Sew & Tell

Premiere DateNov 30, 2012
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: White Noise (EVP Mix by Cylob) Mogwai)
03:16 Interview with Benita Singh of Source4Style
09:30 DJ Marie
11:51 The John Wayne Little Green Cars
16:36 Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmas Past Sufjan Stevens
19:48 Can You Believe It Tig Notaro
21:21 DJ Marie
23:00 Interview with Benita Singh
27:30 DJ Marie
28:31 Hate the Night Luke Lalonde
32:22 Pull Me Down (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) Mikky Ekko
35:42 For C. Duncan
39:23 DJ Marie
40:50 Interview with Benita Singh
45:45 DJ Marie
47:29 Light Up Gold II Parquet Courts
48:47 Finish

The fashion industry is built from a hundred individual specialties: manufacturers of trim, buttons, and fabric; designers of niche lines for outerwear, footwear, neckties, jeans, lingerie, swimwear; and retailers built around those same niche markets. But the latter two categories wouldn’t exist without the first, so on today’s show, we’ll hear from Benita Singh, co-founder of a specialty textile website Source4Style. Source4Style exists as a virtual marketplace, connecting textile suppliers with designers, and ensuring responsible production and fair trade in the process. With this weekend’s tragic factory fire in Bangladesh, the critical importance of transparency in the production chain is underscored, and Source4Style is fulfilling an essential role within the industry by offering designers the opportunity to purchase with ethical confidence. On today’s show, Benita will talk about how she and her colleagues met and began Source4Style, some of their global partnerships, a few educational initiatives they offer, and some details about their selection of beautiful fabrics.

Plus, I have the latest in articles and news coverage on the Bangladesh factory fire, as well as some all-too-infrequent good news from the headlines of the ethical fashion industry. And I’ve got a great playlist prepared, featuring two new acts from the UK, more Sufjan-style Christmas, and even a clip from comedian Tig Notaro. Another hour of style + substance coming your way, on BTR!

Selections from the Source4Style Global Marketplace
(Photos courtesy of Source4Style)

Modal Silk from Austria

100% Natural Linen from Belarus

100% Alpaca Houndstooth from Bolivia

Mond from Brazil

Julita Maquineta from Brazil

White Salmon Leather from Chile

Dyed Hemp Silk from China

Organic Merino Wool Twill from China

Woven fabric from Equador

Red dot batik from Ghana

Super Italia from Ghana

Hand-embroidered cotton/silk blend from India

Hand-embroidered cotton from India

Organic cotton sateen from India

*This is only a very, very, very small sampling of the hundreds of beautiful fabrics available through Source4Style, so be sure to browse their marketplace for yourself! Click here to read up on flax linen and find other great articles from their blog, and students – don’t forget to check out their University Membership program!
Additional news & information:

*You’ll find the basic details on the tragedy in Bangladesh in this article from Ecouterre, which also reveals claims that the fire was actually arson. And in this article from CBS, the factory owner reveals that no one told him the building needed specific fire exits. You can hear direct reports about protests and the current situation in Bangladesh from Reuters’ South Asia bureau chief, John Chalmers, in this broadcast from NPR. And HuffPo just released information on a formal petition to Walmart, demanding changes in their supply chain safety awareness.

*This piece from Ecouterre offers more information on Zara’s involvement in the Greenpeace Detox campaign.

*Last but not least, with a slew of great resources, there’s no excuse not to shop responsibly this holiday season. Here’s a great A-Z gift guide from Goodlifer (Part I, Part II), and get a preview of what’s available at the Union Square Holiday Market with BTR TV’s own Lauren Hawker!

Sufjan Stevens
(Photo by Denny Renshaw)
Nov 30 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
Dec 1 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX
Dec 3 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Dec 4 – Fonda Theatre – Hollywood, CA
Dec 5 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Dec 6 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
Dec 8 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Dec 9 – Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
Dec 12 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
Dec 13 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
Dec 14 – Deluxe at the Amber Room, Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Dec 15 – Metro – Chicago, IL
Dec 16 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
Dec 18 – Asbury Hall – Buffalo, NY
Dec 19 – Fete Lounge – Providence, RI
Dec 20 – Royale – Boston, MA
Dec 21 & 22 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

Mikky Ekko
(Photo by Dallas Gilliam)
March 6 – The Junction – Cambridge, United Kingdom
March 8 – O2 ABC 2 – Glasgow, United Kingdom

Parquet Courts
(Photo by Heather Strange)
Dec 21 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
Dec 27 – The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL

Host Britt
Britt (formerly DJ Marie) has a passion for all forms of art, as well as for the creative process. She has a BA in Communications/Theater and a Post-Bacc in Photography from Maine Media Workshops. Britt began…