The Interdependence between Fashion and Technology

Christopher Burch, a creative investor in a chain of businesses in different industries, is the founder of Burch Creative Capital. He also co-founded Tony Burch, a luxury fashion brand. Burch has utilised his deep marketing knowledge to sell financial services, technology, consumer products, and hospitality services. His success philosophy involves the application of support, scale, imagination, incubation, and creativity to consumer goods.
Burch’s success started in 1976 while still studying at Ithaca College. They teamed up with his brother to grow a new business they had founded, Eagle’s Eye, to 165 million dollars. They later sold it to another investment chain, Swire Group. From his vast experience, Burch acknowledges that the fashion and technology industry have grown together in a fascinating way.
In the 1970s, the boom box excited its users due to its ability to carry around their favourite stations. Also, as one side played the user’s chosen music, the other could record it from a cassette. Fashion and technology are currently synthesising. Fashion designers depend on technology to manufacture what delivers.
Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht terms the marrying of technology and style as an excitement and experiment playground. She says that the deeper one dives into this playing field, the more it rewards them with unending possibilities. She has made use of the fashion-technology combination to come up with her avant-garde designs. One example of her major works is the drink-making dress.
Technology has been engaged in advancing fashion. Bicycle helmets are not very fashionable to wear. To replace this, technology has been used to manufacture an airbag which the cyclist wears around the neck. Its purpose is to protect the rider against injuries in case of an accident, similar to the helmet’s purpose. However, it is better in that it allows a better vision of one’s surrounding while cycling. Kevin Cannon and Ashwin Rajan have come up with the Frontline Gloves that enable firefighters to gesture each other on vital information, for example when to vacate a building.
On the other hand, to be popular, technology sometimes needs fashion assistance. While Google Glass may be fashionable to technologists, it may not be to everyone. One reason is its high cost to an average person while another is the stigma for wearing glasses. Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer, came to the rescue of this by encouraging her models to wear this while cat-walking. This made the glasses fashionable and popular. Technology and fashion’s future both depend on each other.

Meet Hussain Sajwani, One of the Most Influential Arabs in the World Today

He is founder and CEO of Dubai-based multi-billion DAMAC Group. He founded the group in 2002 and immediately focused his interests in the real estate, engineering, and construction fields. He combined his good leadership and aggressive marketing skills to achieve rapid growth in an industry that was just beginning to flourish.

 

Mr. Sajwani began his entrepreneurship journey in the 1980s by providing food services in Abu Dhabi to energy sector employees. He won contracts to supply food to the US army in the region. Nevertheless, according to Mr. Sajwani, this was small game.

 

At the beginning of the millennium, political and economic changes around the world, especially as regards to the economy of former USSR, led him straight into the property market. All indicators pointed to a great future. After dealing in mid-market properties in Deira, he went big game. The conversation then slowly began to change from millions to billions of income.

 

DAMAC Group’s major operations are centered in Dubai and the larger Middle East area. With a market capitalization of over $15.3B, the group has extensive and cutting-edge development projects in residential housing, commercial constructions and leisure spots in Dubai and the other major cities across the Middle East. The group has also invested heavily in real estate projects in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh and Jeddah. The group also has a keen eye on the Turkey property market.

 

Hussain Sajwani’s success in the high echelons of the corporate world and his family’s influence has made him rub shoulders with the high and mighty around the world. He has been particularly close to the United Sates, rendering his food services to the US army during the first Iraq War of 1991. The US President’s sons, Eric and Donald Junior honored an invitation to the opening of a Tiger Woods designed a Trump-branded golf course in Dubai. Who else would steal the show than Mr. Sajwani, whose success in real estate must have introduced him to his United States counterpart, Donald Trump, the current president of United States?

 

Hussain Sajwani abhors the use of the word ‘charity’ preferring instead to users ‘share’. Recently he donated to UAE Red Crescent to help refugees, Dubai Autism Centre and UAE Suqia.