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Re-broadcast, originally aired 2/10/12. I know that NYC is still celebrating the Superbowl hardcore, and I hope you fully enjoyed the amazing, nail-biting win… BUT. Let’s be serious. The Superbowl of Style is just around the corner – NY Fashion Week! So we’re gonna get down to business and talk fashion today. And speaking of business – I have the honor of highlighting an incredible organization and business venture on today’s show. Awamaki is a non-profit based in Peru, that works with local women to preserve indigenous weaving techniques, and to further their skills as craftspeople. Towards that end, Awamaki recently launched a design residency program, spearheaded by Annie Millican. The Awamaki Lab residency offers young designers an opportunity to create a collection of clothing, built around these beautiful traditional Peruvian textiles. Awamaki Lab just celebrated the launch of its second collection, F/W 2012, designed by collaborators and fellow Parsons grads Andria Crescioni and Courtney Cedarholm. The pieces are timeless yet modern, with references to menswear that retain a thoroughly feminine sensibility. On today’s show, Andria and Courtney talk about their experiences in Peru, learning about local fibers and natural dyes, and how anthropologists and explorers from the turn of the century led to these gorgeous garments. Plus, tons of great new music today from Dr. Dog, Sharon Van Etten, of Montreal, Young Magic and more! So prep yourself for Fashion Week with your first collection of F/W 2012… *Note: In the broadcast, I mention that the first Awamaki Lab Collection was designed as a collaboration between Annie Millican and Nieli Vallin. This is incorrect; Annie facilitated and created the residency, but Nieli was the sole designer. You can see images of Nieli’s Awamaki Lab designs here, in a slideshow published by Ecouterre. 00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Soaring – Shigeto) 03:05 Interview with Andria Crescioni and Courtney Cedarholm of Awamaki Lab 09:44 DJ Marie 10:19 Lonesome – Dr. Dog 13:30 Skin and Bone – Heartless Bastards 17:24 Leonard – Sharon Van Etten 21:05 DJ Marie 22:13 Interview with Andria Crescioni and Courtney Cedarholm 28:14 DJ Marie 29:22 Light Year Girl – The Phantom Family Halo 33:14 We Will Commit Wolf Murder – of Montreal 38:44 The Dancer – Young Magic 42:25 DJ Marie 43:34 Interview with Andria Crescioni and Courtney Cedarholm 50:21 DJ Marie 52:58 Always On The Run – Yuksek 56:42 Finish Selections from Awamaki Lab Collection 2, F/W 2012 (Designs by Andria Crescioni and Courtney Cedarholm, Photos by Kate Reeder) Dr. Dog (Photo by Jason Nocito) Sharon Van Etten (Photo by Kristianna Smith) of Montreal (Photo by Patrick Heagney, courtesy of Pitchfork)
When you think about most reality TV shows these days, it seems as though there’s very little “reality” involved. But this week’s guest is using the vehicle of reality television to pull back the curtain on the fashion industry and reveal the often terrible truths behind our clothes. Anne Kari Garberg is the creator and co-producer of Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion, a new Norwegian reality series that offers viewers a glimpse of the garment industry in Cambodia through the eyes, experiences, and discoveries of three Norwegian teenagers. On today’s show, Anne talks about the concept for Sweatshop, the casting process and how they found their three lead subjects, what her experience of Cambodia was like and how it changed her own fashion habits, what she hopes viewers will take away from the series, plans for Sweatshop Season 2, and more. Plus, I’ve got a real dose of indie music for you in today’s mix, including songs from Beach House, Tweedy, Sean Rowe, and brand new material from UK pop artist Little Boots. So join us as we expose the reality behind fast fashion’s shiny facade, here on BTR’s Sew & Tell.
Fashion is driven by FOMO, but true personal style is usually more about a strong sense of identity and self-confidence than trends. This week’s guest, Kavita Parmar, knows the value of quality classics – she’s the designer and co-founder behind the ingenious label The IOU Project, a new brand that’s reimagining transparency within fashion. Learn more about this innovative fashion model as Kavita shares about The IOU Project’s inception, the principles and passion behind the brand, the artisans that create each garment and their shared stories, upcoming collaborations and projects, and more! Plus, I’ve got a great playlist of fresh music to keep FOMO at bay, including more music off the latest from Arizona’s Calexico, and brand new releases from Twinsmith, Michael Rault, and Icelandic singer-songwriter Soley! So don’t miss out on today’s Sew & Tell – join us for FOMO Week because YOLO!
Sandal season is coming!! Are you ready? Fortunately, this week’s guest has a stylish, sustainable solutions for warm weather – Evan Streusand is the founder behind Fortress of Inca, a line of ethically-made, fashion-forward footwear for men and women. The brand is known for handcrafted shoes made from natural materials, and their designs can be found in boutiques and retails stores all over the country. On today’s show, Evan will talk about the travels in Peru that led him to launch Fortress of Inca, some of the lessons he’s learned through starting his own label, the brand’s commitment to natural materials, their brand new store front, and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist filled with great new music, including more off “Carrie and Lowell” from Sufjan Stevens, a track off the latest from AZ singer-songwriter decker., and two powerhouse electropop tracks from French artist Madjo and Australia’s Chela. So join me for a look at just how fashionable fair trade can truly be, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
It’s Monitoring Week here on BreakThru, and fashion is definitely an industry that can use some monitoring. Some of fashion’s top players have come under (justifiable) fire in recent years for lack of safe practices within their production chains. This week’s guests are monitoring those practices and attempting to hold large fashion corporations accountable for their actions and decisions. Kaytee Reik is a campaign manager for Sum of Us, an organization that seeks to keep global corporations honest through public awareness campaigns. While they deal with corporate crimes from every industry, fashion has had an increasing ethical and environmental impact that they aim to address. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Kaytee about how Sum of Us functions as a corporate monitor, the challenges involved in holding major fashion retailers accountable in an age of long and complex production chains, and a few of the big box stores that are genuinely seeking to improve their practices. And later in the show, you’ll hear an excerpt from an earlier interview with cinematographer and director Andrew Morgan, whose documentary “The True Cost,” about the impact of fast fashion, will be out at the end of May. Andrew will talk about the impetus for the film, the research and interview process that has helped him shape the project, and why ethical fashion is an important topic now more than ever before. Plus, as always, I’ve got a great playlist full of new releases, including the latest from folk-roots artist William Elliott Whitmore, a recently released dreamy remix from Berlin producer duo The Trommelfellas, and another track off the beautiful new record from Sufjan Stevens. So join us for this opportunity to learn more about what happens behind the curtains of the fashion industry, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
It’s Disruptive Week on BTR, and here on Sew & Tell I got to speak with the co-founder of a new online retail platform that’s disrupting the fashion mainstream. Maxine Bédat and Soraya Darabi created Zady as a shopping resource that enables its customers to make purchases with confidence and conscience. Zady is a one-stop shop for elegantly presented, impeccably curated, thoroughly vetted selections of sustainable style, and at just over a year old, the site has already become synonymous with truly fashionable slow fashion. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Maxine about the high school friendship that started it all, their newly launched in-house Zady label, the shift in consumer perspective that’s growing and what it means for the future of manufacturing and retail, some of her own favorite spring fashions, and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist full of great new indie hits, including tracks from S. Carey, Liverpool-based trio All We Are, and ethereal pop singer-songwriter Emmy the Great. So tune in and turn it up – we’re all about stylish disruption this week on BreakThru Radio!

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