The power of your relationships is extraordinary, and always beyond what can be imagined. This is a brief play-by-play of the chain reaction to launch a global collaboration, furthering the fashion industry in two cities from around the world over the span of two years. And it’s only the beginning.
Having the opportunity to reflect, write and share a TEDx talk really has a way of putting your work under a microscope of your own making. This is the behind-the-scenes look at my TEDx talk, offering a reflection on my experience and what I've learned throughout the process. Plus it's an opportunity to expand on how my 'great idea worth sharing' came together.
Recap and reflection for Austin Fashion Initiative’s June 6th Network event. “Fashion X is an event, designed to celebrate the participants in our local industry. This is evident in the cheers, applause and well-wishes you hear as designers, models and 'looks' make their way down the runway.”
The recap on AFI's October 2017 networking event hosted by General Assembly at WeWork downtown, featuring a panel on Fashion and Technology. As an industry, fashion in many ways is siloed off from our understanding of how and where technology can be implemented to create market disruptions and impactful efficiencies to product development processes. This panel facilated dialogue around new opportunities for innovation throughout the fashion supply chain.
I began developing the idea of the Austin Fashion Initiative after jumping into to the local creative and entrepreneurial community to discover “who was doing what”. I spent weeks reaching out and meeting new people to learn about their projects, pursuits and challenges. After realizing the depth of creative talent, as well as the breadth of expertise on the fashion industry located in Austin (and often working nationally and internationally), it was time to get everyone in a room together to begin taking advantage of the very real opportunities for business development locally.