Tuesday night, I hopped the train to NYC for the inaugural Fashion Tech Forum, presented by Karen Harvey Consulting and Elle Magazine, whose mission is "to provide a platform for fashion, design and technology to connect and collaborate on how to work together in the future." The invite-only one-day event was held at the Chelsea Piers in the New York neighborhood of Chelsea, on the West side of town and brought together 400 CEO's, founders, thinkers, innovators and investors from the two sectors.
The conference kicked off with a zen meditation and mindful practice, led by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara (known as the spiritual leader of a group of Zen Buddhists). The day had a big focus on tech and online presence, so the idea was to disconnect (from our devises) in order to connect (to the conference.) Here's what the conference and day in NYC looked like through my lens:
Panels throughout the day included discussions on the intersection or fashion and technology and showcased people doing fascinating work (more posts to come on the break-down of topics.) One of the most interesting theories was the notion that we will one day subscribe to our "clothes" which, instead of traditional fabric, will be made from fabric that runs ads (think Lady Gaga and Black-Eyed Peas concert attire).
Overall, a long but beneficial day. I made a quick stop into Blue Bottle Coffee (which I love) on my way to the train station. Conveniently enough, it was across the street from Chelsea Market and only a few blocks from Chelsea Pier, the site of the forum. I did, also, take a quick gander through the market, where I would spend most of my Saturday if I lived in NYC -- everything from smoked sea salt to handmade wares to fresh produce. It's one of my favorite spots in all of New York.
Have a great weekend... Until tomorrow...