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Happy New Year! Can you believe that 2012 is here? And already it promises to be an exciting year for both fashion AND music. Today's Sew & Tell guest is the perfect guide to help us look back and remember the trends and style developments of 2011, as well as anticipate what's coming for 2012. Mary O'Regan is the senior fashion editor for Metro Magazine, a publication dedicated to all the great culture in the Twin Cities region. In addition, Mary maintains a fabulous blog called Art of Wore, and serves as editor-in-chief for several bridal publications. As evidenced by her sharp, incisive, instructive, witty writing and beautiful blog, Mary is plugged directly into the pulse of current fashion, and on today's show, she'll be talking about fashion in 2011, 2012, what it takes to develop a successful fashion blog, and she'll even share her own fashion New Year's resolution. I also have a playlist that I'm super excited about today, filled with my top tracks from the past year. It's unabashedly weighted towards hauntingly beautiful, slightly sad music, but... what can I say? That's what I love. So you'll be hearing this year's releases from Little Scream, Bon Iver, Timber Timbre, Levek, Tom Waits, and more. Turn up the volume, throw open your closet doors, and get ready for a brand new year of looking gorgeous.
Happy Holiday Week! I know that most of you probably have all of your holiday shopping finished, but just in case there are a few late gifters out there, I thought I'd compile a gift guide from this year's Sew & Tell guests. And even if you have your list checked off, hey - it never hurts to start planning for next year, right? You'll hear interview clips and get tons of gift ideas today from Sew & Tell guests over the last year, including Payal Luthra, Carrie Parry, Belinda Pasqua of The Sway, Abe and Tyler from Outlier, Erica and Claire from Of a Kind, and Jill Scharmen of Nola Bella. They've got everyone covered, from your mom to your man, yourself to your bff (best fashionista friend)! Plus, a great mix of music including some Christmas tunes from Caitlin Rose, Sufjan Stevens, and Saint Etienne, plus a track from Miike Snow and a special cover of The xx's VCR by The Antlers. So get your wishlist out and prepare to make some additions, as we look back on the best buys of Sew & Tell 2011!
Think that sustainable fashion means forgoing fur? Fur-get it! Time to shift your perspective, and there's a fresh, made-in-the-USA line of fur outerwear called Iterrati to show you how you can stay warm & glam responsibly. Meredith Eggers and Lisa Federico are two friends in San Francisco who decided to take on a new adventure together. Last year, they launched their own line of re-claimed, re-purposed, re-designed vintage furs called Iterrati. Not only are these gorgeous pieces recycled, but Meredith and Lisa re-imagine them into brand new, chic, modern silhouettes that still preserve their vintage heritage. On today's show, Meredith will talk about how Iterrati began, the process through which they develop vintage furs into new Iterrati pieces, and some of their work with non-profits. Plus, a fabulous playlist full of fun new "stocking stuffer" singles from some of the best names in indie rock today, including of Montreal, Islands, Fol Chen, Spector and more. So stay tuned, stay warm, and join us to learn about sustainable fur…
I have the best show EVER today! In honor of Competition Week, I had the enormous privilege of doing a follow up interview with Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, the pioneering forces of sustainable design behind the beautiful brand Stewart + Brown. They were first on Sew & Tell almost exactly two years ago, on the December 11, 2009 show, hosted by DJ Audrey II. Since then, their clothing line has grown even stronger in reputation and recognition, and in October of this year, Karen and Howard were awarded the WGSN Global Fashion Award for "Most Sustainable Brand," beating out several other heavy-weight companies including Levi's and Marks + Spencer. On today's show, we have a rare opportunity to hear from these two experts in the field of sustainable fashion, who will talk about what's changed in the industry over the last ten years, the significance of their WGSN award, the strange plight of hemp farming in the U.S., and even a few Stewart + Brown holiday gift suggestions. Plus, Karen and Howard were DJ's with impeccable taste for today's playlist, and have assembled a mix featuring some of the favorite artists from the BTR catalogue, including Akron/Family, Six Organs of Admittance, Wilderness, Unrest and more. So tune in, turn up, and get ready to learn about the state of sustainable fashion in the U.S. today...
