H & M x Smiley

Vibrant streetwear style and upbeat graphics with the new H & M X Smiley Launch

Smiley is proud to present a new streetwear collaboration together with fashion retail destination H & M, available globally both online and in store.

The collection is infused with full-on retro vibes, designed for both Men and Women. Including tie-dye hoodies, loose-fit denim and relaxed joggers, tees, rugby shirts and sport socks. Key pieces include the pile vest and puffer jacket in purple, soft beige and solid black. Accessories including jewellery and bags complete the exciting and playful mix of the ’90s – a decidedly retro vibe – with a hyper-modern touch. The majority of the collection is made from more sustainable materials.

MARKET X SMILEY

At The Smiley Company we’re always working with not only fantastic brands but also lots of big celebrities in pop culture today.

Market and Smiley have become the newest duo of the fashion world, with collaborations popping up left, right and centre.

SYSTEMS THINKING

The good life. Once upon a time it was all about the fast car, the big house, the jet-set lifestyle. But as we come to terms with the effects of excessive consumption on our planet and our wellbeing, it’s clear that we need a new definition for what a good life could really mean. In the modern world, where can we find pleasure and meaning beyond the material objects we’ve been conditioned to crave?

British philosopher Kate Soper says we need an ‘alternate hedonism’. In her book ‘Post-Growth Living’, she argues that the future of human flourishing rests on our capacity to redefine what it means to live well. This isn’t a nostalgic return to a simpler life but rather, a forward-looking vision for the future.

Crucially, Soper says, we need to reconsider our ideas around prosperity and production. Instead of focusing on environmentally-damaging pursuits and business practices, we should put our energy towards ‘eco-benign’ activities that emphasise creativity and culture. Rather than aiming to amass more possessions and greater wealth, we might instead strive for a life that is abundant in time, care–and human connection. Through simplicity, slowing down, and downsizing, it’s entirely possible that we could all be rich.

To further explore this contemporary conundrum we travelled down to the epicentre of the ‘good life’ – Byron Bay, Australia – where the creative team from @StudioHumain made a short, inspiring film about breaking free, sprinting towards what really matters, and re-defining a more meaningful journey along the way.

Watch the film HERE
( https://www.instagram.com/p/CUmPPnVg_7Q/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link )

?Written, directed, starring @yanrulz
?Shot by @seven_valencia
?Edited by @rfconstantine
?Colour by @d_wheeler_

Further Reading:
‘Post-Growth Living: For an Alternative Hedonism’ by Kate Soper

SPACE IS THE PLACE

SPACE IS THE PLACE

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Phoebe Lovatt | 00 hours/ days/ months ago | September 17 2021

“The impossible attracts me,” said the legendary musician Sun-Ra, “because everything possible has been done and the world didn’t change.” A father of Afrofuturist thought, Sun-Ra used his music, poetry, and philosophical musings to articulate a vision of another way of life…on a different kind of planet. Life on Earth as we know it had become untenable, Ra felt, and so he recorded more than two hundred albums of experimental jazz – sometimes known as ‘space music’ – to provide a soundtrack for extra-terrestrial transcendence.

Sun-Ra passed away in 1993, but his visions are more vital than ever. As we navigate a planet that is still ruled by the oppressive power structures he spent his life reimagining, Ra’s intellectual and creative legacy provides both solace and inspiration. Fusing Ancient Egyptology with futuristic insights, Sun-Ra created an aesthetic and an ideology that continues to influence people the world over. Through his sublime musical explorations, Sun-Ra (and his Arkestra) offered a portal by which to escape our earthly confines, and enter an entirely new universe of sound.

Smiley has always been a beacon for defiant optimism.

At this crucial moment in history, we are inspiring people to imagine, reflect, and manifest better futures.

In collaboration with author Phoebe Lovatt and a diverse array of visual artists we are sharing visions, thoughts, and philosophies on the future in an effort to inspire people with more positivity, creativity, and brighter, big-picture ideas.

Welcome to the #SmileyFutureProject.

Words by Phoebe Lovatt
Artwork by Wekaforé Jibril

Further Listening/Viewing:
Space is The Place (1974) – Film and accompanying soundtrack.

ALL SYSTEM CHANGE

ALL SYSTEM CHANGE

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Phoebe Lovatt | 00 hours/ days/ months ago | September 17 2021

New problems cannot be solved with old ideas. The challenges of our time are intricate and interwoven, and they demand solutions that recognise this reality. As the visionary architect Buckmister Fuller once said: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

Enter Systems Thinking: a model for contemporary problem-solving. It’s a mindset that moves away from the linear approach that has dominated for many decades, and shifts towards a circular way of seeing our changing world. Systems Thinking emphasises synthesis over analysis; relationships over isolation; interconnectedness over disconnection.

