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The fashion industry is built from a hundred individual specialties: manufacturers of trim, buttons, and fabric; designers of niche lines for outerwear, footwear, neckties, jeans, lingerie, swimwear; and retailers built around those same niche markets. But the latter two categories wouldn’t exist without the first, so on today’s show, we’ll hear from Benita Singh, co-founder of a speciality textile website Source4Style. Source4Style exists as a virtual marketplace, connecting textile suppliers with designers, and ensuring responsible production and fair trade in the process. With this weekend’s tragic factory fire in Bangladesh, the importance of transparency in the production chain is underscored, and Source4Style is fulfilling an essential role within the industry by offering designers the opportunity to purchase with ethical confidence. On today’s show, Benita will talk about how she and her colleagues met and began Source4Style, some of their global partnerships, a few educational initiatives they offer, and some details about their selection of fabrics. Plus, I have the latest in articles and news coverage on the Bangladesh factory fire, as well as some all-too-infrequent good news from the headlines of the ethical fashion industry. And I’ve got a great playlist prepared, featuring two new acts from the UK, more Sufjan-style Christmas, and even a clip from comedian Tig Notaro. Another hour of style + substance coming your way, on BTR!
It’s almost fall! And you know what that means – the return of pumpkin lattes, rosy cheeks, and classic fall fashion. Today’s Sew & Tell guest puts a spin on classic style for her F/W 2012 collection – Lizz Wasserman of the L.A.-based popomomo creates women’s wear pieces that are heady, sophisticated, and still playful. The former creative designer for Free People launched her own line with the desire to make changes for the sustainable, and has found no shortage of fans for her collections. Each season is inspired by icons, cultural movements, and philosophies that range from Geogia O’Keefe to the Russian Constructivists. With that level of creative approach, it’s no surprise to discover that Lizz comes from a background in sociology and anthropology, and on today’s show, we’ll learn about how she made the leap from European squat culture to her own label, her method for developing one-of-a-kind prints, the inspiration behind her F/W 2012 pieces, and how her closet has changed as she’s moved into her 30’s. All that, plus a stellar playlist, including brand new Yeasayer, samples of the new collaborative projects Poor Moon and OMBRE, and a gorgeous cover of the Arcade Fire from two San Francisco-based musicians. So grab a cup of cider and get ready to take notes – fall is fashionably early on BTR!
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, two 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!
“Despite how glamorous fashion looks on the outside, beneath it is a terribly polluting industry that devastates wildlife, pollutes water sources, and has considerable impacts on the livelihoods of people… Buying a t-shirt isn’t just buying a t-shirt.” – Jasmin Malik Chua On this week’s Sew & Tell, Jasmin Malik Chua, the Managing Editor of the online eco-fashion publication Ecouterre, talks about the industry’s biggest environmental struggles, and the ways in which some large corporations, like Nike, Levi’s, and H&M, are beginning the road to recovery. Plus, the latest music from Miike Snow, Dinosaur Feathers, Choir of Young Believers, Yann Tiersen and more! Get stylishly responsible with DJ Marie on BTR…

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