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Electric Runway Episode 110: Understanding Investment from a VC Perspective

Soha Yasrebi is an electrical engineer-turned Venture Capitalist for Omers Ventures, as well as a member of New York Fashion Tech Lab’s expert network. In today's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, she shares with us the trends in the marketplace she's keeping an eye on as they pertain to changing consumer behaviour. Soha is chatting with us in advance of her appearance at FashionTech Toronto. For those not in-the-know, FashionTech TO is a meetup in Toronto taking place at the Design...


Electric Runway Episode 109: Shopping with Robots

Steve Martell is the VP of Creative Technology at Current Studios, an award-winning agency focused on connecting digital and physical experiences that push the boundaries of technology. Current Studios has done work with well-known consumer brands and retailers, including Walmart, Cover Girl, and Samsung. In his conversation with Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco, Steve shares what it was like to bring cutting-edge technology like AI and AR to retail experiences. Blog post for this episode -->...


Electric Runway Episode 108: Designing the Future of Fashion with Anouk Wipprecht

Anouk Wipprecht is an internationally recognized fashion tech designer known for fusing couture fashion with robotics and artificial intelligence to create garments that move, breathe, and react to the environment around them. Anouk has produced innovative work in collaboration with some of the biggest technology and entertainment companies, including Intel, Audi, Disney, and Cirque du Soleil. In her second appearance on the Electric Runway podcast, Anouk shares what she has been working on...


Electric Runway Episode 107: Connecting People with Products

In this episode, Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco interviews Steve Statler, the SVP of Marketing and Business Development at Wiliot. Wiliot is an Israel-based startup that aims to switch on the fashion industry and enable a whole new digital life for apparel, accessories, and footwear. They’re doing this by integrating into products a paper-thin, battery-free Bluetooth chip that harvests energy from radio frequencies in the air. It’s a small and simple solution that has tremendous implications...


Electric Runway Episode 106: Augmented Reality for Retail (Live Recording from AWENite Toronto)

Today's episode of the podcast is a live recording from a panel Electric Runway founder Amanda Cosco recently moderated focused on augmented reality for retail. The panel took place Thursday, March 21st at Startwell, a co-working and meeting space on King Street West in Toronto, as a part of a meetup group called AWENite TO. For those who don’t know, Augmented World Expo is the largest conference in North America for those involved in augmented reality, and their satellite events take place...


Electric Runway Episode 105: Rent—Don't Buy—Your Bridesmaid Dress

From buying the perfect present to finding the right outfit for the occasion, weddings are expensive to attend, especially if you’re in the wedding party. According to Global News, 30% of Canadian bridesmaids spend more than $500 on a friend’s wedding, and 20% have spent more than $1000. To us, these estimates seem low, especially once you factor in destination weddings or the cos of bridal showers and the bachelorette party. Today, we’re speaking with an entrepreneur who aims to make...


Electric Runway Episode 104: Inside Dx3 2019, Canada's Retail, Marketing and Tech Event

In today's episode, we're taking you to the show floor at Dx3, that's Canada's largest retail, marketing, and technology event and trade show. Having covered Dx3 for a few years now, we've found it's always a good place to check out what's new and next, and to find out how Canadian businesses and retailers are thinking about digital innovation. In this episode, we speak with: Rod Davis of Davis XM Solutions: Roland Memisevic of TwentyBN:


Electric Runway Episode 103: Unravelling the Business of Denim

Today on the Electric Runway podcast, we're speaking to a startup that's transforming everything about denim, from the way it's made to the way we shop for it. Unspun is a venture-backed robotics and apparel company. Their main brand, Denim Unspun, doesn’t believe in inventory. Instead, they take a 3D scan of your body and manufacture one-of-a-kind jeans just for you in the style and wash you choose. Denim Unspun aims to reduce global carbon emissions through intentional manufacturing via...


Electric Runway Episode 102: Creating Your Cinderella Moment with FTSY

They say if the shoe fits, then wear it, but when the shoe doesn’t fit, it’s a very literal pain-point. Perhaps this is why most consumers are hesitant to purchase shoes online. In fact, according to research from Fung Global Retail and Technology, while 78% of US consumers will search for clothing and footwear online, only 10% will complete their purchase. My guest today wants to help close that gap by giving consumers confidence in their purchasing process when ordering footwear online....


Electric Runway Episode 101: Artificial Intelligence for Fashion with Leanne Luce (Part 2 of 2)

Today we continue our conversation with Leanne Luce, a blogger, product manager at Google, and the author of a newly published book on artificial intelligence for the Fashion Industry. If you missed the first part of this interview, we invite you to listen to Episode 100 of the podcast, which is available on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, or your favorite podcasting app. In this conversation, Leanne walks us through how AI is positioned to change many aspects of the fashion industry, from the...


