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GreenGlamGo eco-friendly fashion app!

Soon power shopping may have far less to do with what’s in your wallet than what’s on your phone, thanks to the increasing number of applications for mobile devices that combine fashion and shopping with imaging tools and social media.

“Shopping has always been a very social and interactive experience,” says Prosenjit Sen, CEO of the VIZL iPhone app.

And from the looks of it, shopping and fashion consumption are only going to continue in that direction. Helping things along are new and notable style-minded apps from Bay Area companies. They offer handheld tech tools tailored to everyone from casual fans of fashion to boutique-hunting travelers, street style enthusiasts, personal stylists and eco-friendly fashion fans and are available on devices ranging from the iPhone and iPad to Nokia smart phones.

GreenGlamGo

A Nokia Open Screen Fund grant recipient in 2010, this app connects shoppers with new and notable eco-friendly apparel and accessories.

Launched: March 2011

Based in: San Francisco

Download it: To make greening your closet easier.

Best for: Finding new names in the sustainable style realm.

Most fashionable feature: An option to go directly to the designer’s site to purchase.

Available on: Select Nokia smart phones

Cost: Free

Lookaroo

Organize and tag outfit shots, street style snaps and other fashion images in one place, create personal lookbooks and share via social media.

Launched: May 2011

Based in: San Francisco

Download it: Before your next style-centric photo fest.

Best for: Keeping fashion-minded images organized on your phone.

Most fashionable feature:

A detailed lookbook tool for cataloging and grouping

images.

Available on: iPhone

Cost: Free

Fashion Nomad

This made-for-travelers app curated by an editorial team with fashion industry connections guides users to choice shops in cities around the globe.

Launched: June 2010

Based in: San Francisco

Download it: Before your next trip to New York, Paris or Shanghai, among other cities.

Best for: Mapping out fashion-forward

boutiques while exploring a new city.

Most fashionable feature: A “near me” option that populates a map with recommended shopping destinations based on your location.

Available on: iPhone

Cost: $1.99 for one city guide

Catalog Spree

Traditional catalogs go digital with this app, which allows shoppers to buy directly from retailers and share finds with your social media networks.

Launched: April 2011

Based in: San Francisco

Download it: To shop the latest from companies such as Nordstrom, Serena & Lily, Gump’s, Filson, DwellStudio and others.

Best for: Enjoying an old-school catalog browsing

experience without the excess paper.

Most fashionable feature: Sophisticated search that quickly sorts items by color, cut, fabric and visual details.

Available on: iPad

Cost: Free

VIZL

Take pictures of items while you shop and mix them with images from your existing wardrobe while scoping deals from online retailers with this app.

Launched: March 2011

Based in: San Francisco

Download it: To ponder your closet contents while on Muni.

Best for: Finding current deals from Bay Area online retail partners such as SeeZenn.com, Lombardi Sports,

Bobbepin and Revelation by ME.

Most fashionable feature: A

drag-and-drop wardrobe mixer for displaying images of items and

creating looks.

Available on: iPhone, iPod and iPad

Cost: Free

FIDM

The fashion school’s app offers school news and events alongside industry trend reports, reviews and student-produced content.

Launched: June 2011

Based in: San Francisco, Los Angeles

Download it: To feel like a fashion student.

Best for: Keeping up with the latest from the school.

Most fashionable feature: News feeds featuring student street style shots.

Available on: iPhone

Cost: Free

By Lorraine Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle

 

In between running around on press trips for Destination I Do Magazine, and keeping our blog going, I’ve been working on a very rewarding project with Nokia and my fab business partner Clarissa Nicosia: GreenGlamGo.com. It’s a fun, exhausting and exhilarating endeavor where I get to flex my tech-ie muscle in the form of the first green fashion app on mobile and merge it with inspirational and under the radar, sustainable and handmade fashion designers and etailers. Being able to work with the creative ninja’s at the Nokia Ideas Project, I’ve learned that indeed, certain corporations are leading by example and funding projects that raise awareness for issues that matter. The best part of GreenGlamGo is that we get to write about and feature creatives we love: Dannijo.com, KittyAndrews.com, MyBoaStyle.com, Chroniclebooks.com and Ecobeautifulweddings.com (Katie’s books!) and have a green bridal section as well. Green and sustainable can be glam and we thank Nokia for including us in the Apps for Change challenge. We are honored to be a part of it!

