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Has the trend of ugly holiday sweaters gone too far?
It’s the holiday season, and the holiday season means giving (and receiving) gifts! So for this week’s Sew & Tell I’ve tapped five of BTR’s culture DJs for gift ideas. You’ll find lists of their stellar suggestions on today’s playlist page, covering everyone from your globetrotting BFF to your bookworm uncle. Plus, I asked each DJ to weigh in on their personal favorite fashion find of 2014, and they shared their discoveries. You’ll hear from DJ Jen about her experience going shampoo-free, DJ Dane about his Ebay vintage watch obsession, DJ Jess about her favorite new travel-friendly label, DJ Meredith about Nike’s great new designs, and DJ Kory about an innovative young sportswear label in L.A. Plus, I’ve got a playlist of holiday-friendly indie tracks, including music from Tweedy, Pink Mountaintops, Sufjan Stevens, and more. So check your shopping list and get ready to add a few last-minute purchases - your gifts are sure to be a hit this holiday season, thanks to BTR’s savvy DJs!
This week on Sew & Tell, I’m joined by Taylor Johnston, a horticulturist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston who, dissatisfied by the lack of stylish, durable workwear available for women, took matters into her own hands and created the perfect solution: Gamine Co. Today on the show, you’ll hear from Taylor about how fashion legend Bill Cunningham played a role in the creation of Gamine Co.; the practical and aesthetic considerations behind each Gamine Co. piece; the label’s production process, which honors historic American manufacturing; some of the exciting new projects ahead for Gamine Co., and more. Plus, I’ve got a beautiful, nature-inspired playlist of tracks for you featuring Beach House, S. Carey, Iron & Wine, and Tweedy, AND a great holiday gift guide full of suggestions for your favorite botany nerd. So roll up your sleeves and dig into some fresh fashion with Sew & Tell on BTR!
This week on Biology of the Blog Yissel traces the evolution of fashion through comic books!
This week Yissel Ayala of Fashion + Geekery traces the evolution of fashion in comic books!
Who doesn't love a good costume drama? Television audiences are clearly big fans, given the recent popularity of shows like "Downton Abbey," "The Tudors," and "Game of Thrones." HBO's Prohibition-era "Boardwalk Empire" brings the vintage action home to NYC with sharp writing, masterful acting, and exquisite design, set in the middle of 1920's - '30's Atlantic City. For this week's show, I had the honor & pleasure of chatting with one of "Boardwalk Empire"'s head costume designers, Lisa Padovani. Lisa has had a distinguished career in period design for film and TV, and in addition to four years on "Boardwalk," her resume includes projects like "Oz," "Mad Men," and the wildly imaginative 2007 Bob Dylan film biopic "I'm Not There." On today's show, Lisa shares about how she got her start in costume design, some of the challenges and benefits unique to designing for a period TV show, a few of her favorite "Boardwalk" costumes, and more.
Have you ever seen a sweater at the store and thought, “You know, if I knit, I could *make* that”? Meet Wool and the Gang, a London-based knitwear label that’s all about helping you realize your knitting potential. Not only does WatG offer beautifully-designed, sustainable knitwear, they also sell a “knit kit” of pattern and supplies for each garment so that, yes, you can DIY it! They’re so jazzed about knitting that they also offer a bunch of great educational resources, and the opportunity to be part of a global community of enthusiastic knitters. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Aurelie Popper, co-founder of this innovative company, about how the idea for Wool and the Gang developed, how their community of customers and knitters is critical to their growth, what makes their brand sustainable, some of the latest trends in knitwear, some great Wool and the Gang holiday gift ideas, and more! Plus, I’ve got a very cozy playlist for you full of folky songs that are the perfect hibernation soundtrack, including music from Bon Iver, Alessi’s Ark, and UK Afro-pop-folk hybrid The Melodic. So find your favorite blanket, brew yourself a cup of tea, and settle in as we hunker down for a stylish winter here on BreakThru Radio!
What if I told you about a tough, durable, stylish sneaker that’s made of… paper? Sounds impossible, right? This week’s guest, Steven Weinreb, is the founder and CEO of Civic Duty, a new line of footwear made from Tyvek. Tyvek is a recyclable plastic-based fiber with the texture of paper that’s remarkably resilient and water-resistant, making it an overlooked but ideal textile for garment design. On today’s show, Steven will talk about what triggered his idea to create shoes from Tyvek, the process of creating a viable prototype, the unique properties that make Tyvek a perfect fit for shoes, the challenges of launching and building Civic Duty, some of the ways Civic Duty is giving back, and more. Plus, a playlist full of great indie releases from this year, including Christopher Denny, Hiss Golden Messenger, Zeus, and Electric Youth. So join us for some true fashion innovation here on BreakThru Radio!
This week on Biology of the Blog we hear from chic geek Yissel Ayala!
This week we combine fashion and geekery with Yissel!
