Irreverent or insane? A $76K sandal cut from real Birkin bags

A US art collective has ripped apart four Hermès Birkin bags in order to create what could be the world’s most expensive sandal. The pair of so-called “Birkinstocks,” which has no official affiliation to German shoe brand Birkenstock, are priced between 1.6 million and 3.6 million pesos. The Brooklyn-based group MSCHF, which has made headlines for its series of irreverent …

Royal Shakespeare Company to stage virtual reality show

The Royal Shakespeare Company will stage a live online performance using virtual reality technology. Based on William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the performance was scheduled to be staged in the spring. But the theatre, like many others, was disrupted by the coronavirus. It will proceed in a virtual forest, with motion sensors on the actors allowing them to …

The little black dress

In 1926, fashion magazine Vogue published a drawing of a simple, calf-length black dress fashioned from crêpe de Chine. It featured long narrow sleeves and a low waist, and was adorned with a string of pearls. The magazine described it as Coco “Chanel’s Ford,” referring to the at-the-time wildly popular and affordable Model T manufactured by the American automaker. In …

Experience concerts in virtual reality

While countries have been trying to manage the number of coronavirus cases and working to distribute vaccines, it will still be awhile until things go back to normal. So don’t get your hopes up for mosh pits to return any time soon. In the meantime, say hello to the world of the virtual reality experience. Coldplay recently released concert footage …

Angelina Jolie is selling Winston Churchill’s only wartime painting, gifted to her by Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie is selling the only painting created by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II. The work is expected to fetch up to 3.4 million dollars at auction. Churchill painted “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” in Morocco, after attending the Casablanca Conference in January 1943, and gave it to US President Franklin Roosevelt. Actor Brad Pitt bought …

Through her ‘empanada kaliskis,’ this chef is helping keep a dying Bulacan art alive

There’s a rarer, more sophisticated kind of empanada that hails from Malolos, Bulacan, with the moniker of kaliskis or fish scales. And it’s this elusive empanada that seems to have gained new life during the pandemic. Bulakeña-at-heart, Chef Pixie Rodrigo Sevilla, may have something to do with it. Empanada kaliskis uses a dough that is layered, somewhat akin to a …

Don’t break these Chinese New Year superstitions for a year of good luck

Chinese New Year is about all things bright and the color red. Black and white are associated with mourning and must be avoided. Numbers are a big deal in Chinese culture. Do not give out odd-numbered ang pao or money gifts as they are associated with funerals. Make sure to stick to even numbers! Even better if the number of …

Plant-based food companies target Asian pork eaters

In a brightly lit restaurant in downtown Hong Kong, the meaty smell of fried spam fills the air. A cook is putting the finishing touches to a bowl of instant noodles, egg and spam, a dish so popular and iconic that it has its own shorthand in Cantonese. But this bowl is different: despite being topped with two pink slabs …

Traditions and superstitions of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year parades of dragons and lions are a colorful performance accompanied by loud banging of drums and cymbals. In China, the dragon represents great power, strength, and auspiciousness. Meanwhile, the lion represents safety and luck. It is commonly carried by two dancers with one of them in charge of the head, making the lion’s ears wiggle and its …