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As We Embark…

Between IndySpectator, KA+A, IndyHubPattern, and all of our Indy-building endeavors, we’ve become (& continue to be) quite smitten with our hometown city. As we gradually (& oftentimes brashly) navigate our personal, professional and creative evolution, we’ve decided that a month abroad may be the perfect next step.

Now, to be clear(-er), this month abroad is not merely a loosely thought-out, semantically-manipulated way of saying “We’re taking a monthlong vacation.” On the contrary, we plan to explore and research and soak up as many valuable experiences in France as our 4-week stint allows.

As we meander through Paris’ coworking spaces, fashion incubators, tech accelerators and universities, we hope to bring back a few new tools that may help us to better be a part of guiding and participating in Indy’s urban growth.

Indpls Paris Map horizontal

We don’t presume to be urban design mavens or community crafting experts… but, we do believe in Indy’s ability to utilize both its past, present & future successes (and missteps) in such a way that will keep our city moving forward (with one eye on the past). Our daily involvement with various Indy organizations and individuals has equipped us to embark on this expedition with at least a smidgen of perspective regarding the ins-&-outs of our city.

We’re born & raised Hoosiers, and couldn’t be more proud of how Indy has become the creative space we’d always wished for, and we can’t wait to see its future permutations. (And of course, we relish the opportunity to be a part of actualizing what’s to come – for ourselves, our community, and our beloved city!)

We’ll be working out of an apartment on Rue Charlot (in the Marais district) from 20 March to 18 April, and will be posting observations, questions, curiosities, critiques, and ideas that we think may help move Indy towards…

– Benjamin and Janneane Blevins


IndySpectator: An intermittent-bi-weekly source for discovering new ways to love Indy. We are an email-only platform that provides Indianapolis-area folks with a guide to what’s happening in the city: from stories about new eateries & bars to first-person narratives about living in Indy and exploring all it has to offer. IndySpectator exists to help keep you in tune with the dynamic fluctuations of art, events, technology, fashion, restaurants and film; we help curate and chronicle this information for you. (A quick look at our recent archive.)

KA+A: A strategic design consultancy based in Indianapolis. KA+A works with organizations, from startups to dominant market leaders, to create and align brands, products, and services for maximum value creation. We do this by delivering compelling brand experiences, developing new business models, innovating new products and services (see: the KA+A Lab), and solving complex business challenges on behalf of our clients. Many of KA+A’s clients provide SaaS or consumer web technology solutions.

IndyHub: IndyHub is an advocate for Indy’s twenty-/thirty-somethings, providing a resource and space to learn about and become a part of this city. They don’t do official memberships. They don’t charge dues. IndyHub exists to connect you: with other individuals, with community organizations, with local businesses, with Indianapolis. IndyHub is always here, always on the go, and always working to further Indy’s urban evolution. Sign up and be connected.

Pattern: In 2011, Pattern began as a seemingly impossible adventure: to show Indianapolis that there are enough people in our city who care about (and make a living through) the fashion industry. From designers, stylists, photographers, hair & make-up experts, and boutique-owners – Pattern works to unify those voices into a community that’s loud and organized enough to significantly benefit Indianapolis’ economy in the years to come. Through our free monthly meetups and our biannual fashion magazine, Pattern is bringing fashion to the forefront of Indy’s creative and business sectors.

Also, you can catch us on Twitter (@ballarde & @janneane & #INDYxPARIS) and Instagram (@ballarde & @janneaneb)


2 thoughts on “As We Embark…

  1. Pingback: Posts From Indy | INDYxPARIS

  2. Just discovered your blog through an Indy colleague. I am a Hoosier in Paris since October 2010. Would enjoy meeting you before your departure if you have time. Coffee, apéro or lunch?

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