Sew & Tell

Premiere DateDec 20, 2013
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Sun, Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction) Phosphorescent)
02:32 Interview with Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin of Appalatch
08:46 DJ Marie
09:53 Solar Diary Love Inks
13:44 From the Sun Unknown Mortal Orchestra
18:10 Never Run Away (Single Version) Kurt Vile
21:29 DJ Marie
23:21 Interview with Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin
28:53 DJ Marie
30:25 Up All Night Best Coast
34:56 Love Is Making Me Tired Only You
39:00 Caffeine Shakes and Bloodshot Eyes Lucas
42:34 DJ Marie
44:30 Interview with Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin
48:10 DJ Marie
49:39 Free Energy Free Energy
54:21 Finish

Hey there fashion fans! Welcome to an all new Friday of Sew & Tell on BTR! In honor of this week’s Energy theme on the station, I had the incredible opportunity to speak with the design/production team behind Appalatch, a newly launched brand for sustainable knitwear, and what could possibly be the world’s first solar-powered sweater!

Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin
are friends with a shared passion for classic, durable, sustainably produced knitwear. They launched their Asheville-based brand earlier this year, but have already gained a loyal following through savvy use of social media and Kickstarter, combined with quality knitwear classics that are ethically built to stand the test of time. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Mariano and Grace about how the idea for Appalatch was formed, why the brand’s ideal location is in North Carolina, their recent acquisition of a high-end knitting machine from German manufacturer Stoll, and some developments in the works for 2014 that will raise the Appalatch label to an impressively pure standard of ethical and sustainable production.

Plus, a energizing playlist full of thematically-appropriate tracks from artists like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kurt Vile, Best Coast, Free Energy, and more. So join us this hour for Sew & Tell, and get inspired to spring into the new year with energetic & sustainable fashion, right here on BreakThru Radio!


Selections from Appalatch, by Mariano de Guzman and Grace Gouin
(All photos courtesy of Appalatch)

Women’s Wool V-Neck T-Shirt

Men’s Wool Crew Neck T-Shirt

Wool Long Sleeve Henley


Ropes Blanket

Roan Mountain Hiking Sock

The Haywood Purse and The Patton Pack

*Follow Appalatch on Facebook & Twitter for news and updates on their process with the Stoll machine, natural dyes, and new products for 2014!

Odds & Ends
*Have you seen Billy On the Street & Amy Poehler aggressively Christmas caroling on the streets of NYC? No??? WELL WHY NOT???
*Doing some last-minute budget shopping? Don’t worry! Refinery29’s got you covered with their great budget gift guide!
*I have been on a pop culture personality test *binge* lately, and this is my favorite (cough, from this week, cough).
*H&M is raising their prices, and it’s FANTASTIC NEWS!!!
*Have you seen “American Hustle” yet? I’m hoping to see it over the holidays! Here’s a great blog post from She Lets Her Hair Down featuring throwback hairstyles from the film.
*NPR’s Planet Money did a fascinating exploration of just what it costs to make… one t-shirt.



Unknown Mortal Orchestra
(Photo by Allison V. Smith)
Jan 15 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Yuyintang – Shanghai, China
Jan 16 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ MAO Livehouse – Bejing, China
Jan 27 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Silo Park – Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 31 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ RNA Showgrounds – Fortitude Valley, Australia
Feb 1 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ FCAC & The River’s Edge Footscray – Melbourne, Australia
Feb 2 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Sydney College of the Arts – Sydney, Australia
Feb 7 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Harts Mill Port – Adelaide, Australia
Feb 8 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Esplanade Park & West End – Fremantle, Australia
May 2 – 4 – Austin Pysch Fest @ Carson Creek Ranch – Austin, TX


Kurt Vile
(Photo by Shawn Brackbill)
Dec 20 – Le Grand Mix – Tourcoing, France
Jan 22 – Paradiso at Town Hall – Sydney, Australia
Jan 23 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney, Australia
Jan 25 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay – Singapore
Jan 27 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Silo Park – Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 31 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ RNA Showgrounds – Fortitude Valley, Australia
Feb 1 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ FCAC & The River’s Edge Footscray – Melbourne, Australia
Feb 2 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Sydney College of the Arts – Sydney, Australia
Feb 5 & 6 – Corner Hotel – Richmond, Australia
Feb 7 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Harts Mill Port – Adelaide, Australia
Feb 8 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival @ Esplanade Park & West End – Fremantle, Australia


Best Coast
(Photo by David Black)
Feb 13 – The Filmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
Feb 17 – Orpheum Annex Theatre – Vancouver, British Columbia
Feb 19 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
Feb 21 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
Feb 22 – City National Civic Auditorium (formerly San Jose Civic Auditorium) – San Jose, CA
Feb 23 – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Feb 25 – Kiva Auditorium @ Albuquerque Convention Center – Albuquerque, NM
Feb 27 – Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
Feb 28 – South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX

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…

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