Please mark your calendars for the Bixel Exchange’s first ever Fashion andTechnology Salon on Feb. 25 from 6:30-9 p.m at Maker City LA at The Reef, a collaborative and creative habitat in downtown LA. This event will highlight today’s attempts at blending fashion, function and technology.
With the announcement that the LAPD will initiate the use of 7,000 wearable body cameras to increase transparency and trust within the community, we will sit down with Steve Soboroff, President of the Los Angeles Police Commission, to discuss this initiative, the technology behind it and the future of technology and law enforcement. Mr. Soboroff will be accompanied by Daniel Gomez, Officer in Charge – Tactical Technology Section to demonstrate some of their technology first hand.
As the LAPD concludes their demonstration we will transition to the runway for a wearables showcase featuring some of the best examples of fashion meeting technology. We will feature Tommy Hilfiger and PVILION’s Solar Panel Jacket which is perhaps one of the truest products melding high fashion and technology.
The content portion of the evening will finish up with a panel of LA based fashion experts. Their expertise will range from wearable devices, innovative materials and the LA fashion landscape.
As at all of our events: networking, food and beverage will be present throughout. We'd be honored to have you participate.
All attendees will receive a free General Assembly class or workshop credit in Santa Monica or Downtown LA. Shout out to General Assembly for this awesome deal! .
Steve Soboroff, Commissioner President - Los Angeles Police Commissioner
Soboroff was appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August of 2013. At that time, he was elected President of the Los Angeles Police Commission by his fellow Police Commissioners. Commissioner Soboroff is the Chairperson of the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. He is also a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and is a member of the Board of Councilors at the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Kristine Upesleja is a Manager of the Textiles and Materials Department in the FIDM Library, at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
Some of her accomplishments include initiating the Innovative Textiles & Materials Department and establishing an Innovative Materials Collection in the Library at FIDM. She also founded the annual Innovative Materials Conference (which she curates once a year) at the college. Upesleja liaises with such international companies as Hugo Boss, C.P. Company, Vitra, Patagonia and Cocona, and initiated and supervised the research project ‘Fermented Fashion’ at FIDM; Australian scientist Gary Cass led a weeklong workshop in relation to this project. She gives lectures on sustainability, high performance fabrics, biocouture, and wearable technology to FIDM students and at events. Kristine Upesleja was educated in Berlin and moved to Los Angeles in 2000.
Vanessa DelMuro, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Talent, StyleHaul
Vanessa Del Muro is the Head of Talent and Channel Development for StyleHaul, the largest fashion and beauty network on YouTube, with more than 4900 content creators attracting 199+ million network subscribers. In her role Vanessa manages multi-platform branded content deals for AAA YouTube creators such as, DulceCandy, Zoella, MissyLynn, iJustine and Joey Graceffa. During her first year at StyleHaul she has worked on campaigns with L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline, Nasty Gal and PacSun.
Prior to joining StyleHaul, Del Muro was an executive at MATTER, Edelman Sports & Entertainment (MATTER, Inc.) specializing in: branded entertainment, original content creation and distribution, digital /advertising, talent procurement and partnerships. During her 15-year career, Vanessa has worked with marquee brands such as, Samsung, Burger King, Clorox and T-Mobile.
Vanessa resides in Los Angeles with her two dogs, Lefty and Maverick and enjoys going to concerts, running and cooking. She is also on the Leadership Council of the Fulfillment Fund.
eFashion and Wearables Showcase:
Police Body Cam
Voyce - Monitoring Dog's Health and Wellness
Voyce is unlike any pet tracker on the market. Its advanced sensors tracks vital signs, such as heart rate and respiratory rate, along with wellness indicators like activity, rest, and calories burned. Voyce gives concerned owners a deeper look into their pets’ wellbeing by revealing key data trends, offering timely information, and providing actionable recommendations. Our design needed to convey this device’s sophistication and help differentiate the Voyce brand, giving it a paw up on its competitors.
Designers were challenged to accommodate two distinct end users: dogs and humans. We selected materials and forms that would be comfortable and durable for dogs, such as a soft, weather-resistant rubber band that integrates the device’s electrical components seamlessly so pets won’t have to feel a thing. We implemented features that make things easy for pet owners; an intuitive clasp allows them to put on, remove, and adjust the collar with one simple mechanism, without pinching their animal’s neck in the process.
With a design that’s simultaneously durable, comfortable, and approachable, the Karten Design team developed the first wearable device to help bridge the communication gap between dogs and the people who love them.
Adela Health develops cutting-edge wearable, medical and health devices for active posture management, training, and remote monitoring. The devices use patented technology to measure the curvature of the spine very accurately and provide immediate feedback to the user. The devices also send the posture data to smart phones and info centers through Bluetooth for remote monitoring and analysis.
The first application of the technology is a comfortable undershirt embedded with nano-sensors along the spine. It’s called TruePosture and it measures the curvature of the entire spine very accurately. The feedback is in the form of a gentle vibration to remind you to sit up or stand up straight. Free apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows are available for real-time display of spinal positioning.
TruePosture trains for better muscle control, strengthens the muscles and the core and ultimately makes good posture a habit.
$5.00 at The Reef
Free street parking after 6pm
1933 S Broadway St
11th floor in the Aletier
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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