Fashion Icon Friday: Robert Verdi
He is the embodiment of the idiom, ‘jack of all trades,’ and probably is probably one of the most sought after personalities in TV and entertainment. Robert Verdi seems to have done it all.
Born to a dressmaker and chef, no one knew that Robert would launch his career as a trained goldsmith. With his vivaciousness, engrained business savvy and eye for beautiful things, he received a degree from FIT and allowed his life to take him into Manhattan’s most cherished fashion retailers — Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, and Bendel’s. In the 90s, Robert set his sights on a career in TV with such shows as Full Frontal Fashion, She’s Got the Look and Surprise by Design, expanding his skills into interior design and the greater fashion realms. He even starred in a self-titled series, The Robert Verdi Show.
Today, you’ll find Robert continuously intersecting fashion, events, and social media through his company Robert Verdi Inc. Here he’s created one of today’s hottest spaces for the creative crossings called, ‘Luxe Laboratory’ where brands go to throw parties, grow connections, and make an impact.
Tech Crush Thursday: Garrett Camp
It’s one thing to start a great company that people around the world use on a daily basis, but it is an entirely different thing to start THREE successful internet companies.
This week we are crushing on the man that did just that, Mr. Garrett Camp. Born in Canada, Garrett co-founded StumbleUpon in 2001, later moving the company to San Francisco in 2006. Just a year later, Camp and his co-founder, Geoff Smith, sold the company to eBay for $75 million. He continued to act as the company’s CEO until May 2012 after he stepped down (he remains Stumbleupon’s chairman) to focus on his another one of his ventures, Uber.
Launched in 2010, Uber is a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of luxury vehicles for hire. The SF based company has raised over $50 million in funding and is solving transportation problems for busy city residents in San Francisco, NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Philadelphia, Dallas, London, Melbourne, and many more.
Don’t worry, Garrett didn’t stop there. He also started Blackjet, the company that helps consumers book seats on private jets faster than ever. If you struggle to find a last minute seat on a private jet traveling from New York to LA or South Florida, Blackjet is here to help. In 10 seconds, Blackjet will book your seat and guarantee seat availability. All you need is an invite code and you’re good to go.
This 2007 recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award, has one of the most impressive track records we’ve ever seen. What will he think of next? Only time will tell.
Image via WSJ.
Tech Crush Thursday: Mattias Swenson
As the world reacted to the thought of life without Google Reader, there is a small office in Sweden that celebrated. After receiving the shutdown notice, Co-founder and CEO, Mattias Swenson, called his brother (and co-founder) Daniel to tell him to build an importer. Overnight Daniel built an importer that allows users to move all of their feeds from Google Reader into Bloglovin’. In just 30 hours, Bloglovin gained over 13,000 new members.
Launched in 2008, Bloglovin serves as a platform to help people discover and follow blogs. The Stockholm based company, with the recent spike from Google Reader, now has over 2 million users. With a beautifully presented feed-reading experience, Bloglovin’ is the go-to for blogs in fashion, food and interior design. Members include some of the biggest names in blogging including Fashiontoast, The Sartorialist, and The Blonde Salad.
The Swenson brothers also recently introduced an annual award show, The Bloglovin Awards, which honors top bloggers for their creativity and following, among many other things. Past winners include Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller for Blog of the Year in 2012, and fashion “it girl”, Olivia Palermo, was named newcomer of the year also in 2012.
Wish List Wednesday: Casadei Iconic Blade Pumps
Ok, take a moment, and revel in this super sexy, super sharp, super chic collection of footwear. Worn by the likes of Zoe Saldana and obsessed over by Oscar Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Casadei has maintained the chicness for which they’re known and definitely taking it up a notch by replacing the heel with a blade-like stem. Get this: the “blade” is made of real steel!
Embracing the colors of Spring and embodying an edginess we can’t get enough of, these pumps start at about $790 and go to about $950. They come in more colors than those shown, including nude with an orange lacquer blade and vibrant animal prints with Swarovski crystals and a black lacquered blade. Add these to your wish list immediately!
Tech Crunch Thursday: Linda Smith
If you are anything like us, you have been dreaming about Cher Horowitz’s closet for nearly two decades. Organized by color and season and managed by a computer program that allows her to choose matching outfits. Simply a dream for fashionistas since the mid-1990s…until now.
Swivel, created by interactive marketing company, FaceCake, is a tech-savvy digital dressing room that uses motion sensors to let you try on clothes virtually. Linda Smith, the Founder and CEO of FaceCake, is the mastermind behind this wonderful creation. In addition to allowing users to virtually try on clothing and accessories they have picked out, the technology also automatically promotes related items, making it easier than ever to build complete outfits without having to hunt through multiple store departments.
“With Swivel we’re providing a 24-hour in-home dressing room, allowing for greater interactivity during the shopping experience,” says Smith. “By doing this, Swivel-compatible retailers and brands increase their sales conversion rates by transforming passive online browsers to active participants.”
Although the technology is currently only available upon request, Swivel is set to make the decision of what to wear easier than ever. To keep up with the latest from FaceCake and Swivel, follow them on twitter at @SwivelMe.
Wish List Wednesday: Charles Philip Shanghai Spring/Summer 2013 Slipper Collection
These slippers are about one thing and one thing only: cool elegance. As you make your way back from SXSW and realize that you miss warm weather more than you thought, stock up on these bad boys and reassure yourself the thaw will be heading our way soon.
Made from the finest fabrics and coolest prints, we’re confident that the entire Spring/Summer 2013 Slipper collection will take you from your workday to the weekend with ease. (They even come in metallics and snakeskin prints!) So, join Charles Philip and the rest of his small army of shoe aficionados in celebrating the freshness and beauty from around the world in this globally-inspired slipper collection for Spring!
Tech Crush Thursday: Jennifer Darmour
Here at TWF we are all about the collision of fashion and technology. It’s what we do and it’s what we love. So, you can only imagine how excited we are about the recent movement of wearable technology. Enter Jennifer Darmour, Founder of electricfoxy & Interaction designer at Artefact.
Jennifer’s personal project for wearable technology started while a grad student at Art Center College of Design. She’s developed the award winning Modwells concept, a personal wellness modular, and has gone on to create many other tech integrated textiles.
Keeping to the healthy theme, Jennifer has also revolutionized the way we work out with her project, Move. “For wearable technology to become mainstream, it needs to move beyond the gadgets and really improve people’s lives.” Move is designed to bring together form and function in the gym. Attractive clothing with sensor-packed technology, along with a mobile app and cloud storage, work together to read your body’s position and muscle movement. The program determines if your form is correct, while providing real-time feedback. A trainer built into our workout wear? Yes, please!
Jennifer’s latest project, Zip, focuses on bringing together fashion and music. The garments have built-in music controls, as well as many other tech-focused features.
If you’re heading to SXSW, be sure to check out her wearable technology event!//
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