Happy 4th of July! I hope you are all relaxing somewhere with hotdogs, watermelon and fireworks today, enjoying a day off to play in the summer sun. I’m honored to present an interview this week with the founder/editor of a new project I’m very excited about: a sustainable fashion publication called Sumzine. Jamie Ortega launched the magazine earlier this year, as a conversation-changer in the world of traditional fashion media. It’s a welcome, refreshingly sophisticated bi-annual publication that offers interviews, op-eds, and photo spreads that highlight the work being done to better the industry from the inside. On today’s show, Jamie will talk about the experiences and ideas that led her to launch Sumzine, why she chose to produce a print product in the digital age, the challenges and costs of producing and distributing an independent publication, Sumzine’s Kickstarter campaign, some of her hopes and plans for the future of the magazine, and more.
Plus, all new music today! A wide variety of styles and artists in the mix, including songs from Swiss-Ghanian duo OY, Midwestern trio Secret Cities, nomadic Australian troubadour Stu Larsen, former Walkmen bassist/organist Peter Matthew Bauer’s new solo project, and more.
So join us now and celebrate your independence with some indie fashion & music, here on BreakThru Radio!
Select features from Sumzine Issue 1, produced by Jamie Ortega
(Photos courtesy of Sumzine)
Reality Bites editorial by Jamie Ortega, photos by Shanita Sims
Feature on Osei-Duro by Jamie Ortega, photos by Colin Leaman
Interview with Elliot Aronow by Jamie Ortega, photos by Koa Pennock
– For more on Issue 1, visit the Sumzine website.
– Be sure to stop by the Sumzine Kickstarter page for Issue 2 and contribute before Sunday, July 13!
– Stay tuned to updates on Sumzine projects via Facebook and Instagram.
Odds & Ends
– Check out some of the beautiful styles from Jamie’s favorite labels: Reformation, SVILU, and B Goods.
– And speaking of Reformation, the label recently debuted a bridal line that offers beautiful, striking, modern alternatives to the traditional chiffon/bow bridesmaid fare. In fact, Lena Dunham just wore one of the Reformation bridal styles at her best friend’s wedding!
– Another *amazing* wedding alternative is Vow To Be Chic, a newly launched bridesmaid rental company (at LAST!), where your bffs can opt to simply rent a gown, a la Rent the Runway, rather than go the buy-then-discard route.
– DailyCandy founder Dany Levy opens up about the downfall of the popular fashion site, and explains the mismanagement that led to its demise.
– Winona is back! The fine-featured beauty appears in Rag & Bone’s F/W 2014 ad campaign, looking just as exquisitely classic as ever.
– And speaking of modeling… not only is “Hot Felon” a thing now (thanks to the Hot & Busted Tumblr), the phenomenon’s poster child, Jeremy Meeks, has landed a pretty high-end agent. Seems like it’s only a matter of time until we see him strutting the catwalks at NYFW.
– Looking for the perfect spray tanner? Apparently Brownberry is worth a wait list and $45/can.
– Celebrate the 4th with some fresh summer styles! A few of my favorite spots to shop for ethical & Made in America fashion: Kaight, Ethica, Modavanti, Zady, Steven Alan, Beklina, and Curator SF.
(Photo by Forester Michael)
Aug 20 – The Grotto – Fort Worth, TX
Aug 22 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
Aug 23 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
(Photo courtesy of Stu Larsen)
July 14 – St Pancras Old Church – London, United Kingdom
July 24 – Escobar Sun Deck @ Badeschiff Berlin – Berlin, Germany
July 25 – Uebel & Gefahrlich Dachgarten – Hamburg, Germany
Peter Matthew Bauer
(Photo by Eric Schuman)
July 8 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
July 9 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
July 11 – BARBOZA – Seattle, WA
July 12 – Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
July 13 – The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT
July 15 – Icehouse MPLS – Minneapolis, MN
July 16 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
July 17 – A & R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
July 18 – The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
July 19 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
July 20 – Tim Faulkner Gallery – Louisville, KY
July 21 – The High Watt – Nashville, TN
July 23 – Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
July 24 – The Loft – Dallas, TX
July 26 – Holy Mountain – Austin, TX
Oct 7 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
(Photo courtesy of FREEMAN Facebook)
Sept 16 – Columbus Theater – Providence, RI
Sept 17 – Sinclair – Boston, MA
Sept 18 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
Sept 19 – Lovin’ Cup – Rochester, NY
Sept 20 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Sept 21 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
Sept 23 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Sept 24 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Sept 25 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
Sept 26 – Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
Sept 27 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Sept 28 – Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
Sept 30 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
Oct 1 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 2 – Rock ’N’ Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
Oct 3 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 4 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Oct 22 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
Oct 23 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
Oct 24 – The Loft – Dallas, TX
Oct 25 – Parish – Austin, TX
Oct 28 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
Oct 30 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 31 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Nov 1 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
Nov 2 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Nov 5 – State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 6 – Bluebird – Denver, CO
Nov 7 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Nov 8 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
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