'Hot dogs for all, not for the few': Swiss political party calls for a crackdown on hipster poolside snacks as … – Daily Mail


  • Motion put forward by Swiss Socialist Party aims to tackle ‘gentrification’ in Bern
  • Comes as it emerged upmarket hot dogs were selling at one lido for 9.50 francs
  • Council has been urged to create a ‘social balance’ by ensuring affordable snacks are made available

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A Swiss political party has called for a crackdown on hipster poolside snacks as it emerged gourmet hot dogs introduced at one lido are selling for nearly nine euros.

A motion called ‘Hot dogs for all, not for the few’ has been put forward in Bern in the west of the country to tackle ‘gentrification’ at public pools.

It comes after it emerged that some venues are serving up organic hot dogs for 9.5 francs (£7.70) – more than double the price it used to be.

A Swiss political party has called for a crackdown on hipster poolside snacks as it emerged gourmet hot dogs introduced at one lido are selling for nearly nine euros (file picture)

Other pools have ditched traditional snack kiosks with stalls selling more upmarket hipster food.

According to the newspaper Der Bund the motion to clamp down on the trend was put forward by the Swiss Socialist Party (SP) and its youth faction (JUSO).

The local council will be asked to create a ‘social balance’ by making sure affordable snacks are made available.

Barbara Keller, from JUSO Bern, said the high prices ‘exclude low-income people, and in particular families, from the clientele and make a satisfying visit to the pool very difficult.’ 

Group’s president, Tamara Funiciello, said that ‘without malicious intentions’ lido leaseholders were ‘carrying out gentrification of the swimming pools of the city of Bern’.



Wall Street Looks Obsessed With This One Luxury Goods Retailer – TheStreet.com


Kering SA (PPRUY) , the owner of the Gucci and Saint Laurent fashion brands, is very much in style ahead of its first-half results with a trio of brokers on Tuesday, June 27, increasing their price targets and tipping the stock to smash its all-time record.

“We expect Kering to continue to deliver outperforming sales growth,” wrote Goldman Sachs analyst as they increased Kering’s 12-month price target to €337 ($377.15) up from €322. JPMorgan was equally bullish, increasing its target to €340, up from €305 a share, while Barclays raised its target a modest €5 to €335 per share.

Kering shares rose marginally in early trading before losing ground, along with the wider European markets, to trade at €308 each, in line with their Monday close and just shy of Monday’s record high inter-day price of just over €312.

The bullish views on Kering are likely to provide a positive read across for other high-end fashion brands, which continue to benefit from accelerating sales growth in North America and China.

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (LVMUY) shares hit their all-time high of €238 per share in May after the company posted a 13% increase in sales in the first quarter that easily topped analyst expectations of an 8% increase. LVMH shares traded Tuesday at €228.35, down just over 1%

Hermes International SCA’s (HESAY) also hit a record high of €461 in April this year boosted by a 14% increase in the first quarter U.S. sales. Hermes stock traded Tuesday at €440.10, down almost 1%.

Those records have given some analysts pause. Credit Suisse warned last week that much of the expected growth in luxury sales was already priced into shares and downgraded the luxury sector to “benchmark” from “overweight”, warning that a stronger euro could weigh on future growth.

Goldman said its support for Kering was based on company-specific sales- and margin-momentum, which it claims is being underestimated by the market. Goldman tipped margins at Gucci to rise 400 basis point to about 31.6%, while Saint Laurent margins are expected to gain 200 basis points to 21.9%.

The broker expects Kering’s first-half 2017 EBIT to weigh in at €1.22 billion, up 45% on the same period last year and 11% on the second half of 2016. Kering is due to release its first half results after the market closes on July 27. 

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New album, tour for Port Coquitlam indie band – The Tri-City News


A Port Coquitlam indie rock band will drop its new record — and kick off a western Canada tour — this week in Vancouver.

