What’s better than the semi-smug satisfaction of discovering a new, emerging talent in design? Pretty much nothing. Let’s be honest: we all love being the first to know. This week’s guest is here to help you build a wardrobe full of trend-bucking, uniquely artful pieces that will make your friends crazy with jealousy. Briana Swords and her husband Ryan Smith are co-founders of Brooklyn’s hottest new boutique, Swords-Smith, located in Williamsburg and stocked with some of the best in today’s indie fashion, from Feral Childe to K/LLER Collection, Dessu to Thorocraft. On today’s show, Briana will talk about her mission to support independent labels, the development of their own in house Swords-Smith line, future plans for the retail space, and more.
Plus, Dane joins me to talk about our picks for best and worst spring trends! Also in the mix are samples off the latest records from Cold War Kids, Generationals, John Grant, Born Ruffians, and more. Fashion fans, get ready for all the latest & greatest here on BreakThru Radio!
Swords-Smith Boutique in Williamsburg
(All photos courtesy of Swords-Smith)
The West Is Dead
Spring 2013 Trend Review
Overall, I find this trend kind of tacky – it makes me think of my Barbie’s clothes from the 80’s. But if you MUST embrace the flame-retardent sheen, I recommend staying closer to this Claire Vivier handbag or Stella McCartney iPad case.
My new spring/summer wardrobe addition is a pair of beautiful Weymouth linen trousers from Canadian label Dagg & Stacey. They look beachy and breezy, dress up or down, and keep you cool. I can’t wait to break them out!
Orange & Camo
I already own a lot of orange *and* camo, separately, so these trends will be super easy for me to incorporate. BUT – when I found these socks at Urban Outfitters, I knew they’d make a great, cheeky addition to my collection.
These classic Paley sunglasses from Warby Parker are the perfect transition-season accessory.
Check out all the spring trends for yourself! Here’s what’s in for women, according to Harper’s Bazaar and Daily Candy; men can stay on top of their game with help from GQ. Tell us which trends you will & won’t be wearing!
Odds & Ends:
*In case you haven’t heard, BreakThru and Sew & Tell are both on Pinterest! Dane is the stylish mastermind behind BTR’s boards, and you can find DJ Marie (aka Britt Sondreal) with some dedicated Sew & Tell boards over here.
*Getting excited for Sunday’s Mad Men premiere? Fashionista‘s tutorial on how to dress like a Joan, Betty, or Megan will help you perfect your 60’s look just in time.
*Just found a beautiful new blog called Honey Kennedy, for all you style-o-philes out there.
*Check out this amazing list of eco-focused Scandinavian designers! Looks like I might need to get some of these folks on Sew & Tell…
*Not one, but two amazing art projects involving miniature models of NYC buildings are floating around the interwebs – how cool are those? And you’ve probably already heard, but just in case… 1993 is calling, Manhattan.
*Miss breaking out the crayons for a good coloring sess? This design duo has the grown-up answer to all your nostalgic woes – you can COLOR YOUR OWN DRESS!
Cold War Kids
(Photo by Lucy Hamblin)
April 5 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
April 6 – Metro – Chicago, IL
April 9 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
April 10 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
April 11 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
April 12 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
April 13 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
April 15 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
April 16 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
April 17 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
April 24 – Le Bataclan – Paris, France
April 26 – Festival Des Artefacts – Strasbourg, France
April 27 – Plaza – Zurich, Switzerland
April 29 – Flex – Vienna, Austria
April 30 – C Club – Berlin, Germany
May 1 – Paradiso Grote Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 4 – Chapiteau – Botanique – Brussels, Belgium
May 5 – Bevrijdingsfestival Groningen – Groningen, Netherlands
May 6 – Pumpehuset – Stor Sal – Copenhagen, Denmark
May 7 – Docks – Hamburg, Germany
May 9 – The Forum – London, United Kingdom
May 10 – Ritz Manchester – Manchester, United Kingdom
May 16 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
May 17 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, British Columbia
May 18 – McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
May 19 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
May 22 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
May 23 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
(Photo by Natalie Neals, via LADYGUNN Magazine)
April 12 – Red 7 – Austin, TX
April 13 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
April 14 – Circle Bar – New Orleans, LA
April 15 – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
April 16 – The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
April 17 – The Pinhook – Durham, NC
April 18 – DC9 – Washington, D.C.
April 21 – TT the Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
April 23 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
April 25 – Silver Dollar Room – Toronto, Ontario
April 27 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
April 28 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
May 1 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
May 3 – Star Theater – Portland, OR
May 4 – Blank Club – San Jose, CA
May 5 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
May 7 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
May 8 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
(Photo by Vanessa Heins)
April 11 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, Quebec
April 12 – Signal Kitchen – Burlington, VT
April 14 – Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI
April 15 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
April 16 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
April 18 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
April 20 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
April 21 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
April 23 – Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC
April 24 – The Earl – East Atlanta, GA
April 25 – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
April 26 – Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
April 27 – Fatty Arbuckle’s – Shreveport, LA
April 29 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
April 30 – Red 7 – Austin, TX
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