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Smart Jewelry Tag

The future is shaped by the community who foster it, and last week I was proud and honoured to be a part of a community dedicated to shaping the future of fashion. I may not be a designer, a fashion house, a tech startup or a VC, but I am a someone who wants to see emerging designers and fashion-tech startups take on this intense and often challenging industry. Last week Startup Fashion Week (SFW) kicked off for the third time and once again I was thrilled to be there. The highly successful five-day event provides a platform for emerging designers and fashion-tech startups to increase visibility through networking events, conferences, and a prestigious runway show. For those who felt a sense of loss when Toronto Fashion Week announced it’s downfall, SFW became not just the remedy but a solution for championing the success of the Canadian fashion (and tech) industry.
Many were left heartbroken by the news of Toronto Fashion Week’s demise last Thursday. But all is not lost. The bi-annual event which highlights the best and most innovative designers, hosts parties galore, and features oh-so-fabulous streets style will hopefully be re-thought, and come back with a vengeance that only Canadians possess. But there is one event that escaped the chopping block in the fashion world, and I was thrilled to see the press release land in my inbox. Startup Fashion Week is back! As the world’s only fashion week to focus on fashion, business, and technology, it is a rare and AMAZING series of events, shows and workshops. Last year I had the opportunity to attend the Future of Fashion Runway Showcase, and I was blown away by the designers and the tech startups involved—I am still obsessed with MAISON CYMA.
Having a scientist for a father meant that my childhood was injected with some pretty interesting memories. From electrified potato clocks and Van de Graaf generators to Tesla coils and what I vaguely remember as a nitrogen laser, my childhood may not have been as normal as I had once thought. Looking back on my years as a mad scientist’s assistant, I wish that everyone could experience the rush of seeing lightning shoot across their house or watching a solar eclipse through a pinhole projector. It’s the feeling when every cell in your body is electrified—not literally, well once, but it was an accident—and you behold the magic you have created and unleashed into the world. There is nothing like it. There are many who chase this moment. They are the Makers. They are a community of people; young, old, professional, hobbyist, it really doesn’t matter. Their main objective is to create. If you are looking to join this community, I would suggest checking out Maker Festival in Toronto. It’s a month long celebration from June 15th-July 17. The festival includes the Maker Extravaganza where over 100 makers will come together to show off their creations, and over 80 satellite events across Toronto including workshops, meetups, speakers and hackathons.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend... Wait, no! It's Spanx, definitely Spanx. On second thought let's go with wearable tech! (The #FutureIsNow ladies). Over the past year and a half, I have spent more cash on one of these categories (don't worry it's not the elasticated underwear). I have handed over my pennies in favour of technology that promised to help keep track of my hectic and sometimes unhealthy lifestyle. From fitness trackers to wearable cameras a common theme among my growing collection has become apparent--plastic, plastic, and more plastic. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with plastic but now and again I feel like my wearables look like yet another accessory for Mattel's material girl. Then something miraculous happened--well maybe not miraculous--but it was finally a step in the right direction... WiseWear! The smart bracelet, dubbed Socialite, was introduced as an alternative to that sweaty piece of rubber that many of us sport around our wrist. The luxurious wearable is more than a step counter and security device; it is downright delectable. Finally, a device that's practical and posh, perfect for anyone who likes a little function with their fashion.
Christmas is right around the corner, and I can already taste the excessive amount of food and drink that I will be consuming. But before I'm able to get eyeball deep in turkey I've got to finishing my holiday shopping. Yes, I have left it to the last minute. Yes, I do this every year. So here is my gift to you, Wet Haute Tech's Ultimate Gift Guide for 2015. It's a curated collection of gifts for everyone on your list. I hope this helps you finish (or start) your holiday shopping.