protecting your clothes from heat and humidity gets a test run at Zoe's Fashion Feed.
✂ According to Refinery 29, these are the best thrift stores of San Francisco and environs. I must say that I actually agree. Well played Refinery 29, but you still can convince me that baggy, printed trousers are must-haves.
✪ A stolen bike is a major bummer, but if it happens to you, there is hope. Why your social media addiction is just as important as your bike lock.
✯ Why Are We Ruining Our Best Young Fashion Companies? For once
cheap knockoffs fast fashion isn't to blame.
➽ Everything you wanted to know about start-up funding, but were afraid to ask. How Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors
❍ While I should take credit for single-handedly making bamboo bicycles fashionable, Fashion forecasting company WGSN also reports on the bamboo bicycle trend (unfortunately they profiled the dodgiest manufacturer ever).
☂ But wait, what the heck is fashion forecasting? Listen to the Planet Money Podcast: Why Pink? and find out about the secret conspiracy behind your favorite t-shirt.
✏ The New York Times Design column explores the fascinating history of "color engineers".
♛ This is basically everything that Bike Pretty stands for, in a subversive, third-wave-feminism kind of way. Also, I love the vintage outfit photos. And just imagine, all those ladies were riding fixies!
☞ Because you want to hear what Bill Cunningham has to say about NYC's bike share program. SPOILER ALERT: He loves it!