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THE BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT

Knowledge Button-down collars became a design feature on men’s shirts at the turn of the last century, inspired by the outfits of polo players.

When they were introduced in the early 1900s, button-down shirts were marketed on the American East Coast as ‘polo shirts’. The style was inspired by shirts worn by British polo players, that had extra buttons sewn onto the collar tips to prevent them from flapping in the rider’s face during the game. At the time, shirts were generally collarless so that a separate starched collar could be washed or replaced without unnecessary tear on the rest of the garment, but the new ‘polo shirts’ were ready-made from soft Oxford cloth, featuring an un-detachable and unlined collar that fastened with buttons at each tip. These more casual shirts quickly became popular with students and for use in casual college sports.

 

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AWAY FROM THE THROWAWAY CULTURE

Understanding the links between ecosystems and human welfare quickly leads to questions on farming, cultivation and how we manage our waster resources, says professor Line Gordon, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center.

 

 

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THE NEED FOR A NEW NORMAL

More sustainable design shouldn’t be an indulgence, but the first and easy choice for anyone who wants to live consciously, says ARKET Head of Growth & Sustainability, Ville Klemming.

 

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GOTLAND WOOL: A RESCUED RESOURCE

Our new knitwear collection is made using undyed Gotland wool, a Swedish variety named after the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The project supports small family-owned farms and saves premium-quality material from going to waste.

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