Keepin’ it Cool with IZOLA

first_imgIn 2005, Neil Rasmus (one of the men behind New York City’s biggest full service photo companies – Billy Farrell Agency) and Richard Brandt decided to bring some life to otherwise mundane objects by incorporating good quality with great design – thus began IZOLA. In 2010, the company started collaborating with Aesthetic Movement’s design team to start applying their utilitarian ideals (items built to last) to a larger selection of products.Each item is made with great care and strong attention to detail. Some of the items you will find when browsing their online store: flasks, soaps, candles, laundry bags, bamboo tooth brushes, handkerchiefs, shoe brushes, home textiles, hardware, ceramics and luggage. But one item that seems like an appropriate purchase this week – their water bottle.Since Earth Day is right around the corner, we’ve decided to re-evaluate some things in our lives to help keep the planet a happier place. Leave it to IZOLA to help us limit our plastic waste. IZOLA makes the perfect water bottle that will keep your beverages hot or cold – with eco-friendly stainless steel. This water bottle is also full of style – drawing inspiration from utilitarian ideals, there are 10 dapper variations to choose from – one of which will teach you how to say “water” in 13 different languages. Others have inspirational phrases – “onward and upward” and “unity”. So what are the details that make this stainless steel water bottle different from others on the market? 201 grade stainless steel construction – which means superior durability. A double-wall insulated shell will keep your liquids hot or cold for 12 hours (hello, beach) and a wide mouth designed for easier cleaning.Back to that 12 hour rule -IZOLA actually tested the product with standard and digital thermometers to find that the cold liquids climbed 5 degrees, while the hot liquids only cooled off by 30 degrees. You can pick up your water bottle in either 10oz or 25oz. And since we love our readers so much – and since IZOLA loves you guys too, we’re helping you take 20% off your next purchase – just use the code IZOLA-MANUAL A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style The Best Graphic Tee Companies to Liven Up Your Wardrobe Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze last_img read more

Lululemon profit spikes as revenue soars 33 on strong sales

VANCOUVER — Lululemon Athletica Inc. is reporting a big increase in second-quarter earnings on the strength of soaring revenue and higher comparable store sales.The Vancouver-based retailer of high-end activewear said net earnings were $57.2 million or 39 cents per share, compared with $38.4 million or 26 cents per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.The boost in profit came as Lululemon reported that revenue rose 33% in the three months ended July 29 to $282.6 million from $212.3 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2011.[np-related /]Comparable store sales increased 15% on a constant dollar basis.Earnings were also boosted by a lower effective tax rate, thanks in part to a $7.2 million adjustment that reversed taxes provided for in two previous quarters.The Vancouver-based company raised its forecast for full-year net revenue to $ 1.345-$ 1.360 billion, up from last quarter’s forecast of $1.32-$1.34 billion.Lululemon said it expects full-year earnings per share from $1.76 to $1.81, up from its previously forecast $1.55 to $1.60.Shares, however, were down 4% at US$65.78 in premarket trading Friday morning.With files from Reuters read more