Weekend Round-Up: Smart Octopuses, A Lego Super Car, And Over-The-Top Sushi

By HODINKEE

Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.


Why Fashion’s Recent Acquisitions Are A Positive – Grailed

A lot of major moves are being made in the global luxury industry where we are seeing large corporate conglomerates investing big money in independent, insurgent brands. Most recently, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, the family-owned Italian menswear giant, bought an 85% stake at a half-billion-dollar valuation in Thom Browne. Browne, a onetime actor who founded his business in 2001 with five suits and a small appointment-only shop in Manhattan, grew the brand through his focus on impeccable tailoring and his stylistically provocative vision in men’s suiting and later in womenswear. This article poses an optimistic take on the balancing act that is required for independent, haute couture brands to maintain their edge and cult-like coolness but at the same time grow from an operational perspective.

– David Aujero, Digital Producer


Instagram Is Ruining Sushi In NYC – Eater

In a sushi chef’s ideal world, sushi would be consumed within approximately three seconds of being served. Three seconds of perfect freshness, temperature, and composition – a delicate and short-lived combination that requires decades of practice for renowned sushi masters the world over. This fascinating Eater article takes a look at how the rise of social media and the cultivation of “Instagrammable” lifestyles has created a space for the rise of “stunt sushi.” In sushi eateries across New York City, chefs are forced to ride the #content wave, dishing out extravagant ‘gram worthy bites of rice, wagyu, uni, and caviar in order to stay relevant, debatably at the expense of the truly unforgettable (and Instagram-free) experience of a traditional omakase at the hands of a master.

– Sarah Reid, Business Development Associate


The Mind Of An Octopus – Scientific American

Intelligence in non-human animals is hard to evaluate, often because we tend to project our own experiences on the behaviors we observe. However, we feel on more or less solid ground when looking at our fellow vertebrates, like primates, …read more      

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