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Clarks releases a Pikachu shoe

Released for you to catch

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From shirts to smartphones, the number of ways to represent your love for Pokémon is limitless. As one of the most popular franchises in the world, Pokémon has found its way to all facets of life through partnerships and tie-ins. If you’re looking for another way to rep your favorite cuddly creature, check out this new deal between Pikachu and Clarks.

While not as popular as other shoe brands, Clarks is still a reliable company that delivers sleek footwear for various occasions. With this new partnership with The Pokémon Company, the brand has two new Wallabees for Pikachu lovers.

Now, finding an appropriate occasion to whip these Pikachu-themed bad boys out might prove difficult. Then again, if you love Pokémon that much, the right occasion is probably every day.

The highlight is, of course, the bright yellow suede uppers with Pikachu debossing all over the entire show. If that’s not enough Pokémon, there’s also a Poké Ball logo near the shoe’s heel.

If rocking yellow shoes is above what you can handle, Clarks also has a pair in black. Though it still has the debossing and the Poké Ball logo, it’s a lot subtler than the bright yellow variant.

If you’re used to wearing Wallabees, the crossover shoes will not cost you much more. The two Pokémon boots will cost US$ 180. It is available now in Clarks stores worldwide.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils a Pokémon Edition of Galaxy Z Flip 3

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Razer, BAPE collaborate for new gaming peripherals, apparel

For the second time since 2020

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Razer and Japanese streetwear brand BAPE are once again joining forces as they release a new exclusive line of gaming peripherals and apparel dubbed the A Gaming Ape Spring Summer 2022 capsule collection.

The collection has doubled its size with more designs and colorways and has now included the Razer Quartz gaming set-up.

The fashion lineup includes:

  • Gaming Ape tees with Gaming Ape head wearing Razer Kraken headsets (US$ 125)
  • Camo Team tees with Camo print and the number 93, referencing BAPE’s establishment date (US$ 245)
  • Shark full-zip hoodie with BAPE’s World Gone Mad motif, available printed kitty ears to signify Kraken Kitties or A Gaming Ape embroidery patch (US$ 529)
  • Basketball shorts with shark graphic print (US$ 349)
  • Quartz shorts with A Gaming Ape embroidery patch (US$ 245)
  • Snapback cap with A Gaming Ape embroidery and camo print (US$ 179)
  • Razer-green sneakers with BAPE’s shark design on its soles, BAPE STA star logo, and Razer triple-snake logo (US$ 359)

A Gaming Ape-themed peripherals 

Of course, the collection wouldn’t be complete without the hardware to accompany gamers.

There’s the Razer x BAPE 15-inch laptop sleeves (US$ 79.99) which are waterproof and has a built-in camo branded mouse mat. They are suitable for selected Blade 15 models, as well as the MacBook Pro 13.

A special Razer BlackWidow V3 keyboard will also be available starting at US$ 199.99. The Razer Iskur X gaming chair (US$ 699) likewise gets a makeover, available in black and Quartz featuring the camo print design.

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Dyson just upgraded the Airwrap — here’s everything we’re loving about it!

The upgraded version is something you’ll love even more!

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The Dyson Airwrap has got to be one of the most talked-about hairstyling tools in the market. Anyone who’s remotely interested in gorgeous hair has seen the video tutorials all over YouTube and TikTok.

Known for its hefty price tag, it’s still highly coveted due to its technology and ability to create different hairstyles without damaging one’s mane. Four years after it hit the market, Dyson released a new, upgraded version.

Is it time for Airwrap virgins to bite the bullet? Should current Airwrap owners upgrade their sets? Let’s discuss.

First, here’s everything that comes in the case once you get your Dyson Airwrap Complete for long hair.

Quick, pro blow-out at home

Something the Airwrap brought to the table when it first launched is the promise of salon-quality blowouts in the comfort of one’s home. The upfront expense, off-setting frequent salon visits for styling. Sure, there’s quite a learning curve with using the curling barrels.

However, once you do master how to make the Coanda effect work for you, styling one’s hair with the Airwrap becomes such a breeze. This, of course, continues with the upgrade.

While the body looks and feels similar, I must admit that it took me even less time to dry and style my hair with the newer version. I’ve been growing my hair, wanting to stick to a 70s blowout to go with my fringe and I was able to achieve precisely that. From wet to fab in 20 minutes. Who doesn’t love efficiency?

I have naturally curly hair and this style took me only 20 minutes! I also slept with a silk cap on and it still looked great the following day.

Coanda smoothing dryer

Airwrap users were feeling pretty left out when Dyson’s Supersonic Hairdryer got a flyaway attachment. If you’re someone who uses the Airwrap’s Firm and Soft brushes to straighten your hair, the flyaway attachment would have been the perfect finisher for your style.

