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All aboard the Wool Express! Polestar, John Sterner collaborate for safe delivery

The Stutterheim store in Öland is near where the company hosts its sheep.

Photo courtesy of Polestar

You may have heard of slow food. The movement focuses on the preservation of local and traditional dishes. Slow fashion is designed in a similar vein. It focuses on an entire supply chain and manufacturing base being in one region. John Sterner, a slow fashion knitwear brand from Alexander Stutterheim, founder of Stutterheim, does just that.

The company's hub is the wind battered island of Öland, off the Swedish coast. The second-largest Swedish island has 26,000 inhabitants and is home to the annual King's Rally vintage motorcade. On a single patch of land on the island, Stutterheim keeps a flock of sheep. Their wool is turned into warm and cozy knitwear, which make excellent gifts.

Stutterheim Polestar 2 Stutterheim and John Sterner share common ownership.Photo courtesy of Polestar

However, with strict COVID-19-related regulations in place, it's become a chore for shoppers to get to the company's "Flagsheep store", which is located right next to the field. Even though they were able to order online, the personal touch that slow fashion so often affords was lost.

Stutterheim wanted to personally deliver gifts to the buyers and partnered with Polestar to perform the task. Enter: the Wool Express. The Wool Express wasn't a train, rather a Polestar 2 charged with green energy and loaded with gobs of woolen scarves and jumpers. It left Öland last week, headed to Stockholm, a journey of about 430 kilometers.

The approach of slow fashion appeals to Stutterheim because of its sustainability. "We're trying to be an open, holistic brand," he says of his eco-luxury knitwear line, "one that challenges the mass production industry's values."

Polestar is also game for sustainability, applying it to automotive design and execution. "At Polestar, we challenge the old notions of what premium means in the car industry. In Polestar 2 you'll find vegan WeaveTech upholstery and reconstructed wood instead of leather and chrome, but we also hold our entire supply chain to high standards to address sustainability in all directions," said Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.

See more about the journey here:

The Wool Express with Alexander Stutterheim www.youtube.com

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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

H.E.R. Unveils Custom ‘Honda Civic Type R’ Presented by the 2021 Honda Civic Tour www.youtube.com

"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to hit the market later this year.

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The next-gen Infiniti QX60 is almost here. The long-awaited successor to the top-selling Infiniti model has been in the works for a while but the first official glimpse at the SUV happens today with the release of a teaser photo and video of the interior.

Billed as being "serene" and "spacious", the family-friendly crossover will retain its three rows of seating when it arrives stateside. It will also have premium leather appointments, intuitive technology, and ambient lighting, according to a release sent by the company.

The model was first teased in a private video shown to journalists in the autumn of 2019. Since there, a number of changes have been made. The fresh images show off a wide but not tall infotainment screen, similar to what you'd find on a Lexus or Hyundai. There's what appears to be a fully digital radio/climate controls screen on the center stack with physical dials for adjusting certain functionalities.

All-New 2022 INFINITI QX60 Tech Stories: Performance - Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) www.youtube.com

There's a quilted leather dashboard and long horizontal design feature that seamlessly covers the dashboard vents under one housing. Though not shown, the QX60 is expected to have a fully digital instrument cluster.

Infiniti has already divulged a few key details about the revised QX60. It will be powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That's the same power plant that is in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. The SUV will be available with all-wheel drive. It's likely that the QX60 will have drive modes similar to those in the Pathfinder.

The model will have a 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. A 3,500-pound maximum is standard.

Infiniti is promising a Sports drive mode where the movement, power, and control of the car are said to be similar to those in a sports car. Gears are held longer and engine braking helps along the way.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to arrive in North American showrooms in the fall of 2021, followed by other markets worldwide. It will debut June 23.

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