Where fashion meets technology
Dec. 28, 2017
Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco interviews Anjolie Kulkarni of PIXT, a New York-based fashion app that leverages machine learning and computer vision to connect shoppers with local boutiques. PIXT translates a user's intent to purchase into an image and ultimately a purchase on their platform. Listen to learn about the startup's strategy for growth, what they learned about style through thousands of data points, and why they think local is the key to unlocking the future of fashion.
Dec. 17, 2017
Journalist Amanda Cosco interviews Karim Roushdy, the founder of Meraya. Meraya is an augmented reality app for trying on accessories. The app leverages facial recognition technology as well as artificial intelligence to enhance the purchase experience by allowing customers to visualize what products are going to look like before they purchase them online. While Meraya may have started with bowties and jewellery, in the future it will focus on eyewear. Listen to learn about the challenges of launching a new AR app in an increasingly crowded market, as well as the opportunities for overcoming painpoints in the purchase experience.
Nov. 30, 2017
On the Electric Runway Podcast this week, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco sits down with Helen Papagiannis – one of the leading thinkers in augmented reality. In addition to being a designer, researcher, and public speaker on the subject, Helen is the author of a newly published book, Augmented Human, How Technology is Shaping the New Reality. It's a fascinating deep dive on how augmented reality is so much more than the fun face filters we've seen on Snapchat. Augmented Reality has the potential to enhance not only our relationship with technology but also our relationship with the real world around us.
Listen in to get an insight view of the world of augmented reality, animojis, and avatars, and how these technologies might affect us as users.
Nov. 24, 2017
On this week's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco interviews Tanya Heath about the designer's namesake brand. At Tanya Health retail locations or on TanyaHeath.com, customers can purchase shoes, boots, and pumps with a range of interchangeable heels that vary in size and style. Women can switch from six-inch to two-inch heights by clicking on and off heels, giving a whole new meaning to the expression "with a click of my heels."
Listen to the podcast to find out how the idea came to life, how the Canadian-born entrepreneur is disrupting the footwear industry, and, of course, what we can expect from her in the future.
With an impressive range of different shoe and heel designs, Tanya Health offers a style for anyone and anytime. With interchangeable heels, you can now seamlessly transition from day to night, from boss lady to mom, or even from the airplane to a business meeting. All this is possible with a click (and a set of spare heels in your purse, of course).
We've been hearing a lot about the value of versatility, lately. Tanya Heath is not only taking this idea seriously, she's banking on it.
Nov. 20, 2017
This week on the Electric Runway Podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco talks with Wen Wang, a researcher out of the MIT Tangible Media Group. Through her research and work, Wen helps us imagine a future where our clothes are grown at home and clean themselves (!) In this episode, we take you for a deep dive into the future of biotechnology and how innovations in material science will impact the fashion industry.
Biohybrid Wearables is a brand new area in fashion tech. They’re created by adding biological elements to synthetic materials. By encasing fabrics with bacteria, Wen and her fellow researchers are improving the interactivity in their garments, creating a second skin that reacts to your body’s condition. One of their recent project, BioLogic, showcases this technology in action by means of a set of sports suits that are self-ventilating, which helps improve performance.
Tune in to hear about the endless possibilities for the future of fabrication.
Nov. 9, 2017
In this episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco sits down with Aram Hamparian, the Senior Director of Sales at Fossil Group Canada. While Fossil is most known for their watches and handbags, many don't know the company also offers expansive manufacturing capabilities. For more than 20 years, Fossil has been working with leading fashion brands to bring a watch component to their product offerings. Since acquiring Misfit a few years ago, Fossil is now able to offer smartwatches and hybrids—that's watches that combine the look of a classic timepiece with the functionality of a smartwatch.
Nov. 2, 2017
Fashion Tech Journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Alexis Walsh, the fashion designer whose work has caught the attention of Lady Gaga. By day, Walsh lends her talent to Ralph Lauren, but by night she experiments with new materials and furthers the vision of her namesake brand. In this episode, Walsh shares her experience working with Francis Bitonti, and tells how one of the world's most famous performers came to wear her designs.
Oct. 26, 2017
In this episode, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with founder Jin Koh of Original Stitch, a company committed to combining Japanese craftsmanship with the newest body-measuring systems to create the perfect shirt for every customer.
Oct. 16, 2017
Throughout her career, Lisa Lang has played a central role in defining FashionTech and cultivating a community of designers, technologists, engineers, and corporate interest. The Berlin-based entrepreneur founded one of the world's first wearable tech brands to be available on ASOS before going on to start her own ready-to-wear fashion-tech houses. In this interview with fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco, she looks back on how the industry has evolved and reveals details of her next project, ThePowerHouse
Oct. 11, 2017
Fashion Tech journalist Amanda Cosco recaps New York Fashion Week with Muchaneta Kapfunde, the founding editor of FashNerd. Before delving into fashion week specifics, the two discuss Kapfunde's recent work and research in Paris, Munich, and London.