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NY Meetup: Tech Queens

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2016 @ 7.00PM

#DFMeetup is bringing together a sizzling lineup of fearless females who are killing it in the fashion tech industry in New York. We’ll hear the stories of some very different women leading in their own fields, from data boffins, to future thinkers, our panelists will share unique opportunities and lessons they’ve learned throughout their journeys.

Panelists include
Carla Dunham, Vice President, Global Brand Strategy, Kate Spade & Company
Jenna Blaha, Tech Editor, Marie Claire
Liza Kindred, Founder, Third Wave Fashion
Katie Smith, Senior Fashion & Retail Analyst, EDITED

Startup stories
TULA
A new skincare line that uses Probiotic Technology co-founded by Dr. Roshini Raj.

Fitcode
A fashion data company that enhances the shopping experience by focusing on fit, not size. By women and for women, Fitcode is redefining the shopping experience by fixing the disconnect between real women and less-than-real product images.

Special experience
Visit LOLI’s pop-up beauty blending bar and mix up your own lip & body butter or scrub. BIY (blend-it-yourself) with LOLI’s living organic loving ingredients like coconut, cocoa and ghee freshly whipped for you.

And, as always, we’ll end the evening with drinks and networking!

Space is limited, please RSVP to guarantee your spot.

Thanks to our partner, Cocktail Caviar, for sampling their burstable pearls of flavored vodka! Each pearl’s thin outer covering is made from kelp which dissolves when bitten to release a fabulous burst of flavor.

Venue Host
The Farm Soho (Coworking Space NYC), is designed with rustic Americana sensibility in mind and populated by the brightest minds in the NYC startup scene.

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TORONTO: Engagement Strategies for Brands

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 @ 6.00PM

Wondering how to understand social media ROI? Looking to leverage content marketing? This upcoming #DFMeetup will feature local Toronto fashion and retail digital executives and tech startups sharing their advice, stories, and opinions on their most successful engagement strategies.

This is event is perfect for anyone looking to learn engagement strategies from leaders in the local community. You don’t have to be in fashion to take advantage of the learnings.

Industry chat with: 

Roots Canada: James Connell, VP E-Commerce & Marketing
Roots Canada is a leader in leveraging social shopping in their online marketing strategy. Highlighting user’s Instagram product photos, Roots enables shoppers to buy items featured in the images quickly and seamlessly on their website.

Loblaw Digital: Lauren Steinberg, Marketing Director 
The Loblaw Digital team builds and operates the digital businesses in the Loblaws family of brands. Joe Fresh has scaled their online presence and produces a well curated blog featuring shopable product, lifestyle, and behind the scenes posts.

Sampler: Nitika Wahi, Special Projects 
Sampler, a local Toronto success story, makes it easy for companies to reach key customers with product samples. Their service encourages brands to empower those who already love the company to try products from another line or highlight a new call to action. Past partners include The Body Shop, Weleda, and Manitoba Harvest.

Amanda Cosco, Fashion Tech Journalist (Moderator)
An entrepreneur and journalist focused on the intersection of fashion and technology, reporting on wearable technology, future fashion, and next-gen retail for the CBC, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail. Founded Girl About Toronto, a blog-turned creative communications company specializing in content & coverage services for brands invested in local and lifestyle.

Startup demos from:

InkBox
A Toronto startup that is revolutionizing the tattoo industry. Using fruit-based inks, Inkbox sells temporary tattoos that last for 2 weeks with a promise of no fading or peeling. Inkbox is also very socially minded. A percentage of all sales go towards supporting local indigenous communities in Panama, where their ink is from.

Raw Finery Studio
An up and coming fashion co-working space, Raw Finery Studio is a hybrid fashion lab and community work studio that provides its members with event venues, multi-disciplinary studio space, and cutting edge equipment.

Daniel Christian Tang
Using 3D printers, Daniel Christian Tang creates jewelry designed using architectural modelling software and 3 dimensional digital manufacturing technology. There has yet to be a full line of 3D jewelry in the mass market of brick and mortar stores and this Toronto startup aspires to be one of the first.

As always, we’ll begin and end the evening with networking.

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NY Meetup: The Power of Customization

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015 @ 6.30PM

Last month we saw the doors close on Tinker Tailor, one of a number of startups trying to make customizable clothing for women. So what is the impact on the supply chain, and how are some businesses able to succeed in this space?

This month, we take a moment to look at those ruling the space, and what opportunities there are for fashion and tech to create a more customized experience (that’s affordable to both the creator and the supplier).

Industry chat with: 

Fashionista, Editor-at-Large, Lauren Sherman
Shoes of Prey, Co-Founder, Jodie Fox
Jodie is the Co-founder and Chief Evangelist at ShoesOfPrey.com – where women can design their own shoes. Started just 4 years ago, Shoes of Prey broke even at 2 months, hit multimillion dollar revenue in under 2 years and today is a global multimillion dollar enterprise.

Demos from startups disrupting the space include:

1 Atelier
Meticulously handcrafted and customizable luxury handbags made in the NYC Garment District.

More TBA!

As always, we’ll end the evening with networking and drinks.

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NY: Sustainability Meetup

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015 @ 6.30PM

Sustainability and being socially responsible is a growing trend in Fashion and Retail industry today. Consumers are the ones driving this awareness, supporting untraditional ecommerce models and valuing the stories behind the products they purchase.

But is this a trend that came to stay? What are the biggest challenges facing startups in the space and why aren’t more brands seeing more value in investing in sustainable models?

We’ll address those questions and more in this month’s edition of #DFMeetup NY!

Brand perspective from: 

Eileen Fisher
Supply Chain Transparency Specialist
Eileen Fisher’s vision is for an industry where human rights & sustainability are not the effect of a particular initiative, but the cause of a business well run. Hear about their supply chain transparency in regard to their Vision2020 goals.

Industry chat with:

Zady
Co-Founder
Zady believes in products with solid construction, the best materials, the lowest environmental footprint, the highest labor standards and timeless style, above all.

Startup Showcases from:

INDELUST A curated e-commerce destination featuring an emerging design sensibility by independent designers, artisans and innovators from the Indian Subcontinent with a mission to promote ethical production processes that will best provide a sustainable living for craftworkers from this region.

JUST tells the stories behind our clothes. They collect, authenticate and showcase the who, where, and how an item is made via an app for brands, their suppliers and consumers.

Constant Simplicity Sustainable fashion for men and women. Transparency from seed to product fueled by data driven production generating content and resulting in an engaged community.

As always, we’ll end with networking and drinks kindly provided byWeWork

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