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Happy New Year!!! This week I have a wonderful guest, Marta Tryshak, amazing digital media guru and creator of the blog With Love Gabrielle!
The outrageous Maria Heinegg pays George a visit to discuss her active bisexual-vegan-crossfit-and-many-more-hyphens lifestyle. They talk about hangovers, Maria's fashion sense, and celebrities that have done jail time!
It's (almost) spring!! While we are technically still one week out according to the calendar, the snow has started to thaw, grass is showing, and the sun is shining, so we here at BTR are celebrating! And what better way to ring in the spring than with some beautiful, beachy fashion? Brooke Goldman launched her lineDISTRICT Collection three years ago, and in that short time, her label has grown to be synonymous with flirtatious, fashion-forward styles that are incredibly versatile. It's no wonder that Blake Lively is counted amongst Brooke's fan base - Brooke's designs offer effortless elegance. On today's show, Brooke will talk about discovering her fashion path while majoring in anthropology, the insights she gained while working in buying and merchandising that helped her build a successful brand, the DISTRICT aesthetic, her textile-driven creative process, and more.
This week we check in with UK fashion blogger and journalist Emma, author behind the Cosmopolitan partnered blog What Emma Did!
This week we are getting stylish with Rosalia-Marie, Vancouver based fashion blogger and author behind Style-Love.com!
It’s Pop Week here on BTR, and who better to feature on today’s show than Leesa Evans, stylist and costume designer behind such pop culture comedy classics as Bridesmaids, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, This Is 40, Trainwreck, and the upcoming Zoolander 2? Not only is Leesa a talented stylist and costumer designer, she is a totally lovely person who was an absolute delight to speak with! Leesa has some wonderfully thoughtful, insightful things to say about the process of costume design and cultivating style, so join us as she shares a bit about her experiences. You’ll hear from Leesa about what she learned as the daughter of a fashion designer, the joy she takes in the collaborative nature of costume design, some of the nuanced details and decisions that go into a film’s overall style, dressing the lovely ladies of Bridesmaids, her own go-to Halloween costume, and more! And for my parting playlist: a mix featuring some of my favorite pop tracks from recent years, including songs from Lia Ices, Sylvan Esso and The Mynabirds. Come join the pop fashion fun with Leesa Evans on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
Pop Week - Dadeville, Alabama, a sleepy town of about 3,200, has made headlines in the past few weeks. Dadeville City Council proposed to ban saggy pants, mini-skirts, and short-shorts in the name of mutual respect. Dadeville’s proposed fine is $25 dollars for the first offense, eventually leading up to $200 dollars per following offense and potential jail time.
Stressed about style? This week’s guest is here to help! George Brescia is a celebrity stylist, red carpet critic, media fashion expert, and author of the recently published Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked, a guide to complete personal transformation through your closet. Join us today as George talks about his fashion career, the role of a stylist, some guidelines for looking great on or off the red carpet, a few of his favorite looks from Sunday’s Emmy Awards, his own go-to style staple for fall fashion, and more. Plus, I’ve got a great mix of music featuring songs from Florida’s Surfer Blood, experimental art pop diva My Brightest Diamond, and up-and-coming Wisconsinites PHOX. So stick around and unwind in style, with George Brescia on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
On this week’s show, I’m joined by model Rebekah Marine, who walked in last weekend’s FTL Moda show during NYFW. Known as the “Bionic Model,” Rebekah was born without a right forearm. Now equipped with the newly developed i-limb quantum prosthetic arm, Rebekah has achieved the dream she held as a young girl: a career as a model. In addition to her modeling work, Rebekah is a spokesperson for the Lucky Fin Project, a non-profit that mentors individuals with upper limb differences, and the face of Touch Bionics, the creators of the i-limb quantum. Join us as Rebekah talks about her path into modeling, how she prepared for this week’s FTL Moda show, what makes the i-limb quantum unique, a few of her own fashion and beauty favorites, and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist of indie music that will provide the perfect soundtrack to your pumpkin spice latte: you’ll hear songs from sister folk duo Lily & Madeleine, folk band Arc Iris, and singer-songwriters Marketa Irglova and Farao. So join us for an hour of groundbreaking fall fashion, with Rebekah Marine on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
A new survey about the perceptions of color in terms of fashion has found that people who wear black tend to be seen as confident, serious, and reliable.
