As entrepreneur J. Christopher Burch makes clear in this recent article in Engadget, fashion and technology reflect and influence each other. They both change rapidly, and they grow and change together. Technology is now more fashionable than ever before, and fashion incorporates technology in ways old-school designers never dreamed of. His article examines their past and present to get an idea of what to expect in the future as the fields converge.
Fashion designers are using the new possibilities to both innovate and make clothes more functional. One good example is the Dutch avant garde fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht, who combines the two in unexpected ways. Her creations include the DareDroid, a dress that makes drinks and Pseudomorphs, a dress that paints itself.
Other designs use technology to design clothes for better safety. Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt came up with Airbag for Cyclists, which goes around the neck. In an accident the air bag inflates to protect the cyclist’s head from injury. Kevin Cannon and Ashwin Rajan designed Frontline Gloves for firefighters. They enable firefighters to communicate more easily.
One arena of technology is recycling. SegraSegra designs t-shirts and jackets from recycled bicycle inner tubes. Emma Whiteside used radiator copper to create a gown.
One source of energy we ignore, but could recycle with the right technology combined with clothes, is the kinetic energy of our bodies in movement. Soledad Martin is working on shoes that can charge cellphones with electricity generated from feet walking or running.
Burch is currently Chairman and Founder of Burch Creative Capital. That’s a private investment company. He’s also co-founder of the luxury fashion line Tory Burch. His business career spans nearly 40 years, and he’s helped over 50 companies. The company’s motto is: “Create. Disrupt. Scale.” Read insights and views from him on this article on ideamensch.com
Burch Creative’s portfolio currently includes: ED (Ellen Degeneres), Poppin and Cocoon9. Previously he worked with such established brands as Voss Water, Jawbone and Faena Hotel+ Universe. He’s now helping such consumer product companies as Blink Health, Brad’s Raw Foods and BaubleBar.
According to bjtonline.com, he began his career while still attending Ithaca College, back in 1976, long before college students routinely started businesses. He and his brother Bob put up $2,000 for Eagle’s Eye, an apparel company. They grew it to $165 million before selling it to Swire Group. He used some of his profits to invest in Internet Capital Group, an early IPO firm. For an update to his recent timeline activities, hit on crunchbase.com.
No matter where technology and fashion go, Burch will find companies to invest in that know how to use new trends to meet the advancing needs of consumers.
Have a glimpse to one of his famous investment here on https://www.wingsjournal.com/luxury-lifestyle-entrepreneur-chris-burch-develops-award-winning-resort