Sustainability and talks surrounding being more environmentally conscious have been in everyone's lips for the past couple of years. What started as call to ban straws has amplified to include single-use plastics and non-biodegradable materials in general. We're more aware of the waste we're dumping, and that's not a bad thing at all.
Getting onto the bandwagon, Dior is putting its couture sensibilities towards a sustainable plastic straw alternative. Why would anyone expect Dior to produce straws made of cheap plastic anyway? The Toile de Jouy straws come in a set of six, packaged in a box printed with the red Toile de Jouy motif. The straws are made of hand-blown glass and hand-painted in two gold-toned designs.
The Dior Toile de Jouy straw set retails for approximately SGD200. Unfortunately, they're not available in Singapore but the next time you're in Europe, this should be on your list. Drinking from a Dior straw is most definitely much better (and so much more luxurious) than wasting countless plastic ones. And if you think about it, you'd probably just need one straw; the rest can be shared among family and friends. So essentially, you're paying approximately SGD33 for a straw that's handmade in Italy.
But if you're not into the luxury approach to sustainability, here are other fashion novelty items you might want to check out.
Velour cushion by Maison Kitsuné x ADER Error (approximately SGD128 each via Mr Porter)
It's a comforting (and plush) faux fox that's definitely way less high-maintenance than an actual fox—doesn't shed, need to be fed, or attention. Basically, a novelty fashion item that does nothing but helps you from feeling lonely at night.
Brass phone ring by CELINE by Hedi Slimane (SGD365 each)
Oddly enough (or maybe not that odd), this brass phone ring is cheaper than an actual CELINE ring, the kind that you wear around your finger. We're not saying you should also use this as an actual ring. But you could.
Pen and pencil set with leather case by Thom Browne (approximately SGD700 each via Farfetch)
Because when you think of Thom Browne, you think of stationeries. This set is an especially practical addition to your travel case for filling in all those travel forms and documents. The only gripe we have with this is that, unlike Thom Browne's suits, the set isn't shrunken; a pity.
Intrecciato nappa leather tissue box by Bottega Veneta (SGD780 each)
A tissue box that would make pulling off a piece of four-ply (two-plies are for plebeians) that much more satisfying. But then again, no one would be any wiser if you pack the tissue box with a store-brand pack that you got on promotion. It's the outside that counts, folks.
Jewelled safety pin by Alexander McQueen (SGD890 each)
It's a stretch to call this jewelled safety pin a novelty item because it's a functional fashion accessory. But it's also shaped like a safety pin, something you can get in a pack for SGD2 at Daiso.
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