Some iconic fashion labels have couples at the helm – Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, and The Row, to name just a few – and often owe the strength of the brand to the strength of the relationship at their center. Karen Stewart and Howard Brown of Stewart + Brown are just such a stylish pair, proving that two heads are better than one. The husband and wife are pioneers of the sustainable style movement who founded their women’s wear brand in 2002 before sustainable style was on anyone’s radar. Leading by example, they showed fellow indie designers that sustainable can be synonymous with fashion-forward style, and ethics and aesthetics can co-exist. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Karen and Howard about how the fashion industry has changed since they launched their line, the WGSN award they received for “Most Sustainable Brand,” how they hope to inspire the next generation of indie designers, the unique fabrics and textiles they use in their line, and more.
Plus, I’ve got a playlist dedicated to the highs and lows of relationships, featuring tracks from Swedish artist Loney Dear, Sufjan Stevens, Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture, and She & Him. So grab your bff, your SO, your pet, or whoever else might be the Dolce to your Gabbana, and join us as we examine relationships from a fashionably forward perspective.
Howard Brown, Karen Stewart, and their kids
(Photo courtesy of Stewart + Brown, via Ecouterre)
Select styles from Stewart + Brown
(Photos courtesy of Stewart + Brown)
Odds & Ends
– Learn more about the prestigious WGSN Global Fashion Awards, and view this year’s nominees and winners.
– Food52 helps you determine your signature cocktail. If you’re a fellow fan of gin, here are a few of my favorite recipes (which I will only be making with Hendricks from now on, thankyouverymuch): the classic Gin & Tonic, perfect for any summer occasion; the Dirty Gin Martini, another all-occasion classic; Gin Apple Cider, my favorite for fall (I keep this even simpler by foregoing the bitters & twist in favor of a splash of sparkling water); and the drink that convinced me that gin can be an incredibly lovely addition to winter.
– Melodie Jeng shot a wonderful style round-up of the best looks from this month’s Governor’s Ball in NYC.
– One of the week’s biggest fashion stories: The Gap is bleeding financially, closing multiple locations across the country and letting hundreds of employees go. This on top of Banana Republic’s recent missteps – it will be interesting to see how/if these brands recover in today’s fashion market.
– Do you like Sylvan Esso? Even if you don’t, you should watch them cover Gillian Welch, because it’s fabulous.
(Photo by Emmanuel Afolabi via www.pitchfork.com)
July 17 & 18 – Eaux Claires – Eau Claire, WI
July 25 – Newport Folk Festival @ Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI
Aug 14 – Planet Bluegrass – Lyons, CO
Aug 28 & 29 – The Helix – Dublin, Ireland
Aug 30 – Edinburgh Playhouse – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Aug 31 – O2 Apollo Manchester – Manchester, United Kingdom
Sept 2 & 3 – Royal Festival Hall @ Southbank Centre – London, United Kingdom
Sept 4 – Brighton Dome – Brighton, United Kingdom
Sept 5 – End of the Road Festival – Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
Sept 6 – Colston Hall – Bristol, United Kingdom
Sept 8 & 9 – Le Grand Rex – Paris, France
Sept 10 – Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) – Brussels, Belgium
Sept 12 – Oslo Spektrum – Oslo, Norway
Sept 13 – Gota Lejon – Stockholm, Sweden
Sept 14 – Falconer Theatre – Copenhagen, Denmark
Sept 15 – Mehr Theatre – Hamburg, Germany
Sept 16 & 17 – Admiralspalast – Berlin, Germany
Sept 19 – Colosseum Theater – Essen, Germany
Sept 20 – Theatre Du Leman – Geneva, Switzerland
Sept 21 – Teatro Della Luna – Assago, Italy
Sept 23 & 24 – Royal Theatre Carre – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 25 – La Comédie De Reims – Reims, France
Sept 26 – Grand Theatre De Luxembourg – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Sept 27 – Le Radiant – Lyon, France
Sept 29 – Parc del Forum – Barcelona, Spain
Sept 30 – Teatro Circo Price – Madrid, Spain
Pure Bathing Culture
(Photo by Cara Robbins)
Aug 21 – 23 – MusicFestNW @ Tom McCall Waterfront Park – Portland, OR
(Photo by Melissa Fuller)
July 5 – 36th Annual Festival for the Eno – Durham, NC
July 22 – Tennessee Shines at Boyd’s Jig and Reel – Knoxville, TN
Aug 15 – Port City RibFest – Wilmington, NC
Aug 22 – The Rose Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre – Raleigh, NC
Sept 10 – Martin’s Downton – Roanoke, VA
Sept 24 – Music On Maxwell – Greenwood, SC
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