Electric Runway Podcast

Amanda Cosco

Named among the top five fashion podcasts globally by Elle Magazine, the Electric Runway podcast looks at technological innovation through the lens of fashion. In each episode, fashion futurist and journalist Amanda Cosco interviews key stakeholders disrupting apparel, retail, and consumer experiences to find out how digital technology is transforming the $2.4 trillion industry.

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Virtual showrooms- 3D clickable, user-centric branded spaces—were once a nice-to-have, a way of testing out futuristic experiences in a way that complements a company’s physical retail footprint. But with the ongoing pandemic, virtual showrooms are becoming a meaningful way of extending the customer experience, especially ahead of the holiday season. In episode 129, Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco speaks with Sean Newmarch, the Global eCommerce Director at the household appliances technology company, Dyson. Recently, Amanda had the opportunity to step into one of Dyson’s virtual showrooms using the Oculus Quest to find out first-hand how the company is leveraging technology to increase engagement and conversion beyond just the holidays. 

Dec 3

12 min 30 sec

At the beginning of December of this year, I'm attending my first conference since Covid, but I won't be leaving the comfort of my couch. I'll be strapping on an Oculus Quest 2—a virtual reality headset produced by Facebook— to attend one of the first fashion metaverses. Inside, my avatar will brush digital elbows with Vogue editors and network with other fashion professionals; I'll explore exhibition booths and attend workshops and panels led by some of the industry's most innovative thinkers and changemakers.The Circular Fashion Summit is an annual event produced by lablaco. While the conference was scheduled to take place earlier this year, supply chain disruptions caused shortages in headsets, which is the main gateway to the event in this case. CFS will now move forward on the 9th thru the 12th of December, 2021.In episode 128 of the Electric Runway podcast, I speak with Paula Vega, Founding Member and Global Partnerships Manager at Circular Fashion Summit. Our conversation touches on everything from the opportunities of social VR to the importance of diversity in the metaverse. She also shares how the summit is walking the talk when it comes to activating a more circular fashion industry through partnerships like their recent pilot with H&M.

Nov 18

20 min 24 sec

Get ready for the Metaverse. No literally, get ready. Like, what are you going to wear? The reality of virtual fashion is here, and we’re not just talking skins in gaming. Whether it’s choosing a Snapchat filter for your Zoom meeting or deciding what to wear to the digital Met Gala, dressing our digital selves is an increasingly important part of everyday life. My guest today is Kerry Murphy. Kerry is the founder of the Fabricant, a fashion house that produces only digital and never physical clothing. He’s here to take us through the digital fashion space and the rise of digital-only fashion. We’ll also cover NFTs as well as digital collectables and how they relate to the fashion industry.Social Links:Visit Electric Runway: http://electricrunway.com/Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/electricrunway?sub_confirmation=1Twitter: https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwayTikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZSxuBvsC/Amanda Cosco Social Links: Follow Amanda Cosco on Twitter: https://twitter.com/amanda_cosco Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amanda_cosco/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandacoscoGuest Links: The Fabricant: https://www.thefabricant.com/

Sep 14

33 min 26 sec

Consumers and the fashion industry alike are realizing that sustainability is more than just a buzzword—it needs to be a way of life and a way of business.  Our guest today is a sustainability advocate and an internationally recognized leader in social impact. On Instagram, he’s known as "The Swap King" where he encourages a new generation of fashionistas to trade clothes rather than purchasing new ones. Patrick Duffy is the founder of The Global Fashion Exchange as well as the global partnerships manager for Common Objective, an intelligent business network for the fashion industry.  In this conversation with Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco, he speaks about sustainability beyond the buzzwords and how to be a conscious consumer. 

Jul 22

34 min 56 sec

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about digital fashion. Whether we’re talking about augmented reality try-on in Snapchat or digital clothing that’s created and sold as art objects and minted as NFTs (that’s non-fungible tokens), the fashion industry is looking more pixellated than ever before. While the pandemic has caused us to find new use-cases for digital fashion, the truth is that the design process has been digitizing for years. In this episode, Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco speaks with Avihay Feld and Osnat Lidor, Browzwear's CEO and VP of Marketing respectively. Browzwear is the leading provider of 3D fashion software that offers solutions for design, development, and merchandising. Since 1999, Browzwear has been driving digital transformation in the apparel industry through the power of true-to-life 3D prototypes that make it easy for everyone involved in the creation and production of garments to collaborate, iterate, and get items to market faster than ever before. 