Have you ever wished there was some way to know if the jeans you’re about to order online will actually be a good fit for you? Someone you could consult, like a good friend who has the same pair and can tell you her experience. Enter Fitbay: the new social media site that’s connecting body doubles around the world, to better match you with your perfect fashion fit! Christian Wylonis is the innovator behind this new Copenhagen-born, New York-based platform, and on today’s show, Christian will talk about how Fitbay functions as a social media/fashion service, the feedback and data it gathers in order to find users’ ideal styles, some of the label trends and patterns that the Fitbay team have noticed during the site’s beta phase, and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist full of songs from some of this year’s best releases, including tracks from Lia Ices, Sharon Van Etten, The Melodic, and Sylvan Esso. So join us this hour on BreakThru Radio to find out how you can become a more savvy & “fit” online shopper!
Happy Halloween, fashion fans! In honor of today’s festivities, my guest this week is Toree Arntz, designer of the beautiful, mythical pieces that make up her label Fauxtale. The Los Angeles-based artist is passionate about animals, and utilizes their naturally-shed materials to create breathtaking and dramatic fashion. What started as a few custom Halloween costumes for friends has blossomed into an amazing, expressive full line, and on today’s show, you’ll hear from Toree about the journey that took Fauxtale from party costumes to custom pieces for high-level clients, how the animals at the Wildlife Waystation sanctuary inspire her designs, why she never creates pieces for herself, and more. Plus, a haunting playlist full of frighteningly good indie music, including tracks off the latest from Lia Ices, Sylvan Esso, and Marketa Irglova, along with older tunes from Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, and Jeremy Messersmith. And I have a few fun last-minute Halloween costume inspiration for all you procrastinators out there! Join us for a devilishly stylish hour of radio, here on BTR!
It’s Anti-Social Week here on BTR, and my guest this week is the perfect style solution for when you’re doing a bit of hibernation. Ashley Jude and co-founder Ellie Williams launched Tog + Porter in 2009, offering their customers a unique opportunity to receive personal style service and fresh fashions by mail. Five years later, Tog + Porter have a strong fan base of women from all stages of life, from new moms to mid-career professionals, to young college grads. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Ashley about how she got the idea to launch Tog + Porter following the 2008 financial crisis, what it takes to be part of their stellar team of stylists, the step-by-step details of how Tog + Porter’s service works, some of the brands and labels you might find in your delivery box of goodies, and how their stylists work with clients to build fashion confidence that will last a lifetime. Plus, I have all the details for you on today’s CMJ BTR Showcase Party over at Cake Shop, with a lineup that features a whole afternoon of live indie music from Dinosaur Feathers, Literature, Popstrangers & more, AND a playlist full of great music for you on today’s show including tracks from The Fresh & Onlys, Iska Dhaaf, and Tweedy. We’re having so much fun this week on BTR, we just might forget to be anti-social!
Wearable tech is the future of fashion, and the past two years have seen a boom of crossover developments in the industry. But one major criticism of most offerings has been the lack of aesthetic appeal in favor of technical functionality. Enter today’s guest with a truly elegant solution: Deepa Sood, founder of Cuff, a new line of “smart jewelry.” The multi-functional Cuff acts as security, notification, and “a touch of magic,” all wrapped discreetly in a selection of stylish, versatile bracelet or necklace designs. On today’s show, Deepa will share the story of her journey from a law office to product design at Restoration Hardware, and then to the helm of Cuff; the unique features that Cuff pieces offer consumers; future prospects for Cuff’s innovative technology, and more. Plus, I’ve got a great playlist of country/folk tracks for you today, including the latest from Toronto’s Elliott Brood and Vancouver singer-songwriter T. Nile. So join us for a glimpse into the future of fashion, today on BTR!
A word with De Lune’s Claire Geist on how to curate women’s cold-weather outfits.
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!
It’s Debt Week here on BTR, and while debt is often something to avoid, every now and then it can be a good thing: we can, for example, owe a debt of gratitude to someone who helped us out along the way. This week’s Sew & Tell guests will stand to collect a lot of gratitude in future years - Rosa Thurnher and Regina Weir are founders of Factory Girls, a new fashion incubator in downtown Atlanta that’s working to support the local industry and burgeoning new talent. From studio space to production connections, mentoring relationships to educational resources, Factory Girls offers Atlanta’s design community a wealth of resources that give independent designers the boost they need to get their labels off the ground and into stores. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Regina and Rosa about the evident needs that sparked their concept for Factory Girls, the specific ways in which they support and bolster Atlanta’s independent design community, how they’re able to serve as mentors to Factory Girls’ Designers in Residence, some of the highlights of Atlanta’s contemporary fashion scene, and more. Plus, a playlist with exciting new releases from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Toronto’s The Rural Alberta Advantage, D.C. punk band Ex Hex, and pop/psych/funk duo Foxygen. So join us today as we learn what it takes to turn a city’s fashion industry into a central creative community, right here on BTR.
This week on BTR is dedicated to one of my other passions: cooking! (And, of course, eating…) Food + fashion go hand in hand for many reasons, and no one knows that better than this week’s guest, chef-turned-designer Alex McCrery. After more than 17 years working in the food industry, Alex became dissatisfied with the frumpy uniform options available to professional chefs. His personal frustration led to research, which ultimately led to the creation of a new, uniquely stylish label of cooking garments called Tilit Chef Goods. On today’s show, Alex talks about his Southern-meets-Italian cooking background, what led to the launch of Tilit, the aesthetic he aims to offer through the label, a few of his own fashion and food favorites, and more. Plus, a decadent playlist of tracks including a song off the brand new album from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, along with music from Tijuana Panthers, Arc Iris, and New Orleans’ Generationals. So grab your cast iron pan and follow a new recipe for fashion, with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
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!
