30 percent of online apparel buyers read customer reviews at least monthly. — Forrester Research Inc.
Smart and Crafty
Syuzi Pakhchyan’s “Fashioning Technology” ($30, O’Reilly Media) shows sewers how to stylishly include interactive materials in do-it-yourself projects such as totes and jewelry. This solar-powered brooch chirps when it sees the sun. The brooch’s electronic circuit board is designed to be both functional and decorative: It’s printed in the shape of an owl.
Three designers chosen by the MyItThings fashion community will show on the runway in New York in October. One will win $5,000 and sell his or her collection on the site. Here, a look by finalist Nora del Busto. The other two finalists are Wakana Koike and Adolfo Sanchez.
Motorola’s Moto U9 combines phone, music and camera in one device that retails for $276. Available in gray, pink and purple.