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Berlin, Germany - PRESS: have given everyone a sneak peek at our upcoming launch with ROMASTER: The Qi Suit made with the 360Fash Tech "Gesture" Kit. 

The Qi Suit was a particularly challenging creation because of the obstacles we needed to overcome in order to create this incredibly tailored suit by Master Li - the Golden Scissors award winning tailor who recently died, with my work with him as his last great living legacy on this earth. Although I could not speak a single word with Master Li, we had another way to communicate that transcended language: we had the language of innovation. 

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The main obstacle to this project was TIME. We only had 45 Days to complete this project and then launch it at Intel Developer Conference in Shenzhen May 13th, 2016. The second most prominent obstacle was CULTURE & LANGUAGE. The third most difficult obstacle was TECHNOLOGY.

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With only 45 days to complete the project for the Intel Developer Conference 2016, we worked 45 days straight with very long hours up to 2:00AM the next day. We had to figure out the parts, order the parts, test the parts, and then build the LED patterns. Lack of sleep is not a good thing for a team because it leads to short tempers and not clear thinking. Some days we just had to roll up our sleeves and drink a lot of black tea.


With the whole team of 10 people speaking Chinese, I found myself challenged with only translation to help me explain and communicate how to execute the project. We had to revert to a lot of diagrams, and twice I had to pull in my friends who just for their kindness came in and solved the problems late at night. Also in using online project management software, the fashion team had no VPN's and were not able to follow the project in a "modern" way. The engineering team often did not get the whole specifications translated and thus we had mistakes that we had to re-do and would lose time. In these situations it is extremely important to be professional and to put your nose to the grindstone and not give up. To be flexible and willing to give up something but also to go back and re-do, including things that may have been lost in translation. #NeverNeverNeverGiveUp


Currently there are a lot of LEDs out there and we had to make quick decisions on what type we were going to sew into the suit. We made several tests and in the end forgot about LED Strips because it would be prone to fail on the weakest points: the soldering joints at the end of the strips. Flexible LED boards that we cut were too hard and would be extremely uncomfortable for the wearer. The final test, and ultimate choice were the LEDs in shapes on boards. This allowed us to create a poetic pattern, but had big enough holes on the back for us to solder them together with insulated thread.

Stay tuned for more of this epic story and the launch!

Berlin, Germany - Fashion Tech Berlin - Premium 2016

Berlin, Germany - #FashionTechBerlin Was a great experience and I am really grateful to be included and have had the chance for Michal Starost to join us and showcase his #RoboticDress along with showcasing RFactory Motion Dress, and LIBET LED Bags. The exhibition was really beautifully put together by #Elektrocuture and Lisa Lang, and we met so many new talents through the exhibition.

I also got to know new people in person, whom I had only met through twitter or seen online. One of those people was Muchetta from and the other was Amanda Cosco from Electric Runway. Both outstanding women with a clear vision of the future. 

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It was a great experience to be on the OTHER side of an event instead of organizing it - which Re:publica and Premium did an outstanding job at getting us all there, set up, and speaking. They were really flexible about presentations too. Coming from China there was no way to send all the videos with the great firewall blocking the uploads. 

The exhibition attracted a lot of diverse people: from students, to journalists, to fashion brands - each one was really interesting to talk to and hear their feedback on our LED Ribbon and our 360Fash Tech "Robotic Dress" Kit. The exchange of information, the thoughts of the future, were all diverse. Some designers said they didn't want everything connected in the future, and that some things should remain "offline". Others expressed their interest in stepping a toe into fashion tech but didn't know where to start. Many were really wide-eye'd at what is possible and super keen to come with us on envisioning the future.

