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New Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Renew Crater uses recycled materials

Launches in Malaysia and Singapore

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Converse is debuting a brand-new Chuck Taylor All Star Renew Crater collection. What’s different? It uses over 40% recycled material by weight in its construction. Announced earlier in July, it’s finally going on sale here in Asia, starting with Malaysia and Singapore.

Inspired by Nike’s Space Hippie series of sneakers, this new iteration slightly updates the silhouette while retaining most of its heritage. It’s a move that apparently required feedback and work from over a hundred Converse employees.

The Converse All Star Crater sticks with the same classic high-top cut as the OG Chuck Taylor 70s. It also has similar pinstripes, collar badge and even the top cap. But the major change is the use of entirely different, sustainable recycled materials.

Sustainable kicks

Nike’s Move to Zero initiative made big headlines this year with the launch of the Space Hippie collection by the Swoosh. They then brought the same initiative to Jordan brand for the Jordan Crater and the Air Jordan 1 High Zoom Crater. These all boasted a similar use of recycled materials.

The midsole is made entirely out of Nike’s Crater foam — it’s made from 12% recycled rubber. That recycled rubber comes from Nike Grind, which is made from recycled surplus manufacturing materials.

Meanwhile the upper is made out of a new material called Morphlon. It combines recycled polyester with industrial textile waste scraps to create a material that feels like classic canvas. Along with this, there’s new stitching details on the heel, midfoot, and on the pull tab on the collar.

Converse’s popular Renew line has always been a personal favorite of mine in the way they used recycled materials. It gets a nice little jumpstart thanks to parent company Nike’s aforementioned Move to Zero initiative and the use of the new crater foam.

The fact that they managed to construct these Chuck Taylors out of 40% recycled material by weight is just awesome. It’s also much needed in the times we live in.

Pricing and availability

The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Renew Crater will be available in Malaysia and Singapore on October 1. Pricing and where you can cop them are as follows:

Malaysia — MYR 299.90

KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, Pavilion, Sunway Pyramid, 1 Utama, Mid Valley Southkey, Gurney Plaza and Lazada Malaysia

Singapore — SG$ 129.90

All retail doors, Dover Street Market, Lazada Singapore.

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Shopee’s 10.10 K-Pop performer is ITZY

Following sister group TWICE’s footsteps

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ITZY
Image from @ITZYofficial on Twitter

Shopee is on a roll. After securing performances from K-Pop supergroup TWICE, the online shopping company has also secured performances from K-Pop 4th Gen superstars ITZY. The group is set to perform on their 10.10 Brand Festival Shopee live.

Shopee has yet to reveal what else they have in store for 10.10. But what we can expect for sure is another generous round of vouchers and giveaways.

ITZY is a five-member girl group featuring Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted with the song “Dalla Dalla”. In 2020, they launched the shoulder dance craze with their comeback “Wannabe”. On September 24, the group will release their first full album called Crazy In-Love with the title track “Loco”.

Early Shopee Christmas

In the Philippines, Shopee is already kickstarting its Christmas campaign. They are welcoming the holidays essentially the voice and face of Christmas in the country — Jose Mari Chan.  Shoppers can catch the singer-songwriter on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles from  September to December.

The singer-songwriter will also give out treats via ShopeePay come December. He’s doing it along with other celebrities and influencers. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits.

You can activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN.

SEE ALSO: ShopeePay: 6 reasons why you need to switch now

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Mujjo’s leather wallet cases refined for iPhone 13 series

Subtly polished!

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Leather lovers, lo and behold!

Mujjo’s lineup of leather iPhone cases has just got a refresh for the iPhone 13 series. Following Apple’s ethos in designing its products, Mujjo subtly refined, polished, and improved its cases.

The new smartphone cases got their bottom neatly covered while still keeping the charging port and speakers open. And it now has a raised bezel around the rear camera that keeps the iPhone’s protruding lenses protected against scratches and other abrasive surfaces.

Like its previous cases, the new lineup still carries Mujjo’s defining features. Its leather still rises 1mm above the edge of the glass, and it’s still made from high-quality, full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather.

Its insides are lined by a Japanese microfiber with a sophisticated satin-like finish, and essential buttons are fully covered. More importantly, it still comes with a wallet that stores up to three bank or identification cards.

Price and availability

Mujjo’s leather cases for the iPhone 13 come in three colors: Signature Tan, Monaco Blue, and Low-key Black. Cases retail starting from USD 45 ranging up to USD 55, and EUR 45 to EUR 55 for European customers. And it will be available for purchase on Mujjo’s website.

All cases are compatible with iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

 

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myFirst Insta Wi lets kids take and print photos, labels

Instant camera and printer in one!

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Photo by Oaxis Singapore

All-in-one instant cameras and printers aren’t new, but they’re not entirely kid-friendly. This is why myFirst — a kids tech collection by Oaxis in Singapore — decked out its newest product called myFirst Insta Wi.

It follows its previous models, bringing a 16-megapixel digital camera on its rear and a wide-angle selfie lens that lets you take crisp photos and print them in just 10 seconds.

Its newly added selfie camera sits above the 2.4-inch IPS screen — which also allows you to shoot full HD videos.

The Insta Wi comes with low-cost thermal paper and sticker thermal paper, perfect for printing photos and stunning labels.

There’s a dedicated app that lets you customize labels by drawing, typing text, or symbols. With an added Wi-Fi feature, you can bring the device and print stuff whenever you want.

More importantly, it comes with a memory card slot so you can save photos taken — which you can print elsewhere as colored photographs.

Since it’s designed to be lightweight for comfortable usage, kids will surely have fun using an all-in-one camera and portable printer for their adventures at home and outdoors.

Support the Kickstarter campaign

The myFirst Insta Wi is up on Kickstarter for a campaign, costing EUR 59/USD 69. The campaign’s target is to reach EUR 7250/USD 10,000 until October 14, 2021.

The official campaign starts on September 14, 2021. For more information, visit its Kickstarter page.

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