For BTR’s Open Week, Sew & Tell goes meta! I had the great opportunity to speak with Rob Sanchez and Pavan Bahl, two-thirds of the dynamic host trio behind Fashion Is Your Business, a great new podcast focused on the intersection of fashion, business and tech. In addition to hosting the weekly show, both men are entrepreneurs in the fashion field themselves: Rob just launched his own innovative menswear label, Ralph & Remington, while Pavan is the founder of a unique community and fashion/tech incubator called Open Source Fashion. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Rob and Pavan about their own individual projects, the development of Fashion Is Your Business, how the radio format can serve as a unique platform for fashion, a few of their own favorite fashion pieces, upcoming events and developments for Open Source Fashion and Ralph & Remington, and more! And in the mix I’ve got a great playlist of indie tracks for you, featuring new work from electro-pop artists like Painted Palms, Brika, and The Mynabirds. So open yourself up to the business of fashion, with Fashion Is Your Business on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
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)
It’s Surface Week on BTR, and fashion celebrates surface with print and pattern. On today’s show, I’m joined by dynamic entrepreneur Jesse Finkelstein who, along with his sister Meredith, is behind the creation of two unique design platforms: Print All Over Me and Byco. Print All Over Me (or PAOM) offers its users the opportunity to create digital patterns, then order garments or accessories printed with that design. Byco is a one-stop shop for designers who want to take their ideas from paper to production. Both sites put the power of creativity and fashion design into, well, YOUR hands, and serve as invaluable resources for independent designers. On today’s show, Jesse will talk about the formation of Byco and PAOM, the production process behind both concepts, the components of a successful design, Print All Over Me’s overnight success, Byco’s recent collaboration with ELLE, upcoming projects, and more. And I’ve got a playlist filled with fresh indie releases, including the latest from Wilco and The Mynabirds, along with tracks off the debut albums from “musical pranksters” Silvertron Youth Choir and up-and-coming British electro-artist Georgia. So get your surface ready for a stylish fall with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Justin Tyme joins us to discuss his project “I Wore Lipstick,” which invites people of all genders to share their stories and experiences with makeup. Also, our belated conversation about marking the year since the US started war with ISIS.
BTR is heading Back To School, and Sew & Tell’s got the latest looks in campus fashion on today’s show, courtesy of Her Campus! Her Campus is the premier global community and incredible resource for college women, founded by Harvard students Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Windsor Hanger Western, and Annie Wang. Join me this week for a conversation with Annie Wang, the CPO and Creative Director for Her Campus, who will share the story of how Her Campus began, her current role at Her Campus and how its grown, what it takes to be a Her Campus contributor, some hot fashion looks for the fall semester, a few practical tips on how to build a solid college wardrobe, details about October’s upcoming College Fashion Week, and more! Plus, you’ll hear a playlist chock full of brand new music to carry you through the fall, with fresh tracks from Los Angeles band The Mynabirds and Colorado’s Land Lines, as well as songs off the debuts from electro pop duo Fake Tears and Seattle singer-songwriter Briana Marela. So study up in style with Her Campus on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
Located in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Pin-Up School is the perfect place to channel your inner Bettie Page. Here, BreakThruTV’s Johanna Botta gets a tutorial on how to achieve the makeup and hair styles of that retro pin-up vibe, from co-founders of the school Anna Patin and Renee DiDio.
It’s Happiness Week here on BTR, and there’s almost nothing in fashion that makes me happier than a beautiful linen garment. Today’s guest, Zach Weinstein, is the Sales Director for CP Shades and son of the label’s founder David Weinstein. CP Shades is a collection of beautifully-crafted classic styles made in California from natural fibers like linen, silk, and cotton. It’s one of my personal favorites, and I don’t get much happier than when I can slip into a CP Shades piece! So join us today as we hear the engaging origin story of this unique brand from Zach Weinstein, who will also tell us a bit about the challenges of working with linen fabric, their unique production facilities in San Francisco, and the delicate balance they strike between offering their customer the familiar and the fresh. Plus, a playlist filled with some of my favorite tracks from 2015 (and the end of 2014), including songs from Emmy The Great, Copeland, and Mike Pace and the Child Actors. So join us for an hour of pure indie fashion + music bliss, with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
This week’s guests are the curator’s behind one of this year’s buzziest fashion exhibits, The Museum at FIT’s “Global Fashion Capitals.” Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way organized the exhibit around the history of the four best established fashion cities - Paris, New York, Milan and London - and the emergence of sixteen up-and-coming hubs, including Johannesburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, Lagos, Berlin, Mexico City, and Copenhagen. Join us today to hear Ariele and Liz discuss the organization of the exhibit, some of the challenges facing these cities as their fashion industries grow, how technology has and will continue to facilitate the globalization of fashion as industry, art, and commerce, and more. Plus, a playlist featuring some of my favorite recent tracks from international indie artists, including Iceland’s Lay Low, New Zealand singer-songwriter Liam Finn, and Puerto Rican garage rocker AJ Davila. So come and discover a world of new fashion, here on BTR!
