Smoke Fan Club - January 2018

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We're only a month into the new year but we've got plenty of new stuff we're loving already. From awareness-raising campaigns to a pair of trainers, here's the January edition of Smoke Fan Club.

“YOU CAN'T BE WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE”

2018 marks 100 years of women being awarded the vote in the UK. However, it’s clear we’re still a long way off from gender equality. In response, Stylist Magazine have launched their Visible Women campaign to give women a much-needed spotlight. The campaign includes a section of their website dedicated to celebrating women, featuring daily roundups of women-focused news, a regular column on women throughout history who’ve previously gone unrecognized, and stories of women making waves in their fields.

 

THAT'S THE TICKET

Adidas has collaborated on a pair of limited edition trainers with Berlin’s public transport network BVG, who celebrate their 90th anniversary this year. The best part? Each pair comes with an annual season ticket for the BVG network, meaning free rides on the city’s subways, buses, and trams. The design features the camouflage-like pattern of Berlin’s subway seats and yellow and black laces to match the U-Bahn train’s exteriors. 500 pairs will be sold in two stores in the city and the shoes will cost about €180. Considering an annual travel pass costs €728, it’s a pretty good deal. Now, who wants to put Adidas in touch with TFL?

 

Bringing both sides to the table

 Photo by Phoebe So, courtesy of Table of Two Cities

Photo by Phoebe So, courtesy of Table of Two Cities

With the idea that food can bring people from different backgrounds together, Table of Two Cities is a platform that tells the stories of refugees in Hong Kong over a meal. In each blog post, a refugee shares their experiences as well as a dish from their culture. The project aims to promote empathy towards Hong Kong’s marginalised refugee and asylum seeker population of around 11,000.

 

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Penguin is launching their Penguin Modern series next month: a collection of 50 books filled with stories, essays, speeches, and poetry from Penguin’s Modern Classics writers. At £1 each, no less. The series has been put together to celebrate ground-breaking writers and some of their most profound works. Among the collection are Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, where he called for direct, non-violent protests against racism, and George Orwell’s Notes on Nationalism, a reflection on patriotism, prejudice, and power. They’re set to hit the shelves on February 22nd.

 

A DAY WITH BLONDEY

Hypebeast follows skater, model, and artist Blondey McCoy around New York for the day. The accomplished 20-year-old talks frankly about his career, facing stress and pressure, and using creativity as an outlet. "It's the only thing that's provided some immediate sort of relief for me," he says when talking about creating art, clothing, or even skateboarding videos. "It's the only thing that's provided some immediate sort of relief for me," he says when talking about creating art, clothing, or even skateboarding videos. A firm believer in art being something for everyone, his favourite artists are those whose work is easy to understand and free to enjoy. Talking life lessons, he hesitates to tell anyone to follow directly in his footsteps and instead offers: "I think it's probably safer to say just don't do anything you don't want to do, or feel pressured or forced to be anyone but yourself."