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Posts from the ‘INTERVIEWS’ Category

Facebook Reveals How Fashion Should Handle Social Media: Decoded Fashion London

Business of Fashion editor, Imran Amed, interviews Tracy Yaverbaun, Director of Retail, Luxury & Fashion Partnerships at Facebook at Decoded Fashion London, on Nov. 1st. They discussed the behaviour of high net worth individuals on Facebook, the platform’s nascent mobile strategy, and the do’s and don’ts for brands using the Facebook platform to engage with their fans.

JA Interview with Robert Burns Nixon: Are you H&M or couture? Business insight offered from beyond the publishing world

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As journalism and publishing continue to ride the wave of upheaval and innovation, what can we learn from people outside our own specialties, whether within the news industry or outside? We asked Robert Burns Nixon, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board of the San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance, Inc., to read the JA forum on local news publishing and reflect on similar challenges in the fashion world. Nixon dives straight into buzz, build and brand. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

The San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance (SFFAMA) is a nonprofit providing business and technology education through forums, mentorships and networking for designers, including many small startups. SFFAMA’s trademark event is San Francisco Fashion Week, held each fall, but CFO and board member Robert Burns Nixon is busy year-round. He develops partnerships and promotions for SFFAMA, plus handles the budget, planning and business strategy, which is evolving right along with the organization.

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Fashion & Green Series: 7 Questions With Ciara Peter of Animal Friendly Shopping

SFFAMA: Tell us about yourself and what you do.

CP: I am the founder and writer at, a vegan and eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and lifestyle site. My blog features high-end animal friendly products, as well as my favorite vegan brands and blogs. I launched the site two years ago to act as a directory for anyone interested in making their wardrobe more ethical, without necessarily changing their look.

SFFAMA: Why is eco-fashion important?

CP: The more eco-fashion options we have, the easier it is to express our individual personal styles, therefore eliminating stereotypes about what it is to be green or what an environmentally conscious person looks like. Once we can start to break down those stereotypes, more people will realize they don’t have to change their style to be green and hopefully become more open-minded about green living.

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8 Questions. Fashion & Tech Series with Julie Chiem of She Wears, She Shares

SFFAMA: Tell us about yourself and what you do.

JC:   I’m Julie Chiem and I run She Wears, She Shares, a style blog where I post my daily outfits and pieces I’m currently inspired by. I always use to bookmark every item, image or artwork that was appealing to me, but would never refer back to it. It just became a long forgotten list. Starting a blog allowed me to deposit all my images into one spot which made it easier in a visual sense.

SFFAMA: Where do you see fashion and technology heading? 

JC:   Consumers want to consolidate their lives in the easiest way they possibly can. Because of this constant demand we continue to see advancements in technology. I foresee everyone accessing everything they need on a cell phone that also acts as a remote control. Except all applications will be broadcast through a holographic screen split into various windows. Watching runway shows real time and e-shopping all at once. As for how this will happen, who knows but with technology anything is possible.

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8 Questions with Nicole Lindgren of Style Bust

SFFAMA: Tell us about yourself and what you do.

NL: I’m Nicole Lindgren. I like clothing, accessories, home décor, and music – the usual things.

I wanted to share my likes with others, so I created Style Bust. After a couple of months of writing on my own, I decided to put together a group of writers to help produce content for the site.

During the day I work for in internet marketing. Ecommerce and internet marketing are major passions of mine. I love all things web; shopping in physical stores is so dead to me!

SFFAMA: Where do you see fashion and technology heading?

NL: I see fashion becoming highly customized. We’re already seeing this with companies like Indi in Emeryville.

There are many offshore resources for small scale production at reasonable prices. For example, I’ve been working with a factory in Hong Kong to get six pairs of heels produced. All the shoes are different styles and sizes that I’ve designed for an event.

I can only assume that technology will enable more fashion designers to product these small scale, customized pieces in years to come.

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Fashion & Green Series: 7 Questions With Jules Lauren Vasic of The Green Stylist

SFFAMA: Tell us about yourself and what you do. 

JLV: I am an eco-fashion designer, a writer, a sustainability and business consultant, a stylist, an artist and a social entrepreneur.What I do: Founder, Editor-in-Chief of The Green Stylist (, a website that empowers consumers to vote with their dollars to push sustainable fashion and beauty mainstream. We write about the very best sustainable fashion and beauty products in the market and offer deals through our website and Facebook page.

SFFAMA: Why is eco-fashion important?

JLV: This is SUCH an important question – thanks for asking! The fashion and textile industry operates in a global economy and touches the far corners of our planet. It is a giant manufacturing industry that does not support local trade, social and environmental justice, not because it doesn’t want to, but because there is little transparency and accountability along the supply chain from cotton crop to our cotton t-shirts. Governments offer little help to regulate the system because it is just so complicated to understand and track.

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