Jun 16

49 min 56 sec

It's 2020, and if you're an online retailer not already thinking about the implications of artificial intelligence on your business then allow today’s episode to provoke your consideration: Our guest today is Ashwini Asokan, the CEO and founder of Vue.Ai, a US/India-based startup that has developed an AI platform to help online retailers increase sales and work more efficiently. They do this by automating simple yet important tasks such as product tagging and personalized recommendations. Vue.AI also help fashion brands leverage artificial intelligence to generate images of models in clothes and provide personal style recommendations to customers while shopping online. It’s a robust offering in a market that’s used to doing things the old fashioned way, which may explain why Vue.AI has secured $17 million in venture capital funding. We’ll talk about how a fashion startup managed to get the attention of Silicon Valley, as well as the limitations of AI for online retailers.

Jan 2020

27 min 47 sec

It's 2020, and if you're an online retailer not already thinking about theimplications of artificial intelligence on your business then allow today’s episode to provoke your consideration: Our guest today is Ashwini Asokan, the CEO and founder of Vue.Ai, a US/India-based startup that has developed an AI platform to help online retailers increase sales and work more efficiently. They do this by automating simple yet important tasks such as product tagging and personalized recommendations. Vue.AI also help fashion brands leverage artificial intelligence to generate images of models in clothes and provide personal style recommendations to customers while shopping online. It’s a robust offering in a market that’s used to doing things the old fashioned way, which may explain why Vue.AI has secured $17 million in venture capital funding. We’ll talk about how a fashion startup managed to get the attention of Silicon Valley, as well as the limitations of AI for online retailers.

Jan 2020

27 min 47 sec

In episode 123 of the Electric Runway podcast, we're talking about how technology is changing bespoke apparel. The word “bespoke” is derived from the British word “bespeak” which means to discuss in advance or to order or reserve something. You can see here why the word has had a long-standing relationship with tailoring and tailor-made clothing. At one time, garments were created based on consumer demand and to their measurements and specifications. While the industrial revolution may have moved us towards mass manufacturing, we may be returning to an era of highly customized clothing—only this time, technologies including software, 3D body scans, and artificial intelligence are making it easier and more efficient than ever to scale the bespoke experience. Our guest today is Marc Close,  the co-founder and CEO of Bespokify. Bespokify is a fashion-tech company that creates customizable and bespoke-fitting apparel patterns instantly.  Bespokify enables custom fashion to be made as efficiently and affordably as mass-production, and in the process, it eliminates returns because of poor fit, helps build inventory-less fashion brands, and opens the door to AI-driven design.Blog post for this episode:Listen on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/electric-runway-podcast/id1064514329?mt=2Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/15F6eMSFReREEp8fVgNA0LFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/

Dec 2019

27 min 58 sec

Electric Runway has returned from Barcelona where founder and FashionTech journalist Amanda Cosco was taking part in Reshape. As you heard in last week's episode, Reshape is an exhibition and content series that explores the future of fashion through the lens of innovation. This week, we hear from Miquel Serrano, the Events Director at Fira de Barcelona. Fira de Barcelona has a portfolio of 70 international trade shows and over 4.4 million square feet of show space. Each year, Fira gathers over 35,000 companies and 3 million visitors, making it one of Europe’s largest trade and convention organizations.In this episode, you'll learn more about how European infrastructure supports emerging design, and why Barcelona seems to be a breeding ground for innovation over the years.

Nov 2019

15 min 8 sec

In this week's episode, fashion futurist Amanda Cosco sits down with Aldo Sollazzo, the founder of Noumena and organizer of the Reshape Conference. Taking place October 29th thru 31st in Barcelona, Reshape is a part of Industry Arena 19 at Fira Barcelona in coordination with IoT Solutions World Congress. Tune in to learn more about what to expect from Reshape and how the event aims to bridge innovation and industry.

