Podcast by Electric Runway
July 27, 2017
In the world of fashion tech, designer Lina Wassong is a rising star and a woman-to-watch. Past creations include a dress that monitors your heart, a skirt that mimics a jellyfish, and an outfit that listens and reacts to its environment. Her latest design, which was brought to life in The Studio by ElektroCouture with the help of FormLabs, is the Parallax Dress, a high-tech take on the little black dress that mimics the movement and intelligence of an octopus. The dress leverages 3D printing, biomimicry, and artificial intelligence to come to life on its wearer.
July 23, 2017
While some companies are dipping their toes into experimenting with digital technology, you could say our guest today has put both feet forward. Sandra Gault is the CEO and Founder of True Gault, a company that is revolutionizing the way we buy shoes. On TrueGalt.com, customers are invited to engage in an array of technology, from a scanning app that makes sure I get the perfect fit for my feet to a design software that lets me customize colours and textures. Shoes start at $250 a pair and are shipped to your door in the US & Canada. Here to tell us why their shoes are an extension of the foot is Sandra Gault of True Gault.
July 15, 2017
Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco sits down with Toronto-based Tony Mammoliti of YNOT, a company offering cycling gear and outerwear for the urban adventurer. YNOT reimagines the customer experience by leveraging a handful of new technologies, including crowd-funding, laser-cutting, and leading visualization software that enables customers to personalize purchases.
June 14, 2017
Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco shared conversations from the show floor at Dx3 Canada, Toronto's largest digital retail conference.
May 27, 2017
Fashion Tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Julie Vargas of Avery Dennison and Andy Hobsbawm of EVRYTHNG. For years, Avery Dennison has been known for their labels and tags. Now, they're collaborating with smart products platform EVRYTHNG to push apparel into the digital age.
Using RFID, mobile, and sensor-based technology, Avery Dennison has publically announced ambitions to digitze ten billion items of apparel and footwear in the next few years. This initiative, called "Born Digital" enables us to rethink the relationship between clothing, content, and consumers. In collaboration with Hobsbawm's IoT team, the company has worked with fashion designers such as NYC-based Rochambeau to produce connected jackets that unlock different city-based experiences.
Tune in to learn more about their brave new vision for the future of fashion.
May 21, 2017
We're back with a brand new season of episodes!
March 3, 2017
Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Aniyia Williams of Tinsel, makers of the Dipper Audio Necklace, a pair of bluetooth headphones that sound as good as they look. This San Francicso-based female founder says consumer electronics aren't designed with women in mind, but she's out to change that with a line of products that are both functional and fashionable.
Feb. 23, 2017
Fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Marija Butkovic and Michelle Hua, two fashion tech entrepreneurs and the co-founders of WOW—that's Women of Wearables. WOW is a network for inspiring, connecting, and supporting women in wearable tech, fashion tech, IoT, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
Their conversation touches on the challenges and opportunities facing women in STEM today, as well as their personal entrepreneurial journies transitioning from working in the legal field towards founding their own startups (Kisha Smart Umbrella and Made with Glove)
Feb. 9, 2017
Artificial intelligence is on the tip of our cultural tongue, but what does it really mean for the fashion industry? On today's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Michael Perry, the CEO and founder of Kit. Acquired by Shopify last year, Kit is a chatbot and AI platform that helps small and medium size retailers with their digital marketing efforts. Kit can send email newsletters and thank you notes on behalf of your store, can place and run Facebook and Instagram ads, and can otherwise optimize your efforts across social media.
Most retailers are passionate about what they're selling, but they're not necessarily passionate about understanding the ins and outs of social media ads and online optimization techniques. Kit positions herself as a virtual employee you can hire for just $10 a month to help alleviate business owners so they can focus on what's important.
Feb. 3, 2017
In this episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Andrea C of Toronto-based ModelMob, an on-demand booking app that connects clients with talent. In a digital marketing landscape that’s ever-hungry for visual content, ModelMob introduces itself as the Airbnb for models, aiming to eliminate the friction for agents and models.
Jan. 26, 2017
Isn't is about time our winterwear got an upgrade? In this episode, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco talks heated apparel with Rana Nakhal Solset, the founder and CEO of Emel + Aris, a startup combining luxury fabrics with heat panels to offer fashion and function without compromise.
Jan. 19, 2017
In this episode, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco takes you inside Berlin's vibrant fashion tech community to learn all about the Fashion Fusion program.
