In honor of BTR’s Earth Week, I’m joined on Sew & Tell today by special guest Natalia Allen, a pioneer in sustainable fashion design and technology. After graduating as Designer of the Year from Parson’s, Natalia worked as a consultant for top-level fashion brands, helping them create accessories and apparel that merged fashion with new technology. It wasn’t long before Natalia had seen enough of fashion production to know that it needed to change, and she decided to address those changes by launching her own sustainability-focused company and eponymous label. On today’s show, Natalia will talk about the path she took from corporate fashion consultant to sustainable design pioneer, what “sustainable” means for her company and production process, the carefully considered aesthetics of her designs, what it means to be a Young Global Leader, and more.
Plus, the latest music from John Grant, No Joy, Beacon, Phoenix, The Thermals, and more in today’s mix! (Sadly, we have no update with Dane this week, but he’ll be back again next week to talk Mad Men and menswear!) So turn up the volume and celebrate Earth Week with us, as we learn more about how technological advancements can help create responsible fashion!
Natalia Allen, by Natalia Allen
(Photos by Nicky Woo)
Be sure to check out the beautifully illustrated Natalia, Inc. company bio, and learn more about Natalia’s work through additional interviews, presentations, and editorial pieces on her press page. Keep up with all the latest Natalia Allen news, designs, and trunks shows via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest!
Did you know that designer Claire McCardell is credited for bringing casual, comfortable sportswear to the women’s wear arena? Thank you Claire! And here’s an awesome McCardell Pinterest board to follow…
A few bold styles from Japanese tech-fashion icon Issey Miyake…
Updates from this week in fashion:
*A Coachella street style round-up from Daily Candy!
*If you use this gentle detergent, you can skip the dry cleaner’s.
*The death toll from a tragic Bangladesh fashion factory collapse is staggering; according to Ecouterre, thousands have taken to the streets of Dhaka in protest. Read details in that article, and in this latest from the New York Times.
*Have you seen Tilda Swinton lead this audience dance-a-long at a tribute to Roger Ebert? No? You really should.
*Stop by the BTR Pinterest page, and find me there, too – we’re constantly posting style inspiration, mouthwatering recipes, beautiful home goods, and more. And keep up with all the latest from every show on the Sew & Tell Facebook page!
(Photo via John Grant Myspace)
May 2 – Custom House Square – Belfast, United Kingdom
May 3 – Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland
May 4 – Cyprus Avenue – Cork, Ireland
May 5 & 6 – Kilkenny Roots Festival – Kilkenny, Ireland
May 7 – Komedia – Bath, United Kingdom
May 8 – O2 Academy Oxford – Oxford, United Kingdom
May 9 – HMV Institute @ The Library – Digbeth, United Kingdom
May 11 – Leeds Metropolitan University Student Union – Leeds, United Kingdom
May 12 – The Queen’s Hall – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
May 14 – Ritz Manchester – Manchester, United Kingdom
May 15 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, United Kingdom
May 16 – St. George’s Church – Brighton, United Kingdom
May 18 – The Junction – Cambridge, United Kingdom
June 9 – Kagelbanan – Stockholm, Sweden
June 11 – Koncerthuset – Copenhagen, Denmark
June 12 – Parkteatret – Oslo, Norway
June 17 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
June 18 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
June 21 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
June 22 – The Railway Club – Vancouver, British Columbia
June 29 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C.
July 3 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto, Ontario
July 18 – 21 – Latitude Festival @ Henham Park – Beccles, United Kingdom
(Photo courtesy of Canvas Media, via Impose Magazine)
April 26 – Dan’s Silverleaf – Denton, TX
April 27 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX
April 30 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
May 1 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
May 2 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
May 4 – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room – Seattle, WA
May 6 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
May 7 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
May 9 – Grinnell College Gardner Lounge – Grinnell, IA
May 10 – The Whole Music Club – Minneapolis, MN
May 11 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
May 14 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
May 15 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
May 16 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
May 17 – The Plant – Montreal, Quebec
(Photo by Joseph Yarmush)
May 10 – L’Espace B – Paris, France
May 11 – Gebaude 9 – Cologne, Germany
May 12 – Ampere – Munich, Germany
May 14 – Ubel & Gefahrlich – Hamburg, Germany
May 15 – Lido – Berlin, Germany
May 16 – Zoom – Frankfurt, Germany
May 18 – Tolhuistuin – Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 20 – Birthdays – London, United Kingdom
May 31 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario
June 23 – Festival Plaza @ OLG Stage – Ottawa, Ontario
Sept 25 – 29 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
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