What's your fashion fantasy? For the style editors of New York Magazine, that answer is found in Greenpoint-based designer Caycee Black, whose glamorous-but-edgy cocktail dresses they recently deemed utopian. With a background in dance and fine art, Caycee blends the influences of ballet and film into each season's collection, resulting in patterns and garments that strike a perfect balance between bold and dreamy, dark and light, tough and feminine. On today's show, Caycee talks about how she mixes the perfect cocktail of paint, dance, and fashion, what sci-fi films influenced her current F/W collection, and her fantasy picks for celebrities to dress (you will want to stay tuned for this!) Plus, fantastical tracks from some of Caycee's musical clients including Asobi Seksu and Pains of Being Pure At Heart, along with new music from Sharon Van Etten and Blackout Beach. So turn up the volume, and get ready to daydream…
Happy Thanksgiving! Well, sure, it's a day late, but the holiday season is officially underway, and to celebrate, we here at BTR are throwing a dance party! We've got great articles on dance, awesome dance play lists and more this week, including the perfect guest for Sew & Tell. Candice Thompson is an incredibly multi-talented young artist, dancer, and designer, who began dancing at the age of five. She studied ballet at NYU, and was a member of the Milwaukee Ballet company for five years. During her time in Milwaukee, Candice began designing dancewear; when she moved back to New York, she turned her focus to costumes. Now that she's built an impressive resume of costuming experience for a variety of dance, theatre, and live performance events, Candice has focused her stitching talents on visual art as a resident at Brooklyn's Textile Arts Center. On today's show, Candice will talk about how and when she began designing dancewear, her current work as a costumer, dancer, and artist, and a few of her favorite dance tracks! Plus, your very own private dance party play list, with songs from Fitz and the Tantrums, Peter Bjorn & John, Bag Raiders, Yelle and more. Get ready to dance off all remaining evidence of pumpkin pie, right here on Sew & Tell!
"[It's about] making space for the things you love." - Korinne Kubena Belock What better way to wind down the year and welcome the cold than with a beautified nest? This week's show is dedicated to spatial organization and design - those aesthetic and logistical choices that improve your environment, whether it's work or home, and bring the best holiday gift a girl could wish for: sanity. Korinne Kubena Belock honed her organizational chops in the world of politics, working alongside Mayor Blumberg and other politicians, ensuring efficiency in their campaigns. Now she's translated those talents for a new client: you. Korinne started Urban Simplicity last year, and offers civilians her one-on-one services in personal organization. From children's bedrooms to office suites to hectic life transitions, she creates solutions for each situation and teaches her clients tactics that will enable them to better manage their own lives. Who couldn't use some of that? On today's show, Korinne graciously offers some organizational wisdom, insight into the impossible (aka storage solutions for small spaces), and even a few pointers of practical, but fashionable, holiday gifts! Plus, music on the show from Dark Dark Dark, The Do, Avey Tare, and a new track from Raleigh Moncrief followed by the Baths remix of… that very same track from Raleigh Moncrief. Remember that pile of papers in the corner you've been avoiding all year? Don't worry - just turn up the volume! Korinne and BTR are here to help.
It's Inspiration Week on Sew & Tell, and I have two of the most inspiringly creative friends, designers and collaborators on the show for you today! Nana Spears and Naomi Clark began their studio in 2009 after a successful project in which the curator and artist worked together to produce Naomi's MFA thesis show. The Brooklyn-based design collective Fort Makers quickly followed, and over the past two years it has been host to a wide variety of projects, from scarves to blankets, silk dresses to furniture. The unifying threads that run through these myriad expressions are a playful sensibility united with expert craftsmanship and functional design, yielding products that are perfected in both form and function. On today's show, Nana and Naomi talk about the experiences that led to the formation of Fort Makers, the creation of their bold, unique silk garments, and plans for the upcoming Fall 2012 collection. All that, plus some inspirational new music! Tracks today off the latest albums from Cass McCombs, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Pterodactyl, and Peggy Sue. So stick around, pull out your notepad, and get ready for a whirlwind of inspiration!