Share Week - Sally McGraw shares her advice to enhance women’s confidence and style.
A very special New York Fashion Week show today, featuring one of the event’s youngest-ever designer to debut her collection: Isabella Rose Taylor, a 13-yr-old professional whose eye for style and keen ambition is making waves and attracting fans. Already a high school graduate, Isabella launched her eponymous line just a couple years ago and has achieved an impressive level of commercial success in that short time - Nordstrom’s is carrying her fall collection this year! Tune in today to hear Isabella talk about the passion for art and design that got her started, how she incorporates her own artwork into the line, and offer some advice to fellow young innovators and entrepreneurs. And later in the show, I’m joined by DJ Dane to talk about favorite looks from the runway and from NYFW Men’s Day, plus a playlist full of the latest releases, including brand new My Brightest Diamond, Zeus, Lia Ices, and more! Lots of stylish ground to cover this hour, so join us for a NYFW recap here with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Fake pockets are the bane of women everywhere.
There’s binge watching, binge drinking, binge eating, but what about binge shopping? This week on Sew & Tell, I’m joined by former model, fashion editor and author Avis Cardella, who shares her experience with fashion addiction in her 2010 book Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict. On today’s show, Avis talks about the seductive power of fashion magazines and media, how she came to recognize her shopping habits and patterns as addiction, her self-directed road to recovery, how the culture of her new home in Paris has helped her maintain a healthier perspective on fashion, and more. Plus, a playlist chock-full of great new fall releases including sneak previews of the upcoming sophomore LPs from both Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova and Connecticut native, Northern California transplant Lia Ices, as well as more music off “Madman,” next week’s buzzy release from Sean Rowe. All that plus some NYFW chatter and more ahead this hour, so join us as we binge on great radio, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
On this week’s show, I’m joined by Joshua Brueckner, founder of an innovative new service called SKINNYFATTIES. Rather than relegate necktie styles to the dictates of trends and designers, Joshua and his team put the power of customization into their clients’ hands, tailoring their ties to individual preferences and needs. On today’s show, you’ll hear Joshua talk about the genesis of his idea to tailor ties, the growth of that idea into SKINNYFATTIES, the services they offer clients, some of the criteria they take into consideration when tailoring a customer’s tie, some of his favorite tie labels and designers, some new tie trends on the horizon, and more. Plus, a playlist full of the latest releases - brand new music from Sean Rowe, Ty Segall, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and others. So join us for a lesson in the power of the tie, right here on BreakThru Radio!
Trending Week - Trends in body obsessions and inclusive movements in body positivity.
Thanks to ‘Orange Is the New Black’ popularizing orange jumpsuits, the black and white pinstripe is making a comeback in prisons, but at what cost?
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!
It’s Hero Week on BTR! For today’s Sew & Tell, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the world of superhero fashion: joining me is Alan Kistler, author, historian, and expert on comic book and sci fi character evolution. In addition to writing and contributing to several books, Alan delivers a weekly comic/sci-fi entertainment news podcast called “Crazy Sexy Geeks,” and writes “Agents of S.T.Y.L.E.,” a regular column featured on The Mary Sue that examines the fashion and design evolution of superheroes, villains, and sci fi characters. On today’s show, Alan shares his picks for Most Stylish Superheroes, some of the problems behind the industry’s lack of female protagonists, and his opinions on the recently-released, controversial new costume for Wonder Woman as portrayed in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. Plus, a funky playlist featuring a freak folk set with music from The Amazing Snakeheads, Castanets and Joel Jerome, along with new releases from Orenda Fink, Bishop Allen, and more. So tune in for a Friday of heroic fashion, here on BreakThru Radio!
The future of fashion is closely intertwined with the future of technology, and one of the biggest innovations of the last five years has been the introduction of 3D printing into fashion’s production process. Aaron Rowley is the co-founder of Electroloom, a new 3D printing company based in San Francisco that’s working to make desktop garment design and output a reality. On today’s show, Aaron will share about the company’s inception, the printed prototypes that their team is currently working on, how the Electroloom printer differs from traditional 3D printer models, the future possibilities of Electroloom, and more. And I’ve got a playlist chock full of new music today, featuring a brand new single from Galway garage pop band So Cow, Dublin’s The Might Stef, North Carolina duo The Rosebuds, Seattle’s Lusine, and Toronto’s beach pop group Alvvays. So join us now for a look at the future of fashion, on BreakThru Radio!
