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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

05-07-2010 A Sweet Cocoon for Gizmos and Gadgets

Fabrix is one of those brands that conveniently place their staff and designers on the cusp of changing technology. This is because their products are constantly being updated, providing quirky covers for a range of laptops – Macbooks, Macbook Pros and iPods, iPhones, iPads and cameras. This Singapore-based company began its enterprise when a group of people wanted to keep the iPod in pristine condition and transform it into a fashionable, unique accessory at the same time. Now they’re customising their designs to suit all manner of gizmos and gadgets – and you can have the covers customised to your taste to reflect your personality (or just because you can). If you like this, check out their facebook page and

11-11-2008 Go Colourfully Green

Are you also sick of the widespread acceptance of plastic bag use in society, and the lack of a viable alternative? Then check out the Ecosilk bags. They are made from endlessly recycable and

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long lasting nylon parachute silk. These fashionable bags fly in the face of anything "green" being boring and
are available in an array of 17 striking colours. Each bag can hold up to 14kg and the fabric is quick drying so they can be washed and used time and time again.

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27-10-2008 Fair-trade Some Dharma for your Karma

What happens when two socially conscious people embark on a ‘soul searching’ journey? They bring back a selection of precious gifts from the tailor downstairs, to share with the Aussies back home. The Dharma Door is like a portal into another world, except that they are based in Queensland. Shannon and Mick now support Bhumtso Tailoring Workshop and are committed to conducting all business dealings by fair trade principles. All artisans are paid fair wages and enjoy a relaxed and positive working environment. Products are hand crafted, including bags, accessories, book bags, cards, home decor and more. The couple have travelled through Laos, Vietnam, volunteered in Nepal and India


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