By looking at the world with a systems-based mindset, we are able to identify blind spots and address problems as they emerge (rather than attempting to deal with the symptoms). By doing this, we can begin to make the changes that will lead to the far-reaching change our society requires. As another great visionary thinker, Angela Davis, once said: “Radical simply means grasping things at the root.”

Smiley has always been a beacon for defiant optimism.

At this crucial moment in history, we are inspiring people to imagine, reflect, and manifest better futures.

In collaboration with author Phoebe Lovatt and a diverse array of visual artists we are sharing visions, thoughts, and philosophies on the future in an effort to inspire people with more positivity, creativity, and brighter, big-picture ideas.

Welcome to the #SmileyFutureProject.

Words by Phoebe Lovatt
Artwork by the Smiley Design Team

PRENDS TON PLAISIR AU SÉRIEUX

PRENDS TON PLAISIR AU SÉRIEUX

Phoebe Lovatt | September 17 2021

Les designers Charles et Ray Eames étaient presque aussi célèbres pour leurs maximes personnelles que pour leurs chaises emblématiques : Apprenez en faisant. Le design est fait pour vivre. Innovez en dernier recours. Et, peut-être la plus importante de toutes, prenez votre plaisir au sérieux. Aux yeux des Eames, prendre son plaisir au sérieux consistait moins à te prélasser sur une chaise longue (bien que ce soit tout aussi nécessaire ) qu’à faire de la place pour poursuivre tes véritables intérêts et passions avec un dévouement total. Le duo de designers mari et femme étudiait avec beaucoup de discernement les projets qu’il acceptait, et s’engageait à inviter un esprit fantaisie et expérimental dans tout ce qu’il entreprenait.

À l’aube d’un nouveau monde, nous devrions tous consacrer du temps à penser à l’espace que nous donnons au plaisir au quotidien. Quelle part de notre temps est consacrée à ce que nous faisons par obligation, alors que ni le processus, ni les résultats ne nous font sentir mieux ? À quoi ressemblerait ton travail (et ta vie) si tu adoptais une philosophie basée sur le « plaisir d’abord » ? Dans un monde qui assimile le renoncement à la maîtrise de soi, réorienter notre vie autour des choses qui nous apportent de la joie s’impose comme un acte radical.

Smiley a toujours été un phare de l’optimisme rebelle.

En ce moment crucial de l’histoire, nous incitons les gens à réfléchir, imaginer et présenter un avenir meilleur.
 
En collaboration avec l’auteure Phoebe Lovatt et un panel diversifié d’artistes visuels, nous partageons des visions, des pensées et des philosophies sur l’avenir, dans le but d’inspirer les gens avec plus de positivité, de créativité et une vision d’ensemble plus lumineuse. 

Bienvenue dans le #SmileyFutureProject.

Texte par Phoebe Lovatt
Graphisme par Wekaforé Jibril

SMILING IS BACK

SMILING IS BACK

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Phoebe Lovatt | 00 hours/ days/ months ago | September 17 2021

Smiling. It doesn’t sound like a particularly revolutionary concept, does it?

For most of us, smiling isn’t even something we think much about. If we’re lucky, we’ll go through the day encountering things that make us smile involuntarily: a ridiculous meme, a text from an old friend, a favourite song that comes up on shuffle. But science shows that smiling intentionally can enhance our lives, too. Even faking a smile can reduce both mental and physical stress (the reason your fitness instructor tells you to ‘smile through the pain’ when you’re holding a 3-minute plank). It also boosts your serotonin levels, and can even make you more attractive to others.

On top of all that, smiling is contagious: we’re more likely to break into a smile if someone is smiling back at us.

After months of covering our mouths – and our smiles – with masks, what better way to step into the future than by putting our best faces forward? It’s official: Smiling is back! Remember where you heard it first 🙂

Smiley has always been a beacon for defiant optimism.

At this crucial moment in history, we are inspiring people to imagine, reflect, and manifest better futures.

In collaboration with author Phoebe Lovatt and a diverse array of visual artists we are sharing visions, thoughts, and philosophies on the future in an effort to inspire people with more positivity, creativity, and brighter, big-picture ideas.

Welcome to the #SmileyFutureProject.

Words by Phoebe Lovatt
Artwork by the Smiley Design Team

MOSCHINO x SMILEY

Smiley and Moschino seem like a match made in heaven. The world of high fashion can sometimes seem quite stiff upper lips and snobbish. Among these brands, Moschino certainly does not take itself too seriously.