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“The days of UPS are over: Bizzby Sky lets you deliver small items between addresses using your smartphone.”

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“Everyone knows there’s a red hot war on among US startups to secure the best talent, but new numbers from UK startup recruitment event Silicon Milkroundabout and job search engine Adzuna.co.uk suggest that the British climate for startup hiring has now moved from simmering to boiling as well.”

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“An e-commerce company called VIDA, backed by Google Ventures, Universal Music Group and others, is today launching today its site that connects shoppers with “socially-responsible” apparel and accessories from artisans and designers around the world. The company is also disclosing its $1.3 million seed round investment, which additionally includes The Valley Fund, Nanon, Don Mattrick’s Beehive Holdings, Dave Morin’s Slow Ventures, and Jesse Draper.”

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“While the skincare products coming out of South Korea are generally high-tech, serious and sleek, with a focus on science and innovation, the color lines skew to the exceptionally cutesy. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, and one that new Korean start-up Memebox is capitalizing on.”

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“Tuesday marks the official opening of the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator in a rather uncharted part of South Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The 21,000 square foot space inhabits what was once a pharmaceutical research facility in the Pfizer building. It’s industrial, open, airy, and has great views of Brooklyn. But more important than the space itself is the resources it will provide to a total of 30 design startups, some of which had already moved in when we toured the space last week.”

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“As it becomes ever easier to build a commerce brand from scratch online, we’re beginning to see upstart companies eat the luxury high-end mark-up right up. Notable examples include Warby Parker, Everlane and Jason Goldberg’s furniture store Hem. With retail prices reaching upwards of $200, it’s hard not to imagine someone eventually wanting to do this to premium denim, so here comes DSTLD.”

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“Of the more than 250 brands represented on Spring, most are middle-of-the-road, labels like Reformation and Vince, and almost half of the products Spring carries fall into the $100-$500 price range. Unlike a lot of other entrants into the mobile e-commerce (aka “m-commerce”) space, however, Spring also offers a deep selection of offering from the low and high ends of the fashion spectrum, from Levi’s to Carolina Herrera, putting Spring in a class virtually all its own.”

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“Vestiaire Collective, a French marketplace for buying and selling pre-owned premium and designer clothing, is launching in the U.S. on Nov. 6. […] Founded in 2009, the startup took its time establishing itself locally before kicking international expansion into gear this year, launching in Germany, Italy and now Spain and the U.S.”

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“In its first iteration, the year-old startup — which raised a $400,000 seed round of funding earlier this year — was a shopping app geared toward men. This week, it relaunched as a more ambitious platform and social network for both sexes that — guess what? — makes Instagram photos shoppable. But instead of working directly with brands, Dash Hudson works within the parameters of Instagram’s copyright policy to “feature” the photo app’s images in its own app.”

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Decoded Fashion - Fashion Tech Daily - Dash Hudson

Decoded Fashion - The Fashion Pitch

On October 22, at this year’s Decoded Fashion Milan, the Fashion Pitch returns. Eight of the most promising B2B startups in the omnichannel space will be competing for the Fashion Pitch prizes:

e-PITTI.com will select one or more startups that will have the chance to present their project during the next Pitti Uomo fair in Florence. OTB will give the winners the opportunity to meet and engage with Stefano and Renzo Rosso as well as some of their managing team in a day visit to their headquarters. An finally, the winner of the Fashion Pitch will be awarded access into the StartUp Initiative, a platform by Intesa Sanpaolo made to accelerate the international growth of hi-tech start-ups; in addition, another two finalists will be able to participate in the StartUp Initiative Boot Camp.

We have seen some incredibly diverse and innovative applications from promising startups all over the world, including Italy, France, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Israel, Iceland, Ukraine, Canada, Singapore, Turkey, USA, Scotland and the United Kingdom. The resulting eight finalists will pitch to a panel of industry experts including Stefano Rosso, CEO of OTB Group; Myf Ryan, Director UK & Europe of Westfield; and Davide Turco, Head of Atlante Ventures at Intesa Sanpaolo.

The Decoded Fashion Milan 2014 Fashion Pitch finalists are:

IWISHU: Say it with a video – a new approach to gifting using video messages (Switzerland)

MadeUp: A new mobile communication channel that links brands and customers using NFC technology (Italy)

Modist: A new visual tool that helps retailers create shoppable content (Canada)

Rentez Vous: Peer-to-Peer and Designers fashion rental marketplace (UK)

Sartorias: A platform that integrates with your ecommerce to offer a personal shopper experience (Italy)

SuitMe: An interactive video showroom that allows consumers to see and ‘feel’ the product (Iceland)

Fashnfindr: A visual product search solution for retailers (Sweden)

Wallet Circle: An in-store customer engagement platform using iBeacons (UK)

To check out the rest of the Decoded Fashion Milan agenda, including keynote speeches, panel discussions and the roundtable, check out the schedule here.

Good luck to all of of our finalists! See you in Milan!

Reported by Anna Abrell

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