In the youth-obsessed culture of fashion media, where can the more mature sartorial eye turn for age-appropriate inspiration? While resources are still few and far between, bloggers like David Evans of Grey Fox are slowly changing the landscape of style to accommodate its significant older demographic, giving them an opportunity to see themselves reflected in contemporary fashion. On today’s show, David joins me to talk about the foundation and growth of Grey Fox, Britain’s growing Made in the UK movement, a few style guidelines that will help older men to look and feel their best, some of his favorite accessories, a few Grey Fox fashion icons, and more. Plus, I’ve got a brand new single off the much-anticipated September debut from Toronto duo Electric Youth and a preview of next week’s album release from Brooklyn’s Bear In Heaven, along with tracks from Ages and Ages, Dinowalrus, Dead Stars, and The Trouble with Templeton. So join us for an hour of fashion that proves older is not only wiser, but more stylish!
I absolutely love talking with fashion historians. Maybe (definitely) it’s because I’m a nerd, but it’s also because they are able to place fashion and style within a broader cultural context, lending insight into trends and hallmark moments. So for this week’s Icon show, who better to speak with than an American fashion historian? Beth Dincuff is Curator of the Parsons Fashion Archive and an assistant professor, whose work focuses on 21st Century American fashion. Prior to her role at Parsons, Beth managed the archives at Calvin Klein, where she worked with a team to preserve and document the designs, colors, and textiles from the fashion house. On today’s show, join us as Beth shares some iconic moments from American fashion history, including the legacy of Calvin Klein, the influence of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Sophie Gimbel, and some of the First Ladies who have shaped our sense of style. Plus, a great playlist of new tracks including material off the debut of Canada’s Alvvays, more from Christopher Denny’s upcoming release, a song from The Real Kids’ first new record in over twenty years, and more! So join us for some seriously stylish summer school with a lesson in icons on BreakThru Radio!
Steampunk culture thrives throughout the country, and entails interesting aesthetics, morals, music, and more about Victorian-era science fiction.
Juicy Couture is closing its stores, moving to Kohl’s, and ending an early-aughts girl’s dream of luxurious velour suits.
Prints + patterns? Ruffled socks + Keds? Braids + blow dry bars? Some fashion mashups are meant to be. On this week’s show, Sarah Harris, Associate Editor of Toronto-based fashion and lifestyle web publication The Luxe Life, talks about her path from intern to editor, some of the most challenging aspects of web publication, the importance of fashion risks and unexpected combinations, and a few of her favorite summertime beauty trends. Plus, I’ve got a playlist full of great new releases, including tracks off the debut albums from Brit bands The Proper Ornament and Woman’s Hour, the latest from Asheville’s Reigning Sound and San Fran’s Skygreen Leopards, and more from the new My Brightest Diamond EP! So join us for the best fashion mashup around: it’s Sew & Tell on BTR!
Have you ever wished for a social app designed just for fashion? Well, WiShi is here to grant your wish! Part virtual closet from “Clueless,” part Polyvore, WiShi gives you access to an unlimited social circle of fellow fashionistas, who are all ready and excited to help you look your best! On today’s show, WiShi’s Lia Kislev talks about how she and co-founder Hila Angel developed their idea for this ingenious app, she offers some tips on how to use WiShi’s great features, and she shares some exciting new developments coming up for the WiShi community! Plus, a playlist full of great new music - I’ve got the latest today from My Brightest Diamond, Spider Bags, Matt Kivel, and a sneak peek at the upcoming debut from SOS, a talented new electronic duo out of Portland. So join us for a stylishly social hour with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Translate your wildest dreams onto patterned fabric canvases.
Happy 4th of July! I hope you are all relaxing somewhere with hotdogs, watermelon and fireworks today, enjoying a day off to play in the summer sun. I’m honored to present an interview this week with the founder/editor of a new project I’m very excited about: a sustainable fashion publication called Sumzine. Jamie Ortega launched the magazine earlier this year, as a conversation-changer in the world of traditional fashion media. It’s a welcome, refreshingly sophisticated bi-annual publication that offers interviews, op-eds, and photo spreads that highlight the work being done to better the industry from the inside. On today’s show, Jamie will talk about the experiences and ideas that led her to launch Sumzine, why she chose to produce a print product in the digital age, the challenges and costs of producing and distributing an independent publication, Sumzine’s Kickstarter campaign, some of her hopes and plans for the future of the magazine, and more. Plus, all new music today! A wide variety of styles and artists in the mix, including songs from Swiss-Ghanian duo OY, Midwestern trio Secret Cities, nomadic Australian troubadour Stu Larsen, former Walkmen bassist/organist Peter Matthew Bauer’s new solo project, and more. So join us now and celebrate your independence with some indie fashion & music, here on BreakThru Radio!
Surf’s up here on BTR, and we’re celebrating the official start of summer today on Sew & Tell with Estuaries, a beautiful new line of beach and swimwear from sisters/co-founders Zhu Ru and Layla Chen. Natives of Hawaii, both sisters eventually migrated to the Big Apple and decided to seize the opportunity to work on a new project together. Lucky for us, that project is a minimalistic, elegant, understated line of swim and resort pieces inspired by both the beach culture of Hawaii and the urban jungle of New York. On today’s show, Zhu Ru and Layla talk about the launch of Estuaries, how the polarized influences of Hawaii and New York find balance in their designs, the design challenges specific to creating swimwear, some of the elements that inspire the Estuaries piece, a few of their favorite spots in Hawaii, and more. Plus, a soundtrack covered in surf and sand, featuring tracks from artists like Tijuana Panthers, Beach House, Best Coast, and Coastgaard. So find a beach chair, lay back and relax in style with Sew & Tell on BTR!