Electric Runway Episode 100: Artificial Intelligence for Fashion with Leanne Luce (Part 1 of 2)

Our guest today is Leanne Luce, a blogger at the Fashion Robot, a product designer for Google, and the author of a newly published book titled "Artificial Intelligence for Fashion: How AI is Revolutionizing the Fashion Industry." We had such an interesting interview with Leanne, we had to break up the conversation into two parts. In part one, we define terms like machine learning and then go on to discuss applications for AI in the fashion industry such as chatbots and smart mirrors. Leanne...


Electric Runway Episode 99: The Australian Circular Fashion Conference

Regular listeners to the show will be familiar with the idea of the circular economy, a topic that has become top-of-mind for the fashion industry. In case you’re not familiar, the circular economy is a restorative and regenerative system that uses innovation to cut waste and minimize negative impact, replacing the traditional linear model in which products are cheaply made, consumed and then disposed of. Our guest today is Camille Reed. She’s the founder of the Australian Circular Fashion...


Electric Runway Episode 98: Dresslife Wants to be the Waze of Shopping

Fashion futurist Amanda Cosco sits down with Dr. Julian Hensolt, the co-founder of Dresslife. Dresslife is a startup using artificial intelligence to make it easier for shoppers to discover and purchase items they love and that fit. The AI centres around individualized customer profiles that learn more about you as you browse and purchase. Their vision is a future with fewer returns and a personalized way to discover and shop online. Having completed his PhD in Supply Chain Management,...


Electric Runway Episode 97: Women Deserve Better Bras

Welcome back to the first podcast of 2019! In this episode, fashion futurist Amanda Cosco speaks with Lidewij Vera Arí van Twillert, a Dutch product designer and who is on a mission to make custom couture bras that fit women just right. From her atelier in Rotterdam, her and her team leverage the latest in 3D scanning and 3D printing technology to craft undergarments that are both beautiful and functional. Her company Arí van Twillert, is revolutionizing the way we think about production...


Electric Runway Episode 96: Delivering the Luxury Experience to Your Door

It's our last episode of 2018! In this conversation, fashion futurist Amanda Cosco speaks with Liam Young of Harper Concierge, a startup that aims to bring the luxury experience to shoppers in the comfort of their own homes. Using Harper Concierge, you can preselect clothing online and then indicate a time window you’ll be home. Harper then sends a concierge to your door, allowing you to try on items at home, either while the concierge waits outside or helps, depending on the shopper’s...


Electric Runway Episode 95: Disrupting the Business of Baby Clothes

Today, we’re speaking with Eve Kekeh, the founder of Budlee. Bundlee is a business disrupting the multi-million dollar baby clothes market by enabling parents to rent and then return bundles of clothes for their rapidly growing infants. Learn more --> We’ve all heard of the sharing economy: that is the concept that highlights the ability —and perhaps the preference—of individuals to rent or borrow goods rather than buy and own them. We already know it’s better for the...


Electric Runway Episode 94: Wearing Tech to Live Your Best Life

This week on the Electric Runway podcast, fashion futurist Amanda Cosco interviews James Swanwick, an advocate for wellness and a good night’s sleep. Swanwick says the amount of blue light transmitted from our devices such as laptops and smartphones is disruptive to our circadian rhythm, and can actually lead to macular degeneration or vision loss. That's why he founded Swanwick Sleep, a company that offers blue-light-blocking glasses that are both functional and fashionable. In this...


Electric Runway Episode 93: Solving the Challenge of Fit with AI

As consumers of clothing, we all understand the challenge of fit. Some items are too big or too small, and often we're in between sizes. This is all further complicated when we shop online; We may not know our size in a particular brand, and there's no such thing as universal sizing. If you’re a retailer, the challenge of fit directly impacts your bottom line. Right now, it’s estimated that about 30% of online purchases are returned, which translates to wasted costs and resources. Research...


Electric Runway Episode 92: Inside the Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival

Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco takes you inside the Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival (LAFFF). So what exactly is a fashion film? If you don’t know, don’t worry, Leslie Bedolla is here to tell us, she’s the founder of LAFFF, a culture initiative advocating for an open, creative and inclusive society through the medium of fashion film. We’re going to take a deep dive into this fairly new medium and explore the potentials, as well as the implications for consumers and brands. We’ll also talk...


Electric Runway Episode 91: Green is the New Black

Whether you’re an emerging label or a behemoth like H&M, the name of the fashion game today is sustainability. Consumers increasingly demand to know who made their clothes, and they want to ensure the materials involved are not only high-performing but also ethically sourced and sustainable. Customer desires aside, there’s also an environmental argument for disrupting the fashion industry, which is known to be the second most polluting industry in the world next to oil and gas, responsible...