Boo! Welcome to a special Halloween episode of Sew & Tell! What's everyone's favorite part of Halloween (besides candy)? The opportunity it offers us to get dressed up, to transform ourselves through clothes, makeup, and props, and become someone we're not the other 364 days of the year. This permission to exercise creativity in costume embodies the relationship of style and identity in a way no other event can match - not even Fashion Week. So, in honor of this fashion-forward fete, I spoke with an industry professional this week. Kathryn Smith is a Maine-based costume designer and stylist for film and print. Her path to wardrobe was indirect, but it perfectly pairs her passion for expressive clothes and storytelling. Kate has built a reputation within Maine as the go-to wardrobe designer, and has experience with a wide variety of projects - from national print ad campaigns to feature and indie films. On today's show, Kate talks about how she got from set painting to wardrobe, some of the considerations that make costume design unique, a few of her childhood style role models, and even shares some fantasy Halloween costume ideas. Plus, a wonderfully dark play list featuring tracks from Tom Waits, Surfer Blood, Spectrals, and even a collaboration between Dirty Projectors and Bjork. So turn up the volume and settle in to this week's story - who knows? You might even get inspired to wear your costume again this weekend…
Happy Friday! What could be better than a week that celebrates fashion AND radio? Nothing… except maybe an interview with the creator of this very radio show, Sew & Tell. That's right, today my guest is none other than the stylish, savvy DJ with impeccable taste in both music and clothes, Caroline Sloan. Carrie is better known around the station as DJ Audrey II, the voice and mind behind the masterfully-mixed nocturnal playlist on BreakThru Radio's Night Show. But, as some of you might remember, DJ Audrey II was also the original visionary and host of Sew & Tell. On today's show, Carrie will talk about her first interview, some of the challenges and surprising discoveries she found in creating a weekly fashion talk show, and a few of her favorite shops, fall wardrobe finds, and upcoming trends for Spring/Summer 2012. Plus, don't miss her awesome 80's Halloween costume reveal! Also, great music in the mix today from Austra, Class Actress, Moby, Elliott Smith, Jens Lekman and more. So join us for a journey back in time to the start of BTR's own fashion radio show!
Calling all fashion fans! As the weather turns cooler, what better time to curl up with your journal? Or, better yet, wear it? For today's show, in honor of BTR's Book Week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Margaux and Walter Kent, the husband-and-wife design team behind a beautiful line of wardrobe, home and garden accessories created from repurposed antique and vintage materials. They offer hand-bound leather journals, both in a traditional book size and as functional miniatures you can wear around your neck (!), beautiful repurposed wood pieces for home and garden, waxed canvas totes, and more. On today's show, Margaux and Walter tell us the story of how Peg and Awl began, where they find some of the treasures they work with, and a few of their favorite reads. Plus, a great set of vintage country-folk-pop tracks from artists like Gunieafowl, Real Estate, Nikki Lane, and more! So settle in with your journal and get ready to take some style notes...
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!
Fall has begun, and we felt it nip at our heels this week in New York! Yes indeed, it is time for the seasonal wardrobe change-over, and sad as I am to see those sundresses go into storage for the next few months, I am definitely ready to break out my fall boots, sweaters, scarves and hats! Just in time for the first frost, I have a talented designer whose debut Fall/Winter 2011 Collection offers a myriad of elegant solutions for stylish warmth. Shui Chen was born and raised in Taiwan, and after studying fine art there, she came to the U.S. to pursue fashion. And lucky for us! Shui's fall collection is full of Alpaca wool, silk, and leather, offering the warmth of your grandfather's sweater with the modern simplicity and versatility of today's runway. On today's show, Shui will tell us what brought her fine art to fashion, her sculptural approach to garments, what's ahead for Spring/Summer 2012, and her favorite place to find fall leaves in NYC! Plus, in honor of both fall and BTR's Genre Week, today's playlist is a celebration of a few of my favorite musical genres. This is an autumnal mix of freak folk, alt country, vintage surfer-pop and electronica, including artists like Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Sufjan Stevens, Little Scream, Phophorescent, ceo, Bon Iver & more. So stick around and warm up some apple cider...
