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Calling all fashion fanatics! It’s Fanaticism Week here on the station, and I’ve got an obsession-worthy guest for you today. Erica Weiner is *the* indie design world darling for vintage jewelry, and her eponymous line is full of quirky re-interpreted deadstock from the 60’s and 70’s, as well as one-of-a-kind antique pieces. Whether you’re in the market for a Deco diamond engagement ring or some awesome wood stud earrings, Erica’s got you covered with pieces that will get you compliments left and right (trust me, I have one of her bracelets!) And hey! The holidays just happen to be coming up, so it wouldn’t hurt to keep an eagle eye out for an EWJ stocking stuffer or two… On today’s show, Erica will talk about the path that took her from Broadway costume design to Brooklyn vintage retail, some of the challenges that face today’s jewelry designers who are concerned with issues of sustainability, her fanatic passion for treasure hunting, and more. Plus, a playlist full of your next music obsessions: brand new tracks from Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Grizzly Bear, Diane Coffee, The Black Hollies, and more. So if you’re crazy about great design, tune in and join me for another Sew & Tell on BTR!
Happy November! Can you believe it’s *already* here?? In the spirit of things-that-arrive-ahead-of-their-time, I have an awesomely forward-thinking guest for you on today’s show. (Seriously, this lady will be *huge* fashion news soon, so tune in and get a stylish leg up on all your friends!) Kelsy Parkhouse launched her line Carleen right after graduating from Pratt, and with good reason: her unique sensibilities had earned her rave reviews from both Pratt profs and outside industry professionals. Armed with an ability to blend seemingly disparate styles into a cohesive aesthetic, Kelsy took the plunge and debuted Carleen with a S/S 2013 collection, based on her thesis work at Pratt. While the label is still young, Kelsy’s subsequent collections have generated even more genuine fashionista buzz, and on today’s show, you’ll hear Kelsy talk about the strong female fashion role models in her family, what it was like to launch a label right out of school, how Patti Smith inspired her S/S 2014 collection, and where she likes to shop for vintage goods in NYC. All that, plus a spooky playlist full of fun tracks from artists like Mr. Gnome, Lightning Dust, Vampire Weekend, and the latest Arcade Fire! So tune in, turn it up, and get ready to be hipper-than-thou with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Muscle Shoals has birthed some of the biggest hits and this documentary follows suit.
Happy Fall! It’s finally getting juuuuust cool enough to look at those sweaters in the back of the closet again, and pull the warm layers out of storage. Tank tops and shorts are old news – what we crave now are scarves, chunky sweaters, worn boots and chic hats. And in keeping with the falling leaves, I’ve got the perfect accessory designer on the show today. Claudia Schulz was born in Berlin, and moved to Canada in the early 2000’s. With time on her hands, Claudia decided to explore her long-held curiosity about millinery, and took some classes in the ins and outs of hat making. Her casual lessons uncovered a latent talent, and Claudia’s new hobby became a new career, and an eponymous label of hand-crafted hats. Carried online as well as in boutiques throughout New York and Canada, Claudia Schulz designs are at once vintage and modern, building contemporary details onto timeless silhouettes. On today’s show, Claudia will share about her transition from Germany to Canada, just how she manages to make a complete line of hats and run her own business, a few of her sources for design inspiration, and some of her own favorites from her vintage hat collection. And as you know, fall is the time for new music, and boy do I have a playlist full of great new releases for you today! Tracks from new projects like Saint Rich and Coastgaard, as well as new releases from familiar favorites like Dr. Dog, The Blow, Chvrches, and more. So button your coat, wrap your scarf a bit tighter, and get cozy – it’s time for fall fashion on BreakThru Radio!
It’s Intoxication Week on BTR! On today’s show, Medical Director for the Houston Marathon, Dr. John Cianca, explains to us why drinking too much water can be bad even for casual endurance athletes. And later, DJ Jordan chats with Dan Ozzi of the Jaded Punk blog and Noisey, the new music channel from VICE Media, on the current wave of nostalgia intoxicating the pop punk generation.
It’s Sleep Week here at BTR! First up on the show, Dr. Carl Bazil of the Columbia University Comprehensive Epilepsy and Sleep Center talks to us about new research on the quantity-versus-quality of a good night’s sleep. And later, author and former US infrantryman Jared Maxwell joins us to talk about his new memoir about his experiences in one of the most violent and intense fights of the war in Afghanistan.
