With the advancements in social commerce and other unique business models for commerce surfacing each and every day, it’s any wonder how we stay on top of it all. Online shopping is becoming a chore now more than ever because it’s no longer about a simple search for shoppers to find that dress they’ve been coveting all season. Shoppers now have to open half a dozen tabs to access all of their favorite retailers to cross check price, quality, styles, colors — where’s the solution?
How can smaller fashion companies compete online when they’re up against powerhouse retailers like Amazon? As it turns out, there are quite a few ways. Yesterday morning Third Wave Fashion teamed up with Women Innovative Mobile and Women In Wireless to host a founders breakfast panel entitled “Inspiration-Based E-Commerce: Getting Customers To Buy Things They Didn’t Know They Wanted”. read more »
Recently, Entrepreneur Magazine approached Third Wave Fashion wanting to know everything that’s going on in the fashion tech space. We helped organize and bring up a number of New York City-based high powered startups to the table to give Entrepreneur a taste of everything the colorful and talent-driven online commerce scene has to offer. read more »
From big brands to startups, customization is a trend that has been growing significantly over the past few years and is showing no sign of slowing down. Italy-based company, ALIVESHOES, is taking the whole customization business model one step further, allowing people and brands to not only design their own shoes, but also sell them online in one unique platform.
Users design their own shoe, choosing between 50,000 combinations, then customize labels and packaging before creating their online shop. Once users collect a miniumum of fifteen pre-orders, ALIVESHOES produces the shoes in Italy and ships them directly to their customers within four to six weeks.
The startup was founded in Italy in “the shoe valley”, the oldest region of shoemakers, and has recently moved to Amsterdam to join Startup Bootcamp 2013, an accelerator program based in Europe. The team consists of Luca Botticelli, with more than ten years of shoe industry experience, Michele Torresi, their design guru, and Marco Ferroni, their CTO who has over 8 years of of engineering experience under his belt.
We chatted with Luca and asked him a couple of questions of our own. read more »
Graduating from business school is an accomplishment, but launching and running a startup while in business school? Well, that is something to be proud of. Especially when the startup is as well received as Snapette.
Founded by two Harvard Business School graduates, Jinhee Ahn Kim and Sarah Paiji, Snapette is a mobile shopping app that helps users find and share fashions available in nearby stores. Partnering with over 200 brands and retailers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and London, Snapette aims to give shoppers the inside scoop on products, sales, and in-store events. For brands, Snapette acts as a real-time and targeted marketing platform that helps drive foot traffic to stores and grow a customer base.
Having just recently relaunched, we were excited to sit down with Jinhee and Sarah to ask the pair a few questions of our own.
Customization is a huge trend in fashion tech and one company is doing it in a smart and innovative way. Meet Bow & Drape, the company that is allowing women to design their own made-to-order dresses. We are thrilled to have Bow & Drape founder and CEO, Aubrie Pagano, speak on our “Founders Tell All” panel about public relations in the fashion tech space. read more »
To say we are honored to have Brian Sugar, the CEO and Publisher of Sugar Inc., on our “Founders Tell All” panel tomorrow in San Francisco, is an understatement. Not only is Brian a successful and well known entrepreneur— particularly in the world of fashion tech– he also has an adorable family and is the proud father to a newborn baby. read more »
We are thrilled to have Steph Palmeri, Principal at SoftTech VC, joining us in San Francisco for our “Founders Tell All” panel next week to discuss funding in the fashion tech space.
At SoftTech, Steph invests in early stage consumer internet companies, including next-generation commerce, mobile services, and SaaS. SoftTech’s impressive portfolio includes Fab.com, Eventbrite, True & Co, and Twitter (yes, Twitter) to name a few. read more »