Tomorrow is October, and you know what that means... the start of marathon season! With the Chicago Marathon next weekend, and the New York Marathon just a month away, runners are amping up their game to be in peak physical condition. And increasingly, the tradition of yoga is becoming a part of that preparation. For this week's Sew & Tell, I got to speak with the lovely Sevda Holland, co-founder and designer for a line of organic yoga and performance wear called Prancing Leopard. Sevda and her husband, Bert, started the line in response to a lack of stylish, eco-conscious movement clothing, and their garments definitely fill an important niche in the athletic community. On today's show, Sevda talks about what prompted her and Bert to start the line, some of the causes and communities that Prancing Leopard supports, and a few (exciting!) plans for new Spring 2012 collections. Plus, new Wilco, Dan Mangan, and Astronautalis, as well as two great remixes for you in the playlist! So do some yoga poses, get on those running shoes, and hit the trail with an all new Sew & Tell on BTR!
Remember when you didn't have Google Maps on your phone? Printing directions off the internet, asking strangers for help, relying on paper maps... soooo slooooow. All have essentially become a thing of the past, thanks to the wonders and convenience of digital technology! For BTR's Small Screen Week, and celebration of all things smartphone, I had the honor of hosting Jessica Moore and Bill Atkins on the show. This duo is responsible for one of fashion's best organizational tools, the iPhone application Stylebook. Just some of Stylebook's best features include a fully customizable wardrobe, which you can use to plan looks, a virtual inspiration board you can tote around while shopping, and a calendar that helps you keep track of what you wore on which day. It's got all that and more, and on today's show, Jessica and Bill will tell us all about the program development, some of the innovative ways in which customers are using it, and reveal a few details about new features to come in the next update. Plus, we've got a collection of great new folk/alt country/indie rock tracks from Blitzen Trapper, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Armistice and more. Stay on top of all the latest and greatest developments with BTR!
It's Fashion Week!!! Not just here in NYC, but on BTR, too! That's right, a whole entire week dedicated to the substance of style. From new mod-retro spring collections (just how many designers are die-hard fans of "Mad Men"??) to the questionably ubiquitous, if daring, printed suit trend, to the Missoni for Target sell-out, this week has been a flurry of fashion news, scoops and scandals. And BTR's got some amazing fashion articles this week as well, so be sure to check the editorial section for thought-provoking pieces you won't find anywhere else! We have a very special guest this week, who has also been an active participant in all of Fashion Week's goings-on. Jeannine Morris, founder and creator of Beauty Sweet Spot, is a style writer and beauty expert. Jeannine has been a spokesperson for some of the biggest names in the industry, like Elizabeth Arden and Coach, and she makes regular appearances on major networks including NBC, FOX, CBS, and E!, where she dishes on the latest beauty trends. This week, Jeannine and her team have been busy attending over twenty different fashion shows and parties, and you'll find a ton of great coverage on the Beauty Sweet Spot blog! On today's show, she'll talk about a couple fall beauty trends, some make-up do's and don'ts, and how to go "from drab to fab in five." Plus, I've got a great set list of new music sprinkled with a few favorites from earlier this year - Alessi's Ark, Little Scream, Young Empires, and a Mates of State remix are just a few of today's great tracks. So stick around, turn up the volume, and get ready for your most beautiful fall ever!
