New York Summit
Metropolitan West, November 18-19, 2014


A Global Summit on Wearables & Retail Innovation

Meet 100 Speakers and Mentors in the Premier Summit Series Connecting Fashion & Retail with New Technologies.

Previous attendees include

Uri Minkoff

CEO, Rebecca Minkoff

Uri founded Rebecca Minkoff in 2005 with his sister, Rebecca Minkoff, out of her apartment, and has built one of the fastest growing brands in fashion. Today, Rebecca Minkoff has grown into a full lifestyle brand distributing both accessories and apparel under the Rebecca Minkoff label. Uri has also helped create, lead, curate and provide artistic direction for the Ben Minkoff brand, which debuted for men in 2011.

Aliza Licht

SVP Global Communications, Donna Karan Int'l

Aliza Licht is the SVP of Global Communications at Donna Karan International and DKNY PR GIRL (@dkny on Twitter), the company’s award-winning social media personality. Licht was listed as #30 in The New York Daily News “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in New York,” she is a an inaugural TEDx Times Square speaker, has been profiled by The New York Times in “PR Girl Revealed as PR Executive,” E! News “A Day in the Life,” among many more.

Jennifer Hyman

CEO & Co-Founder, Rent the Runway

Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a fashion company disrupting the way women get dressed.

She co-founded the company in 2009 with Jennifer Fleiss, and has since raised $54 million in venture capital. With over 5 million members, 300 employees and 270 designer brands, Rent the Runway is the largest rental platform in the world, democratizing luxury for women everywhere.

Sabine Seymour

CEO, Chief Creative Officer, Moondial

Dr. Sabine Seymour is an entrepreneur and conceptual researcher focusing on the next generation of wearables and the intertwining of aesthetics and function in our "second skin". She is described as being an innovator, visionary, trend setting, holistic in her approach, and a lateral thinker and has been involved in wearables for almost two decades.

Ryan Craver

SVP, Strategy, Lord & Taylor

Ryan’s natural fascination with the intersection of retail and technology has led to a career of inspiring and leading retailers to be on the forefront of the evolving "connected retail" environment. He enjoys changing consumer dynamics and defining how retail organizations can leverage technology to strengthen their competitive position. Most recently, Ryan is in charge of the core department store strategy at Lord & Taylor.

Simon Collins

Dean, Parsons the New School for Design

Simon Collins is Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons the New School for Design. He is a design thinker, a creative provocateur and a fashion insider whose practice brings together design, strategy, communication, business and innovation. His expertise and collaboration are globally sought by brands, corporations, governments and institutions alike.

Ben Parr

Author & Founder, Dominate Fund

Ben Parr is an award-winning journalist, author, entrepreneur, investor and expert on attention. Through his unique experience as a leading technology writer, venture capitalist and prolific public speaker, Parr has coached dozens of young startups and Fortune 500 corporations on how to get attention for their products. He was named one of the top ten tech journalists in the world by Say Media and named to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30.

Lawrence Lenihan

Managing Partner, FirstMark Capital

Lawrence Lenihan is a Founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital and focuses on seed and early stage investments companies that provide technology-based solutions retail and fashion and other industries. Prior to founding FirstMark Capital, Lawrence was the Senior Managing Director and Founder of Pequot Ventures, the predecessor to FirstMark, founded in 1996.

Francesca Rosella

Chief Creative Director, CuteCircuit

CuteCircuit is a pioneer in the field of wearable technology. Founded over a decade ago, CuteCircuit sparked the fashion and technology revolution through the introduction of groundbreaking designs and concepts that merge the worlds of fashion, design and
telecommunication. CuteCircuit introduced internet connected clothing and touch (haptic) telecommunication with products such as the world’s first haute couture Twitter Dress.

Ryan Genz

CEO, CuteCircuit

CuteCircuit is a pioneer in the field of wearable technology. CuteCircuit became the first fashion label to put wearable technology on the red carpet when Katy Perry wore their gown to the Met Gala in 2010, and the same year CuteCircuit introduced the first line of technologically advanced ready-to-wear at Selfridges in London. The latest collection presented at NY Fashion week introduces fashions controlled via smartphones.

Anthony Marino

CMO, thredUP

Anthony serves as Chief Marketing Officer at thredUP, where he is responsible for customer acquisition, product strategy, merchandising, and brand/design. thredUP is a pioneer in bringing the $30 billion fashion resale industry online. Before thredUP, Anthony spent seven years on the leadership team of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, leading its investment program and product innovation teams in North America.

What they are saying

  • This is where it is going. We need our designers to be more tech-savvy.
    Coco Rocha,
    Top Model
  • It's an amazing event that has done something really revolutionary for both the startups and the fashion industry.
    Cathy Han,
    Founder, 42Debut,Hackathon
    Finalist 2013, YCombinator 2014
  • They bring together fashion and tech so everyone can collaborate to create solutions.
    Tracy Yaverbaun,
    Facebook, Director of Retail,
    Luxury & Fashion Partnerships
  • It's just a really great event.
    Henry Holland,
    House of Holland
  • I don’t think you’ll find another event which brings
    together both the industry, the entrepreneurs and the right mindset.
    William Kim,
  • Fashion and Tech
    is not something that
    will happen. It’s already
    Franca Sozzani,
    Vogue Italia
  • I was delighted to attend. There’s people from every
    country here. You feel that you’re in the place that you should be.
    Lulu Guinness,
  • The fashion industry
    is not moving so quickly in
    technology. With this event we can understand it all better.
    Renzo Rosso,
    CEO, Diesel, OTB


Wearables devices have captured everyone’s attention in the Fashion industry this year, as technologies are becoming beautified and more consumer-friendly. The market is accelerating rapidly and much in unknown.

We have the opportunity to be the platform first revealing the most beautiful wearables ready for the market today. Only one winner will be announced – as the most beautiful wearable fashion of 2014.

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Mentorship Hub

At the Mentorship Hub, entrepreneurs can sign up for a limited number of face-to-face meetings with various executives from the Fashion & Retail industry.

See our growing list of attending mentors:


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