In the startup world, fashion/tech is a hotspot these days, and that's mostly because A. fashion people were slow to embrace technology until recently B. tech people don't always get fashion and were afraid of it until recently and C. Gilt Groupe proved that a fashion/tech company could be successful.
So it's no surprise that Google recently launched Boutiques.com, that FashionStake is aiming to bring fashion investing to the masses, or that Style Trek wants its users to give designers direct feedback in a "Facebook-meets-Net-a-Porter" fashion.
In the same vein as Style Trek, the recently-launched Desquval--not to be confused with Barcelona streetwear label Desigual--is using social networking to connect shoppers directly with the designers whose clothes they're purchasing. Helena Fredriksson of H. Fredriksson, Frank Tell, and Abigail Lorick will answer user questions about garment fit, inspiration, etc. Other designers on board include Karolina Zmarlak, MCS Design, as well as Misela and Sanchez. And most of the collections are exclusive to the site.
We like the labels represented and we like the concept--mostly because it's fairly simple and requires little work on the consumer side. And unsurprisingly, there's an interesting back story here: Like her competitors at FashionStake and Rent the Runway, founder and president Soufi Esmaeilzadeh is a Harvard Business School graduate, so it'll be interesting to see whose idea shines in the long run.