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Bits & Bytes | Swatch Stockpiles Patents, Adidas Robots, Refinery29 Expands

Bits and Bytes is a weekly roundup of the most important news in the fast evolving fashion-tech space.
Swatch watch | Source: Wikimedia Commons
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  • Kate Abnett

"Swatch Is Secretly Stockpiling Patents" (Bloomberg)
"Swatch has filed 173 smartwatch-related patents in recent years, even though chief executive officer Nick Hayek has been dismissive of the devices."

"German Robots to Make First Adidas Running Shoes in 2016" (Reuters)
"A German factory operated largely by robots will make its first 500 pairs of running shoes for Adidas early next year as the sportswear company seeks to cut labour costs and speed up delivery to fashion-conscious consumers."

"Refinery29 Co-Founders: From Kardashians to Syrian Refugees" (The Financial Times)
"The co-founders of the fashion-focused digital publisher are adding global news and tech to the mix."

"A Fast and Flat Fashion World(The New York Times)
"The fashion industry now needs to look upon technology as a VIP guest at the party, not a gatecrasher."

"LVMH's TAG Heuer to Step Up Smartwatch Production to Meet Demand" (Bloomberg)
"TAG Heuer will increase production of its smartwatch in coming months after receiving requests from retailers, agents and subsidiaries for some 100,000 timepieces."

"Retail Giant Nordstrom Joins Syndicate In $15.5 Million Round For On-Demand Custom Shoe Retailer Shoes Of Prey" (TechCrunch)
"Shoes of Prey, the Khosla Ventures-backed, on-demand customized shoe retailer, has raised $15.5 million from a syndicate of investors including the retail giant Nordstrom."

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