AHAlife: Alexandra Taylor Scarves to Fight Malaria

Building a Future

This week’s EnlightenMe highlights charity Construction for Change, an organization that builds the infrastructure for other non-profits so they can get to the business of doing good for others.

As curator and New York-based writer Megan Collins explains, “Construction for Change knows that the charities providing economic, medical and educational support in developing countries have bigger things to worry about than paving their own roads and constructing their own buildings. So CfC does it for them.”

Check out our feature to find out how you can help CfC help others »

I’ve just returned from a very energizing and inspiring trip to San Francisco, where I was invited to speak at the 2011 Retail Innovation & Marketing conference. It was such an honor to speak to this amazing audience of 600 people from the most respected areas of the industry, and a great opportunity to introduce them to the AHAlife concept. I also talked about how the luxury consumer awareness is shifting away from “It-items” to more personal and unique choices, and how full price retail with integrity can still exist in a market flooded with discount shopping. I was overwhelmed by the positive response I received from the audience, especially all the people that came up to me afterwards. Many people told me that they found the AHAlife concept refreshing and inspiring, which was so encouraging and wonderful to hear. Above is a picture of me mid-speech.

I’ve just returned from a very energizing and inspiring trip to San Francisco, where I was invited to speak at the 2011 Retail Innovation & Marketing conference. It was such an honor to speak to this amazing audience of 600 people from the most respected areas of the industry, and a great opportunity to introduce them to the AHAlife concept. I also talked about how the luxury consumer awareness is shifting away from “It-items” to more personal and unique choices, and how full price retail with integrity can still exist in a market flooded with discount shopping. I was overwhelmed by the positive response I received from the audience, especially all the people that came up to me afterwards. Many people told me that they found the AHAlife concept refreshing and inspiring, which was so encouraging and wonderful to hear. Above is a picture of me mid-speech.

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Fashion 2.0

I had the opportunity to present AHAlife to the Fashion 2.0 meetup last night.  One of the main points I hit was that both luxury and fashion are now finally connected with early adopters of technology.  Jack Dorsey and Chad Hurley are great examples of tech legends who have expressed tremendous interest in fashion.  In fact, earlier this year when I met them both in Dublin at the Founders Conference, both expressed interest in curating for AHAlife.  My dear friend Amy Sacco even said, “I go where the cool kids are, and everyone here… I would let into my clubs!”

In startups, it’s just as much about timing as it is about a great idea.  The support and momentum of tech/Wired Magazines’ cover story this month that “Wake up, Geek Culture. Time to Die“ indicates that we may be riding the beginning of a very relevant wave.

Onward and forward!

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