Oct 2019

21 min 25 sec

From eCommerce to wearables, digital innovation has greatly impacted the fashion industry, but how can technology empower a more sustainable fashion future? FashionTech journalist Amanda Cosco sits down with Mikhail Damiani, the CEO and co-founder of Blue Bite. Blue Bite connects brands and consumers by waking up products and bringing them to life with digital technology. In doing so, they transform items like handbags, sneakers, apparel, and even signage into a new channel that engages consumers in ways current channels can’t. Today we delve into how the company is collaborating with brands like Adidas, Bulgari, and Ocean Bottle to help further sustainability efforts. This episode is part of Electric Runway’s ongoing pre-coverage of WEAR—that’s the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable, taking place October 7th-8th in Toronto. To learn more about WEAR, and to receive 15% off your tickets, visit the link below and use the discount code ER15.Blog post for this episode --> electricrunway.com/how-blue-bite-t…into-platforms/Learn more about Blue Bite --> www.bluebite.com/Check out WEAR Conference --> wear.fashiontakesaction.com/Follow us on Instagram --> www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter --> twitter.com/Electric_Runway

Oct 2019

17 min 24 sec

Fashion futurist Amanda Cosco interviews Chris Homer of ThredUp to discover how the California company is bringing Silicon Valley innovation to the $24 billion resale market in order to drive a more sustainable and circular fashion future. All over the world, the Climate Crisis is on everyone’s mind; Last week, millions of activists and concerned citizens took to the streets for a global climate strike, urging leaders to take meaningful action towards curbing catastrophic climate change. So what does this have to do with the fashion industry, you may be asking? Well, a lot. It’s widely known that fashion and apparel manufacturing is the second-largest polluter in the world next to oil and gas. From the chemicals it takes to transform raw materials into textiles to the amount of water required to produce a single t-shirt, fashion’s dirty secret is no longer a secret.This episode is a part of our ongoing pre-coverage of WEAR—that’s the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable— taking place October 7th to 8th 2019 in Toronto. Hosted by non-profit Fashion Takes Action, WEAR aims to bring together sustainability experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers in apparel to uncover how the industry can improve practices to move fashion towards a more conscious and circular future.Blog post for this episode--> More on ThredUp--> https://www.thredup.com/Discover Fashion Takes Action--> https://fashiontakesaction.com/Check out WEAR Conference October 7-8 2019 in Toronto --> wear.fashiontakesaction.com/Subscribe on iTunes --> podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/elec…st/id1064514329Follow us on Instagram --> www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter -->twitter.com/Electric_Runway

Sep 2019

21 min 35 sec

Today we’re continuing our coverage of WEAR Conference—that’s the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable—taking place October 7th-8th in Toronto. Fashion futurist Amanda Cosco speaks with Stephanie Benedetto, the CEO and Founder of Queen of Raw. Queen of Raw is a global online marketplace to buy and sell sustainable and deadstock fabrics and textiles. Stephanie shares more about her long family history in apparel as well as how Queen of Raw is saving billions of gallons of water by rescuing textiles from landfill. Blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/the-startup-thats-saving-the-world-one-yard-of-fabric-at-a-time/Learn more about Queen of Raw --> https://www.queenofraw.com/Check out WEAR Conference October 7-8 2019 in Toronto --> https://wear.fashiontakesaction.com/Subscribe on iTunes --> https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/elec%E2%80%A6st/id1064514329Follow us on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter -->https://twitter.com/Electric_Runway

Sep 2019

21 min 24 sec

It’s September, which means it’s officially fashion season, but before the runway shows kick off in New York we’re bringing you a conversation about sustainability in the fashion industry. When it comes to sustainability, it seems as though the fashion industry is experiencing a kind of reckoning. According to a recent article from Fast Company, the fashion sector is accelerating the pace of the predicted climate disaster. In 2015, fashion and manufacturing generated 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas and is responsible for a fifth of global water pollution and a third of microplastics in the ocean. So what are fashion brands doing about it? As a consumer, it’s difficult to wade through the array of information that’s out there. Fast fashion chains like H&M and Zara are making efforts towards using more responsible materials and recycling through take-back programs, but how are you truly supposed to know who made your clothes, and which ones are truly sustainable? At the same time, new business models like clothing rental services that are popping up seem to be a reaction to mass consumption, but can they really thrive? Here to help us sort through it all is Kelly Drennan. Kelly has been an advocate for sustainability in the fashion industry for more than a decade. She is a sustainable fashion expert and advocate for the circular economy, as well as the founder of Fashion Takes Action, the only non-profit in Canada dedicated to creating a conscious fashion future.Electric Runway is proud to be a supporting media partner of WEAR 2019. As such, we’ll be bringing you conversations from key thinkers at WEAR leading up to the October event, so stay tuned for that. If you’d like to attend, use the discount code ER 15 to receive 15% off your tickets, just head to Electric Runway for more details. We’ll also be covering WEAR live from the show floor, so stay tuned to us on socials, we’re @Electric_Runway.Blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/sustainabilitys-golden-age-in-conversation-with-kelly-drennan-of-fashion-takes-action/Learn more about Fashion Takes Action here --> https://fashiontakesaction.com/More about WEAR Conference here --> https://fashiontakesaction.com/Follow Electric Runway on Instagram --> www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes --> podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/elec…st/id1064514329