This week’s guest will help you put your best fashion foot forward, with a little help from the stars! Kimberly Peta Dewhirst became fascinated with the Zodiac at a young age, and on her blog Star Sign Style, Kimberly focuses her lifelong love of astrology around her passion for style and beauty. Star Sign Style is an invaluable resource for the astrologically curious fashionista, offering insights into your signs, Zodiac-based style tips and inspiration, red carpet star style, beauty tips, and more. On today’s show, Kimberly talks about her passion for astrology and its nuanced study, the basic characteristics of each sign and their style tendencies, why she launched Star Sign Style and how she hopes to help readers, her current astrological travels and her fascination with Astro Mapping, and more. Plus, I’ve got a fun (belated!) birthday-themed playlist for you featuring songs of sweet celebration and new beginnings from Lia Ices, Alvvays, Find the Others, The Melodic, and Typhoon! So join us and learn how to let the stars be your stylist, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
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.
Located in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Pin-Up School is the perfect place to channel your inner Bettie Page. BreakThruTV’s Johanna Botta speaks with Anna Patin, owner and photographer at Lucy La Riot, and Renee DiDio, owner of vintage repro shop SlapBack about the appeals of pin-up culture and what someone can expect to get from taking classes with them.
**Encore broadcast, originally aired on 4/22/11** Ever wondered what the world would be like without clothes? This week on Sew & Tell, in honor of BTR's Vice Week, we talk with a photographer who investigated that question on the streets of New York City. After shooting fashion week coverage one year, Erica Simone got thinking about the industry's obsession with image and appearance. This eventually translated into Nue York a project of self-portraits she did in common, everyday New York situations... totally nude. On today's show, Erica answers a few of the billion questions that come to mind when you see her images ("What was it like??") and discusses the questions she aims to address with this work. Plus, we've got another great track off The Kills' latest album this week, as well as music from Sweet Soubrette, Bell X1, Iron & Wine, and a gorgeous, symphonic piece from The War On Drugs. Stick around for some soul-searching here on BreakThru Radio...
Summer is already upon us, making it the perfect time to check out the season’s hottest beach styles at Pesca Boutique in Manhattan. Co-owner Teresa Azizian gives our host, Johanna Botta, a rundown on what’s hot, and helps her find the perfect swimsuit.
It’s Fan Week here on BTR, and this week’s guest is truly fan-tastic! (Sorrynotsorry). Holly Shortall is an illustrator from Ireland whose fresh, fun fashion art gained global attention when Kim Kardashian re-posted one of Holly’s portraits of her. Not long after that, Cosmopolitan commissioned a series of drawings from Holly, and her work was launched into the virtual stratosphere. On today’s show, Holly talks about her early love for drawing and how it’s evolved; what it takes to be a freelance artist in today’s global media landscape; some of her favorite stylish celebrities from the 90’s and today; her own go-to style staple, and more. Plus, a variety-packed playlist with something for every music fan, featuring songs from cross-Continental duo AM & Shawn Lee, Scottish indie vets Teenage Fanclub, and the latest single from the electro-pop duo that can do no wrong, Sylvan Esso. So come celebrate your inner fashion fangirl with us: it’s Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Some iconic fashion labels have couples at the helm - Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, and The Row, just to name a few - and often owe the strength of the brand to the strength of the relationship at their center. Karen Stewart and Howard Brown of Stewart + Brown are just such a stylish pair, proving that two heads are better than one. The husband and wife are pioneers of the sustainable style movement who founded their women’s wear brand in 2002 before sustainable style was on anyone’s radar. Leading by example, they showed fellow indie designers that sustainable can be synonymous with fashion-forward style, and ethics and aesthetics can co-exist. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Karen and Howard about how the fashion industry has changed since they launched their line, the WGSN award they received for “Most Sustainable Brand,” how they hope to inspire the next generation of indie designers, the unique fabrics and textiles they use in their line, and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist dedicated to the highs and lows of relationships, featuring tracks from Swedish artist Loney Dear, Sufjan Stevens, Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture, and She & Him. So grab your bff, your SO, your pet, or whoever else might be the Dolce to your Gabbana, and join us as we examine relationships from a fashionably forward perspective.
