WE’RE SENDING TWO OF YOU TO WEAR IT BERLIN!

WE’RE SENDING TWO OF YOU TO WEAR IT BERLIN!

Well, June definitely seems like the peak of unmissable conference season. Just a after we picked the winners for our Webit competition, we’re excited to announce our media partnership with Wear It – and give away two tickets for the must-attend fashion tech conference in Berlin. This year’s Wear It festival, taking place on 19 and 20 June 2018 at Kulturbrauerei Berlin, will bring together the most successful innovators in the wearables and e-textile industry to explore the future of fashion. The speakers list will make sure to deliver on that promise. Attendees will get the chance to hear from Nicole Cifani of Matrix Industries, a company responsible for the world’s first smartwatch which doesn’t need charging as it’s powered by body heat; artist and designer Rachel Freire, whose clients include Giles Deacon, Alexander McQueen/McQ, Emporio Armani, Temperley London, Coach, Kanye West, Victoria Beckham; cyborg activist Moon Ribas, who can feel seismic activity happening on Earth and even space thanks to a sensor implanted in her body; award winning designer Julia Korner, who is responsible for co-creating stunning 3D printed costumes for the blockbuster movies ‘ Black Panther ‘ and ‘ Avengers ’; Daniel Egger (Head of Wearables, Swarovski), also author of ‘Future Value Generation’; and many more. Beyond inspirational talks, guests will also get involved in hands on workshops and mentoring sessions on anything from public relations and investment to product development and pitch training. We had such a blast last year and we want you to experience the conference first-hand! So, needless to say, we’re absolutely thrilled to give away two tickets for Wear It to our...
WIN TICKETS TO WEBIT FESTIVAL EUROPE WITH INTERLACED

WIN TICKETS TO WEBIT FESTIVAL EUROPE WITH INTERLACED

Webit Festival is Europe’s leading tech and digital policy gathering of EU policy makers and global innovation leaders ranging from Fortune 500 top executives to the world’s most impactful and promising founders. The festival, taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria between 25-27th June, will bring together over 7000 attendees from more than 100 countries, global and European entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, scientists, digital economy shapers and a top selection of Europe’s 200 most promising startups. Now in its ninth year, Webit Festival will have tracks dedicated to blockchain, health, innovation, media and entertainment, among others. Confirmed speakers for this year’s event include Sophia the robot (yes, Hanson Robotics’ most advanced and celebrated robot), Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman, Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy, Fashion TV President Michel Adam, H-FARM Founder Maurizio Rossi, renowned technology futurist Pablos Holman, among many others. As an official media partner of the event, we are giving away 2 PRO tickets* to Webit Festival! To enter, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter or Instagram and retweet (for Twitter) or like (for Instagram) our competition announcement before 11th June. The winners will be announced on 12th June 2018. Good luck! *Winners are responsible for their own travel and accommodation — Want to partner with us for an event or invite us to speak? Get in touch at info@interlaced.co To keep up-to-date with our activities and upcoming events, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our...
INTERNATIONAL HAI FORUM RETHINKS THE PARADIGM OF THE CREATIVE MIND

INTERNATIONAL HAI FORUM RETHINKS THE PARADIGM OF THE CREATIVE MIND

A new event in Latvia is set to explore new meanings in business in the creative industries. Hai’s Rethinking the Paradigm of the Creative Mind will look to sharpen our understanding of what true creativity is about in this day and age, what are the roots of the distorted understanding around creativity, what are the consequences for us as creators, for our fashion business and people. The forum, taking place in Lizari between 1-3rd June 2018, will also aim to tackle questions such as “Why do we say everything is has already been created?”, “What is the difference between marketing-driven and people-centred creativity?”, “Who are the businesses approaching this new type of creative thinking in the right way?”. To give a wholesome view of the topic, Hai’s speaker programme will include business leaders, marketing specialists, scientists, psychologists, fashion, design and art creators. We are happy to announce our Kristina Dimitrova will also join the lineup to talk about how creative businesses can tap into the Transformation Economy.       Not forgetting the importance of reflection, exploration and mindfulness, guests and attendees are invited to take part in body practice with voice (enjoying polyphonic Lithuanian folk songs), psychological games, reflection activities (crystal sounds, nature, ancient oaks, sunset) and constellation theatre. Rethinking the Paradigm of the Creative Mind will take place at Lizari Campus – a place combining the harmony of architecture and nature, providing guests with cosy and functional space to learn and connect with others and themselves. Rethinking the Paradigm of the Creative Mind Date: 1-3 June 2018 Place: Lizari Campus, Latvia More information: Event site — Want...
SAVE THE DATE: HOW TO MAKE IT IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PANEL

