Yes! Time for me to go west and speak about the wonderful world of Fashion Tech at #FashionTech Gbg! This event is special to me as it reaches out to young girls and women who might be entering the world of tech in the future. Hopefully I can offer some inspiration in the intersection between tech and fashion.
Rebecca Minkoff, the founder of the American tech savvy brand bearing her own name, is visiting Stockholm soon to launch a new line of bags. And I’m invited! Yay! I am really looking forward to hearing all about their upcoming adventures in the tech world, being one of the most forward thinking brands in the industry when it comes to this. Will they bring the smart dressing room to Sweden? I’ll keep you posted.
The beauty- and tech industries have been approaching each other for a while. And it seems we’re only about to see more of that from now on. The latest news is Holition who has teamed up with Facebook and make up brand Rimmel creating a service using Facebook’s in-app camera to allow users to virtually try on Rimmel’s different make up looks and share with the world. I haven’t tried this myself yet but I’m a fan of the idea in principle, especially if it eventually leads to better online shopping decisions. For now it’s probably just a good way for Rimmel to create buzz around their brand.
They have done it a couple of times before, but now it’s time again for Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova to call for new applications within the field of Fashion tech. This time they are looking for new services concerning production, consumption and use of fashion. Specifically that means projects that wants to transform organizations and institutions within fashion, working with tech to develop the digitalization of fashion in an innovative way. Last application date is Augusti 29th. Read more here.
So looking forward to today’s network meeting about the digitalization of fashion, arranged by Swedish Fashion Council and Stockholm University among others. How to match the ever moving and competitive fashion industry with the long-sightedness and perseverance that the digitalization requires? Well, that sure is a great challenge, especially when it comes to creating new business models. There’s also a great need for innovation and new ways of thinking not only when it comes to business models, but the whole way the fashion industry is organized in everything from creation and production to cross-industry cooperations. Among the speakers today are Michael Andersson och Julia Krantz from Volumental, Rickard Lindqvist from Atacac and Jonas Larsson from The Swedish School of Textiles in Borås.
Photo cred: Ivyrevel’ s Data Dress, a great example of the change fashion currently is going through.