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#NYCTech -  People pay hundreds of dollars for sketches of themselves, which generally end up in the garbage or lost in the attic.  The new app Chic Sketch, takes sketching digital and lets you send a picture to a fashion illustratorthat will...
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#NYCTech -  Owning a luxury watch is a sign of achievement but how does one decide which timepiece will be the signature piece for today and more importantly, tomorrow. In this era of massive consumer choice, it's extremely easy to develop...
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Fashion -  From the past 2 parts of this article series, we have learned that the industry has acknowledged that a revolution in fashion production needs to take place. The feasibility of mass customization and on-demand production is possible...
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Fashion -  We went one-on-one with Carolina Cantor, co-founder of Shop Ethica to see what we can learn from her online commerce strategy:Shop Ethica, brings conscious style with a high-impact twist to your everyday occasion. Shop Ethica...
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#NYCTech -  My name is Oleg Popov, and I’m the Head of User Acquisition at ScentBird. I’m responsible for growing our customer base.Our business model is similar to the Dollar Shave Club; we sell subscriptions to a 30-day supply of any...
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Business - Any successful fashion brand carefully listens to what its customer wants and tries to meet demand quickly with either well-planned inventory or just in time production, fulfilled through their own e-commerce channel. Many...
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Business - Over a month ago, at FIT’s fashion merchandising management (now fashion business management) program’s Annual Alumni event, all I heard from the keynote speaker and the attendants — professors and the former students — was...
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Fashion - Everyone wants to predict the future. In the technology and business space, there have been white papers that talk about the future of “X”: retail, technology and digital. Though there are many reports that talk about high-level...
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#NYCTech -  High heels may be the most inconvenient item that’s in style, especially in NYC where you can hit a pothole, sink into a subway grate, or even trip in embarrassing fashion. With high heel related accidents on the rise,...
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#NYCTech - Deborah Lloyd, chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York, joined Pavan Bahl, Marc Raco and Liz Bacelar on location at the Fashion, Culture and Design UNCONFERENCE in New York City Start With a Great...
Quality Control Specialist Tim Russell uses a specialized micrometer to measure of machining performed at Port City Group’s Port City Castings Corporation manufactures high-pressure aluminum die-castings, mostly for the automotive industry, in Muskegon, MI, facility on Wednesday July 20, 2011.  Port City Group boosted its employment by 12 percent over last year thanks to two Rural Business Guaranteed Loans totaling $9.6 million. In its 80,000 sq. ft. facility, machines that range from 800 – 1,600 tons, and cast A380 aluminum alloy products from melted ingots of aluminum, into automotive components of U.S.A. made vehicles.  The process features a variety of robotic presses; computer controlled machining; quality control facility; and complete measurement and testing laboratory. In 2009 banks were backing out of loans for PCG equipment purchase agreements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan guarantee helped make the loan possible with its guarantee. PCG obtained the needed robotic and other equipment. This resulted in a stable workforce that has since grown. When asked about their USDA experience, Port City Group Sales Manager Laura LaGuire said, “It was great! They were very helpful. Everything that came up was handled smoothly, the money came in place when it was needed, and it was a very smooth transition.”  USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
Advice - During a recent episode of Fashion Is Your Business, with Nora Levinson and Soyoung Park of Caeden, Pavan asked Nora to walk through the process of getting their headphones and/or their bracelet manufactured. Despite advances...
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#NYCTech -  If you are running a pop up shop and you can’t stand the amount of work it takes to get a space to pop up in, you are not alone. It can be a hassle to secure a venue and your resources are limited, but this company is doing you a...
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#NYCTech - Are you sick of shopping at fast-fashion retailers? Do you want to maintain a look that is on-trend, but still unique? Online retailer Shoptiques, which sells a curated selection of apparel from international boutiques, might just...
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Fashion - I have been surrounded by fashion entrepreneurs for well over a decade now.  I have noticed that the key driving force that motivates them is a dream. In order to make that dream a reality, it takes hard work and constant focus on...
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#NYCTech - For the past 15 years, Made in NYC has created events that support and promote locally manufactured products. The initiative, which previously helped the food and interiors industries, is expanding its repertoire to include...
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Advice - So you are interested in joining the fast, crazy and amazing world of fashion tech, but how do you break in? It seems like a cool industry, but with all of the new technologies coming out it can be tough to keep up. I found that to...