What Designs to expect as Coach and Kate Spade Combine into One Brand

By London “The Branding Blogger”

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In May, Coach announced that they were acquiring their competitor Kate Spade for $2.4 Billion.  If you’re anything like myself who appreciates a classic Kate Spade clutch and the Bold patterns of a Coach exclusive to add a little pop to your outfit, this came as big news.

Kate Spade’s style is more sleek and conservative and although Coach has a  collection that is quite similar to the traditional look of Kate Spade designs, this multinational luxury fashion designer incorporates bold patterns, colors and shapes in a lot of their collections.  It is believed that this merger took place to increase more sales in the Millennial Demographic.

Ever since it has been announced of this epic merge, we are starting to see new bags that fuse the two brand identities  together:

hayes street fabric mini isobel

Hayes street fabric mini isobel

This go-anwhere bag is made from a bright striped fabric and trimmed with black leather, this new version of our hayes street mini isobel is as chic as it is practical.

 

haute stuff parrot cage bag

Haute stuff parrot cage bag

This wicker and-leather wristlet is made to look like a bamboo birdcage playful touch to everything from jeans to dresses

dora wedges

Dora wedges

These patent wedges boast a heel that’s made to look like a (very stylish) taco truck–they’re perfect with jeans, shorts and solid-hued sundresses.

 

 

With the playful designs, the probability of grabbing the attention (and dollars) from the Millennial demographic who tend to be more attracted to accent accessories, color blocking, and making statements is very promising.

 

 

 

 

Taking a Walk Down the Fashion Runway:

By London 14 April 2014

Introducing Anne Sophie Madsen’s Spring/ Summer 2014 Collection:

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Far from traditional, Anne Sophie’s Madsen’s unique and futuristic designs look like they bare fit for the cast of the Fifth Element.

Popular for creating futuristic female warriors, her S/S 2014 collection, Post Human Speed, Sophie Madsen looks to three boys for inspiration: Kaspar Hauser, a young German claiming to have grown up in total isolation, Inochi, the school boy alien robot dreamed up by Takashi Murakami, and Rubber Johnny, a boy able to contort his body into unnatural positions, depicted in a short film by Chris Cunningham. Questioning the human body and identity just as these boys do, Madsen realizes her vision in abnormal excesses and disproportions. The collection also features signature Madsen illustrations, which reference romantic portraits and late 90s Japanese pop art. As tech-forward chic continues to be a mainstay on fashion’s horizon, this Danish designer nails it: fresh, romantic, clean, and completely ahead of the pack.

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Anne Sophie Madsen graduated from the Danish School of Design in 2009 .  Soon after graduating, she trained under John Galliano for Dior in Paris, before moving to to London to work for Alexander McQueen as a Junior designer.  Madsen debuted with her couture-inspired collection during London Fashion Week in 2010. In 2012 she won the Danish Fashion award for best design talent. In 2012 she did shows in Copenhagen, St Petersborg, London and New York, and exhibited in Milan, Paris and London.

Wearable Technology:

By Lady London 10 April 2014

 

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During this technological age, the intense rate of information is exchanged has almost everyone attached to their devices. With just one swipe of your finger, you can access your financials, stay abreast to Current Affairs, check your email, update your statuses, or even go cyber shopping!

Designers have taken smart devices a step further to have you more attached to your devices (literally) -Wearable Technology!



1. Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses:

The Vunix M100 Smart glasses was recently featured on CES 2013.  The glasses easily syncs with your android smartphone through Bluetooth capability and comes packed with Android 4.0, Wi-Fi, and 4GB of storage.  When you launch apps with your Android, everything is displayed  in a 800×400 pixel screen right before your eyes (literally!)

 

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2. Swarovski USB Necklace:

USBs are the most common giveaways for trade shows. Those little babies can hold hundreds of important files.  But what happens if you misplace that tiny, yet critical resource? Swarovski has bling’d the standard storage device by adding a line extension of a crystal-studded 4GB USB necklace.  Wearing your work on your neck never looked so sophisticated and classy!

