Happy New Year! It’s the first new Sew & Tell of 2015, and I’ve got the perfect accessory to start off your year in style. Mikuti is a jewelry collection launched by Erika Freund in 2009. During time spent in Sub-Saharan Africa, Erika discovered a wealth of incredible resources, both in materials and talent. She was so excited by what she found there that Erika spent four years researching and developing a sustainable way to bring the beauty of Africa to customers around the world. On today’s show, Erika talks about the path that led her from social work to jewelry, the traditional African technique of bead-wrapping, some of the challenges she encountered in establishing an ethical brand in Africa, the collection’s bold aesthetic and its personal significance, the one bright element in her wardrobe (besides her jewelry) that she absolutely loves, and more.
Plus, a wonderful winter-y playlist mixing folk and pop, featuring tracks from Lay Low, My Brightest Diamond, Lia Ices, and sister duo Lily & Madeleine. So join us for a fresh stylish start to 2015, right here on BreakThru Radio!
Mikuti from Erika Freund
(Photos by Erika Freund)
Odds & Ends
– Read all about the impending caftan trend, and check out some more fashion predictions for 2015!
– *Thrilled* to have found this gorgeous coat from the now-defunct Pendleton Portland Collection on Ebay. It is warm and wonderful, and I love it.
– Skeleton Twins just came out on DVD, and I can’t wait to watch it!
– I have been craving comfort foods & will be making this in my crockpot this weekend!
My Brightest Diamond
(Photo by Bernd Preiml)
Feb 8 – VERA – Groningen, Netherlands
Feb 9 – De Helling – Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb 11 – Stereolux – Nantes, France
Feb 12 – L’Aeronef – Lille, France
Feb 13 – La Gaite Lyrique – Paris, France
Feb 14 – Le Noumatrouff – Mulhouse, France
Feb 15 – Consortium – Dijon, France
Feb 18 – Kultur Viadukt Bogen F – Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 19 – Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland
Lily & Madeleine
(Photo by Stacy Newgent)
Feb 10 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
Feb 11 – The Loft @ UC San Diego – La Jolla, CA
Feb 13 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
Feb 14 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
Feb 17 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
Feb 18 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
Feb 20 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 23 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
(Photo by Brian Bowen Smith)
Jan 14 – Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
Jan 15 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
Jan 16 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Jan 17 – Drake Hotel Underground – Toronto, Ontario
Jan 19 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
Jan 21 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
Jan 22 – DC9 – Washington, D.C.
Jan 23 – Rough Trade NYC – Brooklyn, NY
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