Royal Oak will release its album, Younger, at Studio Records (919 Granville St.) on Friday, June 30 night before heading out on the road.

The band is made up of childhood friends and Terry Fox secondary Rock School graduates Austin Ledyard (lead vocals), Brayson Wong (bass), Michael Kragelj (guitar) and Myles Philpott (drums).

Its first-ever tour will take them to Kelowna, Revelstoke, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Fernie, Nelson, Lake Country and Kamloops.

To hear the songs, visit royaloakofficial.com.






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Bunda Street icon John Hanna Menswear to close after 41 years – The Canberra Times


From the “clown-like” bell bottoms of 1976 to the modern tapered suits of 2017, John Hanna has been dressing the men of Canberra for more than four decades.

But it’s the end of an era for Mr Hanna and his iconic fashion business, with the doors closing on the Bunda Street store at the end of July.

It was an emotional decision for Mr Hanna, who has dressed literally thousands of Canberra grooms for their weddings and measured many a prominent politician for new threads.

“It was a difficult decision for me to make but I think there comes a time in life – I’m not a boy anymore and I’d like to enjoy some down time before my day’s done,” he said.

“So after 41 years I’ve decided to give it away, close down the business, play a bit more golf and sit in the sun … my time has come.”

Mr Hanna moved to Canberra temporarily in 1969 but was forced to stay when he “met the woman of my dreams”.

He worked for a number of retailers in the city until his brother-in-law – who happened to be building a brand new shopping centre in north Canberra – encouraged him to open his own store at the new development. The first John Hanna Menswear opened at Kippax Fair in 1976.

“Opening in Holt was fairly ambitious – we were taking a new trend and giving it a location that probably wasn’t expecting us to be there,” Mr Hanna recalled.

“But as it turns out, from small things, big things grow. We had our first foray into retail and the rest is history.”

The iconic Civic store opened on Bunda Street “opposite a paddock where Canberra Centre now stands” in 1993, and has remained there since. The store stocks shirts, ties and suits designed and manufactured by Mr Hanna under the John Hanna brand, with the remaining stock imported from Italy. 

Pushing the boundaries of men’s fashion in Canberra has been his biggest achievement over the years, Mr Hanna said, and that has included keeping our public servants “fashion-forward”.

“We’ve tried to bring forward-fashion but not avant garde fashion to Canberra over the years and, Canberra being a fairly conservative market, has tested our patience and our skills,” Mr Hanna said.

“It was with a little bit of trepidation and a little bit of guts that we took the plunge and introduced what we did.

“But it’s great to see that the standard of dress in this town – with our influence – has probably risen and I’m happy to have been part of that.”

Everything old is new again according to Mr Hanna, with suit colours popular in the mid-70s now making a comeback.

“Fashion is an incredible thing, it reinvents itself,” he said.

“The colours of the 70s are coming back in today. So we’ve turned a cycle in 40 years in that respect.

“But certainly not in the cut of the trouser. Let me tell you, baggy is daggy.”

Fighting back tears, Mr Hanna thanked his many clients from across the years (including Barnaby Joyce, who was fitted for a new suit just two weeks ago).

“I’d obviously like to support all those that have supported this business over the years, it’s been quite humbling to have so many people come in since we’ve been open,” he said.

“And I’m getting a bit emotional here – but it’s been a great journey for which I thank everyone and – as they’ve wished me – I wish them health and happiness.”


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American Chic on the Runways of Paris – New York Times


That same buoyant feeling carried over to the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus show later that day at an event space that was once a gilded 19th-century ballroom. Front row wags at the Salle Wagram quipped that the label’s designer, Rei Kawakubo, must have had a better time at May’s Met Gala than anyone had guessed, judging from a show that featured pieced jackets worn inside-out over glitter shorts by models resembling the spawn of Nico and Jello Biafra (a chronological impossibility, but never mind), all shod in Nike Air Max 180 sneakers.

