Greetings from Minnesotat! That's right, fashionistas, I took the show out to the Midwest, where I'm visiting my parents and basking in beautiful fall colors. I'm also in one of the best under-the-radar cool scenes in the U.S. - forget the overhyped streets of Williamsburg, the Twin Cities have double to hip factor, with a thriving art and music scene. The fashion industry in Minneapolis and St. Paul is also growing, and over the years, several independent designers have emerged as fresh talent. Today, I speak with Laine Sou Weinberg, a member of that community who has seen the industry change over the last twenty years, and adapted her beautiful line to keep going strong. She and husband Richard Weinberg started KOKOON as college students, and as the business has evolved, they've perfected the art of contemporary-but-classic wardrobe basics that any woman will want. On today's show, Laine tells us the story of how their business began, what's behind the unique name KOKOON, and just what women she has in mind when she creates her fluid designs.
Plus, tons of musical goodies in the playlist today, including brand new Joe Henry, My Brightest Diamond and Casiokids, plus a sneak preview of Deer Tick's upcoming release. End of summer means the fun's just started on BTR!