It’s Legacy Week on BTR and Father’s Day on Sunday, so today’s Sew & Tell is all about honoring the fashion legacies of fathers, grandfathers, and older generations. My guest is Christina Belchere, photographer and curator behind the buzzy new Instagram feed Fashion Grandpas, whose photo collection centers around the snappy street style of silver-haired gentlemen. Fashion Grandpas is at once adorable, moving, inspiring, and full of humor, and on today’s show, Christina will talk about how she started collecting these “grandpas,” the dapper style elements that catch her eye, and how she incorporates the grandpas’ looks into her own menswear-inspired wardrobe. Plus, I’m joined later in the show by DJ Dane - together we recap the psychedelic 70’s styles from the most current Mad Men episodes, and do some speculating on what might be ahead for the one & lonely Mr. Don Draper. And as always, I’ve got some great new tunes in the playlist from artists like The Fresh & Onlys, Half-handed Cloud, Dead Stars, and more. So join us now on BTR for a look at some classic menswear styles handed down by dear old dad!
Summer wedding marathon? Graduation parties galore? Baby and bridal showers by the dozen? No sweat! Today’s guests will keep you looking cool, collected and classic all summer long. Jolie Bensen and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey launched their line in 2010, and over the course of just four years, the Jolie & Elizabeth label has become synonymous with classic, feminine, vintage-inspired designs, presented with a subtle Southern accent. Each Jolie & Elizabeth piece is made in Louisiana, and as of last month, the label has contributed $420,000 to their local New Orleans economy. It’s no wonder that J & E finds fans all over the U.S., including Zooey Deschanel! On today’s show, Jolie and Sarah Elizabeth will talk about the friendship that founded their label, their commitment to local production, the Southern aesthetic of their designs, their “Do Watcha Wanna” motto, and more! Plus, a playlist that will get you summer-ready, with new music from L.A. singer-songwriter Devon Williams, Danish producer/DJ Tomas Barfod, New Jersey’s nine-piece rock outfit The Everymen, and more. So join us for fresh summer fashions that are ripe for the picking, right here on BTR!
This week, I’m joined by the thoughtful, talented Anna Lynett Moss of CHIYOME. With a background in printmaking and drawing, Anna was always drawn to 3-dimensional design and architectural symmetry. Just after her move from L.A. to NYC, Anna launched CHIYOME, her own line of sleek, minimalistic, fashion-forward, yet eminently practical, bags and wallets. With a commitment to sourcing and producing as locally as possible, each beautifully structured piece is hand-crafted here in NYC, at the CHIYOME studios in the iconic 5Pointz building. On today’s show, Anna will talk about her transition from art into design, the family legacy behind the CHIYOME name, the core values around which she has built CHIYOME’s business model, some of the artists and designers that inform her aesthetic, the ways in which she’s actively working to give back to the New York community around her, and more. Plus, a playlist dedicated to all the amazing albums that have come out in the month of May - you’ll hear new tracks from Sharon Van Etten, Sylvan Esso, Sofie Winterson, Archie Bronson Outfit, and more. So tune in for some timeless classics today 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!
This week’s Sew & Tell is possibly one of the most important we will ever feature. I’m joined today by Bangladeshi photojournalist Ismail Ferdous, who documented the Rana Plaza factory collapse on the day it happened: April 24, 2013. Ismail’s images make it impossible to ignore the human suffering and heartbreak that resulted from that tragedy, and show intimate, tangible images of grief and devastation. Fellow photographer and filmmaker Nathan Fitch met Ismail at a workshop, and, moved by his images, the two began a collaboration that would ultimately lead to the creation of their Cost of Fashion initiative. On today’s show, Ismail generously shares his memories from being at Rana Plaza on the day of the collapse and some of the stories he’s heard from survivors, and Ismail and Nathan talk about the inherently problematic fast fashion system, and the ways in which they hope to raise awareness through Cost of Fashion. And as always, I’ve got some new music in the mix today including tracks from Southern Florida’s Helado Negro, Australian pop quintet The Trouble with Templeton, a single off the upcoming June release from The Antlers, and more. Please join us today on BreakThru Radio as we learn more about the single deadliest garment industry disaster in history, and some small and not-so-small ways in which we can help effect some urgently-needed change.
It’s Street Week here on BTR, and we all know that the streets of NYC + style are as natural a combo as PB + J! This week’s guest, fashion photographer Melodie Jeng of The NYC Streets Photo Blog, gives us the inside scoop on what it takes to be a great street style photographer. Join us as Melodie shares about how she got into fashion photography, her approach to street style portraits, the photo gear that helps her capture NYC’s fashion scene, her favorite sneakers (aka the hottest trend in footwear), and more! Plus, I’ve got a playlist full of dreamy new music from artists including Sofie Winterson, Strange Talk, Sylvan Esso, So Brown, and Reuben and the Dark. So prepare to get your street style strut on with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Who should come in first for Best Dressed at the Kentucky Derby? We'll let you decide.
