This August, Verge had the pleasure of working with Pattern, an awesome fashion and design community here in Indianapolis. Our event was themed “Fashion Tech” and featured presentations from Maddy Maxey and Mari Kussman, co-founders of Crated, a custom textile and pattern development company based out of New York.
Over 130 Fashion Techies and Tech Fashionistas crammed into the antiquated gym at the Harrison Center for the Arts. The old field house style windows and wooden bleachers provided a visually unique backdrop for what was certainly a unique night for Verge and Pattern attendees alike.
Here are some of the best tweets of the night from #IndyDressCode
Activity on our hashtag began before anyone stepped into the building. Our friends over at Lyft were generous enough to give away a Pebble watch to whoever tweeted us their best “Power Accessory.” We got tons of great submissions, ranging from trendy and fashionable to unique and practical.
what’s more powerful than a minimalist wallet? One that is a bottle opener too @VergeIndy @PatternIndy #IndyDressCode pic.twitter.com/hMJNwTW2j3
— Peter Chen (@ZP_Chen) August 29, 2013
Keepin’ it old skool w/ the moleskine. A timeless power accessory, indeed. @VergeIndy @PatternIndy #IndyDressCode pic.twitter.com/zZ39MwIY5Q
— Tenaya Bookout (@TenayaBookout) August 29, 2013
@PatternIndy @VergeIndy @lyft #indydresscode Professional power Accessory- my new frames. #4eyes pic.twitter.com/Pa8MgYWrMY
— Meggie Dials (@meggiehd) August 28, 2013
But Meggie and her new frames would walk away with a brand new Pebble watch.
From the time they entered the gym, you could sense an energy about August’s attendees.
Cool venue for a technology/fashion mash up #harrisonartcenter #indydresscode pic.twitter.com/7GEzusPZDI
— Sarah Anderson (@PenchantPixels) August 29, 2013
So impressed w/crowd @patternindy just met a social conquistador #indydresscode
— J-Me (@Liratastic) August 29, 2013
Judging by the mustache, we suspect this to be the conquistador to which she was referring…
Although we’re not ruling out this mustached fellow, either.
There was a lot of action going on in front of our Pattern and Verge repeater wall
Followed of course by kicking off the event.
synndicated and @janneane kicking off #indydresscode @vergeindy @patternindy @ Harrison Center for the… http://t.co/amNjK4jBzX
— Lauren Bacon (@lcbacon) August 29, 2013
Geeks and models unite at the @PatternIndy@VergeIndy meetup @HarrisonCtrArts#IndyDressCodepic.twitter.com/RPqyY4itUK
— janneane (@janneane) August 29, 2013
We then heard from Matt Hunckler, which was met with some enthusiasm and some friendly jabs.
Hunckler killing it at #indydresscode The kid’s a #baller
— David DeRam (@DeRambo) August 29, 2013
@hunckler still uses PowerPoint? Old soul. Great to see tonight’s presenters get @prezi#IndyDressCode — Kenan Farrell (@KLFLegal) August 29, 2013
We then heard from Maddy Maxey
Thiel Fellow @MaddyMaxey inspires @PatternIndy + @VergeIndy FashionTechDesign meetup @HarrisonCtrArts #IndyDressCode pic.twitter.com/tM8tjzKmeb — IndySpectator (@IndySpectator) August 29, 2013
“Passion actually comes from a positive feedback loop” – really smart stuff from @maddymaxey#IndyDressCode — Verge ® (@VergeIndy) August 29, 2013
And her co-founder, Mari Kussman.
“It’s very much a part of the Silicon Valley ethos to allow for unstructured time to foster innovation.” -Mari Kussman #IndyDressCode — Verge ® (@VergeIndy) August 29, 2013
“The beautiful mistake…Success is the failure” – @metrofuturism@TheCrated at #IndyDressCode@PatternIndy@VergeIndypic.twitter.com/iYidVdj0M5 — IndySpectator (@IndySpectator) August 30, 2013
And then of course, our fireside chat.
@vergeindy fireside chat w/ Mari Kussman & Maddy Maxey #indydresscode @ Harrison Center for the Arts http://t.co/HYpEPYi1Pu
— Lauren Bacon (@lcbacon) August 30, 2013
Featuring some questions with obvious answers…
Is an original batch Verge t-shirt the coolest thing you can wear in Indy? #IndyDressCode #yep
— Kenan Farrell (@KLFLegal) August 30, 2013
The answer is yes, obviously.
- Fashion and tech have a lot more in common than you think
- Fashionistas and techies can get along quite well
- Indianapolis has some really kick ass people involved in their communities
August’s event was really incredible. I know from the Verge end, there was something very exciting and refreshing about working with a community in Indianapolis as awesome as Pattern. If you were unable to attend, I hope this post gives you a sense of how much fun the night was and I hope you guys can make it out next month. Until then, keep it trendy, Indy.