SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: STYLE DIVISION

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: STYLE DIVISION

It’s not easy to define Anton Dvorakovsky. Working in digital marketing for luxury fashion and travel brands while also running Style Division – lifestyle, fashion, photography and tech blog – pretty much describes our idea of work hard, play hard. You can spot him at the craziest festivals one day and at a VR demo the next. Trust us, he’s got the best stories to tell! Through Style Division, Anton brings his readers the latest style trends, street photography and technology related to fashion and retail. Functioning as a standalone site for over 2 years, Style Division has been involved in a number of projects with brands such as Zara, Hard Graft, flydubai, Alexander McQueen and Logitech, to name a few. Before #INTERLACED2015, where Anton will join as a speaker and official blogger, we caught up with him for a short interview.  How do you define fashion tech? Anton: It’s the partnership of two important disciplines – fashion and technology. Even though they stand on opposite ends of the spectrum (fashion is cool and hip whilst technology might be seen as geeky) over the last couple of years both have progressed and intertwined in ways nobody could have imagined. What excites you about this emerging industry?  Anton: The fast nature of fashion is complemented perfectly by the development of new and emerging technologies. A few years ago it was simply impossible to create an accessory with sensors and beacons for a reasonable price and yet in 2015 it’s not uncommon to see wearables on people’s wrists. The adoption and understanding of technologies among the public is also growing quickly. You’re no longer...
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: STYLOKO

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: STYLOKO

Named a game-changer in online shopping, Styloko has been making waves in the fashion industry since in launched in 2010 in the UK and more recently in the US too (launched in 2014). And while online shopping sites sure aren’t a new thing, we drill down into what makes Styloko stand out in the market, earning recognition as one of the best fashion and beauty websites and 8/10 votes in a road test of the best fashion apps and websites. The platform connects shoppers to the products they love fast with tools that understand what they’re looking for, visual-search recognition technology and shoppable editorial content. Once logged in, users can personalise Styloko to suit their style, follow favorite brands to stay up to date, and save items they love in your WantList which sends notifications when they go on sale. The WantList app by Styloko uses our Visual Discovery technology to show users the items that are both more expensive — ‘luxe’ — or less expensive — ‘less’ — for items similar by color, pattern, and shape. Using Tinder-like interface, shoppers can Swipe left to dismiss the product or swipe right to save it in their WantList (which immediately syncs with desktop). Keeping abreast all sorts of innovation in the fashion and technology space, Styloko wants to be where their customers are before any other retailer, which is why they’ve brought the Styloko shopping experience to your wrist via the Apple Watch. Now, who wants to swipe right for dresses instead of guys? *raises hand* Styloko wants to inspire and keep their community of fashionistas (more than 91k on Facebook...
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: TEQTIQUE

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: TEQTIQUE

Women currently control an estimated $20 trillion in annual consumer spending worldwide. At the same time, the pace of technology adoption & innovation has rapidly increased in the last two years while becoming more and more ingrained into our daily lifestyle. But despite this, the options for women to purchase technology-focused accessories are limited, and the commerce platforms available to experimental brands are limited. 2014 was a year of change for women and technology; female purchasing power grew further and advances were made to address the gender gap in tech. Within technology, wearables took the market full-swing, Apple continued to dominate, fashion-tech became a ‘thing’, and headphones made their reemergence. One subsequent result and influence was a newfound interest by tech brands and companies, new and old, designing and building products for women. This is where Teqtique comes in: Teqtique is a female-focused, multi- brand e-commerce store and lifestyle brand that brings together the most unique, high-quality, and fashion- forward products from around the world that champion the mergence between fashion & technology.   Founded by Jennytha Raj, an ex-technology management consultant with degrees from Imperial College London and University of Warwick, the e-store was set up to make women feel comfortable buying technology and integrate it seamlessly into their lifestyle. Teqtique aims to help close the gap in the segmented market for technologies, especially for those based outside the US and provide a channel for new and young companies and brands looking to reach new markets and audiences. 
The brands found on the site are carefully curated based on quality, appeal, design, usability and innovation. We challenge you...
SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: WONDERLUK

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: WONDERLUK

Stop everything you’re doing and read on! Our friends and fashion tech innovators WonderLuk, who will be joining us on the 3rd of September, have some exciting news to share! While everyone’s enjoying summer and rushing to set up an out of office email, WonderLuk HQ has been buzzing, dreaming up a fashion revolution. The company has just won Appear Here’s Space For Ideas competition and will be opening their very first real pop-up customisation studio between 11-23 August at BOXPARK. Not only will you be able to see all our latest pieces, but also you’ll be able to create your very own designs in store, and have them made just for you. How cool is that? Make sure you book your bespoke appointment with one of WonderLuk’s award-winning designers in the store, slots are going fast so hurry up!     The curated online destination for personalised 3D printed jewellery and fashion accessories is also named the winners of the 2015 Elevator Pitch series, run by Tech City News, which means we’ll be seeing a lot of WonderLuk’s co-founders Andre Schober and Roberta Lucca a lot more. And boy, we can’t wait! So much so that they will be joining us on the 3rd of September for #INTERLACED2015. If you want to find out more about the future of fashion join us at #INTERLACED2015 on 3rd September. Tickets are on sale now. To keep up-to-date with our activities and upcoming events, follow us on Twitter or Facebook or sign up for our...
BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: GIRL VS GLOBE

BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: GIRL VS GLOBE

The always smiling Sabina from Girl vs Globe has been gracing this planet for twenty fabulous years. On her blog she share stories from her travels – anything from life-changing epiphanies to my existential crises – and love for exploring this incredible planet. Sabina shares that she don’t have a permanent address, but instead, a big pink suitcase packed full of clothes, big dreams and crumpled up notebooks. Before she’s off to her next adventure, we sat down to discuss fashion, travel and tech! How do you define fashion tech?  Sabina: Fashion tech can be very practical – it can monitor your heart rate, send you iPhone notifications and geolocate you. Although items like the Apple Watch and Google Glass could definitely step up their game in terms of fashionability, they definitely fall into this category.  But fashion tech can also be incredibly whimsical, like a futuristic art form. There are beautiful dresses that light up when someone looks at you (like Ying Gao’s incredible frocks!) or ones that go up in a veil of smoke when someone enters your personal space (Anouk Wipprecht is behind this beauty). Our imagination is the only limit now. What excites you about this emerging industry?  Sabina: Being part of any emerging industry is always exciting, because there are more opportunities to get involved in the process and become an early adopter of a new trend that has the potential to revolutionise the way we perceive the world. But what excites me most about wearable technology is the potential for increased sustainability and usability. Inventions like Andrew Sneider’s solar bikini that enables you to charge your gadgets...