Ford is inviting European bloggers from non-auto areas of expertise to test its new Ford EcoSport SUV for six months. The bloggers from all sorts of areas including music, fashion, food and sport industries are to drive the vehicle for this period of time and share their experiences on social media as part of the “EcoSport Live!” campaign.

Dockers, a brand owned by Levi Strauss & Co, is releasing a new line that manifests sustainability on its all stages of production, from material sourcing to working force. The line is called Wellthread, which mirrors the company’s philosophy commitment to sustainability. The products were developed at the company’s new innovation lab in San Francisco.

Global design consultancy FITCH has conducted an international study in Europe, Russia and China to learn what influences purchasing behaviours of younger people aged 14-19, a so-called Gen Z. It was discovered that these shoppers, who represent the most culturally diverse type of consumers today, has their own “Five-point path to purchase.” The study is based on ethnographic interviews and first-hand feedbacks as well as design-focused observations.

The smart auto brand and the Danish furniture manufacturer BoConcept are re-imagining the urban outdoor space with a new artistic project, launched in support of their latest “My urban living room” creative collaboration. The two brands have tapped contemporary designers to create state-of-the-art outdoor installations, modern home space, in the street of four European cities. The extravagant open-air pop-up spaces are designed to highlight BoConcept’s smartville furniture collection and the smart fortwo edition BoConcept, the products that emerged from the brands’ tie-up.