Madison Maxey (@MaddyMaxey) is a New York City based fashionista who combines her natural born sewing and design talents with learned computing skills to create clothing more efficiently.
An energetic 20-something, Madison Maxey has already had several different jobs in two very different fields: fashion and technology. Maxey began working at age 18 as an intern for fashion company Tommy Hilfiger and has left school since then. She created Madison Maxey Blazers while interning at the start-up education outfit, Enstitute, but quickly gravitated towards technology and coding online sites. She has developed software that ?optimizes patterns? allowing her to design garments that use fabric more efficiently. Maxey is also the first fashion designer to receive a $100,000 Thiel Fellowship. The grant has given her enough capital to start her own business.
Her business, CRATED, which will be launched in August 2013, is an online fashion-tech magazine that will publish content from big brands and indie designers about their experiences with branding, manufacturing and what goes into making a fashion startup successful. Maxey cites the recent tragedy in Bangladesh as an example of why there needs to be a change in the development and manufacturing process in clothing.
Technology and broadband Internet are changing many different industries. Through the Internet and social media, fashion is being altered through online retail, customizable designs, easier access to customers and the sharing of ideas. Maxey is using the power of high-speed connections to even further innovate to the fashion industry.