The Grays of Our Lives

The anxiety of choice—what I should do, what I should read, who I should be—has had a curious effect on the world of fashion. Color is out, gray is in. Gray, the midpoint between black and white, has far more than fifty shades; each one communicates a subtle difference in meaning, but all provide an effortless canvas of cool.

Source: Racked
Published: Mar 14, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

Beauty Shopping With My Mother, A Former Cultural Revolution Red Guard

A former beauty editor reflects on the differences between the definition of beauty in America and in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, where an “unadorned woman was a symbol of liberation from a patriarchal capitalist system.”

Author: Noël Duan
Source: Racked
Published: Jan 19, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,974 words)

Trump, China, and the Ties That Bind

While Donald Trump champions the need to create more jobs in America, he manufactured his ties overseas. One journalist did what labor groups could not: he located the Shengzhou, Chinese factories that made Trump-brand ties and traveled there.

Source: Racked
Published: Oct 5, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,614 words)

The Last Lifestyle Magazine

The origin story of Kinfolk, a lifestyle publication known for its carefully curated photo spreads. The magazine is well-loved but is also met with derision.

Source: Racked
Published: Mar 14, 2016
Length: 26 minutes (6,686 words)

Dolled Up

On the enduring appeal of American Girl dolls, and the business model behind their success.

Source: Racked
Published: Jun 29, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,100 words)

The Definitive History of Personal Style Blogs

A brief but exhaustive look at the evolution of personal style blogs, from BryanBoy to Man Repeller.

Source: Racked
Published: May 27, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,780 words)

Hello Kitty and the Power of Cute

A look inside the first ever Hello Kitty convention and a history of the brand.

Source: Racked
Published: Nov 18, 2014
Length: 27 minutes (6,864 words)