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  1. Can This Company Finally Get The Retail Fashion World Online?
    High-end fashion is one of the last holdouts against e-commerce. A virtual fitting room could change things–but the technical challenges are enormous.

  2. How Chicago’s Lending a Stronger Hand to Wearable Technology
    Think of Chicago tech firms, and the mind turns quickly to Groupon, GrubHub, Braintree and others birthed from Chicago’s tech incubators. Ask about Chicago wearable tech, and the list is more limited.

  3. Why the University Is the Ideal Startup Platform
    The entrepreneurial spirit at the university level is willing and eager: nearly 90 percent of young people believe that entrepreneurship education is important, according to the Young Entrepreneur Council.
  4. Samsung Gear Fit: The Most Promising Wrist Wearable to Date
    At Mobile World Congress 2014, Samsung didn’t just double-down on its investment in wrist wearables, it tripled-down, with the unveiling of the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.

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  1. Tech Takes The Runway At New York Fashion Week
    Celebrities, designers, editors, bloggers and brands descending on New York’s Fashion Week are being treated not just to the latest in clothing styles but technology.”There’s a push to closely align technology with fashion,” said Rachel Arthur, global senior editor of digital media and marketing at WGSN.
  2. Gilt Groupe Said to Choose Goldman Groupe Inc
    Gilt Groupe Inc., an online retailer of discounted luxury goods, picked Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to manage its initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the deal.
  3. New York Fashion Week: Herve Leger marries style, tech                                                                                                                  When Lubov Azria and her husband, Max Azria, set out to design the latest Herve Leger collection, she says the idea was to pay homage to the technology that rules our everyday lives.
  4. Wearable Technology and Fashion: Can They Merge?                                                                                                                      Wearables are gaining popularity by the minute, as they were all the rage at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Right now, most of the fitness wearables on the market have the same black rubber bracelet look – which is typically fine for men.

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  1. London Fashion Week Arrives
    The five-day-long event is expected to boost the economy by £100million, as orders for the latest collections are made by international buyers, and the world’s fashion press spend money on the city’s hotels and flights to London.
  2. How Fashion Apps are Looking Forward on iPhone, iPad and Android
    As the latest London Fashion Week kicks off, fashionistas are spoiled for choice when it comes to smartphone and tablet apps.
  3. Tech Goes Glam as Apple and Samsung Partner with High Fashion to Promote their Devices
    Gadgets and fashion are colliding this month as both Apple and Samsung are collaborating with high-end fashion brands to promote their latest devices.
  4. Fashion Latest Muse? Instagram
    In recent months designers of every stripe and aesthetic persuasion have turned to Instagram for a glimpse into the lives and tastes of their fans

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  1. Samsung and Qualcomm Make Foray into Smartwatch Market
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Qualcomm Inc unveiled smartwatches on Wednesday, tapping a potential “wearables” market worth an estimated $50 billion as the high-end mobile phone market becomes saturated.
  2. Digital Natives are Getting Front Row Seats at Fashion Shows
    Scan the most coveted seats of any hot Fashion Week show and you’re likely to see a similar mix of characters. From Fashionista and BuzzFeed Fashion to PopSugar Fashion and The Cut, a handful of industry-centric news sites have managed to make the transition from upstarts to established players.
  3. A Glimpse at the Future of Lucky Magazine
    With newly anointed editor-in-chief and digital doyenne Eva Chen at the helm, the glossy is coming into the times for consumers who are shopping online, offline and socially.
  4. 6 Sites for Selling Clothes You Don’t Wear
    Steal a trick from retailers and stock your storefront with what’s seasonally appropriate — maybe your unwanted fall clothes from last year.

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1. Fingerprints Used as Student Currency
Pay Tango will allow customers to pay for their purchase via fingerprints.

2. Microsoft Reportedly Preparing to Jump on the Smartwatch Bandwagon
A wrist-worn computing device has been reported to be in the works amongst Apple, LG, Samsung and Google…

3. 6 New Sites Changing the Way You Shop Online
Brika, L-Atitude and BeautySage are a couple of websites that will facilitate e-commerce to the public.

4. “Teen Vogue”, “Essence” Magazines Add Online Shopping Carts
These two magazines have integrated online shopping and will provide its customers back-to-school items and the right makeup for every skin type.

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How Burberry, Sharp and Vodafone Are Getting Creative with Data
Burberry is one of the brands that uses data creatively to stand out in the cluttered ad-sphere and improve its campaigns. AdAge has more.

Nike selects ten companies to participate in Accelerator program
Engadget announces the ten startups that Nike has chosen to improve their apps.

Oscar de la Renta revitalizes ecommerce with personalized fitting tool
Oscar de la Renta removes the size-anxiety from online shopping by introducing “True Fit,” which helps customers find specific styles that will fit their body type. Read more on Luxury Daily.

Samsung Confirms It Will Build A Smart Watch As Speculation About Apple’s iWatch Continues
Samsung builds an iWatch competitor but will Apple lead the way in this innovation as well or is it Samsung’s turn? TechCrunch has the details.

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Decoded Fashion announced SWATCHit, a platform for connecting designers and artisians, as the winner of the Fashion Hackathon, taking home $10,000 and the the opportunity to have their app launched by the CFDA.

In a very close competition, SWATCHit out-pitched two other finalists—Coveted, one-click purchasing for Tumblr, and 42, in-store retail analytics tools—for the top prize.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” said SWATCHit’s Jagjeet Gill, who is currently earning her MBA at MIT.

The finalists were chosen during The Fashion Hackathon, a 24-hour event where 550 registered participants and 78 teams competed to build a technology that helps American fashion designers. It was held Feb. 2-3, at the Alley NYC.

Some of the projects were inspired by the Fashion Brief, a conversation with designer Rachel Roy, DKNY’s Aliza Licht, Rebecca Minkoff’s Uri Minkoff, Michael Kors’ Farryn Weiner, and the CFDA’s Kelly McCauley and Sideways’ Nathaniel Catanio, on what areas of the fashion industry could utilize technology to increase efficiency and drive business. Others, like Coveted, were conceived prior to the Hackathon.

“I had this idea for about a year, but never had time to work on it,” said Michael Dizon, of Coveted. “At a Hackathon, you have to do it in 24 hours.”

The finalists pitched to a panel of fashion judges including Minkoff, CFDA’s CEO Steven Kolb, Style.com’s Editor-in-Chief Dirk Standen, designer Zac Posen, and Gilt Groupe’s founder Alexis Maybank, each of which asked some tough questions to the hackathon teams before determining SWATCHit the winner.

All the finalists took home a collection of prizes from the CFDA, DKNY, GAP, Gilt Groupe, Bonobos, Macallan, Samsung, Refinery 29, and Quotidian Ventures.

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The Best of Foursquare
Foursquare crunched more than 3 billion check-ins and tens of millions of tips to curate the “most awesome places in cities across the U.S.” Check it out at Foursquare.com.

Alexander Wang Collaborates with Samsung
Alexander Wang is designing a bag for Samsung using the Samsung Galaxy Note II to produce the images. The Cut has the story, along with his other upcoming collaborations.

DataWind Prepared $20 Tablet Computer for Indian Market
What can you buy for $20? For India’s 220 million schoolchildren, $20 may soon buy a tablet computer. The Daily Beast releases the details on the operational tablet, which is more powerful than the first generation iPad.