Posts Tagged ‘Kate Iverson’


Alice Riot: Women-Owned Fashion Startup Combines Art and Fashion

2018 at 08:50 pm by admin | Comments Off

It’s no secret that we here at Tomodachi love a good creative collaboration — and a good mashup of artistic mediums. New Minneapolis women’s wear line, Alice Riot, checks both those boxes. Founded by artist Kate Iverson, and biz strategist Kelly Groehler, Alice Riot combines original artwork with timeless fashion pieces.


The line’s inaugural collection features the artwork of co-founder Iverson, but future iterations will highlight other female artists from around the globe (while maintaining consistency with garment silhouettes. Designed for the working woman, these office-friendly looks include a 3/4 sleeve dress, sleeveless sheath dress, midi skirt, pencil skirt and two sizes of silk scarf — all in a size-inclusive range from XS-3XL. Designed by Iverson’s sister, Andi Hillestad (whose daughter, Alice, was the inspiration behind the line’s name, in addition to Kelly’s beloved late, great aunt Alyce) each garment represents a classic style that’s work appropriate but brings a “creative spark” along with you, no matter where you work or what role you play.

A hat tip to feminism, Alice Riot encourages women to break free of traditional workplace style and own their power, fierceness and creativity — in other words, ditch the boring monochrome suit and literally wear your art on your sleeve!


Alice Riot is currently taking pre-orders via a flashy Indiegogo campaign, featuring real women leaders as ambassador models and a colorful, art-inspired presentation. The campaign runs through April 19th.

Check it out and support this Minnesota-grown, women-owned business HERE.

If you want to see and try on samples in person, the Alice Riot founders are hosting weekly open studio events at their spot in Northeast Minneapolis. Details on that HERE.

Follow them on Instagram and Twitter: @aliceriotstyle or on Facebook


TOMODACHI x Envision Fashion Show

2015 at 01:36 pm by admin | Comments Off


We were happy to partner with Public Functionary, Ignite Models and V2 to co-sponsor Envision, the largest, longest running fashion show in Minnesota. Held at beautiful Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, this glamorous event brought out the most stylish of people, from designers, artists, creatives to fashion fans and buyers. TOMODACHI partnered with our friends at Public Functionary on the VIP Room experience, which included collaborating on a vibrant mt tape photo booth installation. Photographer Alex Butterfield shot guests against the colorful washi backdrop while illustrator Allegra Lockstadt created digital illustrations over the images live on a projector for all to see.

Also in the VIP room, TOMODACHI hosted a table with an mt tape art activity and display, helmed by charming staffer Niki, who chatted with guests and sold plenty of mt tape to the fashionable masses.

On top of that, TOMODACHI donated 300 gift bags for the VIP runway guests, which we embellished at the last minute with fun washi tape designs with the help of our friends at PF.

Thanks to Public Functionary, Ignite Models and V2 for inviting us to participate! Special thanks also goes out to Kate Iverson for all of her enthusiasm for mt and washi tape!







Photos: Niki Tombaga and Kate Iverson

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Public Functionary x TOMODACHI “Wash-i Room” Collab

2015 at 01:27 pm by admin | Comments Off


Contemporary art space Public Functionary partnered with TOMODACHI to create a vibrantly colorful installation in…where else? The gallery bathroom. Dubbed the “Wash-i Room” (get it, wash room/washi tape?), installation artist Meepo created a dimensional, abstract design using Japanese brand mt tape that covered each wall and included designed panels inserted into a grid of mirrors. Even the soap dispenser got the washi treatment! Stop by the gallery this fall to catch an art exhibit and snap a selfie in the wash-i room (you could even win a PF t-shirt!).

Follow Public Functionary on Facebook to keep up with events, exhibits and gallery hours.