There’s slow cookers, slow motion, slow pokes… but what about slow style? This week on Sew & Tell, we take a look at a counter-culture movement within fashion that (unlike the rest of the industry) actually encourages shoppers to buy *less*. My guest is Crystal Grover, a member of the Slow Fashion Forward partnership and half of the talented display design team INDO. Crystal works as both a sustainability-focused educator and interior architect, and on today’s show, she’ll talk about the key principles and values that underly the concept of slow fashion, the mission of SFF, her own design work with INDO, and Chicago’s growing slow craft scene.
Plus, I have a slew of slow fashion resources for you on today’s playlist page, along with music in the mix from Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Sonny & The Sunsets, Phosphorescent, UK classical electronic artist Jon Hopkins, and more. So ease into your weekend with this special slow-fashion-dedicated Sew & Tell, on BTR!
Samples of display work from the INDO Design Team, Crystal Grover and Linsey Burritt
(All photos by Julia Stotz)
Slow Fashion Forward, Co-founded by Maureen Dickson, Carlotta Cataldi, Stephanie Peterka, and Crystal Grover
(Illustrations by Carlotta Cataldi)
*Learn more about SFF and their efforts on the Slow Fashion Forward website, and check out their great blog, full of awesome educational resources on slow fashion! Read their handy values list, which breaks down the principles behind the practices of “slow” choices, and follow them on Facebook & Twitter to stay up-to-date on their latest events, discoveries, and projects!
Slow Fashion Resources
*An amazing publication, dedicated to the slow fashion movement.
*A great book that takes an in-depth look at the fast fashion industry.
*A thorough list of wardrobe classics for women, from Real Simple. What do you think of their picks? Is there anything you would add? Remove?
*Here are some great sustainable independent designers, who offer quality, classic pieces built for a long-lasting, “slow” wardrobe:
Organic by John Patrick
Odds & Ends
*My new favorite running jam.
*This simple maxi will soon be my new summer dress-of-choice.
*One of my favorite authors has always been J.D. Salinger, and there’s a new documentary coming in September that promises to reveal his “darkest secrets”! Not sure I’m ready for that, but I’ll definitely be going to see this film! Have you read any Salinger? What’s your favorite?
*Check out this beautiful, made-in-the-USA collection for women! Fresh, delicate dresses in natural fibers with sweet details – sign me up!
*Savvy advice for the perfect not-to-sweet summertime g&t, direct from the source (a bartender).
*A fresh, flirty line of bright jewelry makes the perfect companion for sundresses. And, oh yeah, they support craftswomen in Uganda!
(Photo by Kyle Costill)
June26 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
June 27 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks
(Photo by Steph Black)
July 27 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Sonny & The Sunsets
(Photo by Chloe Aftel)
June 14 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
June 16 – The Smiling Moose (Upstairs) – Pittsburgh, PA
June 17 – Mahall’s 20 Lanes – Lakewood, OH
June 19 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
June 21 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
July 12 – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
July 24 – The Cellar Door – Visalia, CA
July 25 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
July 26 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA
July 27 – Zoey’s Cafe – Ventura, CA
Sept. 3 – 5th – MusicFest9NW – Porltand, OR
Sept 6 – The Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
(Photo by Kmeron)
June 22 – Night + Day – Hatfield, United Kingdom
June 26 – Point Ephemere – Paris, France
June 27 – La Peniche – Lille, France
June 29 – Nerve Centre – Derry, United Kingdom
July 5 – Pitch Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 18 – 29 – 10 Days Off – Ghent, Belgium
Aug 15 – Green Man Festival – Powys, United Kingdom
Aug 16 – Berghain – Berlin, Germany
Aug 31 – MoMA PS1 – Long Island City, NY
Sept 5 – 8 – Bestival – Arreton, United Kingdom
Sept 26 – 28 – Bozar Electronic Arts Festival – Brussels, Belgium
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