A year after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, how much change have we seen within the industry? For this week’s Connection theme on Sew & Tell, I speak with Juliette Donatelli, founder and editor of the sustainability-focused website spades + siLK, about the intimate connections between our choices as consumers and the impact of the fashion industry on environment and economy. Juliette’s background and education are in environmental science, and it was through that work that she discovered a passion for championing sustainability within fashion. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Juliette about the mission and meaning behind spades + siLK, why she loves organic cotton, the significance of last week’s Fashion Revolution Day and its connection to the Rana Plaza tragedy, her take on the concept of “ethical fast fashion,” a few of her favorite brands, labels, shops, and beauty products, and more! Plus, I’ve got a playlist full of great new material from established favorites San Fran bands Thee Oh Sees and The Fresh & Onlys, as well as up-and-coming artists Coldair, Fear of Men, and more. So join us on BTR as we examine the essential connection between our money and our values.
This week on Sew & Tell, as the station looks at questions and concepts of identity, we’ll take a look at unisex fashion. I’m joined by designer Rad Hourani, whose unisex line is admired worldwide for its minimalistic, sculpted aesthetic. A particular favorite of Lady Gaga, Rad’s collections are built to be seasonless, timeless, and gender-less, offering unrestricted freedom of expression to the world of fashion. On today’s show, Rad talks about his passion for math, art, and symmetry in design, his interpretation of unisex style, the differences in his process for designing haute couture vs. ready-to-wear pieces, some of his upcoming projects, and more. Plus, a playlist full of brand new music, including sneak previews of upcoming releases from The Antlers, Broken Twin, Pink Mountaintops, and more. So join us as we explore the ways in which fashion informs identity, here on BTR!
Are tattoos still a black mark on a professional career?
Think Coachella is only for the flower garland-and-kimono-wearing masses? Um, check yourself?
It’s Folk Week on BTR, and for today’s Sew & Tell, I got to speak with one of the thirteen designers showcased in the current Folk Couture exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum. Gary Graham is a New York-based designer whose work had captivated the fashion world even before the 1999 launch of his eponymous label. With a background in costume design, including his textile contributions to the award-winning costumes for Broadway’s “The Lion King,” Gary’s collections juxtapose seemingly contradictory elements: intricate details balance simple silhouettes, bold prints balance active textures, and clean lines balance luxe fabrics. On today’s show, Gary talks about the path that took him from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to his own flagship store in Tribeca, the ways in which he draws on landscape and literature for inspiration, the special methods he used to create his Folk Couture coat-dress, and more. Plus, I’ve created possibly my favorite playlist of all shows today, taking a walk down my own memory lane of folk music with songs from the archives of artists like Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Phosphorescent, Sharon Van Etten, and more. So join us today on Sew & Tell as we discover style inspiration in the rich history of folk culture!
Exploring a new exhibition rethinking the avant garde at the American Folk Museum’s Folk Couture.
What style is more classic or iconic than a pair of blue jeans? On today’s show, I’m joined by Victor Lytvinenko, one half of the husband-and-wife team behind Raleigh Workshop. Founded in 2007 as Raleigh Denim, the line of jeans for men and women gained a fast reputation for its quality construction: each pair is made at their small workshop in Raleigh, NC. Now a globally recognized brand, Victor and Sarah have expanded the line to include a wider range of garments, applying the same level of dedication and craftsmanship to each new piece they develop. On today’s show, Victor talks about learning the craft of jean-making from their Raleigh, NC apartment, the historic process by which they construct each pair of jeans, the types of denim fabrics and fibers they use, some tips on denim wear and care, and more. Plus, a great playlist mixing old and new tracks from artists like Real Estate, Chuck E. Weiss, Pixies, Arc Iris, Sylvan Esso, and more. So join us as we celebrate the blues with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
If you’ve been browsing fashion news on the internet lately, chances are you’ve heard of normcore. This week’s guest is Jeremy Lewis, former trend forecaster and founder/editor of the scholarly new fashion publication Garmento, who contributed his thoughts on the new movement to The Cut’s widely publicized article. On today’s show Jeremy expounds on this sociological trend, sharing his thoughts on anonymity’s place in fashion, normcore’s appeal within our contemporary context, what it means to pursue fashion vs. style, and more. Plus, a great mix of under-the-radar artists in today’s playlist, including garage/psych/punk ensembles Sleepy Sun and Ex Hex, along with upcoming folk group Twin Forks and UK artist Bipolar Sunshine. So grab your most nondescript pair of grey sweatpants, and join us for a look into fashion’s new blank face…
On this week’s Sew & Tell, I speak with the co-founder of the hottest new fashion start-up around: NailSnaps. NailSnaps is an app that allows you to design custom manicure sets using your own personal photos, and when word got out about its Kickstarter campaign, the fashion community was universally smitten. Join me for a conversation with NailSnaps co-founder Angel Anderson, who talks about how she got the initial idea for this brilliant concept, how she and Sarah Heering have developed the design platform, the countless creative possibilities that NailSnaps offer, the benefits and challenges of using Kickstarter for a fashion start-up, and more. Plus, a great playlist chock-full of new music including the latest from folk artists S. Carey and William Fitzsimmons, garage/psych rockers Burnt Ones and Dry Heeves, and the new supergroup Sisyphus. So tune in, grab a nail file, and get ready for the manicure revolution!
