tuesday’s drop

RIP Maryam Mirzakhani

Some people are affected by the death of each and every, for lack of a better word, “celebrity.” Most of the time I’m not. Well, I was very sad when Lou Reed, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Robin Williams died. Those were my guys. I shed a tear and reluctantly said goodbye.

I didnt’ cry though, like I did this past week when Maryam Mirzakhani died.

The death of this forty year old, Iranian mathematician, filled me with sadness. She was the first female winner of the Fields Medal, the highest and most prestigious medal awarded to mathematicians. She died with breast cancer.

She was young, brilliant, beautiful and truly a shooting star. 

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani is the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. She is the first woman in the prize’s 80-year history to earn the distinction. The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

Women Working

ring

It was the New York City Triathlon this Sunday and it was an inspirational and energizing experience to witness the running part of the event. This women working is ringing the bell to encourage the triathletes. But by this point in the triathlon, they hardly needed it. 

When you’ve done your swim, then your biking and, like the onlookers yell, “you’re in the park,” you know you’ve got it. 

The diversity of the triathletes was really the best thing to see. There are the elites of course, the younger men and women who seem to swallow each event in one big, beautiful gulp. But we saw plenty of older people running as well. 

We saw people in wheelchairs, and we saw people with prosthetic “blades,” the so called blade runners

By far though, the one most inspirational person for me, was a little person. He must have had to take three steps to every one of his fellow runners one step. (Someone please tell me if that’s the proper term used today for people with dwarfism?)

He was awe inspiring, and he managed to wave to the people cheering on the side lines, as he ran up the last hill before the finish line. Respect.

Monday’s Drop

shoe

This is one of the shoes in M.Gemi’s Monday’s drop, and I knicked the term “drop” from them today. I’ve written about the drop, and my wariness about it before. After doing a bit of research, I better understand the phenomenon, a way of doing business that’s not going away soon.

This retail model is actually quite brilliant. When you have fewer stores, with less inventory and you ship your inventory from fewer warehouses, you can afford to be a bit more generous with your customers.

When you work with small makers who are agile and able to fill orders more quickly than large manufacturers, why not give the customers what they like, frequent, small drops of new styles? 

At the end of the season, when most stores have sales with inventory drastically marked down to move—that time of year when you find out how much things really cost—M.Gemi’s prices will stay the same.

Disappointing? It shouldn’t be, because that means they never marked their shoes up just to be able to sell you cheap stuff they have to get rid of at the end of the season.

You can see how this approach can lead to less waste and more transparency. 

As far as sustainability goes, that’s infinitely more complex. But waste and transparency are two vital components   of sustainability on the whole.

Anita

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