January’s finally over, which means just one thing: its now just over a month until Decoded Fashion hits SXSW. As a partner of the festival’s brand new lifestyle hub, SXstyle, we will be setting up base camp at the JW Marriott over the 5 days of SXSW Interactive. There, you can expect to find panel sessions, special events, an exhibit, and of course networking opportunities aplenty. Be sure to save the date: a full day of programming is scheduled for Saturday March 14. But ahead of all that, there’s no time like the present to get involved with our Mentorship Hub and Future of Retail Competition.
Calling all startups and emerging designers: the Decoded Fashion Mentorship Hub, in partnership with Swarovski, will bring the biggest names of the fashion and retail industry to our Austin hub. But this time around, rather than listening to advice from the stage, you can get up close and personalised advice in a face-to-face meeting. Each of our mentors will offer 10-minute sessions to advise and give feedback for those starting out in the industry: from advice on pricing, value prop, messaging and anything else you might need insights on. Book a mentor now, and you could find yourself in a meeting with the top names in digital strategy, marketing and investment at Google, Michael Kors, Kate Spade Saturday, Estee Lauder, Diesel and more.
Time’s also running out to apply for Decoded Fashion and Simon’s The Future of Retail: Meet the Disruptors competition: our contest, hosted by the Simon Venture Group, that aims to find the new and innovative start-ups that are shaping the future of retail. The prize? $5000 and mentorship by SVG, as well as $1000 cash prize for the start-up that the audience votes their favourite. If you’re a company that’s making waves in in-store tech, wearables, e-commerce, personalisation, data analytics, delivery, mobile payments – or a combination of any of the above – be sure to apply by February 20th.
Reported by Claire Healy