Tech Fashion Ushering in the Future with Innovative Designs
Christopher “Chris” Burch, the founder of Burch Creative Capital, a private investment firm in New York City, cited that both the fashion and technology industries have experienced changes year after year. However, both industries still grow simultaneously. He further stated that both the past and present designs contribute largely to what will be produced in the future in the two industries.
Synthesis of Technology and Fashion over the Years
Fashion and technology have evolved simultaneously over time. For instance, in the 70s, a boom box was widely used for music entertainment because it was portable. Later in the 90s, the invention of a Walkman enabled users to have a personal music experience. Finally, a decade later, this personal experience was heightened with the iPod.
The synthesis of technology and fashion has been adopted nowadays by many designers like Anouk Wipprecht. She cited that technology is like a playground that creates a platform for experiments and rewards endless opportunities as one explores deeper. Anouk is popular for her avant-garde DareDroid and Pseudomorphs designs.
Technology can be added to fashion to make protective consumer products. For instance, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin created the Airbag for Cyclists that deploys to protect a cyclist’s head from impact. Alternatively, the Frontline Gloves (from Ashwin and Kevin Cannon) can be used by firefighters to communicate by hand gestures. Technology and fashion can be integrated to create energy as demonstrated by Soledad Martin who is currently working on a prototype for shoes that enables users to charge their phones while moving. Technology advancement has proved beneficial to the fashion industry. For instance, Diane Von Furstenberg added Google Glasses into her show and made them popular overnight.
Chris Burch has been an entrepreneur and active investor for almost forty years across a variety of industries. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Burch Creative Capital, a private investment company that is located in New York City. Chris was previously a board member of The Continuum Group and Guggenheim Capital. Additionally, he contributed to the growth of various technology and luxury brands such as Voss Water and Jawbone.
Chris has invested in many local and international real estate ventures such as the development of luxury homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and New York. He has further allied with architect Philippe Stark and hotelier Alan Faena in Argentina to rehabilitate an underutilized land and turn it into the Faena Hotel + Universe.