After touching down for all of 8 hrs after SXSW, we hopped on the Eurostar to continue our European Meetup tour! First stop Paris, with the support of our local host Celine Lippi, Co-Founder of Fashion Capital Partners. With a full house at the newly opened Le Numa, it was time to discuss the ins and outs of the ever growing omni-channel.
Kicking off with an opening keynote from Google‘s Pauline Butor who told us an astonishing five billion queries regarding fashion and beauty are made through Google every month! She went on to demonstrate the vast amount of Google tools available to fashion brands, that can help them gather data and create content. Talking us through last years hugely successful Topshop Fashion Week campaign, which used live hangouts to create another layer of content and a live view of a model’s runway walk.
Next both iVentures Consulting and DemandWare discussed how to improve customer experience, with the connection between both physical and digital stores. iVentures Consulting gave us a preview of their eShopper Index, which brands came up top digitally? The top 5 included Zalando, Zappos, Amazon, NET-A-PORTER and Gap.
Fusalp, Vilebrequin & l’Exception debated best practices; rethinking retail with smart shopping experiences, digital windows and customer touchpoints, with a gentle reminder that at the heart of all these tech innovations still remains the physical product and of course the consumer!
The evening closed with 3 startup pitches; Shop’n'Brag, a mobile shopping app that seems to do just about everything, with augmented reality features and deal finders rolled into one; HappyBeacon, allowing retailers to interact directly with the consumer through push notifications and our final startup Bodi.me, joining the fight against returns by letting the consumer try on clothes virtually.
For all the photos from the evening, head over here and Paris, we cannot wait to return in June!
Bruno Guillon steps down as CEO of luxury brand Mulberry.
“China’s internet conglomerates are the largest private companies in the country by market capitalisation.” Inefficiencies in the Chinese state sector and the arrival of the mobile internet have created opportunities for internet and tech companies.
James Barrese, CTO of PayPal, speaks about his decision to use disruptive technology.
The so-called BB.Suit features built-in WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC.
- Startups to Watch at SXSWi 2014
Another year, another crop of upstart startups looking to use South by Southwest as a springboard to success.
No Longer Clashing, Wearable Tech Embraces Fashion
Wearable electronics have been stuck in a design rut. Bulky watches, bright wristbands and Roman-gladiator-meets-the-Jetsons arm straps have been the go-to look for manufacturers like Nike and Jawbone.
- A Look At The iBeacon Store Of The Future With Retail Startup Thirdshelf
Montreal-based Thirdshelf had a fully functional demonstration retail store with iBeacon proximity based shopper customization in place.
- South Korea Gets the Startup Bug
Tech geeks submitted hundreds of mobile apps last year to New York City’s first-ever “GapApp” competition.
- This Bluetooth Ring Is Like a Magic Wand on Your Finger
We’ve seen interactive rings that receive alerts from your smartphone and even rings that will give you the current time in a unique way, but a new ring leapfrogs the rest by acting as a full-on control mechanism.
- Digital Innovation: Next Big Thing in Retail?
Department store chain John Lewis is backing a Silicon Roundabout-style technology incubator – to be called “JLab” – to develop the next big thing for its stores.
- Kickstarter Hits $1 Billion in Donations
Kickstarter has been used to raise money for everything from a Zach Braff film to smart light bulbs. How much money? More than $1 billion, the company announced on Monday.
- App System Turns a Phone Into a Fetal Monitor
For years, pregnant moms have pumped music into the womb with headphones. Now parents are piping sounds from the inside out.
As London Fashion Week draws to a close, we took a moment to check out some of the tech that made the headlines for us.
Livestreaming enables us to watch the shows anywhere we choose, or in the case of Topshop through a shop window. This season Topshop made this illusion come to life, collaborating with 3D agency Inition to create a virtual front row in the windows of their flagship store on Oxford street. Five Topshop fans had the opportunity to wear Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets & headphones, giving them a front row ticket to watch the vibrant A/W14 collection walk down the runway sitting in the window of Topshop.
Next up, Fyodor Golan’s collaboration with Nokia, his collection consisted of a piece that still has us reminiscing about his show: a £68,000 skirt that was made up of 80 Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphones. Whatever happened to the classic pencil skirt? Golan has clearly tossed that trend out the window. The bell-shaped mini-skirt was broadcasting snaps of colored visuals, which looking like butterfly wings that were beating away.
Milan Fashion Pitch finalists Wowcracy made their mark, with their online fashion platform that enables you to purchase high quality fashion before it lands on the market. They pre-sold a new collection live from LFW, launching Milan based designer, Flavia La Rocca’s A/W14 collection on the opening day of LFW. Flavia La Rocca’s collection is a combination of sustainable materials and exquisite design, made available to buy through Wowcracy before hitting the stores in Autumn.
And finally, the “Twitter Mirror” made a debut at LFW, with Matthew Williamson giving it some serious showtime. The “mirror” was set-up like a photo booth backstage for celebrities, models, make-up artists, and a whole lot more to snap their selfies. All could be spied upon Matthew Williamson’s Twitter feed and under the ever evolving #OhMW.
Reported by Anisa Sojka
- Marty McFly’s Self-Tying Laces a Reality of the Not-Too-Distant Future
Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield has whipped up excitement with his revelation that trainers with self-tying laces, like those worn by Michael J. Fox in Back To The Future II, will be unveiled in 2015
Israeli Start-Ups Make Online Shopping Easier
Apps that bring together fashion and technology are the focus of a competitive pitch night on Google’s Tel Aviv campus.
