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It's First Time Week on BTR, and we're celebrating it in style with Sew & Tell's first ever knitwear designer! Carlo Volpi is an award-winning, up-and-coming young knitter whose first collection for men, titled "Lipstick Stab Wounds," is colorful, challenging, and playfully & masterfully executed. Combining pop art references with sports and comic heros, Carlo's designs recall both sculpture and graffiti, introducing punk to its newest platform: the sweater. On today's show, Carlo will talk about how he started knitting, what inspires him to create his unique designs, the genius of Missoni, and some of his upcoming projects. Plus, a subtly holiday-ish themed playlist, with tracks from Sleigh Bells, Wise Blood, Mimicking Birds, Purse Snatchers, and a brand new, beautiful, heartbreaking Christmas song from Damien Jurado. So turn up the volume, pour yourself some egg nog, and join me for a conversation with Sew & Tell's first knitwear guest!
What do bicycles and fashion have to do with each other? Everything! Forget cars - biking is the fashion king of transportation, and beautiful cycle-friendly labels, designer bikes, and elegant bike style blogs have popped up left and right. For this week's show, I got to chat with designer and blogger Ann DeOtte of the new brand Iva Jean, dedicated to products that help women more easily incorporate biking into their daily routines. The line launched with its first product introduction last fall, when it released the Rain Cape. Championed by several top design websites, including Daily Candy and Cup of Jo, the Iva Jean Rain Cape is sleek, subtle, and sophisticated, designed with both street wear an cycling in mind. Join us as Ann shares about her work in marketing for design firms, her own transformation into a dedicated and determined biker, and the inspiration behind Iva Jean. Plus, new music samples from Field Report, NO, Matthew Dear, Firewater and more, for fashion Friday here on BTR!
Happy Fashion Friday! On this week's Sew & Tell, I had the honor of chatting with Penelope Sacorafou of the London-based company Fox & Squirrel. Fox & Squirrel offers a variety of cultural lifestyle walks - tours that take you around London to some of its best fashion, art, and vintage spots. On today's show, Penelope will talk about how she and co-founder Jojo Provatidou met and started Fox & Squirrel, some of her favorite independent designers in today's London fashion industry, what "sustainable style" truly means and how they incorporate consumer education into their walks, and potentially detrimental impact that the Olympics could have on local London culture. Plus, new music from a host of great BTR artists, including Dent May, Glen Hansard, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Temper Trap and more. So stick around, and learn how to shop like an Anglophile!
In this day and age, information is at our fingertips all the time. We're up to date on events unfolding, down to the second, and in the know, even when we may not want to be. And yet this information deluge stays, for the most part, on the surface - unless we choose to dig deeper. I'm happy to bring you an interview today with a fashion writer, stylist, model, and musician, whose editorial work does just that. Tienlyn Jacobson is a San Francisco-based writer, who works with online publications like Fashionising and StyleShop.com, as well as her own beautiful blog Say Hello, Max. With a degree in art and sociology, and several years working as a model, Tienlyn is perfectly equipped to understand the deeper roots of fashion trends and style movements, and her writing reflects this broad awareness. On today's show, Tienlyn talks about how modeling was the perfect editorial education, why she loves Australian fashion, and a few of her own tips on chasing the ever-elusive concept of a well-curated closet. Plus, some news-worthy music on the show today, including tracks from Helado Negro, Firehorse, Zeus, Young Prisms, and Free Energy! So stick around - this is news & information you don't want to miss!
This week was all about fashion and love - what better combination? So I bring you a new designer this week, that you're sure to fall head over heels for! Leah Reena Goren is a driven young designer who is currently finishing her degree in illustration. While wrapping up her senior thesis, Leah is also doing painted textile prints which she sells through her well-curated Etsy shop. She's also creating an Apartment Therapy-style blog called The Future Present that she and boyfriend Dylan write, as well as some exciting new client work that's so hush-hush, we won't be able to find out her secrets until later this year! Phew! This girl is BUSY, but take a look at her prints and you'll see why! They're whimsical, flirty, and feminine… perfect for romance any time of the year. On today's show, Leah will talk about growing up with an artist mom, her creative process and inspirations, and a few recent spring wardrobe purchases that she's super excited about! Plus, updates on NYFW, and a playlist crammed full of great new music from Frankie Rose, Islands, Damien Jurado, Bowerbirds and more. There's just too many treats on today's show! Wait a minute… never mind. There's no such thing. Enjoy!

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