NuMetrex sports bras and shirts knit a heart-rate monitor right into their stretchy fabric. A transmitter snaps into a tiny pocket and sends data to a watch or exercise machine. The flexible textile sensors are more comfortable to wear than hard plastic electrodes. The clothing starts at about $50 and works with almost any brand of watch or machine, including Nike, Reebok and New Balance.
Just in time for the holidays comes a new version of the Zune music player, which can be customized for free with artwork from 18 artists, tattoo designs or your own words. Microsoft has also created Zune Social, an online site whose members can share music and link to each other's profiles. Zune ranges from $150 for a 4 GB slim version to $250 for a big one with 80 GB of storage.
If you buy one of these unusual children's laptops for $399 by Nov. 26, the One Laptop Per Child foundation will send an identical one to a child in a developing country. Designed to promote learning and sharing, the durable, energy efficient XO laptop automatically networks with other XO laptops even in areas lacking a communications infrastructure. Its interface is called Sugar, and it runs on the Linux open-source operating system.
A button on the keyboard lets kids see the programming behind some applications. In the Neighborhood application, a child can see all the connected laptops in his or her area. Part of the price is tax deductible. Available at laptopgiving.org.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)