What will the post-pandemic fashion world look like? The only way is upcycling for these young Irish designers

After decades of unsustainable practices, it only took a global pandemic to dismantle the fashion industry’s dysfunctional calendar and unethical supply chains. Despite being one of the most damaging industries in the world, responsible for immense amounts of landfill, water pollution and exploitative human labour, fast fashion thrived in our pre-Covid world.

One of the silver linings of lockdown has been a shift towards conscious consumerism — the yearning for a new dress every Saturday night has all but gone out the window; we are buying less and, for the most part, there has been a sustained effort to buy from independent and local businesses.

Reworked and upcycled clothing has found its place in the zeitgeist thanks to a new DIY movement that has been thriving online, particularly via social media and resale platforms. Lyst, the world’s largest fashion search platform, reported a 42pc search increase for upcycled clothing in its 2020 Conscious Fashion Report. A quick browse on Depop, the reselling platform beloved by Gen Z shoppers, returns hundreds of upcycled items — but the most exciting upcycled clothing is being pioneered by a young generation of fashion graduates whose commitment to sustainability means they think, and source,

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Post-pandemic: How COVID-19 will change office, hotel and mixed-use design

As the U.S. enters the mass vaccination phase of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the physical threat of COVID-19 could soon be behind us. Those in the construction industry, however, will likely see reminders of the virus in their daily work for years to come through design and new building features meant to maintain social distance and create safer living and working environments.

Some of the biggest changes will be seen in spaces where people are most likely to congregate, including offices, hotels and multifamily spaces. Here, Construction Dive breaks down how each type of structure is likely to change due to COVID-19 miitgation strategies and what contractors need to know:

Offices: An emphasis on collaboration

After years of using an open plan design for new offices and conversions, said architect Brad Simmons, managing partner at KAI Enterprises, many office building owners could revert back to closed offices and cubicles but with an eye toward flexibility to accommodate potential temporary or permanent reductions in an on-site workforce.

But architect Lesley Braxton, principal at the Atlanta office of architectural and design firm Perkins+Will, doesn’t anticipate a major move away from collaboration-centered design just yet.

“I think everybody is thinking of the home

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Corporate Real Estate Planning In A Post-Pandemic World

CEO, Americas at The Instant Group overseeing the company’s expansion and operations throughout the Americas.

Companies are now well into their fourth quarter of remote work, and one analysis of 10 major cities shows that just 25{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of workers are back in office buildings. Gone are the days when company culture resides in the conference room, meeting room or common area. Today, office space can be anywhere — the bedroom, home office, flex space or coworking spot.

While some companies like Twitter and Square have committed to remote work for the long haul, many others are in a place to rethink office space planning and their commercial real estate needs. What is the office layout of the future? When corporations are space planning their next two, five or 10 years, what square footage will they need? How will companies strategize utilization for commercial space?

At Instant, long before the Covid-19 pandemic, we advised businesses on effective corporate office space strategies, helping them to secure space at speed and delivering and managing turnkey, custom workspaces. With the pandemic came a fundamental change in how and where we work, and it is expected that the changes will be for the long

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4 Home Improvement Retailers to Keep Gaining Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered our lifestyle in 2020, making stay-at-home and social distancing practices the new normal. With more time being spent indoors, there has been an increasing focus on making homes well equipped for work-from-home, remote schooling and entertainment needs. As a result, home renovation and maintenance projects were widely undertaken. This certainly played out as an upside for players in the home improvements space.


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However, the scenario for 2021 is likely to be different. With vaccinations in sight and individuals spending more time outdoors for work and entertainment needs, focus on home-renovation works are likely to subside. Nevertheless, experts stated that not all pandemic-led favorable impacts will fade. They believe that work-from-home practices are likely to remain a prominent feature in 2021 as well. Moreover, the pandemic-induced habits of keeping homes well-maintained are likely to stay. Such practices are likely to keep favoring the demand for home improvement products.

Additionally, home improvement retailers are likely to continue benefitting from rapid urbanization trends. Also, the demand for products that cater to DIY (do-it-yourself) projects is likely to stay high. These include tools and products related to gardening and painting as well as minor maintenance and

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8 ways the post-pandemic home will change

For anyone aspiring to have a lovely home, especially during the pandemic, let me warn you about the two words that will foil your plans every time: For now.

Over the past year, I have been hearing those two words too often. Heck, I’ve been saying them myself. Tell me if this sounds familiar:

For now, the kitchen table will just have to look like a lawyer’s office after a tornado, until we can go back to our real offices.

For now, we’ll have to put up with the 60 boxes of microwave popcorn and eight crates of toilet paper on the pantry floor, until we can stop hoarding as if planning for Armageddon.

For now, just until the pandemic is over, Grandma will have to sleep in the room with the baby and the NordicTrack.

And next thing you know, for now becomes for always. That is no way to go through life.

If this pandemic hasn’t caused you to reckon with the finiteness of life, you might already be dead. Here’s reality: Now is all we have, so make now beautiful.

Happily, as I look at current home trends, I see that many of you already are making

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