Op-Ed | The Problem with Most Fashion-Tech Startups

Source: Uprising Movements

Today, Lawrence Lenihan, founder and managing director of FirstMark Capital, examines the burgeoning interest in fashion-technology startups. NEW YORK, United States — Fashion is an incredible industry. It’s sexy, it’s glamorous, it’s exciting. But it’s also incredibly complicated and the amount of change the Internet and other technology innovations will bring to this industry in the next decade will be mindboggling. Indeed, our

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Escada addresses insolvency, Micro trends, Claudia Schiffer at IHT, J.C. Penney revamps, VAT increase

Escada A/W 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Escada

Escada Board to Meet on Insolvency After Bondholders Snub Offer (Bloomberg) “Escada AG, the luxury clothing company whose dresses are worn by Demi Moore, is holding a board meeting today to discuss a plan to file for insolvency after bondholders rejected its financial rescue proposal.” Micro trends making major fashion statements this autumn (Telegraph) “Brace yourselves as ‘slow-burning trends’, such

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Fashion 2.0 | A Fashion Statement for a Wired World

NEW YORK, United States —Back in March 2008, when Fast Company published a report on “The World’s Most Innovative Companies,” not one fashion or luxury brand (or their parent companies) made the list. This is unfortunate, not least because many of the world’s most successful fashion and luxury brands have a strong heritage of experimentation and innovation. (Louis Vuitton, for example, began by creating a

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Cartier and Sergio Rossi | The power of Internet video

Yesterday I met with James Killough, an innovative London-based film maker, who happens to have a film in pre-production that may end up being one of the first real films about the fashion industry -- or so everybody tells me. More to the point, James also talked to me about the potentially powerful combination of the Internet, video and the luxury industry and cited an innovative video project directed by Olivier Dahan, the renowned French film-maker, who collaborated with Cartier on a series of 12 videos for its Love collection. I took a gander at the videos today, and was impressed -- not only with Cartier's forward-thinking use of video to create a narrative behind one of its most important…

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Angel Chang | High-tech meets high-fashion

NEW YORK, United States - I'm sure you've all had one of those moments when a friend or colleague picked up your phone by accident, because it looked the exactly the same as theirs. I know it's happened to me on more than one occasion. Today, Paul Taylor of the FT cleverly compared the uniform style and design of most mobile phones to the Ford Model T, when Henry Ford declared that “the customer can have any colour he wants, so long as it’s black”. Just the other day, we dove into the marriage of fashion and technology for the first time, looking at the emergence of the fashion phone. But, the ideas, questions and suggestions have kept coming since…

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