Podcast covering the intersection of fashion and technology.
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.
Sept. 24, 2017
Fashion Tech journalist Amanda Cosco sits down with Emily Welsch, the founder of PIXI cycling. PIXI is a line of technical apparel on a mission to make cycling more inclusive for women. As an athlete herself, Emily found that cycling is a male-dominated sport, and this is reflected in the clothing. In addition to the technical sophistication we'd expect from high-performance fabrics, PIXI also offers unique, patented features for protecting women's parts
Sept. 15, 2017
Fashion Tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Joy Tang, the founder of Markable. Markable is an advertising technology company on a mission to make all visual content shoppable—from photos to websites and even TV shows. The company leverages artificial intelligence and deep learning to help shoppers find exactly what they're looking for
Aug. 31, 2017
Fashion Tech Journalist Amanda Cosco takes you inside Women and Wearables, an event produced earlier this year by Electric Runway in collaboration with We Are Wearables, the world's largest wearable technology meetup. The night aimed to celebrate women and tech and discuss issues unique to them, including sexism in the workplace and how emotion and empathy are needed in tech.
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.