This was addressed with the upgrade. In lieu of the pre-styling dryer attachment, we now get a Coanda smoothing dryer.

When straightening your hair, you can start and end with this attachment. It pre-dries and it can also tame fly-aways!

You can also use this to pre-dry your hair prior to styling. After all, you need your hair to still be a little wet for the Airwrap to work its magic. What’s different is that with just a quick turn of the cool touch tip, it can now act as your very own flyaway attachment. A nifty, two-in-one piece!

Attachment upgrades

While most of the attachments look familiar, there were quite a lot of tweaks in their respective departments as well. The Firm and Soft brushes employ enhanced Coanda airflow which attracts and aligns hair with increased control. They propel air along hair strands, for a smoother, straighter result.

During the media briefing, we were also assured that even attachments like the Round Volumizing Brushes were improved, allowing better airflow through the bristles.

For people with tighter curls (think 3A and above in the scale), Dyson also came out with a wide-toothed brush attachment that’s sold separately.

The new Dyson Airwrap’s attachment line-up for the complete set.

What’s extremely exciting though is what was done with the barrels. Now, there’s no need to keep switching from one barrel to another just to change the direction of the airflow. A quick turn of the cool-touch tips allows you to do just that, saving you more time when you do your hair.

Easier to store 

With that said, there’s no more need for two barrels of each size. With the new Airwrap, you only get two barrels – one thin, one thick. Fewer barrels also mean fewer attachments to store. The case of the new Airwrap is noticeably smaller and sleeker than its predecessor’s.

The case’s cover also fully comes off. I love how it makes taking the attachments easier from any side. However, one must be vigilant if you want to travel with your Airwrap in this case as the cover doesn’t lock into the body like the old one.

Sleeker and will take up less space.

Sustainability

It’s been quite common for tech companies to force users to upgrade to the next generation of their products. This, by producing newer accessories or essential peripherals that won’t work with the older versions of their products. It’s a business and they do need to keep making money.

However, one thing I really loved about the Airwrap’s upgrade is how Dyson took sustainability into consideration. Users of the older Airwrap can have the choice to only purchase the new attachments.

This is because the new attachments will still fit and work perfectly with the older version. Yes, even the Coanda smoothing dryer!

The rich copper and bright nickel colorway is such an elegant combination.

Frizz-free

Something I always loved about the Airwrap is how it’s able to keep frizz at bay by producing negative ions. This is something we totally need in the tropics, especially for ladies with wavy and curly hair. So it’s an essential yet often overlooked feature in hairstyling tools.

With the Airwrap, the curls you make with the barrels always come out smooth and adds to a more natural, gorgeously flowy blowout. This is something that’s hard to achieve with a hairdryer. When straightening your hair, it comes out sleek with a beautiful sheen.

This time, without the faux freckles. Washing your hair at night doesn’t have to be a chore. You can now style it quickly before bed for a more efficient morning routine!

Price and color availability

Dyson’s new Airwrap is available starting today, 26th of May, and will retail for PhP 32,900 in the Philippines. It comes in the chic, rich copper and bright nickel color combination as well as in rich copper and Prussian blue.

Should you get it?

So, should you upgrade to the new Airwrap? I’d say get the attachments if you already have the older version and if it’s still working fine. You’ll be able to achieve the same effects after all. If you haven’t gotten the first version, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Run. Don’t walk.

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Uniqlo celebrates individuality with its latest UT Collection

Wear your world 

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Express yourself and be who you really want to be. That’s what Uniqlo encourages with its latest UT Collection launched during the UT Convention 2022. The collection draws inspiration from pop culture. This includes the realms of art, music, film and more.

The different UT designs are available starting May 2022. You can wear what you love based on your personalities and hobbies.

Wear your world 

Everyone feasted their eyes on the launch of the Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary UT which features different shirts designed according to your favorite Final Fantasy main series.

The Final Fantasy craze was even hyped up by cosplayer Zack. He perfectly portrayed Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII during the event.

Anime lovers were also treated to UTs featuring beloved Japanese titles such as Gundam, Doraemon and Pokemon. There were also collections spotlighting popular and iconic concepts from Lego and Mickey & Friends.

Art aficionados also will get to enjoy the collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), one of the largest and most influential institutions of its kind, which feature art masterpieces.

Another art-inspired collection is the partnership with Magnum Photos. This is international photographic cooperative that has documented most of the world’s major events and personalities since the 1930’s.

And there’s also The Brands Car collection which features automobile designs from legendary automakers.

Lastly, winning designs from the UT Grand Prix (UTGP), a design competition that uses t-shirts as a creative medium, were showcased during the convention and the theme of this year’s competition was Peanuts.

Shop for the latest UT Collection at Uniqlo’s online store or at UNIQLO stores nationwide. You can also purchase items through the UNIQLO App that you can download via Google Play Store or Apple Store.

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