Vogue Business today announced the launch of The Tech Edit podcast, a weekly podcast series which will explore how technologies and innovations are shaping the future of fashion, luxury and retail. The Tech Edit is hosted by Vogue Business’ Innovation Editor, Maghan McDowell, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the series, Maghan brings together a mix of industry figures from tech startups at the vanguard of disruption, to fashion brand CEOs focused on evolving their businesses to stay ahead.
"The Tech Edit podcast series is an extension of our Technology Edit newsletter, and offers a closer look at some of our most popular coverage on how tech is changing fashion, luxury and retail. I have always said the favourite part of my job is being able to talk to some of the most fascinating people leading that evolution, and this series invites listeners into some of these conversations,” said Maghan McDowell, Innovation Editor, Vogue Business.
The Tech Edit series examines the immediate acceleration of innovation driven by the global Covid-19 pandemic and how other milestone technologies, such as augmented reality, 3D design and digital clothing, are evolving the sector. Guests include Daniel Grieder, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger Global; Carolina Arguelles, Head of Global Product Marketing, Snapchat’s Camera and AR Products; and Kirsten Green, Founder and Managing Partner of Forerunner Ventures.
Episode One sees tech experts discuss the forced acceleration of innovation and share the technologies and behavioural shifts on their radars.
Benedict Evans, Authority on Technology and Media, on how the current crisis will accelerate digital innovation: “This is a cultural and social and economic watershed. We're breaking old habits and forming new habits.”
Matthew Drinkwater, Head of the Fashion Innovation Agency at the London College of Fashion, on the future of fashion’s tentpole events: “We don't need to take a catwalk that would have existed normally and simply plunk that into virtual reality. We need to begin to think about the impossible. If there's one thing the industry needs, it’s to begin to understand what the tools are, and how they might be applied.”
Kirsten Green, Founder and Managing Partner of Forerunner Ventures on the importance of startups to influence the industry: “We've been on a journey of embracing digital commerce and starting to imagine a more fluid connection between online and offline. A lot of that has come from the upstart companies that needed to embrace the moment and think about the future to create relevance for themselves, while others — and it's an ordinary way to behave — resist change, particularly if something you've been doing has been tried and true for a long time.”
“We’ve seen brands adapt, experiment, and embrace technology in powerful new ways in order to meet the needs of their customers. We are excited to be partnering with Vogue Business to share these stories from the world’s brightest minds in fashion and technology,” commented Susan Schmidt, VP, US Consumer Credit, PayPal, sponsor of the podcast.
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