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This week on Sew & Tell, I’m honored to bring you an interview with the first fashion illustrator we’ve ever featured on the show. Richard Haines is one of the industry’s foremost menswear illustrators, whose popular blog What I Saw Today is a catalogue of his elegant street style sketches and fashion studies. Richard’s career in illustration is a recent transition, one he comes to from thirty years spent designing for some of menswear’s top labels, including Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, and Bill Blass. It’s no wonder that his sketches and drawings convey a strong sense of drape and a firm grasp of garment construction, giving a structural anchor to his passionately expressive renderings of ephemeral moments. On today’s show, Richard talks about the path that took him from illustration into design and back again, how the digital era has impacted the fashion illustration industry, some of the moments that inspire and inform his sketch work, a few recent job highlights, and more. Plus, a great playlist chock full of new music including the latest from Wampire, Allo Darlin’, Greylag and Radiohead drummer Philip Selway. So join us for some fine, fashionable lines here on BTR!
Today on Sew & Tell, I am delighted to bring you a great interview with Emily Spivack, author of the newly published Worn Stories and curator of the project Sentimental Value. Both focus on the deeply personal relationship that people have with clothing - the emotional connections, stories, and significance that form our attachments to what we wear. When I spoke with Emily two years ago, the two projects were documented primarily as blogs; now, Emily has created a beautiful selection of 67 narratives recorded in the Worn Stories book, and her Sentimental Value collection is on display in art exhibits throughout the country. I had a chance to catch up with her this week and in today’s follow-up interview, you’ll hear from Emily about the growth of development of these two projects, some of the things she’s learned and observed through her work about emotional connections to clothing, her own “happiest garment,” and more. Plus, I’ve got a great, emotive playlist for you including brand new music from Electric Youth, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Slow Club, and Sloan, along with tracks off the latest from Little Lapin, Sean Rowe, and Christopher Denny. So join us for a moving hour of fashion, music, and emotion, right here on BreakThru Radio!
This week, the station is taking a look at one of my favorite topics: photography. Here on Sew & Tell, I had a the pleasure of chatting with visual anthropologist, professor, and street style blogger Brent Luvaas of Urban Fieldnotes, about the ways in which street style photography is influencing and shaping the fashion industry. Brent documents not only the colorful street styles of Philadelphia, but also the culture of street style blogs themselves, using Urban Fieldnotes as an ongoing research project. On today’s show, he shares his insights into the nature of street style photography, some of the movements’ founders and historic influences, the ways in which the widespread popularity of street style blogs is shaping high-end fashion editorial, his own approach to street style documentation, and more. Plus, a very photogenic playlist full of tracks old and new - you’ll hear the latest from Montreal’s Ark Life and Philly band Literature, alongside earlier songs from Phosphorescent and Matt and Kim. So grab your camera(phone) and get inspired to hit the streets, with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
This week, I’m joined by Austin-based graphic designer, blogger and stylist Ana Louisa Perkins, who offers some tips on easy style elevation. Ana launched her beautiful, inspiring blog Grown-Up Shoes in 2009; little did she know that it would soon lead her into a whole new career! Join us today as Ana talks about the path she took from a day job with a non-profit to full-time creative work at Kendra Scott, the value of professional connections, the art of styling, some of her favorite summer looks, and a few elegant party ideas that make hosting a breeze! Plus, I’ve got a playlist full of new music including the latest from Sharon Van Etten, Nashville’s PUJOL, and a sneak peek of the upcoming debut from quirky Wisconsin sextet PHOX. Join us today on BTR for an easy style + music upgrade!
In keeping with BTR’s theme week, I’m delighted to bring you an interview today on Sew & Tell with professional runner Lauren Fleshman, a true talent that bridges both the worlds of fitness and fashion. In addition to being a US Champion and pro athlete, Lauren is many other things: a Stanford graduate with both a BA in Human Biology and Master’s in Education; co-founder of Picky Bars, a new line of energy bars for athletes; a recent addition to the Seattle-based Oiselle running apparel line for women, which Lauren joined after ending a ten-year relationship with Nike; the voice of a popular personal website that answers fans’ questions and offers intimate insight into her running process & lifestyle; and last but not least, a new mom. Join us today as Lauren shares about how she got started running at age 13, the unique relationship she’s forged with indie apparel line Oiselle, a few of her favorite Oiselle pieces for winter training, the brave blog post she wrote about her recent runway appearance, the development of Picky Bars, and more. And as always, I’ve got a great playlist for you with music from Cali artists Mikal Cronin and Kevin Morby, as well as songs off the new releases from Damien Jurado and ASPE. Tune in to this week’s show on BreakThru Radio for a dose of stylish motivation!
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Sew & Tell of 2014! Before we run full steam ahead into a new cycle of fashion trends, news, designs, and iconic moments, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at 2013. It was a year of genuinely remarkable, distinguished guests; so much so that it was very difficult for me to narrow down the content for today’s show! But in the end, I selected clips from a handful of interviews that I felt defined the breadth and diversity of Sew & Tell’s 2013 broadcasts. Today, you’ll hear brief excerpts from my interviews with: Jenn Rogien, costume designer for HBO’s “Girls” and the Netflix original “Orange Is the New Black;” Jenni Avins, fashion journalist for NY Magazine’s “The Cut,” Wall Street Journal’s style section, and her own site, Closettour; designer Eden Miller of Cabiria, who had the historic distinction of being the first ever plus size label to show during New York Fashion Week; and Sari Azout and Sari Bibliowicz, two childhood best friends with a fashion obsession, who turned their compulsive clothes sharing habits into one of this year’s hottest fashion merchandise sites. Plus, I’ve culled music tracks for today’s show from a few of my personal favorite releases of 2013 - you’ll hear songs today off this past year’s releases from Foxygen, Phosphorescent, Volcano Choir, and Chvrches. So join us as we say a fond & fashionable farewell to 2013; out with the old & in with the new on BreakThru Radio!

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