SAVE THE DATE: HOW TO MAKE IT IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PANEL

The first quarter of the year might be behind us already but ‘unpredictability’ still feels like the word du jour in the fashion industry and beyond. And it’s not without reason. Once the most anticipated months in the fashion calendar, fashion weeks now make headlines with the number of designers who choose not to show in the official schedules, experiment with the presentation format (with varied success) or ditch their participation altogether. Outside the extravaganza of fashion week, companies are having to rethink their processes, sales and distribution channels and how to use data in a way that grows their business, at a time when consumer loyalty is something of a myth. No one is safe, not even overly hyped streetwear labels like Vetements. And yet, there’s never been a better time to enter the industry. According to The Business of Fashion and McKinsey’s 2018 report, The State of Fashion, “optimisim” was ranked as one of the top 3 words executives used to describe the state of the industry. Accenture’s Helen Mountney recently echoed this, saying that new companies are now “very well placed […] because they tend to be digital natives and understand the importance of technology”. So, while it might be one of the most competitive and challenging industries, there’s a place in fashion and the creative industries for bright young things who are ready to challenge the norms and create their own narrative. To help address the challenges and opportunities for up and coming brands and creative entrepreneurs, we have teamed up with Lovespace – UK’s largest by-the-box storage company – for an evening of discussion...
ACCENTURE’S HELEN MOUNTNEY ON THE CHANGING RETAIL LANDSCAPE

ACCENTURE’S HELEN MOUNTNEY ON THE CHANGING RETAIL LANDSCAPE

It’s a busy first day at Retail Week Live – the largest gathering of retail leadership in the UK. The event might not have ‘tech’ in its title but that’s the single biggest overarching theme for the conference: the topic more than 150 speakers are here to discuss, and thousands of attendees – to hear about. It can be overwhelming. From bringing omni-channel experiences through emerging technologies, to thinking about how GDPR will impact your brand and making sure your workforce stays on top of technological innovations, there’s definitely a lot to take it. One person who knows how to separate the nice- from the need-to-know themes and movements, though, is Helen Mountney. As the UK managing director at retail management consultancy Kurt Salmon (part of Accenture Strategy), she works with retailers and consumer products companies to deliver operating efficiencies, turnaround support, strategic planning and organisational design. With more than 20 years of experience in the sector, she is a thought-leader in the industry, regularly cited in leading publications. We caught up with Helen to discuss some of the key themes and trends for retailers and emerging brands in 2018. What is the state of the industry at the moment? It’s not an easy time for many retailers, especially traditional ones. What’s interesting in the retail landscape is the amount of disruption that some of the new innovators are causing. I think technology has an important part to play in that and the successful retailers are those who embrace technology, those who have a really compelling digital offer and who are clear about their proposition to their customers. On...
LONDON FASHION WEEK: TASTEFUL TECH AND TRADITION

LONDON FASHION WEEK: TASTEFUL TECH AND TRADITION

Following a turbulent New York Fashion Week, where some questioned its value, others accused of lacking diversity and which dozens of American designers decided to ditch in favour of other cities (for yet another season), eyes turned to its European peer – London. Was the Big Smoke going to get that same treatment this season? Thankfully, the British capital delivered on every single front – from putting the spotlight on new designers, to championing the icons and creating lots of experiential activations, the five days during LFW didn’t disappoint. We’ve rounded the key highlights below. Bailey takes a bow Burberry’s February show was the last one under the creative direction of Christopher Bailey, who chose to dedicate his final collection for the brand to organisations supporting LGBTQ around the world. While the show was a magnificent spectacle, ‘the final soundtrack – Jimmy Somerville singing ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ – seemed more concerning about a future without Bailey at the helm than celebratory about the brand’s next steps,’ commented fashion historian Dr. Ben Wild. Now that we know Givenchy star Riccardo Tisci is replacing Bailey, it will be fascinating to watch the antidote-of-Bailey designer put his spin on the iconic British brand. The Queen makes an appearance No celeb or influencer entrance could even begin to compare with the excitement around The Queen’s appearance at London Fashion Week. Her Majesty was greeted upon arrival by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC), after which she toured the Designer Showrooms, viewed the collections and meet some of the designers, including a group of NEWGEN budding talents....