It’s First Time Week on BTR, and we’re celebrating it in style with Sew & Tell’s first ever knitwear designer! Carlo Volpi is an award-winning, up-and-coming young knitter whose first collection for men, titled “Lipstick Stab Wounds,” is colorful, challenging, and playfully & masterfully executed. Combining pop art references with sports and comic heros, Carlo’s designs recall both sculpture and graffiti, introducing punk to its newest platform: the sweater.
On today’s show, Carlo will talk about how he started knitting, what inspires him to create his unique designs, the genius of Missoni, and some of his upcoming projects. Plus, a subtly holiday-ish themed playlist, with tracks from Sleigh Bells, Wise Blood, Mimicking Birds, Purse Snatchers, and a brand new, beautiful, heartbreaking Christmas song from Damien Jurado.
So turn up the volume, pour yourself some egg nog, and join me for a conversation with Sew & Tell’s first knitwear guest!
*To read more about Carlo’s work and travels, and to see images of past projects, visit his personal blog. And for current entries as well as info on upcoming projects and designs, find him on Knitting Industry (here is the article with info on next spring’s knitted footwear collaboration with Caterina Belluardo!)
A few other odds & ends…
*Visit this United Way page to learn how you can send donations and lend support to the Newtown/Sandy Hook community.
*Click here for an opportunity to get your own download of Damien Jurado’s beautiful, mournful Christmas song “Kalla Hus.”
*Visit the Sew & Tell Pinterest page for last-minute holiday fashion and gift ideas.
*And here’s a really cool article on Fashion Firsts – the stories behind the origin of 10 style staples (LBD, jeans, sunglasses, bikini, & more!)
(Photo by Patrick Richardson Wright)
Jan 17 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
Aug 30 – Sept 1 – End of the Road Festival – Salisbury, United Kingdom
(Photo by Phil Knott)
Jan 18 – Big Day Out – Sydney, Australia
Jan 19 – Metro Theatre – Sydney, Australia
Jan 20 – Big Day Out @ Gold Coast Parklands – Southport, Australia
Jan 23 – Billboard The Venue – Melbourne, Australia
Jan 25 – Big Day Out – Adelaide, Australia
Jan 26 – Big Day Out @ Flemington Racecourse – Melbourne, Australia
Jan 28 – Big Day Out @ Claremont Showgrounds – Claremont, Australia
Jan 30 – Akasaka BLITZ – Tokyo, Japan
Jan 31 – Big Cat – Osaka, Japan
Feb 2 – Yokohama Bay Hall – Yokohama, Japan
Feb 4 – The Republik – Honolulu, HI
(Photo by Denny Renshaw)
Dec 21 & 22 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
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