Excerpted from Nokia Ideas Project Site: 5.11.11

Not long ago, inventors and inventiveness were confined to a narrow domain. If you weren’t the sort of person who created new things for a living, you put aside your big ideas and got on with the practicalities of life.

All that changed with the advent of the app. Suddenly the practicalities of life have become the inspiration for big ideas and the place our inventiveness is needed most. Apps, and the ease with which we can access and create them, have turned many of us back into inventors, and put it into our heads that we too can bring our big ideas to life – and maybe even change the world.

An app developer can now be anyone, from an entrepreneur in Nairobi to a fashion designer in San Francisco. Recently, IdeasProject launched the Apps For Change Challenge and invited people to submit their ideas for apps that could change the world. Ideas came from all over the world and from all walks of life. Now, Nokia’s newly re-launched IdeasProject is specifically asking developers to share their ideas for apps to make the world a better place. Below are some exciting examples from recent developers one from last year whose work continues to inspire us. If you’re a developer and are inspired by the ideas you see, we invite you to share your idea for an app that will make the world a better place.

Putting the Glamour in Mobile

GreenGlamGo was borne of a meeting between two friends who felt there was no outlet for the gorgeous work they saw being done by their friends in the green and sustainable fashion world. Carolyn Gerin and Clarissa Nicosia hatched the idea for an online, green shopping mall, contacted some friends in the tech industry, and GreenGlamGo was born. Nokia came on board to help them develop the app for its C7 and N8 phones and suddenly their idea had global reach.

GreenGlamGo’s support of ethical practices is obviously important to the founders and to their customers. But their success has as much to do with their not to losing sight of the Glam aspect along the way. As Nicosia puts it, “Green fashion doesn’t have to have that weird, crunchy, granola vibe. There are sophisticated items and beautiful clothing out there.”

If GreenGlamGo appears to be one of those “I could have thought of that” successes, what makes it unique is the way it folds the green and glam components into a user experience that is basic yet comprehensive. “Consumers want quick, easy, clean, simple messaging,” says Nicosia, “[with GreenGlamGo] a girl can shop while she’s standing in line for coffee.”

GreenGlamGo also reflects the kind of global reach that characterizes many of the app ideas on IdeasProject. “What’s great about the mobile application, and using Nokia,”  says Nicosia, “is that we have brands and companies from all over the world.”

Global Challenge, Local Impact

Nokia’s Global Economy Venture Challenge in 2010 was an incredible venue for developers with the potential to lead businesses and have a positive impact on the planet. With the added incentive of a million dollar development deal, the challenge attracted ideas and individuals from dozens of different countries.

John Waibochi, from Kenya, was selected the winner for his Virtual City app, which empowers traveling sales agents in developing countries to manage their transactions on a mobile device. The app provides a safe and organized infrastructure and a way to avoid having to carry cash.

“A lot of these small distributors have sales people that are either on foot or bicycles or motorcycles,” Waibochi explains. “We automate the paper process that they had to use before. We’re now looking at how do we automate the cash that they used to carry.” Read more about Waibochi and Virtual City in our article from last year.

A final app idea, from Nokia’s INdT development labs in Brazil, is a game called My Little Plant. The app fosters a deeper awareness of how changes in weather in the Amazon affect plants by allowing users to care for a native guaranazeiro plant. Users win little stars by paying attention to Amazon climate conditions, getting rid of enemies, and using tools to make their plant grow strong. The plant is virtual, of course, but the weather, how it affects life in the Amazon, and our planet overall, is very real.

With challenges like the above ones confronting us every day, and technology to help us provide solutions in the form of apps, IdeasProject invites you to share your solutions to challenges you see in your part of the world.

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