When you’re thirsty for a Coke, you go might go to the nearby vending machine for your drink. Today, you can get much more than just the usual carbonated drink or salty snack. The Mondrian South Beach brought in Mari Balestrazzi to reinvent the automat, called Semi-Automatic, for peddling goodies such as 24-karat gold handcuffs from Kiki de Montparnasse, rentals of a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow or 2000 Bentley Azure convertible, $28 anti-recession T-shirts and $400 marabou feather vests. Only in Miami, right?
Dying to take a dip in the pool but forgot your swim suit? Standard Hotels has partnered with Quiksilver to cobrand men’s and women’s swimsuits, which will be sold in poolside vending machines at the company’s hotels. Women can purchase a black bikini in one of three sizes, and there are four style for men, each one is inspired by The Standard’s four locations in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Miami and New York. The $75 suits are packaged in a waterproof travel bag and a “Quik City Guide” will be printed on each waistband, directing swimsuit wearers to local hotspots. The machines will also sell $10 zinc sunblocks and local artwork.
Women who love their sky-high stilettos may already be aware of ‘emergency’ flats that roll up and fit inside a purse for tired feet the end of a long night of dancing. Two companies in England have taken the concept a step further by selling their version of portable flats in vending machines at nightclubs. Adored by mere mortals and celebrities alike, Rollasoles and Afterheels are rollable, classic looking ballet flats that are also sustainable; the bodies of the shoes are made from natural materials and the polypropylene insoles are fully recyclable. Both are sold with a matching bag to carry their wearer’s stilettos home.