What were YOU up to last night? ; ) Did Fashion's Night Out leave you feeling a little post-party blah today? Not to worry, this week's Sew & Tell guest is here to save the day (and your skin!) Joanna Vargas is the founder and owner of one of New York's top spots for stylish skin: the Joanna Vargas Salon & Skin Care Sanctuary. Joanna has worked as a skin care professional and esthetician for over fifteen years, treating people all over the world to a healthy glow using natural, non-invasive techniques. She's prepped celebrities for the red carpet, and her work, insight, and expertise have been featured in ELLE, Allure, Vogue, Daily Candy, and more. On today's show, Joanna talks about her myriad of beauty preservation treatments, from microcurrent and oxygen facials to LED light therapy and more, plus she shares some tips on how you can maintain beautiful skin. We'll have you back and glowing for Fashion Week in no time! Plus, a party-worthy play list that includes new music from Oberhofer and ANR, and a set of funky soul grooves. The party's just starting on BTR!
It's Friday again, and you know what that means... the weekend, AND a new Sew & Tell on BTR! What could be better? This week, I have a very special introduction to make - my guest is Carolina Rommel, host of the brand new Sew & Tell video series! Carolina is not only a polished, gracious TV presence, but a professional model and Oxford literature scholar. She's worked as both a print and fit model for more than seven years in New York, L.A. and London, for companies like Abercrombie and Fitch, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and many more. On today's show, the lovely new Sew & Tell hostess will talk about how she got her start in modeling, her degrees in literature, some of the beauty rituals that help keep her fully charged, and of course, her plans for the exciting new video series! Plus, we've got the latest music on the show from artists like Blood Orange, Fool's Gold, Sleeping in the Aviary, Deer Tick and more. We're ringing in fashion's favorite month with nothing but the best!
It's been a CRAZY week here in New York between earthquakes and hurricanes - but not to worry. I have a brand new, natural-disaster-free Sew & Tell for you this Friday. Katie Wright-Buckley and Megan Pflug are launching CAIRO, their line of hand-painted, one-of-a-kind silk scarves, this fall, but buzz is already building about these beautiful accessories. The designs offer aesthetic allusions to disco, Ancient Egyptian culture, and menswear tailoring, blending unlikely sources to create perfectly feminine fashion. On today's show, Katie and Megan talk about how CAIRO got started, their use of Kickstarter to raise funds, and their unique vision for the line as an art studio that offers specialty fashion pieces. Plus, exciting new music that ushers in the upcoming fall albums! Pepper Rabbit, Peter Wolf Crier, and Male Bonding all have new releases and fall tours, so take a listen and check out the BTR calendar for shows near you! Take shelter from the storm with good style and good radio...
I have a real treat for you today! I'm joined on Sew & Tell by two real-life "What Not To Wear"-style wardrobe warriors: Jenny Wilensky Zalkan and Kimberly Sussman Bridges. These two Miami beauties are professional style consultants, offering not just pro-level makeovers, but genuine fashion therapy. Their business, iStylie, is an online haven for any woman who doesn't quite know what to do when she opens her closet (and which of us hasn't been there before?!) On today's show, Jenny and Kimmie talk about the origin of iStylie, their custom-tailored therapeutic approach, a few of their own treasured wardrobe pieces, and a quick trick to achieving a polished look in under 10 minutes. Plus, we have new music today from some great female singer-songwriters like Jenna Nicholls and Maria Taylor, as well as a set of vintage surfer-tinged rock just in time for late summer. Even though it's hard to believe that fall is around the corner, Jenny, Kimmie, and BreakThru Radio are here to help you get ready...
Welcome to Sew & Tell! The weather is juuuust starting to hint at fall's arrival, so I thought I'd feature a designer whose work can juice up your wardrobe no matter what the season. I'm joined today by jewelry designer Jill Scharmen, whose work with her Nola Bella line has garnered attention from media sources like Nylon, Redbook, Glamour, and Daily Candy. A recent transplant to New York City, Scharmen works in the fashion industry by day, still finding time to create her original, elegant, and sculptural creations. On today's show, Jill will talk about her vintage-inspired designs, some of the materials she works with, and what's ahead for Nola Bella. Plus, we've got music on the show from Miike Snow, Mister Heavenly, Moonface, Bon Iver, and new Active Child! So stick around and jump-start your weekend on BTR!