The soundtrack was some sort of manic disco, a genre, it is safe to say, no one associates with this dour sphynx of fashion. Yet, aside from three jackets bristling with doll parts created in collaboration with the textile artist Mona Luison (although it could just as easily have been the prop guy’s from a Wes Craven movie), the mood of the collection was almost giddy. Particularly given the current climate in France — its fragmented political landscape, its high unemployment rate, its heavily armed security forces walking the streets — the raucous ovation Ms. Kawakubo received was fully merited.

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Comme des Garçons Homme Plus: Spring 2018

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Cooler in tone were a Hermès show on Sunday in the stone cloisters of a former convent in St. Germain and a Berluti one staged a day earlier in the courtyard of the old mint on a majestic evening. The worn stones of each location formed an austere backdrop for the jaunty, sportswear-inspired clothes produced for Hermès, by Véronique Nichanian, and for Berluti, by Haider Ackermann.

Each designer faced a similar challenge: creating normcore duds for the ultrarich. If the history of these two venerable houses was built on supplying discerning clients with authentic luxury goods, the modern reality is that the very rich now are different not only from the rest of us, but an altogether different breed from the rich of the past.

Berluti is a centuries-old cobbler transformed by a French multinational into an all-purpose supplier to the one percent. Hermès is a centuries-old saddlery that once supplied the carriage trade. In the past almost everything such houses created had pragmatic design roots in infantry or cavalry uniforms. Abstracted, most elements of the modern suit would have been familiar to Napoleon.


A look by Hermès.

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Reacting to the reality that men no longer need that kind of armor, Ms. Nichanian turned her talent to producing relaxed American-style sportswear, like drawstring trousers and funnel-neck pullovers in cotton poplin, all in subtle spice colors. And, of course, there were the expected sneakers and sandals.

“Sophisticated letting go” was how Ms. Nichanian described her intentions, a slippery notion unless you remember Mick Jagger’s dictum that it is all right to let yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back. Those familiar with Mr. Jagger know he is abnormally disciplined in his habits, having learned long ago the effort required to make difficult things look easy.

One of the pitfalls in fashion, particularly men’s wear, is the temptation to advertise the cost of clothes through the use of exotic materials. There is nothing like crocodile to announce to the world that your jacket cost more than someone else’s annual mortgage payment.

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E3 2017: Best indie games – Straight.com (blog)


I’ll confess that there’s never enough time to properly look at all the independently developed games that have a presence at E3. I always take some time to visit the Indiecade space to see what’s going on, and the energy there is always positive and palpable. But the indie titles that caught me this year were in bigger booths.


A single-player experience, Ashen nevertheless wants you to play with others. The open-world, action role-playing game, coming out of the ID@Xbox program, is being developed by Aurora44 and Annapurna. In the world, light is provided by the illuminated ash that drifts down from a rock formation in the sky. The environment in this place is meant to be explored. There are nooks and crannies and things hidden in corners, and there are secret passages to be discovered.

Some of the dungeons require two players to access, and this is how the developers are trying to get strangers to play together. When you’re in the same world space as another player, your game will automatically connect to them and they will show up on your screen. You’ll only ever be connected to one person at a time, and you can choose to work with that other player to open and explore dungeons. There is no voice chat or personal information about other players revealed; you remain strangers, communciating nonverbally with emotes and actions.

A Way Out

This game comes from Hazelight, the studio started by Josef Fares, who was part of the team responsible for the clever mechanics in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Set in the early 1970s, A Way Out features two men who escape prison together and end up on the run. Supported by EA Originals, this game requires two people to play. Fares said the game will support online cooperation, but he wants people to play it together on a couch.

The two players have independent controls, to the point where one can be in a cutscene but the other player can be doing whatever they want, even wandering in and out of the cutscene. The game is being built with a fully branching narrative and uses myriad control schemes. The idea is, Fares explained, to make sure that players never feel like they’re repeating the same mechanics over and over. Expect it in 2018.