Relationship Week - Research has highlighted time and time again that our clothing choices are deeply intertwined with our self-perception and personality. BTR staffers weigh in on the outfits that make them feel the most confident.
Stick ‘n’ poke tattoos are emerging in mainstream tattoo culture, establishing a new image to the traditionally disaster-ridden underground, DIY practice. After all, they’re legit tattoos; they deserve a degree of respect.
Rain, rain, don’t go away! This week’s Sew & Tell guest will have you hoping for the next drizzly day: Yurika Nakazono and Marie Saeki are co-founders of TERRA NEW YORK, a the first fashion label dedicated exclusively to creating stylish, cutting-edge rain wear. The TERRA NEW YORK designs are sleek, sophisticated garments and accessories, built for endurance but created with incredible elegance. On today’s show, Yurika joins me to talk about the start of the label, the unique biodegradable plastics used for TERRA NEW YORK pieces, the practical and aesthetic considerations behind each design, some exciting new projects on the horizon for the line, and more. Plus, I’ve put together a mix that reflects the rain, indie-rock-style; you’ll hear from legendary Tex-Mex-folk band Calexico, Swedish experimental electro-pop songstress Jenny Wilson, and Brit noise pop group Evans The Death. All that and more this hour, so put away that sad, drippy umbrella, pull up a chair, and learn how to stay stylishly dry like a pro with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Remember those shoes with the wheel... in the heel? These gems from the 2000s could be making a comeback. Steer clear of kids who might be rolling down a mall near you.
It’s Throwback Week on the station, and no one does vintage style better than the late, great Mad Men. In honor of the series finale, I’’m joined by BTR’s DJ Dane, co-host of The Hash and resident food behind Dish + Drink. Together, we dissect the finer points of the finale and the impeccable fashion on the show, and I share my close encounter with the lovely Christina Hendricks (!!) And there’s a slew of great Mad Men fan resources on today’s playlist page - scroll down for quizzes, blogs, articles and more! Plus, I have a fun playlist featuring some of today’s best vintage-inspired indie artists - you’ll hear tracks from Cali duo Best Coast, Brooklyn’s own soul singer Charles Bradley, Argentinian trio Capsula, and funky experimental psych outfit Foxygen. So celebrate some “old fashioned” style with us, here on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
Brooklyn Night Bazaar closes its doors after years of offering music, shopping, and a free place to hang out in the after-hours. The Bazaar will temporarily relocate to Queens this summer.
Haven’t you heard? Hemp is the new cotton! It’s Vacation Week on BTR, and this week’s guest has designed the *perfect* t shirt to pack for the beach. Robert Jungmann launched his hemp-based label, Jungmaven, after spending time in Costa Rica where he learned about natural dyeing techniques. Now, Jungmaven offers a variety of beautifully crafted 100% hemp and hemp-blend designs, the line is carried in shops from Urban Outfitters to Zady, and Robert is on a mission to see everyone in a hemp t shirt by 2020. Join us on today’s show as Robert talks about his introduction to hemp as a textile and its incredible, unique properties; why hemp could be the sustainable answer to the future of farming and manufacturing; a few of his own favorite vacation spots; some upcoming projects and collaborations for the brand, and more! Plus, a vacation-centric playlist with new music from The Milk Carton Kids, Hot Chip, and Heartless Bastards, along with tracks off the debut albums from Bent Denim and Guts Club. So join us this hour as we take a vacation from the cotton t, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
What if you could wear your favorite yoga pants to work, and still look beautifully polished, professional, and commanding? That’s exactly what Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of Project Gravitas, has set out to do with her new line of women’s wear. Not only are Project Gravitas pieces comfortable and well-constructed classics, the designs are created with a variety of body shapes and sizes in mind. (Imagine that! A line of clothes for women, actually *designed* for more than one woman!) Project Gravitas is just two years old, but in that time, the label has been featured in top fashion publications including InStyle, Marie Claire, Elle, and Women’s Wear Daily, and has made multiple appearances in the O Magazine, after being selected as one of Oprah’s favorite things. An impressive resume, to say the least! Join us for a wonderfully inspiring, engaging talk with Lisa Sun, as she shares about the moment that ultimately led her to launch a new fashion label, what makes Project Gravitas designs unique, and some of the brand’s exciting new projects ahead! And to go along with this empowering style, I’ve got a playlist full of empowering indie women. You’ll tracks in today’s mix from Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten, Beach House, Sylvan Esso, and Lia Ices. So join us for a Friday fashion happy hour and enjoy a shot of confidence, with Project Gravitas on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
This week, I’m honored to have as my guest Kelly Holmes, founder of Native Max, the first fashion magazine focused on the Native American community. Armed with passion, determination and ambition, Kelly launched the magazine when she was just twenty years old, and it has grown to reach a global audience in four short years! But that comes as no surprise: Kelly and her team have created a polished, high-end publication with substantive editorials and engaging features, offering an invaluable venue for Native fashion talent. On today’s show, Kelly will talk about the moment that led her to launch Native Max; some of the other Native American women leading the way in contemporary fashion; the misrepresentation of Native culture within the larger fashion industry; the changes she hopes to effect through Native Max; and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist full of brand new music, including tracks from Montreal’s experimental Patrick Watson, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner, and Swedish folk troubadour The Tallest Man On Earth. So join us as we learn more about the exciting, innovative fashion work coming from Native American communities, this week with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
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!
