202 – Nicholas De Monchaux – The Fashion Tech of Apollo Spacesuits

Spacesuits as a beacon of fashion technology, with the author of “Fashioning Apollo”…

Nicholas De Monchaux , author of “Fashioning Apollo” and Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media, joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco in front of a live audience at WEAR Conference 2017 in San Francisco. Powered by Sennheiser.

The inside of a spacesuit, Playtex, and a technological mindset

De Monchaux describes how he conceived the book by considering the craziest domestic space imaginable — the inside of a spacesuit. He then wrote a book about the Apollo program and how the Apollo spacesuits were made by industrial division of the same company who made Playtex bras and girdles. The origins of Playtex, the genesis of the book ten years in the making, why it mattered, historical understanding of where technological mindset come from, designing a suit allowing the human body to operate in such a hostile environment. And insights from research, as an architect.

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201 – Michael Reidbord of Fashion Tech Consortium – Advancing Innovation

Connecting brands to the innovation economy…

Michael Reidbord, Founder of the Fashion Tech Consortium (a convergence of designers, brands & global retailers with emerging technologies — advanced materials, and modernized supply chains — creating an ecosystem of partnerships that will lead to the next Industrial Revolution) and a Professor at FIT (profile), joins Marc Raco, Pavan Bahl and Rob Sanchez. Powered by Sennheiser.

Upgrading the supply chain, reducing the sampling process, and globalism

Reidbord discusses his trade as a clothing manufacturer, and helping stimulate the process of bringing new innovation into the marketplace, starting from design to store floor, and offline. How supply chain hasn’t been upgraded in many years, new ways to warehouse and deliver product, and the enormous opportunity at hand and accelerating the supply chain. Bringing down sampling process time, 3D-body scanning, getting engineers and creative designers together early, and when the outcomes are impressive. On-demand, bringing jobs back to the US, the impact of globalism, when students should be learning skills, and skilled trade vs. university track. And the need to have global skills to compete.

Startups vs. legacy, combining efforts to solve problems, and ideas vs. teams

Why the genesis of the Fashion Tech Consortium, the experience Reidboard brings by being on his seventh startup, how startups are different than legacy companies and have challenges others don’t understand, engineers are not always best business people, giving support and help to create a platform for them. How technologies are often a baseline for other companies. Looking for really smart, really amazing startups, and being able to help them combine efforts to solve bigger problems. Startups that are getting it done because they are going for it, the importance of a good idea vs. a great team dynamic, and seeing ideas that can’t scale.

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200 – Fashion Model Candice Huffine and Ziel CEO Marleen Vogelaar – The 200th Show

Collaboration between on-demand active wear manufacturer and international model…

Photo credit: Albert Cheung Photography

Candice Huffine (international fashion model and Founder of Day Won – (bio)) and Marleen Vogelaar (Founder/CEO of Ziel, custom activewear collections, designed and delivered on-demand – (bio)) join Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez, Marc Raco and guest host (and editor for WWD) Andrew Nodell for the 200th episode of Fashion Is Your Business, recorded on location at La Marina Restaurant Bar and Beach Lounge in New York City and sponsored by Stylitics, Musefind and Instasleep.

A model’s journey, from engineer to fashion brand founder, and an inspiring collaboration

Photo credit: Albert Cheung Photography

Huffine shared her journey as a plus-sized model, a decision at 15 years old to follow a dream, discovering an industry split into two, and a path she was meant to take, as a plus model, a.k.a. “curvy”, and as a role model to motivate people to look their best selves. Becoming a new runner, completing a full marathon, encouraging women to do something just for themselves, and taking on the latest role as a designer of a new fitness apparel line, collaborating with Ziel.

Vogelaar discusses her background in 3D printing, as an engineer not a designer, co-founding Shapeways (the biggest on demand 3D fashion printing company in the world) learning how designers think, how being very tall created a desire and need to create her own clothing, seeing brand fragmentation happening, seeing a lot of technology to make custom clothing, and making a dedicated line for who someone is and what someone stands for like Huffine with Ziel – on-demand design and manufacturing service for retailers and brands.

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199 – Bob Berg of Sourcing at Magic – The Magic of Knowledge

Fashion sourcing event with Sourcing at Magic…

Bob Berg, Senior Sales Manager International for Sourcing at Magic (the largest fashion sourcing event in North America offering one-stop shopping for the entire apparel) joins Rob Sanchez, Marc Raco and guest host Steven Frumkin (Dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at F.I.T.) at WEAR Conference in San Francisco. Powered by Sennheiser.

Education and innovation, investing in workforce development, and the sizing up US manufacturing

Berg discusses how Sourcing at Magic provide factories and mills the opportunity to meet buyers and suppliers. Brining education and innovation into the show to help designers and manufacturing to develop lines and brands according to what is new in the market, and meet players that can produce the kind of garments they need. Opportunities to exhibit and also education such as trade agreements, wearables, new technology, and sustainability, paths for the United States with new technology, but how the US must invest in workforce development and machinery, and in other countries are very entrepreneurial and willing to invest, and how it is a challenge. That China is willing to invest in new factories and could be a big player in this part of the industry. Why US manufacturing is of value — goodwill, watching process closely, speed to market.

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