The Fashion Fusion contest was launched and the finalists have been chosen #FashionFusion is a great platform where we will see what kind of innovation comes out of it? Lead by Lisa Lang and there are designers in residence, the quality will be very hard to beat in turning those ideas into realities. #congratulations


Frankfurt Style Awards Sponsorship 360Fash Tech Kits 2016


Frankfurt, Germany - SEPTEMBER 23RD - In my mission to empower fashion designers with good technology, I've decided to sponsor the Frankfurt Style Awards with our 360Fash Tech "Solar Bag" Kit and LED Ribbons. I love that the solar panels are flexible crystalline and 22.9% efficient - the highest efficiency that I have seen in the world. I really want to see what a fashion designer can create with this kit that charges a phone.

The Frankfurt Style Awards are unique because they bring together over 500 schools across Germany to showcase their vision of the future:

"The TOP60 fashion designer of tomorrow are presenting their unique designs in an world premiere. This year the partner country China is in our spotlight. Join us when we clear the stage for the FRANKfurtstyleaward 2016, showcasing a glamorous fashion show and Gala in the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on September 23rd , with a jubilant award ceremony, Chinese show acts, an amazing vocal artist, after show party und many more cultural highlights!"

If you are in Frankfurt and attending the Gala event, we will have a creative space where you can see several of the products made with our technology and meet our local team from International Designers Network.

Part of why I was really interested in this sponsorship with the Frankfurt Style Awards is because our team could reach out to 500 schools and show them how our kits can be used as a tool to teach their students integration and design with wearable computing. With minimal knowledge the fashion teachers can bring electronics into their classrooms with step by step instructions and support. It's really important that the next generation designers have the skills needed to approach the hyper-connected world we are moving into.

In the period from 26 August to 19 September all fashion enthusiasts may enjoy voting on line. On the Facebook page of Frankfurt Style Award you can click through the gallery of finalists and vote by a "Like" for his favorites. The three designs with the most "likes" are nominated for the Public Choice Award. Then on the evening gala on 23 September at the Alte Oper Frankfurt the audience will applaud the winner Frankfurt Style Award and he/she will receive a 360Fash Tech Prize!

After that, and with their new solar powered designs, the new creations will be showcased in the Shanghai during Shanghai Fashion Week 2016.

PRESS: Queen of Raw about Anina Net

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New York, NY - Thrilled to be the topic of conversation on Queen of Raw! They really summed it up what I have been explaining in my many speeches and events. I really do believe that we need to get technology in the hands of creatives, and overcome obstacles to making it accessible. This will allow the masters of lifestyle (fashion brands) to start to bring technology into our everyday lives.

It's what I am working to bring together with hardware, e-textiles, and fashion over at our 360Fash Tech Lab in Bejiing, China these past 7 months creating our solutions. When I"m prototyping, I really would like to snap together pieces to try how things work, and I would like to be able to quickly get the hardware to do what I want using Visual Programming.

Read the interview here:

Read more about 360Fash Tech Kits here:

Anina Net to speak at Fashion Fusion Conference Seoul, Korea October 8th

Fashion Futures International Symposium

October 8, 2016 Anina Net will be speaking at Fashion Futures #FF2016 in Soeul, Korea.

What am I going to talk about?

Well, of course I would like to talk about our 360Fash Tech Kits and showcase some of the fashion designers who have been using our kits to create smart fashion and smart accessories that use IOT to connect and react to the world using wearable computing. Everything is built into one kit, a fashion tech maker kit, or fashion maker kit. 

The other thing I would like to share is all the other fashion tech labs in the world and what they are doing. With Lisa Lang in Berlin, to Anouk Wipprecht at Codame, to The Craft cropping up, Amanda Cosco with her Electric Runway,  and more!

I want to talk about the challenges of creating a fashion tech competition, workshop and lab.

I"m going to showcase for the first time the Qi Suit by ROMASTER.

I hope to arrange some meetings in advance. There is a fashion tech accelerator in Seoul, Korea, and I hope more fashion tech companies will contact me or research and development organizations. There's so much coming out of Korea in terms of 3D Design and e-textile development that I have been reading about lately.

Really looking forward to going to the future!

