San Francisco Fashion Week

San Francisco isn't known for its fashion.  But when it comes to technology, there is no place in the country that as disruptive as the Bay Area.  The crowd is solution-focused and ready to take on another industry ripe for disruption.  Fashion is on the hit list.

Monday

The week of panel discussions was kicked off on Monday at General Assembly with a discussion around manufacturing.  In the audience was a diverse mix of technologists, textiles vendors, manufacturers, and industry experts.  It was a great intro to the history of garment manufacturing in the Bay Area and connecting to resources for small batch manufacturing and apparel product development.  Speakers included Lana Hogue of Triple Aught, Gerry Kelly of Sonas DenimSharon Segev of Ruti, and Walter Castro of TEG SF.

Tuesday

Tuesday, I was a panel speaker for the Fashion Tech Expo at Galvanize in SOMA.  The other speakers on the panel were Beth Blecherman of Savitude, Chinmay Naik of Shodat, and Ty Olatoye of Omni.  The only spare moment I had was when I arrived early and took this picture.  The entire evening was full of interesting conversations with innovators, start-ups, and crazy people.  

Wednesday

Gensler Architecture firm hosted a panel discussion on VR/AR.  Neha Singh, founder of Obsess (VR for fashion start-up), Fred David, a founder of Wired, Karen Stritzinger of Avametric (Virtual Try-On), and Rob Varady COO of Sculpt Labs (Custom-fit, Virtual Try-on Glasses) all were on the Panel.

Thursday

Virtual Reality Demo night at WeWork Transbay.  ZeroLight, Omni, SculptLabs, Obsess, and Sandstone all demoed at this event.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

There were fashion shows all weekend ending with a runway show at Bloomingdale's in Westfield Mall.  (Do note: the Digital Fashion Hackathon was moved to November.  Check out the events page if you're interested!)

The community

To get tapped in, follow check out Fashion Tech Network.

Kitty Yeung

Kitty didn't just make wearables for fashion week.  She has a PhD from Harvard and is currently working at Intel.  One of her creations used "brainwaves" to control LEDs embedded in her dress.  Check out my feature post about this collaboration with BrainCo: KtY x BrainCo.