This week's guest on Sew & Tell is one of two artists and designers behind the inventive clothing line Feral Childe. Alice Wu and Moriah Carlson met while working on an art project, and what began as a friendship soon became a collaborative creative partnership. On today's show, Alice will discuss the start of Feral Childe, where the women find inspiration for their original prints, their recent copyright infringement suit against Forever21, and a few of her thoughts on the challenges inherent in change as the fashion industry begins to move slowly toward sustainable production practices. Plus, a rockin' playlist that features music from Zee Avi, War on Drugs, Asobi Seksu, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver (of course), and more. Educate your inner fashion child on BreakThru Radio!
BTR is celebrating Summer Week, and what says summer like bikinis and sunglasses? On today's Sew & Tell, I'm speaking with designers behind two different lines of independent, hand-crafted, vintage-inspired, sun-and-sand style. Clara Herrera and Barbara Warren of New York's Lumete Eyewear, and Nadia Dayan of Miami-based CameloPardus bikinis both offer ingenius solutions to your beachwear blahs. On today's show, the ladies will discuss how they launched their lines, their creative and material process, and the aesthetic inspirations behind these fresh summer looks. Plus, music from Bon Iver, Birthmark, Starfucker, Casiokids & more will get you in the mood to lounge on the beach. So grab your towel and start this summer weekend early with BreakThru Radio!
Feeling the heat? BTR is turnin' up the burn with Fitness Week! On today's Sew & Tell, I'm joined by Peter Kallen, Design Director for Nau Clothing, a Portland, OR - based company that creates subtle, elegant, multi-purpose, moveable clothing for men and women. Whether you're cycling or doing downward dog, the Nau garments keep you covered while remaining unobtrusive, freeing you to focus. Not only that, but as a company, Nau strives to make socially and environmentally considered choices in every aspect of their business, from design to production to distribution. On today's show, Peter shares about how he got started with Nau, the company's approach to developing sustainable practices, and his own design criteria for Nau garments. Plus, we've got tracks from artists like Washed Out, Azure Ray, Lovers, Mirror Mirror, Janelle Monae and more. Don't change that browser - things are just heating up on BreakThru Radio!
Happy Instrument Week! OK, no, it's not an official holiday, but here on BreakThru Radio, we felt that it was high time instruments got their due. So we're paying homage to the tools that create all the great music we enjoy, and celebrating with some cool content on the station, including today's Sew & Tell! I had the honor of chatting with George Gruhn, owner of Nashville's landmark guitar store Gruhn Guitars. The shop is in it's 41 year of business, and has one of the best selections of rare and vintage stringed instruments in the world. George is incredibly knowledgeable about his collection, and on today's show, he shares his thoughts on the style and design trends behind rock & roll's sexiest accessory: the guitar. Plus, Track #4 from Bon Iver mixes with new music from Stars, Memory Tapes, EDM, Dent May, Jasmin Kaset, and more. Rock school is always in session here on BTR...
Continue your 4th of July celebrations with BTR! On this week's Sew & Tell, I feature the innovative designer Carrie Parry. Parry shares how a vintage traveling circus, classic film, Japanese art, and the frustration of one 1830's house wife, Mrs. Montague, ultimately led to her debut fall collection. The garments are produced here in the U.S., and are a perfect mirror of Parry's own passion for ethical production practices. All that plus great music! New tracks from FM Belfast and the debut of Bright Archer, along with M. Ward, Matt & Kim, Fitz & The Tantrums, and, of course, more lovely Bon Iver. The fireworks continue right here on BreakThru Radio!
