Editors’ Recommendations If you haven’t already caught wind of the up-and-coming Brooklyn-based footwear company Greats, it’s time you took notice. The company has been absolutely killing it lately with it’s Warby Parker-eqsue direct-to-consumer business model and line of high-quality kicks.Fresh off a major infusion of capital a couple months ago, they’ve just released a new sneaker. The Bab –shamelessly named after founder Ryan Babenzian– is a light and low-impact shoe inspired by the silhouette of footwear designed for runners.The upper layer of mesh hyperfused with nubuck gives the shoes a super light, airy, and breathable feel — perfect for warm weather styling. Even the insole (something that’s often overlooked by other shoe manufacturers) is designed with a lightweight honeycomb structure to keep the shoe feather light, but also extremely comfortable to wear.Then there’s the outsole — the foundation of the shoe. Greats designed the Bab’s outsole with a specially-engineered polymer compound that’s not only insanely light, but also extremely flexible, stress-crack resistant, and durable.These guys spare no expense when it comes to the materials their shoes are made with. But despite the fact that they make a point of not cutting corners during the manufacturing process, Greats shoes are still rather affordable — thanks largely to their direct-to-consumer model that cuts out the middleman and circumvents any retail markups. A pair of Babs currently sells for $59, and comes in your choice of white, black, or red.Find out more here. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Saint Archer Brewing Company’s New Tropical IPA is Coming Soon and Coming In Big Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know
Attended by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the ministers who took part in the spring meeting in Washington, the session aimed to maintain the political momentum for implementing the Monterrey Consensus, adopted by the International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico. It was part of the key follow-up role assigned to ECOSOC by the Consensus, which established a working agreement on development principles between developing and developed countries and recognized that development advances are a precondition for world stability and security. ECOSOC President Gert Rosenthal, of Guatemala, said he hoped the meeting would clarify the ways in which everyone could mutually reinforce each other in implementing the Monterrey Consensus and attaining the UN-endorsed Millennium Development Goals, which among other things set specific targets for reducing poverty. UN General Assembly President Jan Kavan, of the Czech Republic, said the meeting “constitutes a vital step in our efforts to stay engaged in the Monterrey follow-up process.” For her part Mary Whelan, Chair of the WTO Trade Policy Review Committee, noted that trade-capacity building was another issue that should drive forward coherence between multilateral organizations, bilateral donors and developing-country partners. Eduardo Aninat, IMF Deputy Managing Director, called for urgent progress in a number of areas, including agriculture, where better market access and lower trade distorting subsidies were particularly important for developing countries. Zhengman Zhang, Managing Director of the World Bank, said the Bank and IMF agreed that only by allowing countries to shape their own strategies would coherence be achieved in development policy. Referring to ongoing trade negotiations, Francisco Thompson-Flores, WTO Deputy Director General, said countries had been presented with tremendous opportunity, including the welfare gains from the elimination of trade barriers, which could amount to $250 billion annually, with as much as half accruing for developing countries.