It’s Monitoring Week here on BreakThru, and fashion is definitely an industry that can use some monitoring. Some of fashion’s top players have come under (justifiable) fire in recent years for lack of safe practices within their production chains. This week’s guests are monitoring those practices and attempting to hold large fashion corporations accountable for their actions and decisions. Kaytee Reik is a campaign manager for Sum of Us, an organization that seeks to keep global corporations honest through public awareness campaigns. While they deal with corporate crimes from every industry, fashion has had an increasing ethical and environmental impact that they aim to address. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Kaytee about how Sum of Us functions as a corporate monitor, the challenges involved in holding major fashion retailers accountable in an age of long and complex production chains, and a few of the big box stores that are genuinely seeking to improve their practices.
And later in the show, you’ll hear an excerpt from an earlier interview with cinematographer and director Andrew Morgan, whose documentary The True Cost, about the impact of fast fashion, will be out at the end of May. Andrew will talk about the impetus for the film, the research and interview process that has helped him shape the project, and why ethical fashion is an important topic now more than ever before.
Plus, as always, I’ve got a great playlist full of new releases, including the latest from folk-roots artist William Elliott Whitmore, a recently released dreamy remix from Berlin producer duo The Trommelfellas, and another track off the beautiful new record from Sufjan Stevens. So join us for this opportunity to learn more about what happens behind the curtains of the fashion industry, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
(Images courtesy of Sum of Us)
To keep up with all the latest campaigns from Sum of Us, follow them on Facebook & Twitter. Their most recent fashion campaign is aimed at bettering conditions for workers at the Hugo Boss factory in Turkey.
The True Cost, by Andrew Morgan
(Image courtesy of Andrew Morgan)
Odds & Ends
– Anna Wintour says that “trend” is a dirty word! Do you agree?
– For a behind-the-scenes look into the making of William Elliott Whitmore’s latest album, “Radium Death,” check out this short documentary that follows him into the studio…
– Pitchfork published a fantastic conversation with Sufjan Stevens about his mother, the new album, and his creative process.
– This guide from Fashionista on how to pronounce designer names is INVALUABLE. I have apparently been mispronouncing Rodebjer for years.
– True Detective Season 2. That is all.
William Elliott Whitmore
(Photo by David Black)
April 10 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
April 11 – Rough Trade NYC – Brooklyn, NY
April 12 – Centre for Arts at the Armory – Somerville, MA
April 13 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
April 15 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
April 16 – The Hi Fi – Indianapolis, IN
April 17 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
April 18 – Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
April 22 – 25 – Middle of the Map Festival – Kansas City, MO
May 15 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
May 16 – Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
May 27 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
May 28 – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA
May 29 – Constellation Room at the Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
May 30 – The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
June 1 – Low Spirits Bar & Stage – Albuquerque, NM
(Photo by Denny Renshaw)
April 10 – Academy of Music – Philadelphia, PA
April 11 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
April 12 – William H. Mortensen Hall @ Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts – Hartford, CT
April 14 – Merrill Auditorium @ Portland City Hall – Portland, ME
April 15 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY
April 16 – Cleveland Masonic and Performance Arts Center – Cleveland, OH
April 17 – Palace Theatre – Columbus, OH
April 18 – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
April 20 – Peabody Opera House – St Louis, MO
April 21 – Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO
April 22 – Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN
April 23 – Riverside Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
April 24 & 25 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
April 27 – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI
April 28 – Covenant Fine Arts Center @ Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI
April 29 – Massey Hall – Toronto, Ontario
April 30 – Salle Wilfrid Pelletier @ Place des Arts – Montreal, Quebec
May 1 & 2 – Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY
May 4 – Citi Performing Arts Center – Boston, MA
May 5 – DAR Constitution Hall – Washington, D.C.
May 6 – Altria Theater – Richmond, VA
May 7 – Durham Performing Arts Center – Durham, NC
May 9 – Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, LA
May 10 – Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX
May 11 – Jesse H Jones Hall for the Performing Arts – Houston, TX
May 12 & 13 – Bass Concert Hall @ University of Texas – Austin, TX
May 23 – 25 – Vivid Live Festival @ Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
June 2 – Copley Symphony Hall – San Diego, CA
June 3 & 4 – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Los Angeles, CA
June 5 & 6 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
June 8 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
June 9 – Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, British Columbia
June 10 & 11 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
July 17 & 18 – Eaux Claires – Eau Claire, WI
Aug 14 – Planet Bluegrass – Lyons, CO
Aug 30 – Edinburgh Playhouse – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sept 4 – 6 – End of the Road Festival @ Larmer Tree Gardens – Salisbury, United Kingdom
(Photo by Meghan Whitton)
May 9 – Rivoli – Toronto, Ontario
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