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“Misfit Wearables, maker of the jewelry-like Shine activity tracker and the less-costly Flash tracker, has raised $40 million in funding from Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi and other investors, as it ramps up product development.”

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“Sony has formed a new division under the name of Fashion Entertainments and created a simple watch made entirely from e-paper. The watch, codenamed Fes, adopts a retro design and features 24 patterns which mimic a wide range of traditional watch straps and faces. The unit also responds to gestures and alters the watch face so you can easily read the time when you hold the item in front of you.”

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“Intel Corp. will supply the electronic brains for a new version of Google Inc. ’s Glass device expected next year, people familiar with the matter said, part of a push by the semiconductor giant into wearable technology.”

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“André Leon Talley has been named fashion and style director of i.amPULS, Will.i.am’s new wearable tech line.”

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“As the holiday shopping season ramps up, brands are betting big on technology-driven concept stores to push the boundaries of brick-and-mortar. Rebecca Minkoff and Ugg Australia recently opened new locations that emphasize personalized styling, content and a mobile-ready experience.”

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“The runners-up included Jon Lou, who designed a leather handbag that charges your smartphone; Kovert Designs, a self-described “New Age design house” that inserted “smart stones” into special jewelry that notifies you when someone is calling; Machina, maker of a hoodie that allows you to listen to your music without headphones; and Viawear for its leather wrap bracelet that vibrates when your phone rings. Whether it’s rings, bracelets, bags, or jackets, each of these products shares a common goal: helping a technologically overloaded world unplug.

There were a few compelling ideas presented, but Cuff, the winner of the competition, offered a unique purpose with its alert system.”

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“It’s rare to find a written description of Opening Ceremony that doesn’t include the word cool. The downtown “It” retailer has parlayed its “cool factor” into everything from live theater to your dad’s favorite hiking sandals. Meanwhile, it’s hard to find descriptions of wearable tech that don’t at least touch on the sector’s very uncoolness — think of obsessive Glassholes or dorky Fitbit enthusiasts who want to brag about their pedometer count. Big-time fashion hires on the part of Apple and Google and the avid courting of fashion editors in the run-up to the Apple Watch haven’t done much to quell the chatter. So Intel was smart to enlist Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to launch its first wearable tech device, titled MICA (which stands for My Intelligent Communication Accessory).”

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“Fitness-wearables company Fitbit is launching its first campaign as the fitness-wearables category gets more crowded.”

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To look at the messenger bag, hoody and that gingham shirt of the average start-up worker, Silicon Valley really has valued function over fashion over the years. Not so, these days- 2014 has seen style and tech fused like never before, as digital stalwarts from Apple to Intel race to collaborate with the fashion world’s brightest. And, with NY-based firm CB Insights tracking a massive $1.4 billion of investment into wearable start-ups over the past 5 years – around $500 million of which was doled out in 2014 – the rest of this year and beyond is shaping up to be a retail landscape game changer.

So who are the need-to-know pioneers on the fashion x tech frontier? The Apple Watch, revealed last month, has set the bar high for covetable wearables. Smaller start-ups looking to move into the business of fashion, though, should be taking notes from more than just its high-tech specs and sleek personalisation – perhaps most savvy was the way it was rolled out. The Cupertino launch capitalised on the energy of NYFW – even convincing big fashion names like Natalie Massanet to skip the shows altogether to get a sneak peek – and later hosted a Colette takeover, attended by Karl and Anna, on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week. Elsewhere on the wearable scene, Intel and Opening Ceremony’s MICA – short for My Intelligent Communication Accessory – will launch this winter. The bracelet fuses luxury semi-precious stones with a 1.6-inch sapphire touch screen, but you’ll have to wait until December to find out what exactly its “communication capabilities” are.

With bold statements from fashion and tech’s biggest fish, the fear might set in as to whether smaller start-ups can break into the market in 2015. As our NYC global summit will demonstrate on November 18-19, the opportunities in wearables for retailers are huge – and far more tangible than you might first suppose. Industry movers and shakers who will be speaking on wearable innovations over the weekend include Lauren Sherman (editor and strategist at Fashionista), Matthew Woolsey (EVP of Digital at Barneys) and Amy Puliafito of wearable computing company Misfit. The latter company, specializing in stylish fitness and sleep monitors, combines affordability and style with every design: a combination that, though worlds away from the luxury vibe of more news-worthy designs of late, looks ahead to just how wearable wearable tech will be in 2015.

Reported by Claire Healy

Decoded Fashion New York will take place on November 18-19, 2014 at Metropolitan West. The full agenda can be found here.

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“The companies making wearable devices have tended to emphasize function over fashion. But that is starting to change. Here are a few of the stylish standouts.”

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