These days, fashion and technology are coming together in a very exciting way. The wearable tech evolving today is integrated into daily life in ways that were impossible in earlier decades.
Consider the examples Chris Burch provides. Boom boxes and walkmen were popular accessories, but they were incredibly bulky and inconvenient compared to the devices of today. Over the past few years, the relationship between tech and fashion has become closer than ever. Burch notes the example of designer Anouk Wipprecht. Her innovative garments include inventions like the self-painting and drink-making dresses.
Diane Von Furstenberg has had her models wear Google Glass on the catwalk. Designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin created a discreet and inobtrusive airbag cyclists can wear while riding. Accessories such as smart watches are becoming more common. Advances in tech are becoming more and more integrated into daily life.
As he looks to the future, Burch has high hopes for the role of recycled materials in fashion. He notes that recycled copper has been used in high fashion. He also looks forward to pragmatic innovation, noting that a phone-charging shoe is in development. It is not hard to see why he is so optimistic, when so much change abounds in these industries.
Chris Burch (Engadget.com) is the CEO of Burch Creative Capital. As a young person, his first successful business was in fashion. Burch and his brother sold preppy style sweaters as students. A highly respected capitalist, he has had a wildly successful career. Burch became a billionaire in 2012. Chris Burch has a long track record of spotting talented innovators. He has picked a number of winners over the years.
Burch has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor. In the past, he has been involved with Jawbone, Voss Water, and PowerMat. His ex-wife, Tory Burch, runs an eponymous fashion empire. He has sat on the boards of both Guggenheim Capital and The Continuum Group in the past.
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