The Darwin Project

Montreal’s Scavengers Studios have come up with an interesting twist on the battle-royale game genre with The Darwin Project. Eight players begin the game, which takes place in a winter forest that has been cordoned off. The goal is to be the last player standing at the end of the round, and to do so you need to build fires to stay warm, find food to eat, and craft weapons with which to kill the other players. Kinda like the Hunger Games.

To make sure you don’t get too comfortable, as the round time counts down, areas within the game space start “closing”, forcing players into smaller and smaller spaces, until there’s only one small area left in which to kill or be killed. Making things more interesing is that anyone watching the game on Microsoft’s Mixer can interact with the players, providing boosts and buffs in attempts to alter events.


Coming this summer, Minit is a game you play in 60-second segments. Every minute, you die, but you respawn with the items and powers you alrready acquired. So the goal is to—in one-minute increments—learn the map, solve the puzzles, and work out the sequence of events. Ultimately, after hours of trial and error and practice, you’ll be able to defeat the final boss and win the game in 60 seconds.

The Swords of Ditto

This adventure RPG is something of a throwback to the first Legend of Zelda game in terms of perspective and mechanics. But the whimsical art style—it looks like a Saturday morning cartoon—the clever, referential weapons, the procedurally generated backbone, and the drop-in, drop-out co-op set this game apart.

If you die, you have to start the game over again, but you can save your progress. And if you die, you get to keep some of your experience and gear from your previous incarnation, but the map and all the levels are regenerated randomly, so every time you play you’ve got a new game to play.


From Portland’s Fullbright, which gave us the sublime Gone Home (2013, 2016 on console), comes this solo space adventure that is, like that first game, a curious adventure in which a narrative and a host of characters unravel as you explore the environment. The protagonist is Amy Ferrier, and we’ll finally get a chance to step into her shoes on August 2.



Indie Developer Brain & Brain Believes It's Easier to Approach Sony than Microsoft – Gameranx (blog)


According to Burly Men at Sea’s developer, it’s easier to approach Sony with indie titles than Microsoft.

Indie titles are a touchy subject when it comes to consoles’ library of games. If the number of indie titles on a platform increases too much, fans will probably start complaining about the lack of AAA titles, and if they are too low, players will probably want a break from all the heavy narrative games and RPGs.

However, nobody can deny that numerous indie titles managed to offer us some of the most unique experiences in our gaming endeavours. David Condolor, a member of indie studio Brain & Brain, mostly known for their title Burly Men at Seawas recently featured in an interview with Gamasutra, where he discussed the differences he noticed when approaching Sony and Microsoft with his title. According to Condolor, Sony were more “forthcoming and interested” in his small game than Microsoft, and were “very supportive” in giving him a chance to port his game to their console.

I think that Sony is still the biggest game in town. You want to be on a platform that has the most eyeballs on it. Our experience with Microsoft has sort of been the opposite of Sony and sort of what you’re describing. They may be a little more out there, but for a developer like us, where maybe our game is a little bit too small or niche for them to care too much about it behind the scenes. So there wasn’t the interest there.

What do you think of Condolor’s statement?



Indie-Con is coming to Australia – The Industry Observer – The Industry Observer


Australia has a new music industry conference.

The inaugural Indie-Con Australia will take place July 27-28 in Adelaide to coincide with the 11th edition of the AIR Awards, which rolls into the South Australian capital this year for the very first time.

An initiative of Australia’s independent music companies’ trade association AIR with support from the SA government, the new pow wow will focus on meeting the business needs of independent labels and self-releasing artists. The daytime programme promises to tackle the big – and the confusing – issues, from royalty distribution to blockchain, an anatomy on the rise of the artist-run label and much more.

