SYKY Launches Fashion Metaverse Accelerator, Welcoming Innovative Designers
SYKY, a digital fashion platform, has announced the SYKY Collective 2023, an incubator program designed to accelerate the integration of metaverse applications in the fashion industry.
SYKY Collective 2023: A Platform for Innovation in Fashion Tech
SYKY, founded by Alice Delahunt, the former chief digital officer of Ralph Lauren, has unveiled the SYKY Collective 2023. This incubator program is aimed at accelerating the integration of metaverse applications in the fashion industry, marking a significant step towards the future of fashion. The startup has carefully selected ten designers from around the globe, each known for their innovative use of technology and techniques in fashion creation.
The designers chosen for the SYKY Collective 2023 are known for their unique approaches to fashion. For instance, Calvyn Justus uses 3D tools to transform inspirations from nature, fluid movement, and ancient mythology into fashion pieces. Gustavo Toledo combines science and fashion through methods such as 3D modelling, printing, and up-cycling. Felipe Fiallo, the owner of an Italian phygital footwear brand, focuses on regenerating the planet by utilizing biodegradable materials, digital fabrication, and environmental initiatives. The roster of designers also includes Fanrui Sun, Pet Liger, Taskin Goec, Stephy Fung, GlitchOfMind, Jacqueline Jade, and the co-founders of Nextberries.
Supporting Designers: Funding and Mentorship
The SYKY Collective 2023 program will provide not only funding for the designers but also invaluable mentorship to help them cultivate and grow their businesses. Prominent mentors involved in the program include Jonathan Bottomley, Chief Marketing Officer at Calvin Klein, Mark Guiducci, Creative Editorial Director of VOGUE, and The British Fashion Council (BFC), among others. This support aims to enable designers to navigate the future of fashion effectively.
SYKY launched in 2022 with the ambitious goal of revolutionizing fashion and its virtual applications. In January 2023, the company successfully raised $9.5 million in a Series A investment round, with participation from investors such as Seven Seven Six, Howard Digital, and Leadout Capital. The launch of the SYKY Collective 2023 is a testament to the company's commitment to fostering innovation in the fashion industry.