The CFDA’s Professional Development seminars are not only a way to introduce our members to helpful topics dedicated to helping businesses thrive, but they are also a way to showcase innovative thinkers in vast fields. The CFDA recently partnered with the masterminds at Andreessen Horowitz to host a panel where experts in the fields of technology and fashion discussed the convergence of digital and fashion and the changing consumer experience. A panoply of the industry’s best attended the session such as Wen Zhou, CEO of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Steven Alan and his President Trish Donnelly, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School and many more.
Ari Bloom of A2B Ventures and Kristina Simmons, of Andreessen Horowitz moderated the panel consisting of some of the most dynamic minds in the fields of technology and fashion: Danika Laszuk, VP of Marketing at Jawbone, Andrew Lipovsky, CEO of Epynom, Charlie Maddock, Director of Business Development at Shapeways, Georg Petschnigg, CEO of FiftyThree and Sara Wilson, who leads Strategic Partnerships at Facebook/Instagram. The panelists discussed everything from best practices on social media and online to methods for utilizing technology to create a direct relationship with consumers. Sara Wilson also added that the fashion industry is excelling on Instagram, and we can’t help but like, share, and re-gram that sentiment.