This week is all about ambition. Whether your ambition is to become a renowned fashion designer, to become the CEO of a popular fashion brand, to develop wearable tech that appeals to fashionistas – whatever you can think of – embrace it! The top three fashion-tech tidbits I picked for this week will hopefully inspire you to do that:
- Tory Burch is reaching out to us with an inspiring story on International Women’s Day. She wants to make it clear that as a woman, it is not wrong to show your ambition. She talks about the double standard around ambition that she faced while building her global lifestyle and fashion brand – a double standard that our society has perpetuated based on stereotypes and biases. And she encourages women entrepreneurs to embrace their ambition. On April 24, the Tory Burch Foundation will host the first Embrace Ambition Summit in New York, with the goal and hope that “if we confront the biases and stereotypes that hold people back we can create new norms that will allow us all to embrace equality. It is an ambitious goal. And we own it.”
- The second impactful story I picked from this week’s newsstand is about how the dirty industry of fast fashion is causing an environmental “emergency”. Some alarming facts:
- the fashion industry is the second-largest user of water globally, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); producing one cotton shirt requires 2,700 liters of water—the amount a person drinks in 2.5 years.
- The apparel industry is a heavy polluter, due to the energy required to grow raw materials and produce fabrics, as well as the number of chemicals involved in dyeing and finishing all that fabric, according to Quartz research.
- the apparel and footwear industries together account for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Quantis report.
Clearly, we’ve got a problem. And it’s encouraging to see that the sustainable fashion discussion is making strides, involving U.N. leaders.
- A related story comes from Wallpaper* and makes a point that Sustainability is not about designing less, but designing better. And technology can play a huge role in “designing better” fashion items, and products in general. According to former Jimmy Choo Creative Director, Beatrix Ong, “Sustainable technology already exists, but you have to make a conscientious decision to jump over’ ostensible hurdles of cost and convenience.”
Solutions to sustainability problems in fashion exist. We just need to follow our ambition to find them.
And on that note, I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s fashion tech tidbits. Stay tuned for next week’s edition.