It may be chilly outside, but it'll be extra toasty at the gphi house tonight! Drop by between 8 and midnight for French toast and philanthropy😎 #FTF2017
Review of the Fashion Tech Forum @fashtechforum on my website (link in profile). While I was expecting to learn more about Fashion Tech (essentially textiles/ apparel with embedded technology), the conference was more about the convergence of fashion and technology...extremely interesting and timely.
The 1st photo is of Will.i.am and Mike Dennison moderated by Lee Chan, both with Flex. @flexintl They discussed their collaboration and will.i.am spoke to how the fashion industry must "disrupt themselves" or tech companies like google and Apple will do it for them.
The 2nd photo is of John Hoke, Chief Design Officer for Nike @nike His key message was that technology will only help amplify our creative ideas...it will help make them a reality.
The 3rd photo is Joey Zwillinger from Allbirds @allbirds and Yael Aflalo from Reformation @reformation Joey stated how 60% of the carbon footprint of a footwear company is the fabric sourcing which is why they focused there. Yael stated that the 1st 30% of a more sustainable approach is fairly easily to institute e.g. Change shipping materials.
The 4th photo is of Henrik Most, Creative Leader of IKEA @ikeatoday with Virgil Abloh of Off-while @off____white They also spoke about their collaboration to develop home-wear for a new generation of 1st time buyers (more details in my previous post).
The last photo is with fellow Canadian attendees Andrea Kantelberg, a wellness-based interior designer and Amanda Cosco, a leading global voice with Fashion Tech. .
My 3 key take-always were as follows:
1. Technology is an enabler for human creativity
2. Collaborative efforts are the best way for success.
3. Technology needs to incorporate the human element.
In terms of sustainability with fashion technology, my take was that by enabling new technology into design, logistics and the retailing aspect, perhaps we can reduce waste, enable better performing products that will last longer and manage inventory/ logistics systems where supply can better meet demand.
I still need to understand better how Fashion Tech (fabrics with embedded technology) are designed to be sustainable (eg circular design model, recycling)
When strolling through campus today be on the lookout for information about the 2017 Food Truck Festival TOMORROW at Solomon’s Corner from 5-8PM 🍔🚚🏃🏻♀️#ftf2017 #tuscaloosa
Thank you to all who attended #FTF2017 last week. We are so glad you could join us for our West Coast debut and an inspiring day of authentic conversation and future-thinking. We look forward to seeing you next year #fashiontech
#repost@and@andreakantelberg Truly inspired at Fashion Tech Forum last week with the 1st session Henrik Most (shown here), Creative lead at IKEA @ikeatoday and Virgil Abloh, Founder and Creative Director, Off White @off____white .
They spoke about their new design collaboration for young people moving into their 1st home...and Virgil stated "it's a guessing game with a bunch of employees in a boardroom"...so they meet with people and see how they truly live.
Henrik shared that he doesn't consider people "consumers" they are all humans and that we need to consider the emotional element of design.
With today's world, many people have a different perspective of what is a "home". It's not "boxes" anymore with rules to state how one should live (eg a living room). People are more nomadic and want their home to be a place of refuge where each item can have that more personal (or artistic) connection.
Overall I was so impressed with how humble they both seemed considering they are two extremely influential people in the design world. We are in good hands 👐 (also in the photo is one of my greatest design influencers who attended the conference with me Andrea Kantelberg @andreakantelberg , a wellness-based interior designer).