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TheCurrent Innovators is a podcast about the leaders pushing the boundaries of fashion, beauty, and retail. Hosted by Liz Bacelar and Rachel Arthur, each episode is a frank conversation about the challenges and opportunities faced by top brands and retailers around the world today, through the lens of technology.

TheCurrent Innovators is a podcast about the leaders pushing the boundaries of fashion, beauty, and retail. Hosted by Liz Bacelar and Rachel Arthur, each episode is a frank conversation about the challenges and opportunities faced by top brands and retailers around the world today, through the lens of technology.
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TheCurrent Innovators is a podcast about the leaders pushing the boundaries of fashion, beauty, and retail. Hosted by Liz Bacelar and Rachel Arthur, each episode is a frank conversation about the challenges and opportunities faced by top brands and retailers around the world today, through the lens of technology.

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Episodes

Ozwald Boateng on why creatives need to think like startups

10/18/2018
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Designers need to reposition their businesses as startups to tap into much-needed investment, says menswear designer, Ozwald Boateng, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. In conversation with Liz Bacelar at a Spotify event in Paris, Boateng, whose body of work propelled the craftsmanship of London’s Savile Row to international recognition, says he believes the creative world needs to learn from technology in terms of how it approaches funding. The fashion industry’s model...

Duration:00:30:33

Amazon Alexa’s founder on how voice tech will impact retail

10/11/2018
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“I think you’ll be surprised in a couple of years if you speak to a device and it doesn’t reply,” says William Tunstall-Pedoe, the British entrepreneur who created the technology that became Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. Speaking to Liz Bacelar on TheCurrent Innovators podcast earlier this year, he says his vision for future of voice technology really is about everything around us being connected. Artificial intelligence (AI), which is the overarching phrase for the tech behind it, is...

Duration:00:36:25

TheCurrent Debate: What does VR really mean for retail?

10/4/2018
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A new feature of TheCurrent Innovators podcast is a monthly discussion between our hosts, Liz Bacelar and Rachel Arthur. The two of them - also partners of TheCurrent’s innovation consultancy - come across a lot of different technologies, tons of startup entrepreneurs and many big ideas through their day jobs. Doing so means they generate many big opinions of their own - but, unsurprisingly, they don’t always agree. So, they’ve now put what normally stays behind closed doors in the office,...

Duration:00:23:08

H&M Group on its ambitious circularity goals

9/27/2018
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“We only have one planet, and the toll [the fashion industry] has on resources today is simply unsustainable,” says Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at the H&M Group, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. She was referring to the company’s goal to move towards a 100% circular model by 2030, which means that everything it uses will go back into the system to be either recycled or reused. Speaking to TheCurrent’s chief innovation officer, Rachel Arthur, at a FashMash event...

Duration:00:37:38

How luxury can learn from streetwear’s hype culture

9/19/2018
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Luxury has a lot to learn from the way streetwear brands trade on creating desire, says Ferdinando Verderi, co-founder and creative director of NY-based agency Johannes Leonardo, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. As the creative lead behind the adidas Originals and Alexander Wang collaboration, his experience shows that relevancy in today’s market is all about bringing the customer close, but keeping products scarce. Accordingly, tapping into a mentality of belonging is...

Duration:00:32:51

Misha Nonoo on pivoting direct-to-consumer

9/13/2018
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“The scariest thing [in the world] is doing something different and not having an example to follow,” says designer Misha Nonoo on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators. Speaking at a MouthMedia Live recording at Spring Place in New York with TheCurrent’s founder Liz Bacelar, the designer discussed how she pivoted her contemporary namesake brand in 2016 to focusing on selling direct-to-consumer instead. “It was scary and I was doing something completely new, but at the same time it was...

Duration:00:31:34

Tommy Hilfiger on embracing innovation

9/10/2018
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Risk, authenticity and understanding your consumer are the keys to innovation, says Avery Baker, chief brand officer of Tommy Hilfiger, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. “When you’re trying to do something that really creates an impact and is somewhat revolutionary, then you’ve got to put all the chips on the table," she explains to TheCurrent’s founder Liz Bacelar, at a live recording at Neuehouse in New York. She was referring specifically to the brand’s Tommy Now...

Duration:00:38:37

IBM on the coming power of blockchain

8/2/2018
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Blockchain will have the same impact long-term as we have seen the internet have on commerce, says Laurence Haziot, global managing director of IBM, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. A leading woman in the STEM industries, Haziot looks after IBM’s Worldwide Consumer Industries division, which includes retail, consumer products, wholesale and agriculture. She believes strongly in the potential of blockchain for the future, from the impact it can have on the supply chain...

Duration:00:32:18

How Tim Kobe shaped Apple and the future of retail

7/26/2018
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The type of experiences a retailer brings to their stores shouldn’t be determined by what the competition is doing, but ultimately what’s relevant to each brand, argues Tim Kobe, founder and CEO of strategic design firm Eight Inc, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Kobe is known as the designer behind the original Apple store, which arguably paved the way for what modern day customer experience in retail looks like. But his view is that too many brands are jumping on the...