It’s “Orange Is the New Black” Week here on BTR, and I have a really unique, engaging topic and guest on the show for you today. There is a growing trend amongst international women’s prisons to host annual beauty pageants; Russian-born, U.S.-based filmmaker Irina Vodar was behind a 2007 documentary titled Miss Gulag that looks at just such a pageant, held by inmates at a Siberian prison camp. The incarcerated women design and construct three different costumes for three phases of competition, each with the hope of winning the crown title. On today’s show, you’ll hear Irina talk about the women in Miss Gulag, why she felt compelled to tell their stories, the positive impact of the beauty pageant on their lives and transformations, her take on Russian fashion culture, and her latest documentary, “The Cycle,” a deeply personal exploration of a socially taboo topic. Plus, a playlist full of great new folk and punk from artists like Tica Douglas, Neko Case, Summer Cannibals, and more. So suit up and tune in! It’s time to fall in line for fashion with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Haaaaaay! Guess what??!! Sew & Tell has its first nail artist on the show today, and she’s suuuuper awesome. Ashley Crowe is a Chicago-based freelance nail artist who started a blog called Astrowifey to document her passion for nail art, as she herself learned and experimented in the early days of nail art popularity. Little did she know that her blogging and hobby would soon transition to an incredibly successful career and cult following, but lucky for us, it did! Winner of this year’s Refinery29 Nail Art Nation contest, Ashley’s bold, expressive work is inspired by pop and contemporary art, rock music, and fashion. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Ashley about how her passion for nail art became a career, her role in the development of Tipsy Zine, the first U.S.-based lifestyle nail art publication, a few of her nail art role models, and insider tips on some must-have polishes, upcoming trends, and DIY upkeep for healthy nails. All that, plus a playlist mixed with post-punk and atmospherically autumnal music, including tracks from Franz Ferdinand, Man Man, Aisha Burns, Hookworms, and more. So tune in and prepare to nail fall fashion with BTR and Astrowifey!
Calling all aspiring designers!! You guys are gonna be SO excited by this week’s show. What if I told you that there was a new company who would essentially act as your virtual assistant, helping you with every step of design production? A square one for independent designers? Well, I am happy to say that this ingenious company does, in fact, exist, in the form of The Ignited. The Ignited is a web-based design service, helping independent designers through each part of the production process, from sourcing to sample making to manufacturing. Once a garment is made, The Ignited offers designers a brilliant Kickstarter-like model to raise the necessary backing for a specific garment to go into production. On today’s show, I’m joined by The Ignited Design Director Ellena Doe, who will talk about the development of this new fashion business model, their step-by-step production process, the logistical solutions the team has found that make this web-based alternative a smooth process, and more. Plus, a great mix of music with brand new Neko Case, more of the gorgeous new Volcano Choir album, and, on the heels of a rock- & punk-heavy fashion week, a set dedicated to garage punk. Fall is the season for new beginnings, so get back in the design game with Sew & Tell on BTR!
This week, we take a look at a very new company, making some very smart designs. Kristin Glenn is the founder of Colorado-based label Seamly; just six weeks old, the collection boasts several versatile summer basics, made in the USA from deadstock fabric and offered at a fantastic price point. How is this possible? Well, it takes a business graduate with a passion for style, love affair with travel, and deep investment in responsible production to pull off a project of this caliber, and on today’s show, you’ll hear Kristin talk about the road she took to get there. Plus, a great playlist full of cultish overtones in tribute to BTR’s weekly theme – we’ll hear new music from Jake Bellows and Pure Bathing Culture, along with tracks from Cult of Youth, Okkervil River, and more. So join us – drink the sustainable style kool-aide and tune in to this week’s Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
Happy Friday! This week, in honor of BTR’s surveillance-centered “We’re Watching You’ theme, Sew & Tell is watch-ing you! I’m joined by designer Martine Ilana, innovator behind La Mer Collections, one of the only independent watch lines for women. Martine’s time pieces are unique, beautiful accessories, offered in a range of styles, from funky and bold to simple and classic. On today’s show, Martine will talk about how an auto show in Detroit inspired her first design, how her global travels provide limitless inspiration, and how she designed her own clever website. Plus, a playlist full of wonderfully strange, innovative electronica today – tracks from Austra, Baths, Future Bible Heroes, and more! It all starts now on BTR, so tune in and turn it up! We’re watching…
Summer fun continues here on BTR! The Party Hour present an excellent mix of indie music that perfect for the summer vibe. Dance, Pop, Hip Hop, Throw Backs and Remixes all in the playlist.

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