Looking Back at SXSW Interactive

AUSTIN, United States — Sometimes described as ‘spring break for geeks,’ the annual SXSW Interactive conference is a 5-day whirlwind of panels, presentations, parties, product launches, ‘hackathons’ and happy hours. This year’s conference was said to have attracted more than 25,000 attendees, ranging from tech entrepreneurs to agency executives, to this progressive Texan city with a budding start-up culture of its own, for what, at

…Continue Reading

SXSW Interactive, Here We Come

SxSW at Austin Convention Center | Photo: Brittany Ryan

AUSTIN, United States — “Every year we will continue to see more and more industries succumb to the transformational power of the internet,” wrote entrepreneur and investor Chris Dixon on his personal blog. “Already transformed: music, news, advertising, telecom,” he continued. “Being transformed: finance, commerce, TV and movies, real estate, politics and government. Soon to be transformed: healthcare, education and energy.” As

…Continue Reading

Elevator Pitch | Couture Rani

Couture Rani screenshot | Source: www.couturerani.com

LONDON, United Kingdom – Earlier this year, BoF announced the launch of Elevator Pitch, a recurring feature that will showcase one exceptional fashion-technology start-up per month and provide valuable feedback from a panel of fashion, technology and investment experts, as well as the BoF community. Today, we are pleased to present our first Elevator Pitch from Gina Mathew, founder of Couture Rani. THE PITCH What is your business

…Continue Reading

BoF Exclusive | The Ever Changing Face of Beauty iPad App

LONDON, United Kingdom — As guests arrived at BoF’s 5th birthday party in New York earlier this month, many of them came in with breathless reports of a massive video installation happening uptown called “The Ever Changing Face of Beauty,” conceived by fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø, and styled by Marie Chaix, for W magazine in partnership with P&G Prestige and created at Spring Studios. Inspired by the

…Continue Reading

Digital Scorecard | DigitalFashionShows.com

Prabal Gurung shooting his “Designer Preview” video | Photo: Courtesy KCD

NEW YORK, United States — In recent seasons, live-streaming runway shows have become de rigueur, as fashion brands beam their shows in realtime to fans and followers across the globe. Indeed, earlier this week, Michael Kors became the latest fashion brand to launch an “all-access” digital experience built around its show, underscoring how fashion shows, once closed industry events for editors and buyers, have rapidly become the

…Continue Reading

Elevator Pitch | Call for Submissions

Antique Elevator | Source: elevatorpreservation.com

In our final post in a week of articles on e-commerce innovation, we are pleased to launch Elevator Pitch, a recurring feature on BoF that will showcase one exceptional fashion-technology start-up per month and provide valuable feedback from a panel of fashion, technology and investment experts, as well as the BoF community. LONDON, United Kingdom – Ever since the early days of BoF, we have taken a keen interest in the exciting

…Continue Reading

E-Commerce Week | The Rise of New Business Models

Modcloth screenshot | Source: Modcloth

In Part I, we examined the innovations and infrastructural advances that have improved the historically poor economics of e-commerce and set the stage for a renaissance in online retail. Today, we explore some of new and exciting business models taking shape, the companies exploiting them and the challenges they face. SAN FRANCISCO, United States — For years, e-commerce suffered from capital inefficiencies and complexities that

…Continue Reading

E-Commerce Week | The Stage is Set for an E-Commerce Explosion

Fab Screenshot | Source: Fab.com

Yesterday, BoF was first to bring you the news of the recent $18 million investment in Farfetch.com. Today, we continue a week focused on e-commerce by examining the historical challenges faced by online retailers and how recent innovations and infrastructural advances have fundamentally improved the economics of e-commerce, setting the stage for a renaissance in online retail. SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Following the burst of

…Continue Reading

The Rise, Stumble and Future of Gilt Groupe’s Business Model

Gilt Groupe warehouse | Source: Fantabulously Frugal

Today, BoF takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future of Gilt Groupe’s business model and speaks with Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan on his plans to continue the company’s ascendance. NEW YORK, United States — Back in November of 2007, BoF was amongst the very first media outlets to write about Gilt Groupe, the New York-based start-up that went on to dramatically reshape the online retail market for fashion, building a

…Continue Reading