Duration:00:30:10

Bumble on innovating through kindness

7/19/2018
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Emotion holds huge value for modern business, says VP of international marketing and communications for Bumble, Louise Troen, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Speaking to Rachel Arthur on-site at the British Fashion Council’s annual Fashion Forum in London, Troen says that while there is no shortage of entrepreneurs and incredible ideas, Bumble’s success is based on a very simple premise. “Often people turn around and say 'what is the magic?’ And really it’s the fact...

Duration:00:30:43

Martine Jarlgaard on how blockchain can redefine fashion

7/10/2018
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“We are such a closed, centralized system. Being open and transparent is the only way forward,” says designer Martine Jarlgaard with regards to applying blockchain to the fashion industry, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. In 2017, Jarlgaard piloted a blockchain system hoping to address the level of transparency that she believes is missing in the fashion industry. Today, she continues on a mission to push an open supply chain that not only enables consumers to make...

Duration:00:16:09

Away luggage on going beyond the VC hype

6/22/2018
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Direct-to-consumer brands don’t often live up to the hype placed on them by endless amounts of VC funding and Silicon Valley fandom, says Jen Rubio, co-founder of travel brand Away, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Speaking to Liz Bacelar, founder of TheCurrent, at the British Fashion Council’s annual Fashion Forum in London, Rubio explains that from its inception in 2016, she and her co-founder Steph Korey (who she met while both working at Warby Parker), were careful...

Duration:00:30:55

How Equinox services the luxury wellness consumer

6/16/2018
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The mass appeal of ‘wellness as a lifestyle’ may be something trending with consumers today, but it’s a mindset that’s been central to Equinox since its inception in 1991, says Vimla Gupta, CMO of the premium fitness brand, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Equinox has paved the way by offering consumers support and service beyond typical gym classes by understanding how their fitness behaviors have always been a pivotal part of their lifestyles. In doing so it’s become...

Duration:00:28:39

Farfetch on the store of the future

6/7/2018
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The store of the future is about solving the problems of today in an innovative and meaningful way for the customer, says Sandrine Deveaux of Farfetch, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Speaking to guest host, Rosanna Falconer, at a live FashMash Pioneers event in London, the managing director of the e-commerce company’s store of the future division, explains that her focus in not just on new technology for the sake of it, but on creating better shopping experiences...

Duration:00:32:00

How Walmart creates growth with design

5/31/2018
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Design is all about helping shoppers live better lives, says Dan Makoski, vice president of design at Walmart, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Speaking to Liz Bacelar, founder of TheCurrent, during a live recording hosted by MouthMedia Network at Spring Place in New York, he explains how the enormous e-commerce redesign he has spearheaded for the world’s largest company, all came down to this focus on elevating the shopping experience for the changing customer of...

Duration:00:39:28

Foreo on driving meaningful innovation in the beauty device market

5/23/2018
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Applying innovation to every aspect of a product or service is at the core of beauty device company Foreo’s strategy, from product design to discoverability and communications, says CEO Paul Peros on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. The Swedish brand entered the market in 2013, when the concept of beauty tech was just beginning to bubble up, and move from the professional salon space to selling at retail. What became clear however was that the company had to strive not...

Duration:00:27:31

How Ikea is boosting sustainable and healthy living

5/21/2018
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"We’ve been set up as a business to understand how people live and to provide solutions that help them live better,” says Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability and healthy living at Ikea, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Since its inception 75 years ago, the Swedish flatpack retailer has been known for affordable - and arguably, disposable - furniture that is a staple in young people’s homes. But after identifying a shift in how we consume and live our lives, Ikea is...

Duration:00:34:34

Lego on the importance of play at retail

5/11/2018
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Lego’s most important feedback often comes from six year-olds, says the brand’s head of retail innovation, Martin Urrutia, on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Speaking to Rachel Arthur at this year’s World Retail Congress in Madrid, Urrutia says focusing on the relationship between the user and the brick, and constantly listening to consumers’ wants and needs, has been pivotal to the Danish brand’s longevity. “Prior to rolling out anything important in our stores we...

Duration:00:37:09

HBO on how Westworld engages with superfans

5/2/2018
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At the core of the success of Westworld - HBO’s hit show that has had the most successful series debut in its history - is its engagement with fans, says Steve Cardwell, director of program marketing at the network. By creating a series of immersive and interactive experiences to promote the show, HBO has found the secret sauce to engagement. “The fanbase are going to be your biggest evangelizers. They're the people that you want to make sure you're treating almost as partners in a way to...

Duration:00:33:26

How Heist looks at inclusivity to keep innovating its tights

4/26/2018
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Inclusivity for women of all shapes, sizes and skintones is at the core of the strategy behind direct-to-consumer underwear brand Heist, according to its CEO Toby Darbyshire, who features on the latest episode of TheCurrent Innovators podcast. Speaking to Rachel Arthur, he explains how the underwear industry is one that’s ripe for innovation as a category that is underperforming against societal needs. Ait stands, it is designed to drive revenue, rather than to serve its customers, he notes....

Duration:00:37:01