‘Sensor Salon’ brings LCD screens, 3D-printed objects and sensors to fingernails

The maker movement is coming to the nail salon. That’s the vision of students from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., who presented their “Sensor Salon” project at Microsoft today — explaining how they created a prototype salon that brought together experts in design and development to create made-to-order technology for a client’s nails. Technologies… Read More


Men’s fashion site Indochino sews up $13 million to help guys sharpen their style

Indochino, the Vancouver, B.C.-based men’s fashion site, has pulled in $13 million in fresh funding that it will use to build out its e-commerce site for suits, shirts, and other custom menswear. The deal was led by Highland Consumer Fund, with existing investors such as Madrona Venture Group, former Yahoo executive Jeff Mallett and others participating… Read More


Lifelong friends, college buds enjoying success with trendy sock startup Strideline

Down in Silicon Valley, the current fashion focus apparently isn’t on suits, ties or pants. As the New York Times puts it, it’s all about “flamboyantly colored, audaciously patterned” socks.  That trend isn’t just isolated to the Bay Area — it’s happening all over the country and two best friends from the University of Washington are cashing… Read More


The end of Endless: Amazon pulls plug on fashion site is shutting down, the five-year-old high-end online fashion site that sold handbags, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. The site will be turned off on September 27th, with the service integrated directly with Amazon has been making some big bets in the high-end fashion market, and we’ve talked about the growing rivalry between the… Read More


Jeff Bezos in a tux? Amazon tries to find its fit in fashion

Here’s something we’ve never seen before. From khakis and door desks to a tuxedo on the red carpet, the transformation of Jeff Bezos from geek to fashionista is complete, apparently. In a week when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was criticized for wearing a hoodie on Wall Street, the Amazon founder was on the other end of… Read More


Startup innovation: A bra for stashing your phone

[Editor's Note: GeekWire's Rebecca Lovell was one of more than 200 judges at the UW Business Plan Competition Investment Round yesterday. She sent this dispatch about one of the more attention-getting ideas. Also see our earlier post about the 16 finalists.] Navigating the Seattle Center’s Exhibition hall with some 200 judges and 36 student-led teams at… Read More


Nordstrom bets on Bonobos, leads $16.4M investment in online fashion retailer

Earlier this year, Nordstrom announced that it planned to spend $150 million on boosting its e-commerce infrastructure, part of a larger effort by the Seattle retailer to capture shoppers as they increasingly move online. Today, Nordstrom is adding to its arsenal, announcing that it is leading a $16.4 million investment in five-year-old men’s online fashion… Read More

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Ben Huh challenges GQ to a geek fashion duel

The GQ fashion police on Wednesday called out Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh as one of the 15 worst dressed men in tech, pointing to his frequent choice of ironic cat T-shirts. Now, the man behind the Cheezburger empire is taking his campaign to the people — challenging GQ to what amounts to a fashion duel…. Read More


Amazon launches ‘MyHabit’ upscale fashion deals site this morning announced a new standalone site called MyHabit, a membership site offering daily sales on high-end fashion. It’s an interesting move by the company in the hot area of e-commerce known as private sales. The company also will be using MyHabit to experiment in other ways — promising “fast, free shipping,” in addition… Read More