The concept of “the first interactive bag you can scan with an NFC smartphone to access exclusive services” (taken from Cherry on the bag’s Kickstarter page) is intriguing, and I am sure some people will appreciate the unique features this bag has to offer.
The first Cherry on the bag line from this Belgian start-up team offers high-functionality travel and business accessories with minimal design, made from 100% full-grain calfskin leather. The team partners with Belgian platform SELINKO who specializes in giving objects an identity. Moreover, the line features the following exclusive services (accessible via the NFC chip on each bags):
- Bag Identity: you can view authenticity, model, description, owner, production place and date, name of the craftsman, among others.
- One-Scan Buy: very convenient if you want to re-order products.
- Cherry Club: you can access limited editions and special deals.
- Anti-Theft: if the bag is stolen, you can have the bag’s certificate to be deactivated. A good samaritan that scans the bag can see a lost bag’s information and how to get it back to the owner.
Chatting briefly with Emily Dang over the lively crowd at Fashion+Tech Expo & Social Media Panel during San Francisco Fashion Week was a pleasant experience. She’s very smart, charming, and passionate about her business SNOBSWAP, the new online marketplace for luxury consignment bartering and purchasing. SNOBSWAP invites fashionistas to swap, sell, send counter offers, or purchase its listed items in order to “refresh” their wardrobe without continuously piling out stuff.
The marketplace movement has become more popular nowadays, so I am curious to know why Emily decides to start her business with her sister. After our chat, it becomes absolutely clear that I need to feature Emily and SNOBSWAP on fafafoom. So please enjoy our short Q&A below, with topics ranging from the SNOBSWAP origin to Emily’s shoes addiction. Oh, and warm welcome to Emily to San Francisco Bay Area! I hope you love it here and stay for a long time :)
It is usually difficult to separate “luxury handbags” and “leather”. But that’s exactly what Jill Fraser was looking for: leather-free luxury handbags. Endless searching proved fruitless, therefore she and her partner Milan Lazich founded Jill Milan in 2010.
The brand stands for luxury fashion accessories without cruelty. While the headquarter is in the San Francisco Bay Area, the handbags are made in limited quantity by an artisan family in Italy who specializes in creating handbags and accessories for Europe’s most respected luxury fashion houses, and portion of the proceeds are donated to charities that rescue ex-racehorses. Jill Milan has been a sponsor of The Genesis Awards, an event hosted by The Human Society of the United States that honors individuals from media and entertainment industries for their work of promoting animal welfare.
It’s no secret that I admire Handbago.com’s presentation at Ahead of the Fashion event in San Francisco last May, so I reached out to Handbago.com’s President Kristina Moreno to know a little bit more about this exciting venture launched in 2009.
Handbago.com is indeed, like its tagline, all things handbags. It’s aiming to build not only a specialized handbag marketplace, but also an enthusiastic and loyal community of designers, fashionistas, and anyone who loves handbags. Total handbags galore…so obviously desirable (women can never have enough handbags) and a promising target market to be hyper-focused on.
Kristina (carrying a bag by Christiane Barbagallo in the featured picture of this blog post) was really kind in sparing some of her time to answer my questions, and I’m excited to share with fafafoom.com readers about the interview that touched the origin of Handbago.com and what Kristina sees from Handbago.com in the future.
I’ve been curious about Keiretsu Forum’s Ahead of the Fashion (AF) for a while before I finally got the chance to attend the AF event on May 8, 2012 at The Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St. San Francisco is a truly unique landscape in which technology and fashion come together, and AF as an accelerator program for tech start-ups in consumer, fashion, and retail industries proves to be an effective mix of start-up pitching, fashion showcasing, learning, and networking. Thank you Sonja Markova (Managing Director, Keiretsu Forum) for inviting us, as well as the rest of the AF founding team Enrico Beltramini (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Naxuri Capital), and Randy Wiliams (Founder & CEO, Keiretsu Forum) for making these start-up & fashion-oriented gatherings possible.
Remember last month when I gave a quick shout-out to Cheryl Maleh’s Kickstarter Project Les Runway? Well, I’m VERY happy that her project was successfully funded and managed to gather $9.5K out of the original $8.5K goal :)
Now Cheryl and her husband Marc are looking forward to do it all over again this September at Grand Opening, and they’re looking for new designers! The application fee is $15, and all designers must live or work in one of the five NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island) to participate in the runway shows and pop up shop. The shows are all going to be held in the Lower East Side.
I’m a genuine supporter for Les Runway; it’s a great thing to be involved in, especially since Les Runway is one way to give back to the local fashion community and also make the runway experience accessible to all. I know I’m based in the Bay Area, but lots of love from the West Coast to East Coast!!! (I really want to go…it’s been a while since my last visit to NYC, but we’ll see :) )
On his email to me, Marc noted that Les Runway has “already received some press on Bowery boogie, Racked, Mashable and Blackbook magazine. The Grand Opening space we are working with has received a ton of press on previous projects from CNN, NYTimes, and NYMAG and previous sponsors have included brands like Puma for the Pong events. ”
So if you’re interested and happen to work / live in NYC, this is your chance to show off your craft for a wonderful cause!
In the meantime, I will be dreaming to go to NYC’s thrift stores…