Happy Fashion Week! I hope you've all been enjoying the colorful, bold collections we've seen rolling out so far for F/W 2013 - lots of great surprises, including John Patrick Organic's shock-pink! And with streaming access to over 80 top runway shows, there's no need to feel out of the loop this week as all the top designers present their latest works to NYC. And speaking of top designers: this week, I'm delighted to feature an interview with sisters Melissa and Carolina Cantor, co-founders of the exquisite new eco-fashion retail site Ethica. Melissa and Carolina showcase the work of fashion-forward labels, whose designers are not only innovative, but active in their passion to create sustainable goods. The sisters' good taste shows not only in the inventory, but in the overall shopping experience, from sleek presentation to proactive consumer education. On today's show, you'll hear from the Ms. Cantors about what led them to start Ethica, a few challenges they've faced in launching a webshop, some of the criteria they use in selecting brands and designers, and a few of their top-selling brands. Plus, a totally great playlist today with brand new music from Icelandic Sin Fang, Nebraska's up-and-comers UUVVWWZ, San Fran indie darling Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and much more! So get ready for some serious style (and a serious new shopping addiction!) with Ethica and Sew & Tell on BTR!
"... every dollar I spend is a vote that I cast for what kind of systems I want to support. I think often, as consumers, we forget that we have that kind of power when we think about the purchases we make." - Anna Lynett Moss of CHIYOME On this week's show, I talk with Anna Lynett Moss, the talent behind new-to-the-scene studio CHIYOME. Anna's work for CHIYOME currently includes beautiful, sculptural leather handbags, pouches, and backpacks, as well as a collection of gorgeous Bauhaus-inspired quilts. Her recent collaboration piece for Of a Kind sold out in just a few hours, and it's easy to see why: Anna's creations are formal, playful, sleek, well-crafted, and conscientiously made. On today's show, Anna will talk about how she transitioned from RISD art student to self-made designer, her commitment to community ethics in production, a few of the other artists and designers that inform her work, and the upcoming ON-RA, a new line of handbags for 2013. Plus, new music on the show from Dog Bite, Ducktails, Fear of Men, Night Beds, and my favorite music discovery of 2013 (so far), Japanese folk/pop artist Shugo Tokumaru (trust me, you will want to hear this guy). So tune in and turn it up, as we talk design, art, community responsibility, business, indie music and more in this hour of Sew & Tell!