What a weekend! I wanted to take this space to thank all of you who attended the festival and supported our inaugural event. The last 18 months of work to create this event represented many adjectives from stressful to invigorating, to downright juvenile fun with our late night planning sessions.
We wanted to create an experience and we are proud of the base we created for the future. But as any new event we had our share of misses which we will learn from such as the true fusion of music and fashion we worked so hard to create. We learned that we can’t have the geographic separation between music and the Retail Marketplace, and we will do a better job of incorporating our national musical talent into our runway shows. And before our event was over we made the decision to tent our fashion runway shows opposite our main stage in McFerson park next year. We will create a New York Fashion week vibe in one of our City’s most beautiful parks.
Our ticketing policy was not clearly messaged and will be far less confusing next year. But with the misses we do believe we hit it out of the park with our Studio Movie Grill sold out fashion shows and our national music headliners. O.A.R., Switchfoot, New Found Glory, Circa Survive & Local Natives just killed it. And our local talent in both music and fashion were equally exciting and impressive.
None of this would have happened without the staff we assembled 18 months ago. I cannot express the gratitude I feel for the over-worked and underpaid dedicated people who believed in the vision and enhanced the original concept. With persons doing 3 jobs and practically living together the last 3 months they pulled this off on a grand scale. Thank you FMMF staff! It was truly a daunting process but no one cracked under the pressure and they created a national festival that no longer has the “inaugural” moniker. We are for real and will continue to strive to grow and make our city proud.
Special kudos to the City of Columbus, as our police, fire, parks & recs, and EMS crews were the best in the business. And of course none of this would have happened without Nationwide Realty Investors providing the real estate and office space for us to operate out of. It is now time for the young staffers to take their sleeping bags out of that office and sleep in a real bed. Our sponsor dollars got us off the ground and those initial brave people who invested in an unproven concept are going to get the special treatment they deserve in year 2 and beyond as we won’t forget the risk they took with us to create what we feel will become a Labor Day tradition for the city.
Finally, we thank you Columbus. At the end of the day, we just want to see our amazing city have a great time. So, thank you for being in attendance and showing love. It means all the world, and we can’t wait to see you next year.
The Fashion Meets Music Festival – August 29-31, 2014