Outdoor World

Forget fast fashion: slow style pioneers on the clothes they’ve worn for decades

As consumers grow tired of cheap, disposable items and haul culture, six people tell the story behind the piece of clothing theyve cherished longest A peek in the average British wardrobe will confirm that we are living in increasingly throwaway times. The popularity of haul culture, high streets and the rise of ultra-low-cost online retailers has got the British public hooked on fast fashion. But it is entirely unsustainable. We send 140m of clothing to landfill every year in the UK, much of it made by workers scratching a subsistence…

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Getting fizzy with it: the Italian wine route that sparkles

An Italian region and a sparkling wine, Franciacorta may not be well-known but it is great for vineyard visits and fine places to eat and stay Put sparkling wine and Italy together and the usual answer is prosecco, but 200km west Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status, making it one of the most strictly regulated wines in the country. Capitolium, and the Unesco-listed Santa Giulia city museum, set within several churches. It also has a Mediterranean climate, mountain and lake views and great food. Walking tours are available…

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A cold-water cure? My weekend with the Ice Man

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. Its yelling at us, Helloooo! says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds. Soon hes catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excitedly like a child. Here I…

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One step ahead: how walking opens new horizons

Whether its to the North Pole or across LA, walking is the fastest way to make more time for life As a child growing up in 1970s Norway, with parents who didnt own a car and loved to hike, Erling Kagge believes one of his first full sentences was: How much further is it? By his late teens, though, hed begun to embrace his parents ethos. By then, for me, walking wasnt just getting from A to B, he says. It had a value in itself. So much so that…

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How the puffer jacket took over the world

Some trends can feel alienating, but the padded coat can be worn by anyone from new fathers to students and Theresa May to Alan Partridge It has become a truism that, if you wait long enough, something unfashionable will end up being in fashion. It has happened to tracksuits, socialism and Celine Dion. And, for better or worse, it has happened to puffer coats – you know, the catch-all term for those working water-resistant, ultrapractical “technical” coats you might tackle Everest in. Or at the least Storm Erik. Winter has…

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