BoF Exclusive | CFDA Reveals New Strategy

Jason Wu S/S 2014 at New York Fashion Week | Source: Nowfashion

Last year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America tapped the Boston Consulting Group to help define its mission for the next half-decade. Today, BoF can exclusively reveal the key elements of the CFDA’s new strategy, built around education, partnerships, local manufacturing and, of course, revamping New York Fashion Week.

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Science Fiction is Swiftly Becoming Fact

Exponential technologies, from artificial intelligence to digital manufacturing to synthetic biology, are set to “digitise, dematerialise, demonetise and democratise” entire industries, disrupting old business models and giving rise to new breakthroughs, say experts from the Silicon Valley-based Singularity University.

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It’s All in the Wrist: Who Has the Vision to Crack the “Smartwatch”?

Source: Reuters

SINGAPORE, China — The smartwatch could be as revolutionary as the smartphone - an intelligent device on our wrist that connects our bodies to data and us to the world - but only a handful of companies have the heft and vision to be able to pull it off.

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Jess Lee’s Journey From Polyvore Superuser to CEO

Jess Lee, co-founder and CEO of Polyvore | Source: Polyvore

In the latest instalment of Founder Stories, a series highlighting the personal and professional journeys of some of fashion’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, BoF speaks with Jess Lee, co-founder and CEO of Polyvore, a community-driven fashion discovery site that aims to create “an army of Anna Wintours.”

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Apple CEO Hints at Gamechanging Wearable Devices

Tim Cook at the All Things D conference | Photo: Asa Mathat for All Things D

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, United States — Speaking yesterday at the All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would release “several more game changers” like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, hinting that wearable devices could be among them.

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Wearable Technology Market Set to Explode, Could Reach $50 Billion, Says Credit Suisse

A rendering of the rumoured Apple iWatch | Source: appleinsider.com

Credit Suisse has issued a report on the rise of the wearable technology market, which, it says, has hit “an inflection point” and will have “a significant and pervasive impact on the economy,” reaching $30-$50 billion over the next 3-5 years.

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The Long View | Big Data Will Change All Aspects of the Fashion Industry

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier | Source: Courtesy Photo

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.

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