Sep 2019

29 min 41 sec

An update from Electric Runway founder Amanda Cosco

Aug 2019

2 min 39 sec

On this week's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion-tech journalist Amanda Cosco interviews Kunal Amalean, the co-founder of Runway Kit. Runway Kit is an end-to-end digital platform that democratizes the design and manufacturing process for fashion startups and design entrepreneurs. By leveraging the expertise and facilities of its parent company (MAS Holdings) Runway Kit levels the playing field for small to medium fashion enterprises and provides them with everything they need to start-up and scale up. **This episode was brought to you by Runway Kit**Blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/start-up-and-scale-up-with-runway-kit/Learn more about Runway Kit here --> http://bit.ly/2X5j0yCFollow Runway Kit on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/runwaykitbymas/Follow Electric Runway on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes --> https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/electric-runway-podcast/id1064514329

Jun 2019

9 min 53 sec

FashionTech Journalist Amanda Cosco welcomes Poshmark back to the show. This time, we're speaking with Maria Morales, the Director of International Expansion. She's here to tell us about Poshmark’s venture into Canada 🇨🇦For those who don’t know, Poshmark is a leading social commerce marketplace where members can buy and sell new or used clothing, shoes, accessories, and even housewares. Their expansion into Canada means Canadians will now be able to set-up shop and turn their closets into cash. Follow us on Instagram here —> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter —> https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwayLearn more about Poshmark —> https://poshmark.ca/Listen to Episode 15 of the podcast where we speak with Poshmark Founder Tracy Sun —> https://electricrunway.com/tracy-sun-fashion-is-connection-2/

Jun 2019

16 min 55 sec

Fashion futurist Amanda Cosco takes you inside Collision 2019, North America's fastest-growing tech conference. Collision took place May 19th thru 23rd at the Enercare Centre in Toronto. More than 25,000 participants from 125 countries ascended on the city to check out hundreds of exhibitors and 730 speakers across 15 tracks.Collision’s success underlines what we’re already seeing across Canada—that is, a boom of interest and investment in technological innovation. In fact, according to IT World Canada, as the tech industry expands, Canada is predicted to have 216,000 tech positions filled by 2021. With so much activity surrounding the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, it’s no wonder the area has quickly earned the nickname Silicon Valley North.There was so much to do and see at Collision, but at Electric Runway we’re focused on fashion, retail, and consumer product innovation, so those are the stories we’re bringing to you from this inaugural event. Tune in to hear conversations from the show floor and learn about emerging startups changing the way we buy and sell.Blog post for this episode--> https://electricrunway.com/collision-conference-toronto-round-up/Follow Electric Runway on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow Electric Runway on Twitter --> https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwaySubscribe to our YouTube channel --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIRvsPmkLt4FSzR3ouEnbkQ?view_as=subscriber

May 2019

17 min 29 sec

Our guest today is Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, a designer, researcher, and professor, as well as the founder of Interwoven Design Group. Interwoven is a New York-based innovative design studio specialized in wearable technology and textiles. Pailes-Friedman shares her experience working with a diverse array of clients— from NASA to the Brooklyn Ballet. Blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/what-else-can-your-clothing-do-for-you/Follow Interwoven Design Group on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/interwoven_design/Visit Interwoven Design Group's website--> https://www.getinterwoven.com/Buy Rebeccah's book on Amazon--> https://www.amazon.ca/Smart-Textiles-Designers-Inventing-Fabrics/dp/1780677324Follow Electric Runway on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow Electric Runway on Twitter --> https://twitter.com/Electric_Runway

May 2019

24 min 38 sec

Although hemp was one of the first plants to be spun into a useable fiber 10,000 years ago, it was made illegal to grow without a permit in the USA in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. Now with legalization underway across parts of North America, hemp is being revisited for the miracle plant it was once known as so long ago. And, with advances in science, there are new ways to treat hemp that can transform it from a high-performance fiber into a smart one. On today's episode of the Electric Runway podcast, host Amanda Cosco chats with Mark Sunderland. Mark has over 30 years of experience in the field of engineered advanced textile materials and apparel products. He’s also an accomplished professor and academic, as well as the Chief Innovation Officer at Hemp Black. Hemp Black is a company aiming to drive the next generation of advanced sustainable textiles by blending science and nature like never before.

