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Online window shopping, with friends

Online window shopping, with friends

Motilo has combined video chatting and a fashion-focused social network to provide a new online shopping experience. People can shop together with their friends in real-time, even if they’re halfway across the world.

Why it matters

Socially-driven shopping sites are nothing new, especially when it comes to fashion. The only “shopping buddy” online users usually have are what pops up in site recommendation engines based on previous likes or purchases. However, no recommendation engine really knows you and your likes as much as your friends.  Is this a breakthrough for bringing a real-world activity, shopping with friends, into the digital sphere?  And as we get better at creating online platforms that try to emulate real-life experiences online, is there any way we can maintain the true sense of human connection that comes from those experiences?

Connectivity
Enhancement
Fashion & Design
United States

Kiss and make up with Chanel

Kiss and make up with Chanel

Iconic fashion brand Chanel is offering its website users and Facebook fans the possibility of sending a ‘rouge Coco kiss’ to someone special virtually. Each letter of the message is designed using Chanel’s products to create a chic note.

Why it matters

Using makeup is a form of expression which is deeply personal and can say a lot about who you are. What other products have this type of extension where by you can express a message to others using the brand as the vehicle?

Create
Fashion & Design
Italy

Cork makes a buoyant return

Cork makes a buoyant return

We often associate cork with wine. But the Portuguese company AHUA is using the material for what was one of its original purposes: buoyancy. The company makes and sells thin surfboards and handplanes (surfboards for hands) made of light and eco-friendly cork. The project was funded thanks to an entrepreneurship prize and crowd funding website Massivemov.

Why it matters

Being one of Portugal’s most exported products – it accounts for 55% of the world’s cork production – it’s nice to see a variation of its use. The project in itself is an example of creating new with what you already have. What can big brands learn from the modus operandi of startups backed through crowd funding platforms like Massivemov or Kickstarter?

Authenticity
Create
Fashion & Design
Portugal
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