TGIF: Shopping Meet Vardama And Their Spill, Stain And Sweat Repellent Technology

first_img How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Vardama, the new brand touting itself as “functionality that transcends luxury,” has just released their very first collection – though from the polish of the design, you’d be hard pressed to find any indications of their new kid on the block status.Related: Custom knives done right with KnifeArt.com The clothes, which include dress shirts, ties and suits made with 100% cotton, silk and Merino wool, incorporates Equa-Tek™, their proprietary spill, stain and sweat repellent technology. Unlike conventional surface-coated fabrics that make garments feel stiff and hinders air flow, Vardama is the first company to weave the liquid-repelling technology into natural fibers of the garment.Go ahead, have someone throw some red wine on you. Really.“The idea came to me while on a family trip,” explains Vardama founder, Kaustubh Varma. “I was stuck in my hotel room due to the rain. While looking out the window, I watched the droplets of water hit the leaves and roll off onto the ground without ever penetrating the leaf’s surface. I was intrigued by the way the leaves repelled the water and maintained the ability to respond to its ever-changing environment. In admiration of the protective properties of a leaf’s natural surface, I pulled together a research team to integrate these features into materials to fit our modern day lifestyle. After researching for over two years and testing with over 100 prototypes we finally landed on a proprietary formula for achieving the desired result.”In an homage to the brand’s love of New York City, shirt names include the Houston St, Bond St, and Ninth Avenue.“While we try to keep our collection as diverse as possible my personal favorite is the Park Ave as every man needs a crisp white shirt in his wardrobe. It’s constructed from long staple Egyptian cotton in a 120s/2 ply. The spill repellent technology is a plus, as you don’t have to worry about stains walking into a meeting or interview. Plus it makes for a great party trick!”The collection’s shirts range from $105-$175, ties range from $49-$89 and suits range from $195-$1,800, all of which can be purchased here. 1. Benson 2. Fletcher 3. Columbus 4. Vardama 5. Vardama 6. Vardama 7. Varick 8. Vaux 9. York 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations center_img Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites last_img read more

Province Extends External Review Process To Culture Funding

first_imgGovernment will extend the use of independent juries and review panels to all of its arts and culture funding programs and prizes by April 1. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher said today, Feb. 19, the decision came at the recommendation of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, an advisory body to government. “We asked the partnership council how we could improve the way in which arts and culture funding is administered,” said Mr. Goucher. “They came back to us with a recommendation for a fair and open process that would involve the arts and culture community to an even greater extent.” Based on the processes already in place for several funding programs and prizes, the partnership council developed an external assessment panel model and recommended that it be adopted for the remainder of the department’s culture funding programs. The peer jury process used for arts funding programs and prizes is based on the model used by the former Nova Scotia Arts Council and it will not be changed. Juries will continue to be made up of three peers — all from the arts community — who make independent decisions respecting arts funding. External assessment panels will be similar to peer juries. They will be made up of three members, two from the arts and culture community and one staff person from the department. They will be responsible for making recommendations on culture funding for groups and organizations. The department will also begin releasing the names of jurors and panel members shortly after funding recipients are announced. “This is an innovative process that combines increased transparency with greater input from the arts and culture community,” said Mr. Goucher. “It is just one more way we are trying to strengthen the arts and culture sector in our province with the help of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council.” Anyone interested in learning more about the jury or panel process is encouraged to visit the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture/culture_funding.asp for complete criteria and guidelines. A form for becoming a jury or panel member is also available online or by contacting the department at 902-424-4510. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage administers more than $6.2 million annually through its arts and culture funding programs.last_img read more