FIYB Presents – Lawrence Lenihan on TopTalk with Liz Bacelar

Lawrence Lenihan of Resonance on venture investing in the fashion industry…

TOPTALK - LAWRENCE LENIHAN - 3Lawrence Lenihan (bio) (Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Resonance, a venture operating company that invests in early-stage fashion brands using a unique combination of capital, venture investing experience, fashion industry insight and expertise, manufacturing knowledge and capability and technology vision) joins Liz Bacelar (global expert in the intersection of fashion and technology) for this first installment of TopTalk and an in-depth interview presented by Fashion Is Your Business.

The biggest surprise, exciting times, and the mantra of knowing nothing

TOPTALK - LAWRENCE LENIHAN - 2Lenihan reveals his start in fashion retail, the biggest transformations and surprising speed of changes, retailers’ huge challenges, why now is an exciting time, how the Internet has allowed intimate and specific connections for brands with customers, growth’s best actionable points for fashion brand CEO’s, the importance of “owning a mountain”, where the most innovative things are happening, talent with vision and enabling them to execute with precision, taking creative brilliance with great execution and a great idea and make it a massive success. One of Lenihan’s biggest regrets, focusing on a demonstrated ability to connect with customer and the ultimate proof of connection, the value of a mantra of knowing nothing, and enabling see-now/buy-now.

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Special Report – Stephanie Benedetto of Queen of Raw at LAUNCH Nordic Forum

Stephanie Benedetto, Queen of RawQueen of Raw‘s CEO and Founder Stephanie Benedetto (bio)  joins Marc Raco from Malmo, Sweden to share major news of selection and participation in LAUNCH Nordic as a Closed Loop Innovator for 2016. LAUNCH.org was founded by NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and NIKE, Inc., who joined together to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges. LAUNCH has sourced and supported life-changing, sustainable solutions in water, health, energy, waste, materials and green chemistry.

35 industry executives, closed loop and materials experts, government officials and investors will offer insight, guidance and commitments to help scale its innovation. Following the Forum, Queen of Raw will enter an accelerator program where it will have access to mentoring, networking opportunities, and key investors to enable it to bring its innovation to scale.

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152 – Veronika Harbick and Michael Carlson of Thursday Finest – Humans at Thursday Finest

Custom apparel with 3D knitting and automation from Thursday Finest…

Thursday Finest 4Veronika Harbick, Co-Founder/CEO (bio), and Michael Carlson (bio), Co-Founder, of Thursday Finest in Brooklyn, NY join Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez, and Marc Raco .

Willy Wonka, Japan, and a new uniform

Harbick and Carlson reveal how the company started out of frustration of difficulty finding custom color conversations or basic, items that always fit in any color wanted Thursday Finest 5whenever they wanted. The discuss the Willy Wonka land of wool and cotton, different machines for office and for travel, events that connect people to product and process, going to Japan to train on machines, and the trend toward getting into seamless and whole garment 3D printing. Some of the challenges and programming considerations of 3D printing, post-production process impact and changes, quality upstream and downstream, and new product category offerings beyond ties such as scarves, socks. and hats that are 3D knit so they stand up well on head, have sustainable aspects to the yarn, and offer four different looks with one hat. How they tested hundreds of yarns, Merino yarn, the origin of name to celebrate self expression and your new uniform.

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151 – Chris Petrakis and Sean Rashid of Solebrity – Shift of Power

Social mobile shopping with rewards from Solebrity…

Solebrity 3Chris Petrakis (CGO and Co-Founder – bio) and Sean Rashid (Advisor – bio) of Solebrity, Inc. (a mobile shopping app reinventing the way consumers shop starting with a marketplace for fashion and apparel that rewards the user for endorsements and sharing), join Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez, and Marc Raco on location at 2016 Fashion Digital NY.

Millions of products, control, and analytics

Solebrity 6Petrakis reviews how Solebrity has more than 11,000 brands, more than 11 million products, smart data technology company looking at unique nature, behavior and influence of users that is creating a personalized experience based on their style and social interests. A shopper-centric focus, shoppers only see products relevant to themselves via an organizing process, and the ability for user to have some control. An affiliate model, data-driven analytics and metrics for brands including endorsements, and why influencers don’t see “dislikes”.

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