Is the new watch a milestone in technology, or will time only tell the fate of Apple’s wrist wear? BTR evaluates the new device in terms of tech, practicality, and fashion.
This week, my guest is Amy Roiland, the multi-talented blogger/designer/photographer/stylist/PR whiz/entrepreneur behind A Fashion Nerd and the newly-launched app FashionTap! Amy joins me to talk about the start of her blog and how its grown; the development of the brilliant app FashionTap and the ways in which it will help the style community to connect more easily; her vintage-inspired aesthetic and some of her favorite eyewear labels; a few exciting projects ahead, and more! Plus, as always, I’ve got a playlist filled with the latest indie releases, including new music from Dublin’s Villagers, a track off the long-awaited debut LP from singer-songwriter Little Lapin, and a song off the sophomore release from New York’s Miniboone. So get your geek chic on this week and nerd out in style with Sew & Tell on BTR!
It’s Climate Change Week here on BTR, and I’m delighted to have Catherine Young, the innovative designer, artist and scientist behind The Apocalypse Project, on today’s show. Catherine has worked for years designing interactive art pieces, increasingly focused around issues of the environment and sustainability. Two years ago, she began working on an imaginative, multi-faceted presentation called The Apocalypse Project, which offers visitors an opportunity to interact with theoretical solutions to projected problems resulting from climate change. Catherine has made scientific research tangible, immediate and personal through this project, offering glimpses into the future of such universal experiences as food, entertainment, beauty and fashion. On today’s show, Catherine will talk about the development of The Apocalypse Project, its Climate Change Couture and Ephemeral Marvels Perfume collections, how the project has changed her own approach to fashion consumption, and more. Plus, I’ve got some news about an important new initiative called Fashion Revolution Day (which is today!) and how you can participate, and as always a fantastic line-up of new music featuring Southwest band Calexico and North Carolina’s The Mountain Goats, along with songs from two very talented but under-the-radar singer-songwriters, Adam Torres and Ambrosia Parsley. All that’s coming up this hour, so grab your cutest rain boots and wade into the climate change discussion with Sew & Tell on BTR!
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!
This week, I got to speak with talented young photographer, actor and NYU student Sasha Frolova, whose recently made headlines with a unique portrait series featuring her grandmother. Sasha selected specific F/W 2015 beauty looks from the runways of February’s NYFW, and replicated them on her grandmother, creating a surreal, dream-like, compelling series that challenges preconceptions of age and beauty, and raises questions about feminine identity within fashion. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Sasha about her discovery of photography, why she wanted to create this series with her grandmother, the incredible fashion icon and role model her grandmother has been in her life, her latest photography project, and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist filled with the latest indie releases including brand new Sufjan Stevens and The Cribs, as well as tracks off the debut albums from two talented singer-songwriters, Sarah Bethe Nelson and Shana Falana. So join us and learn in style - fashion class is in session with Sew & Tell on BTR!
