Ever wonder what it is that makes a garment high-quality? What really IS the difference, besides brand, between a blouse from H&M or Hermès? On today’s show, we have the perfect guest to tackle these questions. Nayantara Banerjee is known in the NYC fashion circuit as The Williamsburg Seamster, and has made a name for herself as a skilled tailor. After graduating from Syracuse, Nayantara spent time working at the women’s bespoke collection Dara Lamb before going on to grow her own alterations business. She’s been featured in the Times, and her house-call tailoring services have become a treasure of the Williamsburg neighborhood. On the show today, Nayantara discusses the finer points of garment construction, reveals a few key differences between quality and carelessness, and offers listeners a few tips on alterations to consider the next time you’re about to toss a favorite dress on the give-away pile.
Plus, an AMAZING music set today full of great new tracks from Antony & The Johnsons, Icky Blossoms, Blonds, ERAAS, Dan Deacon, and Animal Collective. So tune in and turn it up, as we study style here on BreakThru Radio!
The Williamsburg Seamster
(Images courtesy of The Williamsburg Seamster)
Nayantara works her magic on a vintage Claire McCardell
A lovely bridal transformation
Nayantara saves the day for this beautiful beaded gown!
Nayantara Banerjee, aka The Williamsburg Seamster
Nayantara in her favorite vintage CK blouse – no wonder she loves it!
A Few of Nayantara’s Picks…
What are you reading this summer?
*Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, by Elizabeth Cline
– I think this book is a must-read for everyone. The shopping culture that exists now reinforces the practices of fast fashion manufactures, and this book delves into some of the issues that are arising because of it. A big part of what I try to do is encourage people to make what they already have work for them, and in doing so, hopefully consume less, and spend better. Elizabeth does this extra well because of her approach to this book, which is simply as an average shopper herself, albeit with a great ability for writing.
*Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories and other Writings
– This is always on my night stand, for one reason, because it is a huge edition. But also because the length and quality of these stories is perfect for settling into the night. She comes across as an always elegant and classy lady who didn’t let that fact keep her from getting down and dirty, which is pretty clear after reading about her personal life. There is also a story that is essentially about art, love, and tamales. So, pretty much my favorite story ever.
*Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
– Actually, I read this last summer and loved it, but I just saw a trailer for the upcoming film version of it, which looks like it might be as mind blowing as the book, and I feel the urge to re-read the book before seeing the movie, just in efforts to keep up!
What are some of your other favorite podcasts?
(Photo by Jonathan Purvis)
Aug 4 – Canela Party – Malaga, Spain
Aug 16 – The Badlander – Missoula, MT
Aug 29 – Beachland Ballroom and Tavern – Cleveland, OH
Aug 30 – Bluestone – Columbus, OH
Aug 31 – The Earth House – Indianapolis, IN
Sept 1 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
Sept 2 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
Sept 3 – Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts – Louisville, KY
Sept 4 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
Sept 5 – Flying Monkey Arts Center – Huntsville, AL
Sept 6 – Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
Sept 7 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
Sept 8 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
Sept 15 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
(Photo by Atisha Paulson)
Aug 11 – Maha Music Festival – Omaha, NE
Aug 17 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
Aug 19 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
Sept 13 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
Sept 14 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Sept 15 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 17 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sept 19 – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room – Seattle, WA
Sept 20 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
Sept 21 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
(Photo by Adriano Fegundes)
Sept 18 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
Sept 19 – Malkin Bowl – Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept 20 – McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Sept 21 & 22 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Sept 23 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 25 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
Sept 27 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Sept 28 – The Backyard – Bee Cave, TX
Sept 29 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Sept 30 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Oct 2 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
Oct 3 – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 5 – Williamsburg Park – Brooklyn, NY
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