I have such a special treat for you today! BreakThru Radio is running Animation Week, with content based around the culture and creation of graphic animation and cartoons. So I thought it would be fun to chat with two of the hottest photographers on the web right now, who are creating massive buzz with their "cinemagraphs," which are essentially animated photographs. Jamie Beck is a fashion photographer, and her fiance Kevin Burg is a visual designer and computer whiz. The two pooled their talents, resources, and ingenuity to create this incredible, unique process. On today's show the two will share about how cinemagraphs began, their future plans for the new form, and Jamie will talk about her experiences in fashion photography (including a day behind the scenes at Oscar de la Renta!) Plus, as always, great new music today that includes fresh-off-the-press releases from Handsome Furs, Bobby, John Maus, Vetiver, and, of course, Bon Iver. So crank that volume up and enjoy today's fashion feature here on BreakThru Radio!
Last Sew & Tell in June! Can you believe the month is almost over? Neither can I... but the end of June brings a lot of good things, and BTR is all about celebrating them! The station is hosting Father's Week in honor of dear ol' dad, so there's a lot of cool rock 'n roll content you should check out, like Monday's article on raiding dad's record collection. In honor of Father's Week (and because with July, the summer beach season kicks it into high gear) today's Sew & Tell guest is Omer Levy, whose family has owned and run a textile company in Los Angeles for several decades. They've recently launched their own line of products called Fresco Towels, featuring beautiful bath and beach towels made from the highest quality Turkish cotton, and printed with patterns designed by the Levy family. On today's show, Omer talks about the start of Fresco, the products they offer, and what it's like to keep work in the family. Plus, last but certainly not least, we are also celebrating the Tuesday release of Bon Iver's long-awaited sophomore album! !! Catch the first track at the end of today's show, and in the meantime enjoy some dad-related indie songs from Levek, Iron & Wine, Glasvegas, and Arcade Fire. Your Friday is fashionably fun on BTR!
It's Friday again on BTR, and you know what that means... time for fashion! This week, BreakThru Radio is hosting Charity Week, and we've been featuring articles, interviews, and video pieces that highlight various charitable organizations, and ideas for giving back. Joining us on today's Sew & Tell is Elizabeth Carlock, who works with three different non-profit organizations in Uganda, Peru, and Texas, to better womens' lives through craft work. Elizabeth is a designer in her own right, and has a beautiful jewelry line of both for-profit and non-profit collections. On today's show, she'll talk about how a high school project became her life-long passion and company, her role with each of the three non-profits, and her future plans for Elizabeth Carlock Designs. Plus, an awesome music mix today with new tunes from The Ladybug Transistor, Junior Boys, and Fool's Gold, mixed in with some older-but-goodies from Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian, and Yeasayer. So stick around... it'll do you good!
It's Analogue v. Digital Week here on BTR, and I have such a cool show for you today! I'm joined by rising star designer Jeff Garner, who launched his sustainable clothing line Prophetik in 2003. Taking style cues from the small historic Southern town in which he grew up, Garner aims to bring Civil War - era romance and durability back into today's fashion. Working with natural fibers and plant-based dyes, he creates high-end garments that are timelessly elegant and aesthetically edgy. On today's Sew & Tell, Jeff will talk about the concerns that led him to create Prophetik, the place of sustainable production within today's fashion marketplace, and a few unique projects he's done including elephant-painted fabric and a documentary on his life and work. Plus, we've got a great playlist including new music from Tennessee's own Kingston Trio, along with Paleo, Silver Swans, and more. Your style fix starts now on BreakThru Radio...
It's summer!! Well, not officially, but mother nature certainly seems to think so. And, just like it does every year, Memorial Day marked the start of beach-y barb-b-ques and potluck picnics. But BTR also wanted to honor the holiday for its true purpose, and so this week the station is hosting Armed Forces Week. Sew & Tell is participating with a guest whose work repurposes military supplies into beautiful, unique handbags. Meghan Parsons and Manuel Opp started the Jack & Marjorie line when they met in Tokyo seven years ago. The two began fashioning fabulously functional but chic accessories from parachutes, wool blankets, canvas bags and other army surplus goods, and when they moved back to Toronto, the line took off. Named for Meghan's maternal grandparents, the Jack & Marjorie bags are a wonderful balance of tough, durable practicality and delicate design sensibility. On today's show, Meghan talks about the launch of the line, her top priority when designing a bag, and the shifting trends she's seen in Toronto's sustainable fashion community. Plus! New music from Black Lips, Get People, and a Chuck Brody Remix of An Horse. Grab a Corona and start your weekend early with BTR...
