Sew & Tell

Premiere DateJul 6, 2012
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: white magic ceo)
04:27 Interview with Erica Wolf and Anthony Lilore of Save the Garment Center
07:31 DJ Marie
08:56 Interview with Bron Heussenstamm of Alex Maine
12:25 DJ Marie
13:20 Jesus Flag American Fish Cuckoo Chaos
18:32 American FM Belfast
22:33 DJ Marie
23:26 Interview with Alice Wu of Feral Childe
25:40 DJ Marie
26:56 Interview with Jeff Garner of Prophetik
29:42 DJ Marie
32:04 Red Hunting Jacket Little Scream
36:00 Blue Eyes Middle Brother
39:58 DJ Marie
41:25 Interview with Jasmin Malik Chua of Ecouterre
44:19 DJ Marie
44:39 Interview with Karen Stewart and Howard Brown of Stewart + Brown
45:59 DJ Marie
47:11 American Daydream Electric Guest
49:58 Flightless Bird, American Mouth Iron & Wine
53:53 DJ Marie
54:43 Interview with Peter Kallen of Nau
57:43 DJ Marie
58:15 Interview with Samantha Pleet
59:43 DJ Marie
60:16 Interview with Anna Zeman and Aja Singer of Alex & Eli
62:45 DJ Marie
63:55 Dream City Free Energy
66:36 Finish

It’s Made In America Week on BTR, and in honor of our founding fathers, I have the mother of all shows for you! U.S. production is a hot-button issue in manufacturing across the boards, but particularly in the fashion industry. Domestic garment production has seen a 90% rate of decline over the last 50 years, but a growing number of designers, advocates, and journalists are working to spread the word about the implications of this loss, and reverse the tide. On today’s show, I feature clips from interviews with just a handful of these talented, driven individuals, representatives of a new movement to bring fashion production back to the U.S.

You’ll hear perspectives on production from designers Alice Wu of Feral Childe, Samantha Pleet, Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, Bron Heussenstamm of Alex Maine, Jeff Garner of Prophetik, Peter Kallen of Nau, and Anna Zeman and Aja Singer of Alex & Eli. You’ll also hear from Jasmin Malik Chua, Managing Editor of Ecouterre, and Erica Wolf and Anthony Lilore, representatives from New York’s Save The Garment Center, a trade association working to preserve New York City’s garment district.

All that, plus an American-centric playlist, with tracks from Electric Guest, Little Scream, Middle Brother, and Iron & Wine. So put another hot dog on the grill, and dig that American flag back out of the closet – we’re still celebrating the USA here on BTR!


Save the Garment Center
(Logo courtesy of STGC)

*Click here to listen to the full interview with Erica and Anthony, and be sure to check out this list of Made in the USA fashion on the Save the Garment Center website!

Alex Maine
(Photo courtesy of Alex Maine)

*You can learn more about Bron’s fabulous menswear line on the June 15th broadcast of Sew & Tell!

Feral Childe
(Photos courtesy of Feral Childe)

*For more on Alice’s work and the Feral Childe label, check out the full interview here.

Prophetik by Jeff Garner
(Photos by Peter Jensen and Daniel Jolly)

*Listen to Jeff talk in further detail about his incredible process on the June 10th, 2011 broadcast of Sew & Tell.

Ecouterre online publication
(Logo courtesy of Ecouterre)

*Hear what Jasmin has to say about some of the biggest issues facing sustainable fashion production today, on the March 30th show.

Stewart + Brown, by Karen Stewart and Howard Brown
(Photos courtesy of Stewart + Brown)

*Karen and Howard talk in greater depth about the materials they use, and what makes hemp one of their favorites, in the full Stewart + Brown broadcast.

nau Active Wear
(Photos courtesy of nau)

*Learn more about the methodology and practices of this model eco-label, on the Sew & Tell from July 22, 2011.

Samantha Pleet
(Photos courtesy of Samantha Pleet S/S 2012)

*Hear the full story of Samantha’s line in our interview from Fall of 2010.

(Photos courtesy of Alex & Eli)

Alex & Eli, by Anna Zeman and Aja Singer
(Photo by Lucy Carr-Ellison)

*Anna and Aja talk shop about blazers, classic construction, their bespoke collection, and more on this Sew & Tell broadcast from February.


Through my time doing Sew & Tell, I’ve come across a lot of great Made-in-the-US fashion lines. Until recently, though, I was frustrated by the seeming lack of boutiques, sites, and webshops that gather these brands together in one place. However, in the past couple weeks, I’ve come across several resources that are doing just that. So I’ve gathered those here for you, along with links to a few more individual designers and labels, all for your conscientious shopping pleasure!

Aggregate Sites

*An impressively comprehensive list of Made in the USA designers, from STGC

*A thrilling new flash sale webshop called Made Movement

*Of a Kind webshop (apparel, accessories, and gifts)


*Carrie Parry

*Ann Yee

*Rachel Rose

*Suzanne Rae

*Leah Reena Goren

*Rachel Weisberg

*CameloPardus (swimwear)



*CAIRO silk scarves

*Cursive Design jewelry

*Nola Bella jewelry

*Anne Arden McDonald jewelry

*Urban Spectacles (eyewear)

Electric Guest
(Photo by Downtown Music)
July 15 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
July 17 – The Loft – Lansing, MI
July 18 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
July 20 – Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
July 21 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
July 27 – Spelndour in the Grass Festival – Byron Bay, Australia
July 28 – 29 – Fuji Rock Festival – Niigata, Japan
Aug 1 – Northcote Social Club – Northcote, Australia
Aug 8 – Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park – Kansas City, MO
Aug 10 – 12 – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival – San Francisco, CA
Sept 14 – 16 – We Love Green – Paris, France
Nov 8 – Festival Les Inrocks – Lille, France
Nov 9 – La Cigale – Paris, France
Nov 12 – Festival Les Inrocks – Ramonville St Agne, France

Little Scream
(Photo by Rachel Granofsky)
July 16 & 17 – Metropolis – Montreal, Quebec
July 19 – Sound Academy – Toronto, Ontario
July 21 – Cabooze Plaza – Minneapolis, MN
July 23 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 25 – Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, Alberta
July 26, 27 & 29 – Calgary Folk Festival – Calgary, Alberta

Iron & Wine
(Photo by Piper Ferguson)
July 6 – 8 – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 20 – Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX
July 27 – Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center – Northampton, MA
July 28 – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
July 29 – Calgary Folk Festival – Calgary, Alberta
Aug 16 – Pioneer Park – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 12 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 14 – Hideout Block Party – Chicago, IL
Sept 15 – Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI

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…