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You might know where your organic cotton shirt was made, or have seen construction on your locally-produced jeans... but what about your shoes? In the increasing market of sustainable fashion, footwear seems a step or two behind. But this week's guest, Nick Meyer, will tell us how he and his two co-founders are changing the industry for the better with their new line of fair trade hand-made shoes, Nisolo. Working with four shoemakers in Northern Peru, the members of Nisolo have developed a line of beautiful leather shoes for men and women, in a range of classic, elegantly versatile styles and colors. On today's show, Nick will talk about how they first discovered a hot-spot of Peruvian shoemakers, some of the ways in which the Nisolo business model benefits Trujillo's shoe industry and community, the progress they've made in just one year of business, and hopes for future expansion. Plus, tracks from hot-off-the-press Mumford & Sons, Sun Airway, and Murder By Death, as well as music from Beacon, Active Child and more. Join us for a Friday of feel-good fashion, here on BreakThru Radio!
Sure, Facebook stocks went public last weekend, and Zuckerberg got married (the day after, ew), but he doesn't have the entrepreneurial field cornered. There are so many other innovative minds and projects going on in every field today, including fashion! For example… the boutique franchise Apricot Lane! Brainchild of two former firefighters, Ken Petersen and Tom Brady, Apricot Lane is a national chain of over 90 unique storefronts. Each one offers its owner the opportunity to make decisions for themselves about inventory and presentation, yet the have the undeniable benefits of stability and support that come along with an established name. Stores from MN to TX, NY to CA stock brands like TOM'S, Sanctuary, 7 For All Mankind, and Lucky Brand Jeans, alongside smaller up-and-coming local labels and designers. It's a revolutionary retail model that is taking the U.S. by storm, and on today's show, founder and CEO Ken Petersen will tell the story of going from firefighting to furniture to fashion, who the Apricot Lane women (and men) are, some of the lessons he's learned as the stores have grown, and an exciting new project that the company has launched in Cambodia. Plus, new music from several under-the-radar talents, including Kelly Hogan, King Tuff, and River City Extension! So turn up that radio, and get ready to be inspired!