It's Education Week here on BreakThru Radio, and learning is always in style! So on today's Sew & Tell, I'm featuring an interview with Michael Londrigan, Chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department at Manhattan's LIM College. LIM is dedicated to teaching students the ins and outs of the business side of fashion, and their alumni are involved with some of the biggest names in fashion, including Macy's, Sax Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Coach. On today's show, Michael talks about the differences between studying for a career in fashion business vrs. fashion design, some of the program tracks offered at LIM, and a few tips for recent graduates as they enter the job market. Plus, there's music goodies on the show today from School of Seven Bells, Ear Pwr, French Horn Rebellion, Nat Baldwin, and some brand new Queens of The Stone Age! So stick around - you might learn a thing or two...
Bonnaroo? Pitchfork? Newport Folk? Whichever summer music marathon you're headed to, you better pack smart! This week's Sew & Tell guest will help you do just that. David Helwani is co-founder of Twenty, a line of luxury fabric basics for women made at the company's own mill in Montreal. The tees, tanks, skirts and dresses are made from ultra sheer modal and cashmere blends, spun to a perfect delicacy and styled with elegant draping. Inspired by European styles, each piece offers an opportunity to look impossibly, effortlessly put-together... so you can stay chic even in the midst of music-lovin' masses. On today's show, David discusses the start of Twenty, his family's mill in Montreal, and a few of the line's best offerings for summertime. Plus, amazing new music today from Figurines, Helado Negro, Miracle Parade and... (gasp!) brand shiny new Bon Iver! That's right, we'll get a sneak peek of his upcoming June album on the show, so stick around and stay cool...
DIY is to the fashion world as p.b. is to j, and this week on Sew & Tell I'm honored to have In Style's resident DIY expert Jenni Radosevich. Jenni is on the layout design team for In Style, but she also contributes DIY articles that give readers the opportunity to make their own versions of hot trends and accessories. Not only that, but Jenni has a strong following on her own blog I Spy DIY, where craft-on-istas can find even more inspiration, instructions, and insight into the how-tos of creative style. On today's show, Jenni talks about her start with tie-dye and puffy paint (remember that stuff??), the challenges and benefits of DIY fashion, and even divulges a few of her favorite sources for crafty supplies. Plus tons of great music including a Glass Ghost cover from Sharon Van Etten, new music from Chad VanGaalen, and a fun surfer-pop-tinged tune from Kids On A Crime Spree to ring in the summer sun. So crack open that craft cupboard and get ready for some radio!
Today on Sew & Tell I have two fabulous guests whose line of sun-protective clothing will help get you and your wardrobe ready for all that summer sun in the months ahead! "But wait," you say, "don't all clothes protect you from the sun?" Well, yes and no. While your favorite organic cotton white tee might shield you from a burn, it doesn't keep out the rays that can cause longer-term damage and contribute to your risk of developing skin cancer. What's a beach-loving lady (or lad) to do? Anne Botica and Monique Moore developed just what the doctor ordered: Mott 50. This line of stylish garments are well-constructed, fashion-friendly basics, and each piece has an SPF of 50 or higher! Which means that you can relax and enjoy beach days, picnics, and summer music festivals with confidence. On today's show they'll share about how they developed the idea for Mott 50, what makes these clothes so sun-friendly, and a few important skin care statistics that everyone should know. Plus, some great new music tracks from Agnes Obel, Julian Lynch, of Montreal, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more! It's fashion Friday here on BTR...