In case you haven't been following along, the Fashion Fusion program is an ideas competition for encouraging innovation + collaboration in the fashion tech space with groundbreaking concepts. The initiative was funded by the Deutsche Telekom, a German Telekom company, but is powered by a network of awesomeness, including our friends at ElektroCouture and Fashion Tech Berlin. Other partners include Intel, Wired Magazine, Fab Lab Berlin, and the German Research Centre for Artifical Intelligence—to name a few.
The program was announced in the summer of 2016, with a call for submissions in late May. By August 16, 2016, the jury—which includes upper-echelon representatives from the fields of fashion and technology—had announced twelve finalists. These selected artists, designers, and entrepreneurs would go on to work closely with the House of ElektroCouture to develop their concepts.
Today on the program, you’re going to hear from two very important characters at the centre of the fashion fusion program.
Antje Hundhausen is the VP of brand experience at Deutsche Telekom—known as T-Mobile in North America. Antje tells me about why a telecommunications company is interested in the future of smart fashion.
Lisa Lang is the founder of ElekrtoCouture, a fashion tech house that helps entrepreneurs bring fashion tech concepts to market. She’s also the lead curator of the Fashion Fusion program. She’s going to announce the winners, which are being revealed as this podcast is published in Berlin at a special awards ceremony.
Jan. 12, 2017
The ALLELES Design Studio is a Canadian-based startup changing the game when it comes to inclusive fashion by crafting beautiful prosthetic covers for amputees. In this episode, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco interviews the company's art director McCauley Wanner and technology director Ryan Palibroda. Learn about how the two non-prosthetic-wearers came up with the idea to treat prosthetics like fashion, as well as their recent visit to the White House to participate in a runway show on inclusive design.
Dec. 14, 2016
In our final episode of before the holiday break, we round up all that was 2016 in terms of fashion tech with Muchaneta Kapfunde, founding editor of FashNerd. Our conversation covers highlights of 2016, from the Met Gala to Nike's HyperAdapt self-lacing sneakers. Hear which event's Kapfunde has on her radar for the new year, as well as her predictions for the future of fashion and tech.
Dec. 8, 2016
Our guest today on the Electric Runway podcast is Keith Beckles of Tap2Tag, a UK-based company trying to change the way we store and transmit medical data. Tap2Tag's NFC-enabled devices come in a variety of wearable form factors, from bracelets to watches to dog tags. Now, they're trying to expand into the Canadian market by creating a new standard for patient care.
Dec. 1, 2016
This week, our guest on the Electric Runway podcast is the lovely Melanie Trevett, founder of Digital Fashion Week Montreal. A retailer and buyer at heart, Melanie tells a story of visiting Montreal and falling head over studded heels for the city's unique style and aesthetic. Now she's sharing her love for Canadian fashion with the world in the form of a brand new event that promises to undo everything we know about traditional fashion weeks. We speak with Trevett about her vision for Digital Fashion Week Montreal and the Fashion Week of the Future.
Learn more about Digital Fashion Week Montreal here: http://www.dfwmontreal.com/
Nov. 24, 2016
While most of us may be used to the idea of maintaining a digital persona on platforms like Facebook, the idea of stepping inside these virtual worlds seems—well—out of this world. Yet that's exactly what one startup aims to do. In this episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco sits down with Pete Forde of ItsMe, a Toronto-based company with a mission to turn everyone into avatars. We discuss the process of crossing over into our digital selves as well as the implications for the future of shopping and retail.
Nov. 17, 2016
Can style be quantified? On this week's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, we're speaking with Anastasia Sartan and Marianna Milkis-Edwards, the founder and editor of Epytom, a styling service that claims you only need 40 pieces of clothing to have endless, effortless style—and that includes shoes and accessories. Sound too good to be true? Find out how this startup is combining artificial intelligence and data to offer personalised styling with an ethos of sustainability. You can interact with Epytom - Stylist on Facebook to try it out for free.
Nov. 10, 2016
On this week's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, we speak with Noémie Balmat, the founding editor of Clausette Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to covering fashion tech (think of it like Electric Runway but from a Parisian perspective). In addition to covering the fashion tech beat, Noémie is also an innovation consultant and overall #Girlboss. We're happy to have her on the program to share thoughts on the future of fashion tech—especially from her vantage in the world's fashion capital.
Nov. 3, 2016
Fashion Tech journalist Amanda Cosco rounds out part two of her two-part Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia recap podcast, taking you inside the Fashion Futurum Startup Show, a new initiative put on by the Russian Fashion Council for advancing expertise and accelerating business in the area of fashion tech.