It was a pleasure to be a part of the Fashion Innovation Alliance's first visits to members of the Senate and Congress to discuss the intersection of fashion and technology, and begin the process of educating the government about the opportunities, future and benefits of supporting the growth of this industry with vast potential.
I was happy to speak on behalf of Manufacture NY who I work with and all of the industry itself, including other AFFOA partners who I now consult with as well as this is a critical and thrilling time for apparel technology innovation.
L-R Amanda Curtis founder of 19th Amendment, Jing Zhou founder of E lemoon, Deborah Alden of the Brooklyn Accelerator, Sumeet Shah VC at Brand Foundry, Maddy Maxey Founder of Crated, Susan Scalfidi founder of the Fordham Fashion Law Institute, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco of the Fashion is Your Business podcast and Kenya Wiley founder of the Fashion Innovation Alliance
"We are bringing fashion tech — the latest wearables, smart apparel and fashion apps — to the United States Capitol at Fashion + Tech Showcase 2016. Our inaugural showcase is an opportunity for Washington policymakers to engage with the fashion tech community and learn more about the economic benefits and social value of fashion tech. Technology is spurring a fashion revolution and our stakeholders across the fashion tech spectrum — from start-ups to corporations, from investors to advocates, from academics to students — will all play a significant role in shaping the future of fashion tech.” -Kendra Wiley