January 22, 2015

Guest Blogger: Natalie Kathleen on "Business Glamping"

One of our favorite guest bloggers, Natalie Kathleen, founder of Sienna Ray leather goods and Creative Director of Natalie Kathleen, is back on mbf TrendTalk with her insight on the newest trend we call "Business Glamping."

Disclaimer: I've written this via iPad propped up in the corner of Chelsea Market on the way home from spin class, after a late night in front of the laptop LCD, following a day running around based out of a client’s West Broadway WeWork office…

In complete contrast to my organized self requiring a detailed weekly schedule, the adventurous soul behind the business smiles with joy to act out the daylight hours as a workplace nomad. This ultimate gratitude is shared by many that leave the 9-5, or NYC 8-10 lifestyle in order to own the control on “Where shall I set up camp to get this brilliant business moving and shaking?” question.

January 15, 2015

MBF Interviews: Amy Puliafito from Misfit Wearables

Last week, the CEA hosted the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, exhibiting the newest innovations in electronics. One event that caught our attention was WebMD’s FashionWare Show displaying the latest in wearables. Among smart watches and LED lit garments, we noticed a familiar device in the show from Misfit Wearables

We first took notice of Misfit at Decoded Fashion 2014 New York Summit, and have been following the company since.  Misfit’s latest line is a collaboration with the well-known jewelry house, Swarovski.  Misfit and Swarovski designed a collection of jewelry that effortlessly combines the functionality of the Misfit Shine with the beauty of Sworavski pieces, blurring the lines between fashion and technology. The collection includes a variety of pendents, wristbands and bracelets set to be released this Spring.

Swarovski Shine Activity Tracker
Photo via Misfit

January 8, 2015

New Year, New Career

2015 is here and you all probably took a hard look at the last year and thought, "Where is my career going?” So, we did a little research on what the hottest jobs in 2015 will be and came up with some advice for those seeking to advance their professional lives.

There’s no surprise that the fastest growing jobs are in technology. In particular, jobs in software and app development.  Who doesn’t want to be the founder of the next Uber or Instagram? We looked up some up-and-coming apps and found a few that we can’t wait to download. Workflow was one app that caught our attention. Basically, you can get directions, tweet, send messages and even make animated GIFs in one app.  Sounds pretty cool to us.  Another app, called Storehouse, allows you to create and share stories, basically a combination of all your social media sites into one app. Check out their website here


December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays!

We would like to wish all of you the best this Holiday Season and into the New Year.  We hope that you all take the time to recoup from one crazy, amazing year - we definitely are ;) We will be out of the office starting tomorrow until January 5th to get some beauty rest.

We look forward to what the New Year has to bring, from trade shows to the runway shows of Fashion Week. Needless to say we cannot wait to see what trends will come up in 2015!

Happy Holidays! See you next year!


Manuela and the mbf team

December 18, 2014

MBF Interviews: The First Wearable Tech Brand

When Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz got together, something amazing happened that had never before been seen in the fashion industry. The duo met in 2001 at a research institute and instantly clicked. They both shared a love for fashion, but wanted to think of it in a different way, something that was more exciting.  Not long after in 2004, they started CuteCircuit which became the first wearable tech brand.

We initially noticed CuteCircuit at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, where their LED womenswear tuxedo was featured by Mercedes Benz.  When we found out that they would be speaking at Decoded Fashion’s New York Summit, of course we had to take the opportunity to get an interview.

Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz of CuteCircuit, photo via mbf

December 11, 2014

Back to Basics

We are seeing an overall theme in current trends - going back to the basics. You’ve seen it, it’s not just and classic white ADIDAS sneakers and oversizes blazers, its the #NoMakeup, #IWokeUpLikeDis selfies all over Instagram  (which we all know that “no makeup” really means “just some makeup”, but that’s beside the point).

It's all about simplifying your wardrobe, and life overall.  In an age where everything is getting more complicated, going back to the basics seems refreshing. Wearing no makeup instead of the Kim K contour, Birkenstocks instead of sky-high heels, and joggers instead of binding skirts is what it's all about.

Photos via Vogue.com

December 9, 2014

Paul Drish Launches NEW Men's Footwear Line

Last Thursday, the MBF team attended the Paul Drish launch party at their new showroom located in Tribeca.  The venue offered the perfect setting to try on different Paul Drish styles, sip from the scotch bar, and even get an in-house shoeshine. The crowd included menswear bloggers Ian Michael Crumm and Jamal Jackson of Style SocietyGuy Blog along with other fashionable guests.

Photo by Shoot Me Peter

December 4, 2014

Women Taking Control: The Powerful Faces of the Industry Now

There’s no surprise that women have been at the forefront of the fashion industry for decades, but is there room for women to control the power in other industries? Our answer - a strong YES.  We are used to hearing about the Anna Wintours and Eva Chens (who we LOVE) but powerful women in fashion is obvious.  Women are breaking barriers and climbing the ladder in finance, marketing and other traditionally male driven fields. MBF found a group of 5 women doing amazing things in their professions. We have so much to say about these women in power that we had to write 2 blogs to fit them all in. Here’s part one...stay tuned for part 2!

Alex Ostrow, founder of WhyWhisper Collective is creating quite the buzz while working as a strategist and marketer for social impact and innovation. 

Photo via Alexandra Ostrow

November 25, 2014

DECODED Fashion: the infusion of technology with design

Once a month, MBF invites a guest blogger to TrendTalk, giving our readers a fresh new voice to hear. This month, our friend Natalie Kathleen, founder of Sienna Ray leather goods and Creative Director of Natalie Kathleen, attended Decoded Fashion's New York Summit to report on what she saw and heard...

Photo via Decoded Fashion

I prefer to proudly file my preference for dabbling across multiple business disciplines under maintaining balance rather than accepting a seat in the audience of jack of all trades and master of none. 

This perspective, however, just may have been disrupted. 

November 20, 2014

Rebecca Minkoff promises you the best shopping experience ever

When we think about going shopping, especially in NYC, we first get really excited to buy new things to put in my ever-growing closet. Then, reality hits and the thought of waiting in a huge line for a tiny fitting room with bad lighting to try on an outfit just to find out that it doesn’t even fit makes me want to crawl in bed and shop online. 

At Decoded Fashion’s New York Summit, we learned about how one company in particular is changing our love-hate relationship with fitting rooms into an interactive experience that will make us want to never leave the store. Rebecca Minkoff, the leading millennial lifestyle brand partnered with Ebay to bring New York City the most tech savvy fashion retail space we have every seen.  

Rebecca Minkoff with her interactive dressing room, Photo via Fast Company

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