Designing for Smart Fabrics: Deciding What to Design

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Work with a Clothing Designer (someone who works with fabrics) I can’t stress enough how important it is to work with someone who understands making clothing, and other handicrafts out of fabric and textiles. I spoke with Jen Kot, a professional engineer who makes her...

Designing for Smart Fabrics: Wear It’s At!

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Lately, the term “wearables” appears more and more in our conversations. Usually we are describing a smart watch that extends our mobile experience, or a bracelet that tracks physical activity. Sure, those are things we wear, but what about something with computing power that...

Digital Natives in Smart Cities: Conquering the Future Now

Stepping from your driverless car (which hummed off to find a parking spot), you glance at your wrist and notice that your virtual assistant plotted your path through the crowds of pedestrian traffic to your favorite coffee shop. You slip past the line and...

FinTech and Africa – A Promising Love Story

When I started my ‘’African journey’’ three years ago I was soon told by industry leaders that the first mistake made by new entrants was to perceive Africa as a single country. With over 50 countries, more than 1000 different languages, a population of...

NYFW: Marc Jacobs “Ghosts of New York” Tech Styled

Marc Jacobs takes this Fall 2016 ready-to-wear runway show very seriously with a new style of gothesque dark ensembles. Big xeroxed - gray coats and over-sized luxurious fur capes glide over a strobe-lighted white runway. Marc Jacobs themed "Ghosts of New York" and added...

Mykita’s Facial 3D Scan, A Revolution in EyeWear Technology

There are quite some brands and amateur 3D-print enthusiasts, who print eyewear frames. We see those frames pop up on the internet every now and then. Printing eyewear is a great idea in itself, but printing high-quality eyewear that's comfortable enough to wear 24/7...

When Fashion and LifeStyle Textiles are Getting Smart

We may not begrudge our clothes and textile furnishings for forgetting to remind us of our mother-in-law’s birthday, but we will expect them to play with us, get to know us, and make living our lives more efficient. Imagine, your self-driving car notifying you of...

Moon Berlin, Translating Technology into Cashmere Coat

On the 20th January 2016 I found myself attending #FashionTech Berlin. The event, hosted by SEEK and PREMIUM, is the kind of platform that exposes you to discussions, talks, and short introductions of startups. The well attended event is full of inspirational ideas for the future of...

Do Sharing Ecosystems Really Have The Family in Mind?

When I come home from work, I just want to decompress on the couch and get lost in social media before I start making dinner for my family. The thing is, each of my kids are sitting with me on the couch, also with...

Fashion, Technology & Science, A Trifecta of Innovation

Have you noticed how both science and technology have been collaborating with fashion? It is this three-way partnership that is leading to scientific breakthrough collabs that have given birth to new materials and clothes capable of revolutionizing the fashion world, especially when it comes...