May 2019

21 min 50 sec

Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco discusses the Met Gala 2019 and how wearable tech showed up on the red—er, pink carpet this year. Our guest today is Alexander Ingram, the Head of Communications and PR for North. North is a Canadian startup that wants to sell you your first pair of smart glasses. Their fashion-first approach to facial computing has investors like Amazon paying attention. Tune in to find out how North's signature product, called Focals, was the result of a pivot from a previous gesture-control product. Alex shares more about the high-tech features in Focals and helps us imagine what the future of digital interactions could look like.

May 2019

28 min 37 sec

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 Exchange Wednesday, April 24th, 2019. Audiences will have the opportunity to hear from international leading experts from the London College of Fashion, Shopify, Style Canada, Specsy, and more. Learn more about FashionTech Toronto here --> https://www.fashiontechtoronto.com/next-event-1Learn more about Omers Ventures--> https://www.omersventures.com/Blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/understanding-investment-from-a-vc-perspective/Follow Soha on Twitter --> https://twitter.com/sohaaConnect with Soha on LinkedIn--> https://www.linkedin.com/in/sohayas?originalSubdomain=caFollow @Electric_Runway on Instagram for your chance to WIN two free tickets to FashionTech Toronto --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/

Apr 2019

18 min 10 sec

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 --> https://electricrunway.com/shopping-with-robots-with-steve-martell/Learn more about Steve here --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/martellsteveFollow Steve on instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/thestevemartell/?hl=enFollow Steve on Twitter --> https://twitter.com/stevemartellLearn more about Current Studios --> https://www.currentstudios.com/Follow Electric Runway on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Folow us on Twitter --> https://twitter.com/Electric_Runway

Apr 2019

22 min 25 sec

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 since we last spoke, including a prosthetic leg for bionic pop artist Viktoria Modesta, as well as a playful medical wearable designed to help children with ADHD or autism.Blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/designing-the-future-of-fashion-with-anouk-wipprecht/Follow us on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow Electric Runway on Twitter --> https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwayLearn more about Anouk here --> http://www.anoukwipprecht.nl/#intro-1

Apr 2019

22 min 24 sec

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 for manufacturing, distribution, retail and beyond. In this episode, Statler will share the many use-cases for Wiliot and share why the young startup has already raised $50 million in funding from companies like Amazon, Samsung, and Qualcomm.View the blog post for this episode -->https://electricrunway.com/connecting-people-with-products-wiliot/Follow us on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Connect with us on Twitter -->https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwayLearn more about Wiliot here --> https://www.wiliot.com/Listen to the Mr. Beacon Podcast here --> https://www.mister-beacon.com/interviews

Apr 2019

27 min 30 sec

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 throughout the year and throughout the world. AWENiteTO is a free meetup that regularly features presentations from thought-leaders, panel discussions, and demos from those innovating in the mixed reality space. In this panel discussion, you’ll hear from Charles Bern, the CEO of Patio Interactive, a technology-driven design and marketing agency. You'll also hear from Fareena Contractor, Head of Walmart Innovation Community, and Matt McPherson, the COO of Quantum Capture. Quantum Capture is a company that uses AR to bring artificial intelligence to life with virtual human avatars capable of two-way conversations and dynamic body gestures. Blog post for this episode--> https://electricrunway.com/augmented-reality-for-retail-live-recording-from-awenite-toronto/Follow us on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow Electric Runway on Twitter--> https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwayMore on AWENite Toronto here--> https://www.meetup.com/AWENiteTO/

Mar 2019

32 min 4 sec

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 weddings more affordable. Her business combines formalwear with the ease of ordering online. Mallory McKewen is the founder and CEO of BridesMade, a Canadian startup that enables wedding parties to rent and return bridesmaids dresses as opposed to purchasing them outright. In this episode, we continue our conversation on the sharing economy, our changing attitude towards ownership, and the generational differences in wedding culture.Follow Electric Runway on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter --> https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwayBlog Post for this Episode --> https://electricrunway.com/rent-dont-buy-your-bridesmaid-dress/More info on BridesMade --> https://bridesmade.ca/Follow BridesMade on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/bridesmade.ca/

