Fashionistas flock to Pluto.TV

Pluto.TV has struck a chord with fashionistas.

The L.A.-based video streaming startup launched a dedicated New York Fashion Week channel last Thursday. It offers users a front row seat on the runway and a backstage pass to the VIP parties — all without stepping foot in New York City, or even changing browsers.

And viewers are loving it. They’re watching the channel three times as long as the average Pluto.TV channel, according to CEO and co-founder Tom Ryan.

Pluto.TV, which launched in March, takes a TV Guide-style approach to online video. Like their TV counterparts, they’ve capitalized on covering what’s hot at the moment.

“Similar to traditional television, Pluto.TV channels based on current events are striking a particularly strong chord with viewers,” said Ryan. “We’re definitely not surprised with the reaction.”

The Fashion Week station (channel 600) is just the latest on Pluto.TV. They currently have over 100 dedicated channels, offering everything from breaking news to sports to viral videos. Their curators (a mix of humans and data) pull online content from sites like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion. They also have dedicated channels for content partners like Funny or Die, QVC and PopSugar.

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Pluto.TV’s NYFW channel features runway shows from designers who stream their shows online (like Burberry, Chanel and Christian Dior) as well as curated pieces from partners like Refinery29.

“Our goal is to make it really easy and enjoyable for lovers of fashion to quickly tune in and get timely updates,” said Ryan.

Fashionistas can watch online (on a browser or mobile app) or on connected devices like Amazon’s (AMZN, Tech30) Fire TV or Google’s (GOOG) Chromecast. The channel will run through October 1, when fashion weeks around the world end.

Plus, a DVR-like function lets you pause, fast-forward or save shows for later.

This isn’t the first time the company has launched a custom channel: Past ones have been both planned (World Cup, Wimbledon) and unplanned when there’s breaking news (Robin Williams’ death).

Ryan declined to disclose users or profitability, but said the company is generating revenue from advertising. (That could change in the future if the content partnerships were monetized, which they aren’t currently.)

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Senior Project Manager

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the body responsible for the development of high quality integrated transport services across Greater Manchester. The vision for Transport for Greater Manchester is ‘to improve the quality and availability of transport networks and services, supporting the economic prosperity of Greater Manchester by connecting people with employment, education, health and leisure choices in ways that are affordable, accessible and environmentally sustainable.’

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A Senior Project Manager is required to manage the delivery of allocated projects within the Local Sustainable Transport Fund on to time, standard and budget in compliance with agreed Project Management Procedures (PMP).

What we’re looking for

The successful candidate will have a track record of delivering multiple complex projects to time, cost and standard, as well as demonstrate post-qualification experience in the successful management of key individual projects and programmes, showing how you have met funding and key operational targets, whilst working with multiple internal and external stakeholders, including suppliers.

In return, as well as a competitive salary, TfGM offers you a range of fantastic benefits, such as:

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  • 27 days holiday per annum
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For more information on the role and the kind of person we’re looking for please refer to the role profile and person specification.

If you believe you have the skills and experience we’re looking for please apply online, ensuring that in your application you provide evidence in the form of specific examples of how you meet the criteria in the person specification.

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6 designers shaking up fashion

Many people want to know where their food comes from — but clothes and accessories? Not so much.

E-commerce platform Zady is working to change that by selling high-quality, eco-friendly items at affordable prices.

Co-founders Maxine Bédat and Soraya Darabi vet designers (they have about 60 on the site) and sell their goods. They’re not only looking for transparency, but for timeless pieces that are beautifully crafted. Each item’s page offers details on where it’s made and the raw materials that are used.

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The company launched one year ago with the intention to “lift the veil behind the fashion industry,” said Bédat. They’ll soon introduce their own Zady line — beginning with a sweater to be sold this holiday season — so they can be involved in every stage of the sourcing.

“The natural step is to get our hands dirty and figure out, ‘What does it mean to make the most sustainable brand?'” said Bédat.

Bédat said they’re growing every month, but “the real focus for us is growing the right way — not growth at all costs.”

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