Looking Back at the First Fashion Tech Blogging Conference in Paris 2005

Looking back over the years, I"m thinking back to the launch of 360Fashion Network and how I worked with Loic LeMeur who was with Six Apart at the time, Xavier des Horts from Nokia, and how it has lead me to where I am today of producing some of the biggest fashion technology events in the world. 

Breezing back through google and remembering also the bloggers that I started such as Diane Pernet, Imran Amed, Erin Fetherston, and more, I knew at the time that blogging would evolve into the standard of the web because it empowered people to have their own voice.

Loic LeMeur's blogpost about the first fashion blogging conference in Paris, France 2005.

Here is the list of the first fashion bloggers on the radar in Paris, France 2005.

Some promotion of the first fashion blogger conference and launch of 360Fashion Network.


At the time, I asked all my friends to start blogging: one photographer (Sonny Vandevelde), one journalist (Diane Pernet), one business person (Imran Amed), one model (Anina Net), one hairstylist (Patrice Delaroche), and more....and they agreed simply to help me as I had this plan to use my name and image to influence women to enter into the world of technology and get fashion tech going with more brands using technology (which they didn't want to at the time such as Marco Laconte points out at my event in New York at the time!).

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For the event I had 3 areas: one area that was an installation where I explained in a physical format what is a blog. I had each person in the 360Fashion Network choose 10 photos, a quote, and a physical object to support the explanation--plus I had printed out the blogs so that people could actually SEE what was a blog.


Then I had a great interactive cocktail area where I had a huge metal net on the wall where I asked people to take photos, have them printed out wirelessly, and then write a physical blog post on a card that looked like the inside of a blog, and pin it to the net wall (effectively making a physical blog post).





By the end of the conference, the wall was full of photos and physical objects, and blog posts. It was a fun exercise to help people understand what was a blog.



(I wish I could find that photo of the panel discussion)

After the cocktail and the exhibition we started the conference and had over 50 people join us from both tech and fashion. You may recognise some of the regular suspects but it was fun to have the 360Fashion bloggers share their experience and explain why they were blogging, and what they thought of it/how it was helping them connect to the world. The other interesting fact you may like to know is that they were all blogging from their mobile phones--which I had to configure at the time from scratch every time they went to a new country, and it took me 2 hours to get the smtp server info from the operators (who instead wanted to sell me a mms package, but I had to insist to give me the gateway so that I could send photos, text and video directly to the Six Apart Typepad blogs). At the time, Nokia were the first ever to be able to LifeBlog.

At the time, I didn't realize that I would be creating the blueprint for my 700 square meter exhibitions I do in China with 110,000 people, or fashion and wearable tech runway shows with exhibitions and 500+ C-Level attendees at the IBM-360Fashion & Tech "Startup Runway & Innovation Awards". Yet looking back as I see my wikipedia page, I see that this was indeed the beginning of the fashion tech movement that I've been in for 8 years and that it was always a love of mine to use Art and Media to explain technology. What a super fun trip down flickr's memory lane. Funny how it was on October 3rd, and my events are all on the 3rd of the month...Please have a look at the first fashion tech blogging conference photos here:




Barcelona, Spain -- Mobile World Congress was a huge event for the technology industry--and now fashion thanks to Kim Arazi from N3 and 360Fashion Network. Off the plane I was so exhausted from the 18 hours of travel and then straight to work for getting the last items for the exhibition. Kim and I ran around the city looking for clear boxes to put all the great wearable tech inside to keep them secure and safe. We finally found them with white pebbles to make them look elegant.

Sometimes as leader you have to just roll up your sleeves and dig in to take the opportunity in the hand. It's exhausting when there's not enough time, budget, and manpower. Yet opportunity only knocks when you are ready to leap in and go to the next level. You can choose to stay where you are and wait for everything to be right--maybe that's just for the very well established and famous. For me, I'm still building brick by brick, territory by territory, millimeter by millimeter the 360Fashion Network to be the leading fashion and technology event producers in the world. To make our events strong we have to jump at the main opportunities. That means no sleep sometimes. That means pushing beyond human capacity. That takes super model strength. 