From Lady Gaga to Jennifer Lawrence to Target swimsuit models, fashion industry Photoshop practices have been getting a lot of heat lately for hyper-alterations that render beautiful and accomplished women into plasticized Barbies. Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm, co-founders of a revolutionary new women’s publication called Verily, decided to tackle the issue by taking action. Verily offers women a more holistic, well-rounded reflection of lifestyle, fashion, and relationship editorial - one that the Verily team aim to make a true representation of women’s beauty and diversity. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Kara Eschbach about how Verily grew from conversations over coffee to a full-team publication, how the magazine’s no-Photoshop policy evolved, some of the challenges they’ve faced as they attempt to change the industry from within, their new vision for Verily, and more. Plus, a playlist full of tracks from great new releases, including debut albums from New Bums and Sisyphus, as well as the latest from The War on Drugs, Fenster, and more. So stick around for some refreshingly honest fashion, right here with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
This week on The Hash, DJs Molly and Dane discuss the poor judgment of the hosts of Fashion Police during their coverage of the Oscars. Then, the pair is joined again by Charlotte Lieberman to finish a discussion on college dating. The show wraps up with the DJs chatting about the new app for lazy boyfriends called BroApp. Image by Molly Freeman. The Playlist: 00:00 Intro & Rundown 00:45 Sunday Owls - Fenster 01:08 Analyzing Stereotypes: Oscars Fashion Police 06:00 Going in Circles - Warm Soda 06:22 College & Post-Grad Life: Charlotte Lieberman 19:25 Happy Alone - Saintseneca 19:45 Relationships in the Digital Age: BroApp 29:17 Outro 29:53 Finish The Music Fenster (Official The Pink Caves album art.) Live: Mar 16 - Valley of the Vapors - Hot Springs, AR Mar 20 - Replay Lounge - Lawrence, KS Mar 21 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA Warm Soda (Official Young Reckless Hearts album art.) Live: Mar 17 - Double Wide - Dallas, TX Mar 20 - Lion's Lair - Denver, CO Mar 20-Mar 23 - Treefort Music Festival - Boise, ID Saintseneca (Official Dark Arc album art.) Live: Mar 18 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO Mar 19 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT Mar 20 - Treefort Music Festival - Boise, ID
Do you love beautifully crafted menswear and accessories? What about amazing pop-up shops? What about… BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER?? For this week’s Sew & Tell, I got to chat with fellow Minnesota native Mac McMillan. Mac and his wife Katherine are the dynamic duo (with an knack for gorgeous design) behind Pierrepont Hicks, a line of quality, classic-but-contemporary men’s and women’s wear. After a little time spent perfecting the wool tie, Mac and Katherine expanded Pierrepont Hicks to include footwear, outerwear, and travel accessories, all expertly crafted here in the US. Soon, they discovered other likeminded labels and started Northern Grade - a collaborative, national pop-up shop dedicated to American Made. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Mac about the start of Pierrepont Hicks, some of the biggest challenges he and Katherine have faced as PH has grown, their dedication to American Made, the evolution of Northern Grade, their upcoming collaboration with GQ, and more! Plus, a playlist full of great music from artists like Diane Coffee, Dent May, Woods, and Superchunk. So tune in & be part of this stylish cooperative here on BreakThru Radio!
This week on Sew & Tell, I am honored to feature a conversation with Adrienne Jones, Professor of Fashion Design at Pratt Institute and designer in her own right, who organized the current Pratt exhibit “Black Dress.” The exhibit shines a spotlight on the work from ten contemporary black designers, at a time when that population is sorely underrepresented in the world of fashion. Join us as Adrienne shares about her own career path in design and fashion education, how her godmother inspired “Black Dress,” the evolution of the exhibit and its featured designers, and more. Plus, a playlist chock-full of new music, including the latest from TEEN, Real Estate, Ages & Ages, and more! So tune in & turn it up - it’s time for fashion on BTR!