- Cuff Blends Jewelry With a Wearable Alert System
For some fashionistas wearables can be clunky and don’t aesthetically combine well with the other jewelry that women and men may have on their wrists such as bracelets, or a watch but Cuff is hoping to change this.
- Siemens Closes New $100M Fund For Innovation in Manufacturing Tech
The venture arm of European engineering company Siemens, Siemens Venture Capital, has launched a new $100 million “Industry of the Future” fund for early-stage startups, the firm announced today.
- Fendi Partners With Google to Livestream Runway Show
Fendi and Google have teamed up to create a new catwalk experience and are installing cameras on drones, powered by Parrot.
- What Happens When Data Geeks Run a Fashion Label?
Business intelligence and data analytics are not words you usually hear uttered at a fashion label. But for Andrew Wolf and Gonçalo Reis, founders of Singapore-based fashion company Lift12, these terms are bread and butter.
- Photos Become Ads With New Technology
A new technology starting to catch the attention of publishers, especially outside the United States, could further feed the debate over native advertising by turning any visual element on a web page, including editorial photographs and videos, into advertisements.
- U.S. Speed Skaters Struggle: Are High-Tech Suits to Blame?
The U.S. speed skating team is desperately trying to make sense of its miserable performance during the first week of the Winter Olympics – and much of the speculation has turned to a new high-tech skin suit.
On the first day of London Fashion Week, Lyst announced a new partnership with top iconic British fashion designer, Mary Katrantzou. Lyst are exclusively retailing a selection of the brand’s limited edition Spring 2014 resort collection, these pieces are only available on Lyst.com in the USA.
Launching on Valentine’s Day at the start of LFW, the collection comprises of ten garments, including the iconic Lanta & Nevis dresses. It is hugely exciting to see two innovative brands coming together, but also importantly marks Lyst’s first exclusive retail partnership (a sign of things to come).
This partnership comes shortly after Lyst announced an impressive $14 million round of investment and the launch of Mary Katrantzou’s own ecommerce site, back in November 2013. The collaboration is likely to give the designer a much further reach in the states and it is an exciting new proposition from the Lyst team.
Check out the cute Instagram video and spread the love #Lyst Loves Mary Katranzou.
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- Why This Year Will Be Huge For Wearable Tech
Shipments of smart wearable bands – currently a relatively small sector in the technology industry – are set to grow by mammoth proportions this year, according to independent analyst Canalys.
- Nokia designs ‘smart skirt’ for London Fashion Week
Technology is in for fall, right? Nokia’s new skirt is made from 35 Nokia Lumina 1520 smartphones and changes with the model’s movements. It debuts at London Fashion Week, which kicked off Friday.
- The 10 Best Startup Websites
When it comes to startups, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of new ones every year here are some that caught our eye.
- Marigay McKee Is the New Master of Saks Fifth Avenue
When Marigay McKee needed to recharge between top gigs at Harrods and Saks Fifth Avenue, where she recently took over as president, she did something unusual: She climbed more than 17,000 feet, to Mount Everest’s base camp.
Screaming girls and Sherlock Holmes, what a way to open our Apple Store Meetup. If you arrived on time, you would’ve been met with an outpour of Benedict Cumberbatch fans, as we did a swift turn around to get ready for our event.
With a full house, it was time for us to reveal our 2014 Calendar and a special opportunity for founder Liz Bacelar to tell the story behind Decoded Fashion. We unveiled our plans for SXSW and the launch of the Fashion Hackathon and Summit for London this May. Not only that, but this year we have expanded our Meetup to create a global community to uncover the best tech in fashion. January saw us head to Toronto, whilst in March we will be in Dublin, Berlin and Singapore.
Up next fit solutions go to war Fits.me and Metail- let battle commence!! With the CEO’s of both discussing different approaches to the problem of fit and how they are bringing return rates down. There is no doubt the tech is great but do customers use it? With the key issues across fit solutions being 3D representation, digitising clothes cheaply and size/shape of people against size/shape of clothing. It’s also about understanding consumer mindset and behaviour, do they need to learn to use a fit tool? And the bigger question to be asked to the retailers, do they prefer conversion sells vs reduced return? With both solutions collecting a huge database of “body shapes”, it’s clear that there is further potential in this data, yet to be put into practise. With Metail CEO Tom Adeyoola closing with “the past 5 years have been about putting infinite things on the internet, the next 5 will be about making choices”.
Diffusing the debate, CEO, Runar Reistrup introduces Depop, a mobile shopping app, that could be described as a little like Instagram with a buy button. Yes, it is another social shopping app but what stands out is it’s network of influential sellers and it’s clever use of high profile social figures to help onboard users. It’s a great way for emerging designers to sell directly to the consumer, with Designer Katie Eary using Depop to sell her designs straight from the runway.
And finally, what a breath of fresh air when ShuffleHub’s two young founders took to the stage. With a dramatic intro and a book on the floor here is Shufflehub “taking away the work and bringing the feel good” to shopping. Taking us through the UX golden rules and introducing us to a humorous testing regime on hungover friends. “We get out friends drunk, and make them sleep over” just to prove it’s easy to use. Aiming for the purest and simplest browsing on the internet, one big button, easy shopping for when you don’t know what you want and also for when you do. We have a good feeling about these boys!
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