The rise of emotionally-aware or ‘affective’ computing is set to change the way machines understand and interact with people. BoF speaks with Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and chief technology officer of MIT-spinoff Affectiva, to understand what’s possible and the implications for the business of fashion.
Big data is set to fundamentally change the way we understand the world and make decisions. BoF speaks with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think to understand the forces at play and the implications for fashion.
Net-a-Porter editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans talks to BoF about her decision to leave Harper’s Bazaar, blending commerce and content, her vision for Net-a-Porter’s new editorial presence, separation of church and state, the global fashion consumer and building the fashion magazine of the future.
SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Since the birth of the personal computer and the Web, people have used relatively simple and accessible new technologies to create, connect and collaborate in ways that were previously unimaginable. For one thing, simple blogging tools and social media platforms have fundamentally democratised mass media, ending the monopoly once enjoyed by large publishers and broadcasters. Now, easy-to-use digital
HONG KONG, China — According to a closely watched report recently published by Bain & Company, a consultancy, and Italian luxury goods trade organization Altagamma, luxury sales growth in China has started to slow. Consumer spending on luxury apparel, accessories and other personal items is expected to climb by a relatively modest 8 percent in 2012, compared with 30 percent last year, leaving many wondering where future growth
NEW YORK, United States — In the world of development economics, Jeffrey Sachs is a veritable rock star. He is the director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet professor of sustainable development, professor of health policy and management at Columbia University and special advisor to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon. For over 25 years, he has advised international governments in the developing world — from Africa to
NEW YORK, United States — Today, rapid innovation in consumer technologies and accelerating adoption rates are driving explosive growth of new devices and platforms — from iPads and gaming consoles to web-connected cars and internet-enabled TVs — putting pressure on brands to design and support a diverse and fast proliferating array of digital touchpoints. Keeping pace with consumers means thinking beyond the web browser. The days
LONDON, United Kingdom — Clearance sales point to a perennial problem in the fashion industry: the misalignment of supply and demand. Using traditional market research, brands and retailers are unable to predict with high accuracy what products consumers will actually purchase during any given season. As a result, merchandise that doesn’t sell is marked down, while demand for popular items goes unmet, leading to significant loss of
FLORENCE, Italy — Simone Cipriani spearheads the Ethical Fashion initiative of The International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Connecting “the world’s most marginalised people to the top of fashion’s value chain for mutual benefit,” it enables communities of artisans and micro-manufacturers — the majority of them women — to thrive in association with the talents of the
MENLO PARK, United States — Since 2003, when Web 2.0 first hit the mainstream, we’ve seen an explosion of user-generated content (UGC). Since then, fashion innovators have harnessed the growth of UGC to build experiences like Polyvore, where consumers can mix and match their favourite fashion items for others to see and shop. But as more and more consumers become increasingly active on the social web, the volume of content being