The hottest ticket in town is at SXSW, and because we’re less than a week away from the festivities and celebrations, we thought it’d be even hotter to gather a short guide of some of the fashion startups who will be presenting. From March 8th to the 17th the startup community will flock to Austin, Texas to see the best and brightest. There will be a plethora of stylish events and panels (we’ll be covering that too… stay tuned) for those in town to attend.
Here are a few startups we’d like to highlight during the festivities:
1. ShopLocket – ShopLocket is hosting a VIB (Very Important Brunch) on Saturday, March 9th. Come mix and mingle with free WiFi and cocktails. ShopLocket lets anyone start selling professionally online in minutes. Simply publish a product, embed it in any website, Facebook page, or blog post, and start collecting orders.
2. The Neighborhood at 2nd Street District (March 11- 14) – The Neighborhood is a showcase consisting of pop-up shops by emerging fashion brands, and panel discussions featuring leaders in the fashion industry. Menswear designers will finally get their moment to shine this year at SXSW with panelists John Varvatos and Billy Reid scheduled. The event occurs daily March 11-14 from noon to 8pm along the 400 West block of 2nd Street, and is free and open to the public. Other speakers include Phil Russo, Chief Design Officer for Cole Haan, DJ Mick Boogie, and StyleLikeU Co-founders Lily Mandelbaum and Elisa Goodkind.
3. Kollabora – If you love to DIY or get crafty, Kollabora will be hosting a Craft Camp along with Texas Style Council and Modcloth on March 10th. Join some of the top bloggers for fun craft projects along with helpful blogging tips. Texas Style Council will be hosting several other events with bloggers throughout the weekend. Kollabora is a DIY community where you can browse and discover original, fashion- and design-forward projects.
And we can’t not mention… Fashion’s Brain Bar! Fashion’s Collective has collaborated with Future of Fashion and Projective Space to present this first ever experience at SXSW. The Fashion Brain Bar will bring together top experts from both the most notable brands, such as Warby Parker and Instagram, and the most promising fashion/tech startups. Join us on March 11th at the W Hotel Austin for cocktails, get answers to some of your burning questions from our experts and make solid business and industry connections.
Kimberlee Van Der Wall is a Third Wave Fashion contributor. She’s also a Freelance Social Media Consultant and Blogger. Check out her site here.
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