Is Wearable Technology Fashion's New 'Little Black Dress'?

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 14-Sep-2016 16:58:12

It’s changing the world. Not only in apparel or luxury goods, but in every industry across the board. - Frank Furlan 

Wearable technology has been around for some time and the general consensus in the fashion industry is that it’s here to stay. Some go one step further in saying this is one ‘trend’ all brands must adopt to stay viable. As such, fashion, apparel and footwear brands are looking to other industries to see how their products can become a 'wardrobe staple' by serving multiple purposes.


This is a concept that has come up a great deal at past PI Apparel events. Brands like adidas, Under Armour, Target and THE UNSEEN have shown us how their clothing and accompanying technologies can measure and maximise athletic performance. Taking this one step further, and one step closer to the global consumer rather than just athletes, Frank Furlan, former President of The Swatch Group points to FitBit as a brand that leads in this field.

With 21.4 million connected health and fitness devices sold in 2015 alone*, they have clearly nailed the concept that now more than ever we are obsessed with living longer through living healthier, and have turned their wearable technology into a staple .

“The real benefit of wearable technology whether worn on the wrist or another part of the body is that it brings control and power through education and awareness back to the consumer. Through all the data it processes, it allows me to get a better understanding of the variables that affect my life”

As a passionate advocate of healthcare ecosystem improvements, Frank firmly believes that smart-tech is a must for brands to stay relevant to the consumer – and ultimately to survive.

We interviewed Frank to see where these waves in wearables and beyond will be made. In particular:

  • What has had the biggest impact on growth in wearables
  • The type of data analytics platform required to process wearable data
  • How wearable tech will challenge current systems architecture
  • The emerging technologies that will re-shape the industry
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Topics: Wearables, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Wearable Technology, Connected Devices, IT Architecture, Data Analytics

IT Systems Transformation: The DKNY Story

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 06-Sep-2016 13:15:55

For a leaner, more efficient global business, DKNY knew they would need to overhaul their current IT systems architecture. They decided on a full enterprise wide suite of tools including PLM and ERP selecting RLM as a partner, and identified future projects that would arise given the magnitude of the transformation.

To ensure a successful implementation and subsequent systems integrations, they created a complete enterprise-wide system suite roadmap that would minimise disruption to the business, and provide a measurable ROI.

Now in the second phase of their company-wide roll out, VP of Wholesales Applications at DKNY, Cindy Payero shares how, alongside a series of changes to the business, they have been making this momentous change work and grow in tandem.

In this short interview, Cindy shares:

  • How they structured communications 'bottom up' to stay on track with the implementation
  • How a standardised communication process has been used to communicate new systems capabilites to users 
  • How the executive committee has worked with IT for a lean transition
  • How they have measured the ROI of their transformation
  • Which departments have been most influential in the transformation at the various stages

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Topics: PLM, IT Transformation, DKNY, ERP, Implementation, Interview

Your journey In 3D Technology

Posted by Maeve Sugrue on 30-Aug-2016 09:12:14

3D technology is a business and design enabler, and with the right tools in place you can improve lead time in today's age of instant gratification, efficiency where many brands are searching for ways to be more profitable, sustainability – a global agenda, and bringing it back to the consumer by enabling them to engage with the design process. However, many apparel brands haven’t embarked on the journey yet.

As PI Apparel Chairman Craig Crawford says in his recent interview on 3D technology in Fashion – there is no wrong way or right way of doing 3D – “the only wrong way of doing it, is to not do it”.

With that in mind, here are 5 tips to help you along your journey:

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Topics: 3D Technology, Future Technologies, innovation

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