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This techie piece of jewelery goes for $75.00 and is available in black, violet, and light rose.


3. Interactive T-Shirts

Geeky T-Shirts aren’t exactly a new thing, throw in some coding and batteries and you will be the human version of the Energizer bunny. For a long time, it was assumed that people would have to be stationed and wired into machines for medical personnel to monitor their vitals.  But what happens to soldiers that are on the field? How are medical officials able to measure their vitals when they are on the battleground?  In a Navy funded research, Georgia Tech DR. Sundaresan Jayaraman and Sumgmee Park designed the Smart Shirt.

The Smart Shirt is wired with optical fibers with sensors woven into the design of the shirt to monitor the heat-rate, breathing, respiration, body temperature, and a host of vital functions. The data is transmitted to a military base allowing medical practitioners to evaluate the soldiers health remotely.

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Another kind of interactive shirt is one that makes sound upon touch -The electronic drum kit shirt has 7 areas that generates sound with a simple touch.


4. Nike + FuelBand:

For the active exercisers, the Nike + FuelBand tracks your daily exercise and the amount of calories burnt while exercising.  For everyday activity, a LED light will light up to show your progress.  You can set goals and view a detailed progress report and then share with your social networks via its iPhone app capability.

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The Nike+ FuelBand goes for approximately $149.00 and it is a smart fun, and simple way to remain active.


5. IWallet:

Pick-pocketers are out and about waiting for the opportunity to make a move on your pockets and bags.  iWallet is definitely a game-changer that will definitely give these thieves a run for their money -No pun intended. Image

Designed with sturdy casing, biometric access, and Bluetooth technology, if the iWallet or your phone is too far apart from one another (10-15 ft) your phone will sound, notifying you of a pickpocket’s failed attempt or helping you locate the misplaced device.  Prices are in the higher range of $459 – $599 and re available in carbon fibre  with an aluminum shell.


6. Rusty’s Wired Series:

It’s time to say goodbye to those pestering tangled earphones.  Rusty has come up with a hoody where the drawstrings are earphones!  To plug your music device in, there is a jack in one of the pockets where you can connect your MP3 or Smartphone allowing you to Jam in a seamless manner.

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…And get this, the earphones are machine washable so you don’t need to worry about water damage or going through the hassle of removing them and putting them back in.


7. USB Cufflinks:

Similar to the USB necklace, these cufflinks provide a professional look.  Each cufflink holds 2GB of storage and is available in gold and gunmetal.

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To personalize this even further, for only $8.00, you can add a monogram for up to 8 characters.


8.  I’m Watch:

The I’m Watch is one of the many Smartwatches out in the industry.  It’s main differentiator’s is that SmartWatch has its own market of apps.  It connects to your smart phone via Bluetooth and once it is connected, you can receive the same notifications, emails, text messages, phone calls on your watch.

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This watch is touchscreen and can act as a hands-free device due to its built in microphone -No need to risk getting a ticket for talking/ texting and driving.  These watches go for about $400 and are available in seven colors. All of the wonders of the worlds are within an arms reach with I’m Watch!


9. Nike Hyperdunk+:

Atheletes (along with their coaches) are always looking to improve their performance.  Nike Hyperdunk + allows basketball players to monitor their speed, jump height, and overall game performance.  There are sensors in the shoe that transmit data to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

ImageThere is also a capability allowing you to record videos of  certain plays to later study.  So next time while you are waiting on line for the newest Jordan’s to release, consider picking up a Hyperdunk+ to improve your performance and really dunk on your opponents.


10. Smart Band-Aids:

Yes, you read that correctly -Smart Band-Aids! This is one of the most popular medical devices thus far.  Who would have thought that one can add an innovative twist to a strip that heals our cuts and burns?  Korean researchers have developed a flexible strip that can detect tiny movements, deliver drugs, and store all necessary data.

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This has not been tested on human patients yet, just Pig Skin.



These wearable devices are accessories to add to your Spring Collection this year!