Have you ever envied the elegant fashions of the past? Well, for this week’s guests, their passion for vintage style became a porthole into a new way of life. A few years ago, Sarah Chrisman received a corset for her birthday from her husband Gabriel. Despite her reluctance to try it on, once she did, Sarah was hooked (pun very much intended). Instead of confinement, Sarah discovered confidence in her corset, and the ability to live the life she’d always wanted to lead. Last year, she released a book titled Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself, detailing the couples experiences and discoveries. Now, she and Gabriel lead authentic Victorian lifestyles and work together to educate others about history from an active and engaged point of view. On today’s show, you’ll hear about Sarah’s corset collection, their beautiful historic wardrobes, lessons they’ve learned as they embrace the technology, culture, and traditions of the past, and more. Plus, a playlist sprinkled with new music releases today from the UK’s Wild Beasts, North Carolina folk pop group Lost In The Trees, Australian singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann, and more. So dust off your top hat and reserve the next space on your dance card for Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Happy Friday, fashionistas! We are thisclose to the end of February, which means March is around the corner, which means… spring is on the horizon! Which is news that the majority of this country has desperately needed for the last two months (!) But while we wait, why not spend the rest of our hibernation getting ready for spring style? This week’s Sew & Tell guest makes it possible to prep your closet for the sun’s return without leaving the comfort of your own comforter! Ashley Jude is founder of Tog + Porter, an innovative mail-order styling and personal shopping service that delivers a box of new wardrobe additions to your door, customized to fit your personal taste, figure, and budget! Yup. You just found a new best friend. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Ashley about the beginning of Tog + Porter, its growth over the last five years, the superhero-like powers that T + P stylists offer their clients, the ins and outs of using Tog + Porter’s delivery system, and more. Plus, a playlist chock full of the latest & soon-to-be-released from indie artists like ceo, Cloud Nothings, Bleeding Rainbow, and more! So sit back, order up some Seamless (again), and learn how you can prep your closet for spring without leaving your couch, right here on BreakThru Radio!
On this week’s Sew & Tell, I take a look at the topic of inspiration and its role in the design process. Join me in discussions with four different fashion designers - Suzanne Rae, Samantha Pleet, Lizz Wasserman of popomomo, and Alice Wu of Feral Childe - as they share about what fuels their imagination and creativity, the challenges of translating vision into reality, and the vital role of collaboration. Plus, I have some great new music on the show today, including several preview tracks off upcoming releases. You’ll hear the latest from New Jersey’s Real Estate, singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, two up-and-coming Aussie bands: Strange Talk and The Jezabels. And last but certainly not least, I have some coverage of this week’s gorgeous previews of Fall 2014 collections from the runways of NYFW! So join us for a refreshing break from the traditional, saccharine pinks and reds of Valentine’s, and get inspired by style here on BreakThru Radio!
“You’re no longer just looking at the picture as a beautiful picture. You’re starting to wonder about the person, or the subject’s health, in the picture.” - Professor Alphonso McClendon, describing the function of the heroin chic aesthetic Join me this week for a look at one of the more controversial aspects of fashion culture: the aesthetics of drugs. I got to talk with Alphonso McClendon, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who has spent years researching the cultural implications of style, music, and addiction during The Harlem Renaissance and America’s Jazz Age. Today, you’ll hear him discuss his research into that time period, how he found the roots of the prominent “heroin chic” aesthetic in the jazz scene of the 20’s and 30’s, what put an end to heroin chic, and where it’s resurfacing today. Plus, I have a playlist full of the latest music from Minneapolis artist Jeremy Messersmith, Belgian electro-pop group The Go Find, Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan, and more. So tune in as we time travel in style, right here on BreakThru Radio!
New, upcoming designers, competing with the greats for New York Fashion Week.
Who doesn’t love a good costume drama? Television audiences are clearly big fans, given the recent popularity of shows like “Downton Abbey,” “The Tudors,” and “Game of Thrones.” HBO’s Prohibition-era “Boardwalk Empire” brings the vintage action home to NYC with sharp writing, masterful acting, and exquisite design, set in the middle of 1920’s - ’30’s Atlantic City. For this week’s show, I had the honor & pleasure of chatting with one of “Boardwalk Empire”’s head costume designers, Lisa Padovani. Lisa has had a distinguished career in period design for film and TV, and in addition to four years on “Boardwalk,” her resume includes projects like “Oz,” “Mad Men,” and the wildly imaginative 2007 Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There.” On today’s show, Lisa shares about how she got her start in costume design, some of the challenges and benefits unique to designing for a period TV show, a few of her favorite “Boardwalk” costumes, and more. And the holiday new music release slump is (finally! yay!) starting to pick up again, so on today’s show you’ll hear new music from Dog Bite, Lanterns On The Lake, and Young the Giant, along with songs from Future Bible Heroes, Arcade Fire, and Neko Case. So grab your favorite silk stockings and feathered hat, and join us on BreakThru Radio as we travel back in time to explore the ground-breaking styles of a bygone era!
Katie Dosen displays an adorable new fashion find.
A look at the fitness trends for Spring 2014 to motivate yourself to get back in gear.
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!
“Being resilient is a quality that you get over time, but you can also get it if you really believe in something and you’re not afraid to fail.” - John Patrick, of Organic 2013 was a banner year for Sew & Tell, and we’re not slowing down in 2014! The first guest of the year rings it in with a bang: designer John Patrick, founder of the exquisite line Organic and sustainable fashion visionary. Join us today as John Patrick shares about the ways in which Organic has developed and evolved over the last ten years, some of the critical changes he sees as necessary for long-term improvement in the fashion industry, and the importance of beautiful, timeless design. Plus, I have an improvement-themed playlist for you today that touches on the various aspects of an attempt to change, featuring tracks from the UK’s Treetop Flyers and The Stranglers, Canada’s Montag and The Besnard Lakes, along with brand new music from Daytona, The Pixies, and more. Join us on BreakThru Radio as we turn over a new fashion leaf for 2014!
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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