The lineup of local and international guest speakers confirmed for the first outing includes Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars/Future of What), George Howard (Berklee/Forbes), Jen Cloher (Milk Records), Ben Godding (AWAL/Kobalt), Briggs (Bad Apples/A.B.Original), Chris Maund (Liberation), Richard James Burgess (A2IM) and Paul Pacifico (AIM), while Sebastian Chase, the MGM founder and 2016 ARIA Industry Icon Award winner, will deliver the keynote address.

“Indie-Con Australia will feature unrivaled networking opportunities, workshops, panels, presentations and interviews with key industry players,” comments conference programmer Stu Watters, the former CEO of AIR who spearheaded the trade body’s relocation from Brisbane to Melbourne. “One of the things that makes the independent sector truly appealing is that the business models are all quite diverse and they don’t fit a mould, they are cutting their own track along the way and this conference is all about sharing those stories.”

Indie-Con Australia is an offshoot of the U.K.’s Indie-Con, which is organized by the Association of Independent Music and is typically held in the first quarter. Recent editions of the U.K. event have gathered about 450 music industry professionals.

The new arrival should go some way to correcting a perceived dearth of regular educational gathering points outside of Brisbane’s Bigsound, Melbourne’s Face the Music and the ARIA Masterclasses. Sydney’s APRA Song Summit has been conspicuously absent since 2012, the same year Adelaide last hosted a Fuse Festival. Perth’s One Movement and Sydney’s AustralAsian Music Business Conference are long gone.

Indie-Con, however, will be hyper-focused on issues that specifically relate to the indie sector as a point of difference from larger, multi-pronged events, organizers tell TIO.

The summit will be held in Australia’s UNESCO City of Music each year until 2019. “We are beyond delighted to be hosting the Indie-Con conference and the AIR Awards in Adelaide for the next three years,” AIR general manager Maria Amato tells TIO.

For more information visit www.air.org.au/indie-con-australia.



Flower Power is Getting Real in The Rap Game Thanks to Migos, DJ Khaled, and More – Vogue.com


Rapper fashion is really blossoming. Last night, Migos wore a trio of floral print button-downs to the BET Awards, and late last week, Tyga sat front row at Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2018 Menswear show in a bright Hawaiian shirt straight off the runway. Earlier this month, DJ Khaled tried to match Rihanna’s Balenciaga blooms with a floral bomber of his own in the video for “Wild Thoughts,” while 2 Chainz performed in Atlanta in a white jacket printed with delicate pastel flowers. The trend of wearing your perennials on your sleeve seems to be taking hold with these musicians, and it begs the question: Is it unmanly to wear something so pretty?

The answer is definitely “no.” Rap has long been one of music’s most experimental genres when it comes to fashion and the scope is widening by the diamond-encrusted minute. Take for example, Lil Uzi Vert, lover of man bags, or Lil B, who showed up to discuss sports on ESPN wearing a sheer pastel top, Grandma-style hat, and drop earrings. Others like A$AP Rocky and Kanye West have worn dresses or skirts to public appearances and on stage. Hey, if schoolboys in England can do it, why shouldn’t a few rap stars? In fact, the sartorial progressiveness happening in rap is a reflection of the menswear market’s current state—shows are getting showier (see Rick Owens), the street style at men’s Fashion Weeks is getting more offbeat, and regular, everyday dudes are embracing things like the aforementioned women’s staples.

By wearing florals, Khaled, Migos, and some of their compadres are embracing their feminine side, and it couldn’t be a cooler, more confident fashion statement—summer barbecue or mic drop.



How Dwyane Wade Stole the Show at Men's Paris Fashion Week … – Vogue.com


Dwyane Wade and fashion just go together. The Chicago Bulls shooting guard recently flew off to Paris for the Spring 2018 men’s collections, joined by his wife Gabrielle Union. Together, they sat front row at shows like Balmain and Off-White, and while Wade always manages to keep cool on the red carpet, he unleashed his inner fashion fan this week: twinning with Union at Thom Browne and even carrying a much-maligned man bag. Here, Wade takes us through his Parisian adventures with a few cameos from his fellow dapper athletes.