I have to admit though that this trip I was pushed to the limits and beyond. To the point of hallucination and lack of sleep...yet it's bearing fruit.

Now if only LUFTHANSA WOULD FIND MY LUGGAGE! That's the only thing I have to say: LUFTHANSA SUCKS! Terrible service, terrible flight, and they cannot find my luggage. Lufthansa, you are no KLM, no DELTA, no VIRGIN ATLANTIC. You need to locate my luggage instead of saying "we have no information" and "we have no feedback from Barcelona and Frankfurt". I have very valuable things in my luggage that you cant replace. Step up your efforts LUFTHANSA!


CRI Radio & TV Interviews Anina Net in Beijing, China about 360Fashion Network

Ever wonder what it is that I am doing in China all this time? Well, here's your chance to see it. CRI Radio followed me around during our 3D Festival rampup and you get to see me building the robotic dress, talking about fashion and tech, and executing the 3D Festival exhibition. It's pretty go-go-go and at the same time it's pretty much fun. It is certainly not easy, but in the world where we get to choose what we want to do, I am following my passion.

Back in China

Its been an amazing start to the year: Started off in the presidential suite of an L.A. Hotel and an amazing road trip, over to Las Vegas for first time at CES. Showcased my robotic dress with Monster and Wearable World.

Last days in San Francisco with friends and meeting potential sponsors for my show.

Now I am back in China meeting big companies and fashion groups about the GSMA show in July.

Finally, tomorrow I have a big modeling job!

I fell across this photo of me from the 3rd Le Web and it shows how fast technology moves. Back then I was the lone fashion tech person in a sea of geeks. Now finally the moment has arrived and I am here with the fashion tech party just getting started!

Best Wishes,
360Fashion Network

Sent from my Windows Phone 8

A New Kind of Supermodel

In 2004 I launched my brand in an art exhibition together with the art posthume in Moliere's house in Paris. The exhibition was called "A new kind of supermodel" where I said through my exhibition, in the future it wouldn't be enough to just be a pretty face. That fashion models would need to be brands and use media and social media to promote fashion houses. They would need to be brand ambassadors, spokes persons. It has now come to pass.

The law of this world is: Evolve or be eliminated. Frogs are going. The rainforest is going. And so too must models evolve to stay competitive. This Kardashian debate of what is a fashion model, is the same as what is happening in fashion: Will the future of high-fashion be defined by high-design, or by high-technology?

In the same way models must become more than clothes hangers. They must become names. They must stand for something. They must have their "angle", their selling point and they must be smart and charismatic. They must command attention on social media as much as in a room. They must evolve or the industry will default to Kardashian style celebrity models. Name and status and connections, or "guanxi", have always gotten one in the door. Once in the door--its up to the individual what happens next.

Maybe middle eastern style is now "in" so Kendal Jenner has her moment on the stage. But can she change and adapt like the chameleon Linda Evangelista? Does she have the courage of Kate Moss? The lion heart of Naomi? Fashion changes so fast. Only true models can adapt to the trends. Those who cannot will fade away down the social media feed.


Anina Net Interview on PBS Television

As you may know, when I started 360Fashion Network, PBS television created a feature film about me. Bob Cringely followed me thru fashion week and it was one of the top viewed shows on PBS.

I had the great pleasure to be filmed again and share my 8 year experience of being an entrepreneur, again with Bob Cringely, this last month at Wearable World Labs in San Francisco.

It's great when you can look back and by telling your story share your advice with others and review your own accomplishments.

Many thanks to Dave Martinez assistant for snapping some photos.

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Laser Dresses designed by Michal Starost and powered by 360Fashion Network

I recently attended the 50th birthday party of a fashion tech legend, Scott Jordan who makes Scottevest. I wore, upon request, the laser dresses created for the GSMA - 360Fashion & Tech Runway Show.