Mar 2019

23 min 40 sec

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: https://www.davisxmsolutions.com/Roland Memisevic of TwentyBN: https://20bn.com/Louise McMullen of LG Electronics Canada: https://www.lg.com/ca_enMark Shaw of Upcoming Media: https://upcomingmedia.com/More on Dx3 Canada here --> https://www.dx3canada.com/View the blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/inside-dx3-2019-canadas-retail-marketing-and-tech-event/Follow Electric Runway on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Connect with Electric Runway on Twitter--> https://twitter.com/Electric_Runway

Mar 2019

17 min 11 sec

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 environmentally conscious processes and high-quality materials. They have two headquarters, one in San Francisco and the other in Hong Kong, but their vision is global. Tune in to hear Chief Visionary and co-founder Beth Esponnette share what it's like to shop for jeans that don't yet exist and how on-demand manufacturing will drastically reshape the global fashion landscape.View the blog post for this episode --> Follow us on Instagram --> www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter --> twitter.com/Electric_RunwayMore on Unspun -->https://www.unspuntech.com/

Mar 2019

24 min 17 sec

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. Ryan Smith is the founder of FTSY, an easy-to-use and accurate platform that matches people to shoes. By making style and size recommendations as effectively as a seasoned salesperson, FTSY wants to give everyone their Cinderella moment. In this episode, Ryan explains how his company is leveraging AI, computer vision, and machine learning to become the Trip Advisor for shopping for shoes online.View the blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/creating-your-cinderella-moment-with-ftsy/Follow us on Instagram --> www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter --> twitter.com/Electric_RunwayMore on FTSY --> https://www.ftsy.ai/

Feb 2019

17 min 30 sec

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 way buyers make purchasing decisions to the way designers create, to the way we shoppers discover and consume products and experiences.View the blog post for this episode --> electricrunway.com/artificial-inte…th-leanne-luce/Follow us on Instagram --> www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter --> twitter.com/Electric_RunwayMore on Leanne Luce --> www.linkedin.com/in/leanne-luceBuy Leanne's Book --> www.amazon.com/Artificial-Intell…try/dp/148423930X

Feb 2019

18 min 35 sec

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 shares how a memorable fashion moment catalyzed the creation of image search, and how this technology is becoming more sophisticated with innovations like the Google Lens.View the blog post for this episode --> https://electricrunway.com/artificial-intelligence-for-fashion-with-leanne-luce/Follow us on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter --> https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwayMore on Leanne Luce --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/leanne-luceBuy Leanne's Book --> https://www.amazon.com/Artificial-Intelligence-Fashion-Revolutionizing-Industry/dp/148423930X

Feb 2019

19 min 3 sec

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 Conference as well as Australasian Circular Textile Association. She is on a mission to champion circular textile innovation in the global fashion industry. In this episode, we talk about her exciting upcoming event as well as her newly founded association—but that’s not all. Camille is also here to tell us all about new and exciting startups from down under and the emerging Australian sustainable fashion market. Follow Electric Runway on Instagram —> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter — > https://twitter.com/Electric_RunwayBlog post for this episode available —> https://electricrunway.com/the-australian-circular-fashion-conference/For more on the Australian Circular Fashion Conference, follow the link —> https://www.australiancircularfashion.com.au/Follow the Australian Circular Fashion Conference on Instagram —> https://www.instagram.com/australiancircularfashion/Like the Australian Circular Fashion Conference on Facebook —> https://www.facebook.com/australiancircularfashion

Jan 2019

25 min 22 sec

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, Julian identified major challenges in the fashion industry, which sparked the idea for Dresslife. His team observed complicated and ever-changing data sets like in traffic and weather to understand how AI can improve upon inefficiencies in an industry with multiple seasons, styles, and sizes. Learn more about Dresslife --> https://www.dresslife.com/Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes --> https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/electric-runway-podcast/id1064514329?mt=2Follow us on Instagram -->https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow us on Twitter -->https://twitter.com/Electric_Runway

Jan 2019

25 min 51 sec

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 processes by creating a product that's just as unique as the women who wear it. Tune in to find out how the project started and why it's important to pay good money for good things.Learn more about the company here --> https://arivantwillert.com/Read the blog post -->https://electricrunway.com/women-3dprinting-custom-bras/Subscribe to us on iTunes --> https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/electric-runway-podcast/id1064514329?mt=2Follow us on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/