On today’s show, I got to chat with a dear friend and fantastically fashionable production designer, Virginia Hastings. Virginia has worked in production design here in New York for over seven years, leading and contributing to design teams on feature films, shorts, commercials, and corporate events like the Tonys, MTV Video Music Awards, and even this year’s Superbowl! On today’s show, Virginia talks about the role of production design within film, some of the creative challenges she’s faced on the job, the skills and strengths required to work as part of a film team, and how to prepare to be stylishly unprepared. And I’ve got a nature-themed playlist featuring tracks off the latest from Nebraska legend Simon Joyner and Georgia native Matthew Houck (aka Phosphorescent), along with songs from Canada’s Gold & Youth, German trio Aloa Input, and Brooklyn’s own indie sensation Cults. So get ready to look your best even when you’re unprepared, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Happy Spring! It is the first official day of the season, and I thought it was the perfect time to use our heads & do some beauty “spring cleaning.” Rubi Jones is a personal and editorial hairstylist based in Paris and New York, whose beautiful blog reflects her refined sensibilities and taste for timeless looks, combined with her savvy knowledge of the most recent trends. Trained at Bumble & Bumble here in NYC, Rubi’s styling work is effortlessly elegant and it’s easy to see why New York Magazine gave her the title “The Braid Whisperer.” On today’s show, Rubi talks about the career path that led her to styling, what made Bumble & Bumble a great training experience, some of the trends she spotted on the F/W runways, timeless hairstyles that transcend trends, a few of her favorite summer hair care products, and an exciting new project she’s recently launched. Plus, you’ll find a ton of new music in the playlist today, including a song off the solo debut from Arcade Fire member Will Butler, a track from the much-anticipated sophomore release from Brit band Evans the Death, and a new EP from talented up-and-comer Petite Noir. So join us for a simple springtime makeover with Sew & Tell on BTR!
It’s (almost) spring!! While we are technically still one week out according to the calendar, the snow has started to thaw, grass is showing, and the sun is shining, so we here at BTR are celebrating! And what better way to ring in the spring than with some beautiful, beachy fashion? Brooke Goldman launched her line DISTRICT Collection three years ago, and in that short time, her label has grown to be synonymous with flirtatious, fashion-forward styles that are incredibly versatile. It’s no wonder that Blake Lively is counted amongst Brooke’s fan base - Brooke’s designs offer effortless elegance. On today’s show, Brooke will talk about discovering her fashion path while majoring in anthropology, the insights she gained while working in buying and merchandising that helped her build a successful brand, the DISTRICT aesthetic, her textile-driven creative process, and more. Plus, I’ve got new material in the mix today from Canadian musician Travis Bretzer, Brooklyn band Grooms, Virginia musician/producer Matthew E. White, and a track off the debut from a new project, Young Guv. All that’s coming up this hour, so ignore the fact that it’s only 40 degrees: put on your sandals and join us as we celebrate spring style in full bloom, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Fashion is full of secrets, but what about a “secret” runway show? This week’s guest, independent designer Kim Mesches, pulled off just that during this past NYFW when he debuted his F/W 2015 collection with a flash show on the L Train! Join me as we chat about his eponymous label, how he got his start making graffiti-inspired sneakers and clothes for Beanie Babies, what it was like to transition from designing sneakers to evening wear, his guerrilla subway runway show, and more! Plus, I’ve got a great playlist full of tracks off brand new releases from Dan Deacon, The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman, Sonny & the Sunsets, Phosphorescent, and new-to-the-scene Travis Bretzer! So stick around for the best-kept secret in style: it’s Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Between NYFW and last Sunday’s Oscars, the fashion world has been saturated with glamour over the last couple weeks - but nothing compares with the mind-bogglingly intricate work of Minnesota-based bead collector and designer Gail Be. What started as a handful of classes in beaded jewelry grew quickly into a lifelong passion for beadwork, and eventually manifested in the stunning, full-length, all-bead garments that Gail creates today. Lady Gaga wore one of her designs on the cover of “Cheek to Cheek,” her recent collaboration album with Tony Bennett, but its Gail’s latest project that has been turning heads all over the globe: Fantasy, the world’s largest beaded wedding gown. Join us today as Gail shares the incredible story behind her work, the process of building Fantasy, her passion for vintage beads, and her plans for new designs. Plus, I have a playlist sparkling songs to match Gail’s work and the winter weather - you’ll hear the latest from Swedish band The Amazing, California freak folk singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt, gospel/R&B legend Pops Staples, and more. So indulge in a little more red-carpet-level glamour with us today as we go behind-the-scenes with Gail Be, here on BreakThru Radio.