It was a big hit with my friend Robert Scoble taking very beautiful photos of me. Many women said they would love to wear them. The lasers made it look like atoms were flying around your skirt.

The dresses were also on display at the 3D Festival during Beijing Design Week. They were sponsored by Polish tech company Softax.




BTV & Chaoyang News Interview Anina Net

At the Embassy of Poland Event showing the GSMA - 360Fashion & Tech Runway Show I was interviewed by BTV for ChaoYang News about wearable technology and fashion. I said that we need to move wearable technology out of the sportswear industry and into high fashion. We showcased the misfit shine jewelry and dress created with Michal Starost. The sports tracking jewelry is suitable for women who love fashion, and one of the Misfit shines can be "plugged in" to the dress or jewelry in order to keep tracking, but doesn't have to look like a sportswear device.


360Fashion & Tech Exhibition at CHIC2014 Beijing China

Beijing, China - The 360Fashion & Tech Exhibition 2014 took place at the W1 Hall at the CHIC2014 and it was packed the entire time as people entered the exhibition with full anticipation from last year to learn about new technologies to bring their businesses forward. They were not disappointed. Many people had never seen 3D Printing before in action and Tiertime UP! Printers were humming at top speed to produce the rings. The CHIC2014 brought new faces to the scene with many brands looking to solve the problem of their overstock, how to extend their retail space, and the major buzz word was to bring their newly created e-commerce stores into harmony with their retail spaces. Our 360AR solution for creating a Virtual Boutique was a major success. Many brands found the presentation their overstock as a virtual interactive experience a excellent solution to their retail space.

No one yet knows the "right" way to bring the virtual and physical worlds together, however we are 1000% sure that Augmented Reality is the way forward. Building 360AR interactive retail experiences will certainly keep visitors entertained, longer in the store, and give them the feeling of co-experiencing the brand.

Read more about the 360Fashion & Tech Exhibition at CHIC2014 here!

Ambassador of Finland Hosts Event for 360Fashion Network & Pekka Salokannel

The Ambassador of Finland hosted an event in his residency to honor Mr. Salokannel's 3D Printed eyewear and jewelry freshly printed in Finland on March 28th, 2014. The event brought the leading design and fashion experts together to view Mr. Salokannel's collection. Represenatives from Beijing Design Week, Red Star Design Award, Beijing Design Institute, 751DPark, and CNGA all gathered to learn about Pure Design from Finland as demonstrated by Mr. Salokannel's work.

"I'm very honored that we could showcase the excellent work of Pekka Salokannel in China during our 360Fashion & Tech Exhibition." said Anina.

Read more about the 360Fashion & Tech exhibition here!

I did my first call

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I did my first call yesterday and it worked perfectly. The caller was super happy with the advice and next steps I gave him he wrote me an excellent review.

It was actually a lot of fun as after listening to him I had a clear vision for what he could do next. Before the meeting I had already analyzed his site, made a list and then added to it as I listened to him. After I summarized what I had said and then posted it to the messaging board so he could follow.

I could do that all day giving people advice on how to enter China! It was so much fun!

Finland Embassy

I love it when you see an opportunity to bring people together and do a lot of good.

Pekka Salokannel is coming to Beijing to show his jewelry in our 360Fashion & Tech Exhibition at CHOC in Beijing. Its going to be the Finland year of Design and Beijing and Helsinki are sister cities.

So in,inauguration of our exhibition the Finnish Ambassador will host an even and showcase of Pekka's 3D Printed jewelry.

Its a great opportunity for me to invite all my minister friends and VIP to meet the Finland Ambassador so that they can all strengthen international relations.

Everybody wins. 360Fashion Network gets a hosted event for our expo, all my VIP make good relations withe the PURE DESIGN year of Finnish Design activities, and Pekka gets press. See pics of Finland ambassadors house.

Win win win win win...