Jan 2019

28 min 40 sec

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 preference. Keep and pay for items you love, while ones you don't are sent back with the concierge so you don’t have to deal with returns.Read the full blog post here --> https://electricrunway.com/delivering-the-luxury-experience-to-your-door/Learn more about Harper Concierge here --> https://www.harperconcierge.com/Follow us on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Subscribe on iTunes --> https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/electric-runway-podcast/id1064514329?mt=2

Dec 2018

16 min 25 sec

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 --> https://bundlee.co.uk/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 environment and for our wallets—but is it good business, too? Read the full post --> https://electricrunway.com/disrupting-the-business-of-baby-clothes/Follow us on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/Follow Bundlee on Instagram --> https://www.instagram.com/bundleebaby/Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes -->https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/electric-runway-podcast/id1064514329?mt=2

Dec 2018

22 min 50 sec

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 episode, he'll tell us more about the dangers of blue light and the glasses his customer-base have affectionately named “Swannies.”

Dec 2018

15 min 45 sec

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 also shows that poor or wrong fit is among the top reasons why people return items.What would a body-first approach to apparel look like? What if brands invested just as much time and money understanding their customer's fit profile as they did understanding their shopping behaviours?My guest today is Greg Moore, the CEO of Body Block AI, a company that claims to have done more than 500,000 body scans of people from all over the globe. What his team is doing with that data may just be the future of how we think of fit. Our conversation touches on how artificial intelligence (AI) can improve the fashion industry, from shaping a better customer experience to reducing waste and creating a more sustainable fashion industry.

Nov 2018

29 min 16 sec

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 about the synergies for emerging media like augmented and virtual reality and how they could push the boundaries for fashion film.

Nov 2018

21 min 34 sec

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 for 6 to 8% of carbon emissions globally. Less considered (and often underrated) is the business argument for sustainable fashion. Can going green equal bringing in green, too? In this week’s episode of the Electric Runway podcast, we take you inside a recent and fascinating pitch competition that took place in Toronto Canada. Organized by Stacey Fruitman of SWS Ventures, the competition championed textile innovation in Canada and beyond. Entrepreneurs and startups from all over the country were invited to apply online. Four were selected to pitch to a panel of judges for the chance to receive $10,000 in funding. The event was organized in collaboration with the MaRS Catalyst Fund and the George Brown Fashion Exchange. Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco had the opportunity to moderate the panel that opened the event, which tackled topics such as the circular economy, water waste, advanced manufacturing, and more. We also had the opportunity to interview a number of experts and participants to learn more about their companies and how they’re working to make fashion a more sustainable industry. In this episode, you’ll hear from: 1. Geof Kime, COO, Co-Founder and Director of Circular Systems: https://www.circular-systems.com/2. David McCann, VP of Strategy & Operations at Colorzen: https://www.colorzen.com/profiles/david-mccann/3. Lauren Smith, Founder of PolyGone Technologies: https://www.polygonetechnologies.com/4. Tyler Schon Founder of Pliant Power Devices: http://pliantpowerdevices.com/5. Dale Floer, Co-Founder of Scalable Garment Technologies Inc.: https://www.scalablegarments.com/6. Katherine Homuth, Founder and CEO at Sheerly Genius: https://sheerlygenius.com/

Oct 2018

24 min 16 sec

When you think of Pittsburgh, you might not necessarily think of fashion; The place is much more known as a university city or steel town. Which is why you may be surprised to learn that rather than travelling to Paris or New York this September, Electric Runway was in Pittsburgh for #PGHFW, or Pittsburgh Fashion Week. In this episode, Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco speaks with Sara Longo of Style 412, one of the co-organizers of the event, as well as Michael Annichine, the Director of the Magee-Women's Research Institute, one of the main sponsors of Pittsburgh Fashion Week. We also interview Amanda Curtis from Nineteenth Amendment to find out how the company enables emerging and established designers in Pittsburgh and beyond to make their runway shows shoppable.

Oct 2018

19 min 51 sec

Fashion futurist Amanda Cosco takes you inside StyleFestPH, a first-of-its-kind event in Manila aimed at pushing the Filipino fashion and beauty industry into the future. Watch the recap video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F6YyVCEbhkFollow our adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/electric_runway/?hl=en

Sep 2018

27 min 31 sec

In this episode of the Electric Runway podcast, Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco talks shop with Scott Adel, the Vice President of Retail Excellence at Tulip Retail. Tulip is a platform built exclusively for next-generation retail store associates to offer a world-class omnichannel experience. The app offers services such as checkout, clienteling, fulfilment, and more with an aim to really unify the back-end of retail.