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Join me this week for a conversation with Jenny Wu, an architect with Oyler Wu Collaborative and designer behind a new line of jewelry called LACE. Jenny’s beautifully intricate necklaces, earrings and rings have incredible drama and delicacy, and are created entirely through the process of 3-D printing. On today’s show, Jenny talks about the shared aesthetic and approach to design between her architecture and LACE pieces, the innovation 3-D print technologies are bringing to every field and industry, the materials and process she uses to create LACE, and more. Plus, a playlist packed with great tunes including a new single off the upcoming Will Butler solo debut, the latest from NYC’s electronic artist/producer Michna, a song off the debut from psych/electronic artist Jib Kidder, and brand new Toro Y Moi. So join us for Sew & Tell as we peer ahead into the future of fashion from 3-D printing, here on BreakThru Radio!
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!
Have you ever wondered what fashion college is *really* like? On today’s show, for BTR’s College Week, my guest is Parsons design student Jaclyn Barr. Parsons was the first school in the U.S. to offer programs in design, and boasts some seriously prestigious fashion alumni including Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Isaac Mizrahi, Lela Rose, Anna Sui, and Alexander Wang (to name just a few!) Jaclyn is in her second year at the school, and on today’s show, she shares about what got her interested in fashion, how she learned to sew, what it’s like to study fashion at Parsons and what makes Parsons unique in comparison to other fashion programs, and some of the current trends hitting the sidewalks of Brooklyn. Plus, I’ve got a playlist packed with new and exciting music, including the latest from Richmond artist Matthew E. White, London based singer-songwriter Emmy the Great, and Puerto Rican musician/producer AJ Davila. So tune in and study up on style - it’s Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
One of the time-honored New Year fashion traditions is, of course, the wardrobe overhaul. Join me today with my guest Greta Eagan - sustainable style expert, author of Wear No Evil, founder of Style Society and curator of FASHIONmeGREEN - as she shares some invaluable practical pointers that will help you build a better closet in 2015. Greta shares about the process of writing and publishing her book, the details of her newly-developed fashion share company, a few of her winter fashion and beauty go-to’s, and some tips for a closet cleanse to start the year off fresh! Plus, I have a great playlist full of exciting new music from innovative artists like Jessica Pratt, Brika, Panda Bear, Dan Deacon, and more. So open that closet door and get ready for a sustainability-minded makeover with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
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I have a very cool feature for you on this week’s Sew & Tell; my guest is Dutch photographer/conceptual artist Hans Eijkelboom, whose recently published tome of street photography, People of the Twenty-First Century, has been making waves in the street style community. For over twenty years on an almost daily basis, Hans has visited public spaces like markets and shopping malls, seeking out repetitive patterns in human behavior and appearance. Of the visual patterns that are evident in this collection, one of the most remarkable is the repetition of street style and fashion trends. Grid after grid of people wearing the same shirt, same jacket, same hat, same bag, on the same day, add up to a visual catalogue of fashion and culture consumption. On today’s show, Hans talks about how the project first began, his process of taking pictures and finding patterns, its significance as a collection, how the age of the internet has changed street style, and more. Plus, I have music in the mix today from Brit pop legend Robert Wyatt, Cleveland indie pop trio Filmstrip, the reunited Copeland, and more. So join us as we examine the evidence of fashion as machine, with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Happy New Year! It’s the first new Sew & Tell of 2015, and I’ve got the perfect accessory to start off your year in style. Mikuti is a jewelry collection launched by Erika Freund in 2009. During time spent in Sub-Saharan Africa, Erika discovered a wealth of incredible resources, both in materials and talent. She was so excited by what she found there that Erika spent four years researching and developing a sustainable way to bring the beauty of Africa to customers around the world. On today’s show, Erika talks about the path that led her from social work to jewelry, the traditional African technique of bead-wrapping, some of the challenges she encountered in establishing an ethical brand in Africa, the collection’s bold aesthetic and its personal significance, the one bright element in her wardrobe (besides her jewelry) that she absolutely loves, and more. Plus, a wonderful winter-y playlist mixing folk and pop, featuring tracks from Lay Low, My Brightest Diamond, Lia Ices, and sister duo Lily & Madeleine. So join us for a fresh stylish start to 2015, right here on BreakThru Radio!
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.
This week we're chatting with Croatian fashion journalist Sandra!
This week we're chatting with Croatian fashion journalist Sandra!

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