Fashion Tech Innovator - - Co-Director, BR Innovation Agency (BRIA) - - Fashion-Tech Writer at Techstyler.fashion and HuffPost.
Brooke Roberts-Islam is a digital knitwear designer and consultant, who also has over a decade of experience as a diagnostic radiographer within the NHS. She is co-director of the Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency (BRIA) who create materials-tech collaborations, products and installations with brands from both the fashion and technology sectors, directly combining her knowledge of the latest developments in the fashion-technology sector with her cross-discipline approach to developing new materials.
Brooke is passionate about combining science, technology and fashion in her own work and has also achieved this through collaborations with the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, amongst others, and is regularly invited to speak about the latest in fashion tech at events, including the Wired Next Generation conference and the launch of London Technology Week in 2016.
In addition to her design and materials development work, Brooke is a fashion-technology writer for the Huffington Post and her own blog, Techstyler, lending opinion and sharing interviews from the crossroads of fashion-technology, from a fashion designer’s perspective. In 2013, Brooke was voted onto The Hospital Club’s 100 list of the most influential and innovative creatives in the UK, as well as being voted onto KPMG's Shift 100 list for retail technology entrepreneurs in 2017.
However, if we take a look at the world around us now, and the machines working alongside humans, we see a very different picture. Medical robots are used to carry out complex and intricate surgical procedures, massively increasing success rates and minimising the number of associated complications
Rewinding a little, Sooty's MA at the RCA has taken her on a two year journey of exploring her relationship with her culture (she hails from Manchester but her parents are Iranian), religion and faith. Having grown up in an liberal environment, Sooty's relationship with her faith has evolved naturally, without any pressure to pray or conform
The visit resulted from an Instagram exchange between student Nina Balstrup and I, reconfirming the power of social media as a connector and entrepreneurial tool for switched-on creatives. To the work...
As the driver of Kering's global sustainability strategy, Marie-Claire Daveu is the company's spokesperson on what amounts to a mammoth mandate to effect global change management across supply chains and drive education of students and designers to mindfully choose sustainable materials when making creative decisions.
It's Vanessa's opinion that using sustainability as a sales tool and part of the brand message, has an upside and a downside. The upside is the point of differentiation which can attract consumers, while the downside is that it puts the brand in a different niche for other consumers.
H&M made a bold statement at the beginning of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, declaring their aim to become fully circular (which means moving towards using only recyclable materials and renewable energy sources) by 2030. I spoke with Anna Gedda, their Head of Sustainability to find out how.
While interviewing Mira I asked what inspired her new venture, which seeks to innovate in the fashion tech space (including wearables) and harness new and existing technologies to help make fashion more sustainable.
Starting her concept not from a designer standpoint, but from a question about whether there might be a consumer appetite for a hybrid textile apparel/shoe product, she placed a paid Facebook Ad (for £38.61, to be exact) aimed at her demographic (25-37 year old females in the UK and the US), reaching over 400,000 people, from which she had 55 surveys completed.
Reflecting on the global political and economic climate, Simon Collins commented on the political dissent in Thatcher's 70's and 80's Britain that gave rise to the punk rock movement and other beautifully creative genres that still resonate in Britain today. So out of this current political upheaval, could there be a beautiful and positive outcome?
'Is that Dhaka?', I wondered as a film taking us on a tour through a rabbit warren of a damp, dark textile workshop played on the backdrop of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit stage. It's actually Gujarat in India - Machines by Rahul Jain opened the summit and reminded us of why we we're here.
Marco cited one of the biggest challenges for the sustainability agenda currently as being consumer attitudes towards 'sustainable garments' and the false impression that sustainability means a compromise on design and/or quality. He is calling for a drive to help convince customers of the superiority of sustainable fashion and make it a major purchasing driver for consumers.
Our discussion broadens to our respective experiences in textile creation and barriers to innovation within the industry, in terms of access to the newest technologies, and it's clear we have both at times had to work within restrictive industry parameters.
For Sabinna Rachimova, her 'brand DNA' is, actually, familial. It transcends ethos and aesthetics and runs deep into the past, through two generations of her family. Her grandmother, a maths and physics professor in her native Russia, who during communist times made clothing on the side for neighbours and friends for extra income, inspired her to pursue a career in art and craft.
Kniterate's machine launches via a Kickstarter campaign at 4pm today and has a number of pre-launch fans spanning Maker Space owners, engineering, design and architecture schools and small scale knitted scarf and glove manufacturers.
My closing thoughts rest on the rising global voices in fashion that originate from vastly different cultures and belief systems, and that speak on behalf of under-represented groups. I want to sit at shows and presentations alongside men and women representing all colours, faiths and styles
The 'insta-fashion' of today lends a kind of high impact then fast fade to fashion imagery - blink and you'll miss it. It occurred to me today that the presentations I have seen at fashion week so far on day one are highly condensed, stringently edited and high impact.
24/02/2017 15:24 GMT
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