Sep 2018

32 min 15 sec

This week on the Electric Runway podcast, Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco interviews Daniel Beauchamp, the head of VR and AR for Shopify. Shopify is a leading e-commerce company that provides merchants all over the world the digital tools to sell their products online. In this episode, their conversation touches on how augmented and virtual reality will shape the future of shopping online, and how the company is aiming to enable the next generation of 3D commerce.

Aug 2018

22 min 58 sec

Fashion futurist Amanda Cosco speaks with Regina Polanco, the founder and CEO of Pyrates. Pyrates is a textile innovation startup based in Spain

Aug 2018

21 min 46 sec

This week on the Electric Runway podcast, we're continuing our conversation on avatars and digital representation with Ebbe Altberg, the CEO of Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life. In case you're not familiar with it, Second Life is an online virtual world created in 2002. Today, approximately one million people log in regularly to play. What we were interested in—and the reason we reached out to Ebbe—is to learn more about how fashion, retail and commerce work in Second Life, as we're increasingly fascinated with virtual clothing and virtual shopping. We were also curious to learn more about Sansar, Linden Lab’s foray into social virtual reality.Ebbe's conversation with fashion futurist Amanda Cosco explores what we can extrapolate about the future of fashion and culture by looking at how people behave in online games today, including how they dress, where they shop, and where their clothes come from.

Aug 2018

37 min 54 sec

This week on the Electric Runway podcast, fashion futurist Amanda Cosco digs into sustainability with Stacey Fruitman. Stacey is an advisor to the MaRS Catalyst Fund as well as the Founder of Style With Substance and the newly launched SWS Ventures, an investment firm on a mission to reduce the environmental impact of the textile and apparel industries. Stacey was recently in Denmark attending the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion. In this episode, we learn more about Stacey’s experience in the sustainability space as well as the upcoming pitch competition she’s hosting in Toronto.More on the pitch competition here: https://electricrunway.com/mars-pitch-competition-sustainability/

Jul 2018

21 min 31 sec

From the looks of her Instagram feed, Lil Miqeula seems like a typical twenty-one-year-old. She likes fast food, hanging out with her friends, and posting pictures of her outfits. But there’s one thing you should know: Lil Miquela isn’t real at all. She’s a computer-generated image, or CGI. Although she’s a fictional character, Lil Miqeula boasts more than 1.2 million followers on Instagram. Her popularity has led to real-world partnerships with fashion brands including Prada, Diesel, and Moncler. On this week's episode of the Electric Runway Podcast, Fashion Futurist Amanda Cosco explores the concept of virtual influencers and avatars, and what our obsession with them says about us. First, we hear from Ramona Pringle, a technology journalist and expert on avatars. Ramona has spent most of her professional career studying the relationship between humans and their technology. Ramona says digital influencers aren’t new, but stem from a long history of fabricated personas and teen idols. Next, we hear from Aurora Felice, a 3D fashion designer who brings collections and campaigns to life online. Aurora’s enthusiastic about the possibilities 3D modelling presents, and believes it’s a great way to test concepts before bringing them to life IRL. She walks us through the logistics of creating a “virtually vogue” photoshoot, and why this approach can save fashion brands time and money.Finally, we hear from Wil McReynolds, the CEO and Founder of KP9 Interactive. He shares how his company is working to make avatars more realistic and fully shoppable. With developments in web-based AR and AR-kit, he says augmented reality will become the new standard for buying online.

Jul 2018

29 min 29 sec

Fashion Tech Journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Amrah Akbar of Twinery on the future of apparel manufacturing and how digital technologies are causing a shake-up in an industry that’s centuries old. Twinery is an innovation hub inside MAS Holdings, one of South Asia’s largest manufacturers of lingerie. Although you may not have heard of Twinery, you’ve likely heard of some of the products that its brought to life, including Wearable X’s smart yoga pants and Thinx’s period-proof underwear. Twinery prides itself on not just offering mass manufacturing capabilities through its parent company, MAS, but also providing strategic partnership and expertise in soft goods technologies.

Jul 2018

20 min 38 sec