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The fashion industry is built from a hundred individual specialties: manufacturers of trim, buttons, and fabric; designers of niche lines for outerwear, footwear, neckties, jeans, lingerie, swimwear; and retailers built around those same niche markets. But the latter two categories wouldn't exist without the first, so on today's show, we'll hear from Benita Singh, co-founder of a speciality textile website Source4Style. Source4Style exists as a virtual marketplace, connecting textile suppliers with designers, and ensuring responsible production and fair trade in the process. With this weekend's tragic factory fire in Bangladesh, the importance of transparency in the production chain is underscored, and Source4Style is fulfilling an essential role within the industry by offering designers the opportunity to purchase with ethical confidence. On today's show, Benita will talk about how she and her colleagues met and began Source4Style, some of their global partnerships, a few educational initiatives they offer, and some details about their selection of fabrics. Plus, I have the latest in articles and news coverage on the Bangladesh factory fire, as well as some all-too-infrequent good news from the headlines of the ethical fashion industry. And I've got a great playlist prepared, featuring two new acts from the UK, more Sufjan-style Christmas, and even a clip from comedian Tig Notaro. Another hour of style + substance coming your way, on BTR!
Happy Fashion Week! I hope you're all enjoying a week full of beautiful new designs, debuts, and drama. In honor of this special occasion, I have a very exciting guest on the show for you today - Tara St. James is the talented designer behind the acclaimed Brooklyn-based women's wear line Study NY. A native of Montreal, Tara studied fashion at university before becoming Creative Director for the label Covet. As her concerns with sustainable and responsible production grew, Tara eventually left Covet to begin her own line in 2009. Study NY was winner of the prestigious Eco Domani grant for sustainable design in 2011, and it's easy to see why: Tara's pieces are complex, clever, rigorous, and elegant. On today's show, Tara will share about the path that led her to start Study, her work with an ancient Japanese dyeing technique, some of the biggest issues facing sustainable production today, and what's ahead for Study NY. Plus, great new music on the show from Deerhoof, Animal Collective, The Fresh & Onlys and more, so stick around and get ready to take notes... this is Fashion Week with Study NY here on Sew & Tell!
It's almost fall! And you know what that means - the return of pumpkin lattes, rosy cheeks, and classic fall fashion. Today's Sew & Tell guest puts a spin on classic style for her F/W 2012 collection - Lizz Wasserman of the L.A.-based popomomo creates women's wear pieces that are heady, sophisticated, and still playful. The former creative designer for Free People launched her own line with the desire to make changes for the sustainable, and has found no shortage of fans for her collections. Each season is inspired by icons, cultural movements, and philosophies that range from Geogia O'Keefe to the Russian Constructivists. With that level of creative approach, it's no surprise to discover that Lizz comes from a background in sociology and anthropology, and on today's show, we'll learn about how she made the leap from European squat culture to her own label, her method for developing one-of-a-kind prints, the inspiration behind her F/W 2012 pieces, and how her closet has changed as she's moved into her 30's. All that, plus a stellar playlist, including brand new Yeasayer, samples of the new collaborative projects Poor Moon and OMBRE, and a gorgeous cover of the Arcade Fire from two San Francisco-based musicians. So grab a cup of cider and get ready to take notes - fall is fashionably early on BTR!
It's Earth Week! And here on Sew & Tell, we like to celebrate in style by supporting eco-fashion. Sustainability in fashion production and consumption have been hot topics on this show, and I've been lucky to speak with a ton of amazing, innovative guests in the world of green design. This week is no exception: Rachel Weisberg is a Miami-born Parsons grad, who recently launched her eponymous line of original garments, accessories, artwork, and home goods. Even as a young label, Rachel is striving to keep her production process as "green" as possible. She works solely with organic and repurposed vintage fabrics, and creates bold, playful pops of color in her collections with natural dyes. Rachel treasures the ethic of hand-made above all else, and each of her one-of-a-kind pieces are hand-stitched, hand-dyed, and thoughtfully crafted with care and intention. On today's show, she'll talk about the repurposed handbags that started her sewing obsession, why, despite recent efforts, H&M still might not be a top-notch eco-fashion choice, and a few details that are inspiring her gorgeous S/S 2013 collection. All that, plus a nature-inspired playlist, with tunes from Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Stereolab, Moby, Savoir Adore and more. So turn up the show, and learn more about how you and Mother Earth can both look your best this summer!
It's the first week of 2012, and what better time to focus on nutrition? And not just dietary - nutrition in every area of our lives. On today's Sew & Tell, we'll hear from someone who's helping to keep the fashion industry healthy through an exciting new website. Benita Singh, along with Summer Rayne Oakes and Elizabeth Cloyd, recently launched Source4Style, an online marketplace for sustainable textiles that serves both suppliers and designers. Source4Style is also an incredible educational resource, and on today's show, Benita shares some about the company, the fabrics they currently offer, the future of sustainable textiles, and some exciting new design initiatives that exhibit the changing face of global fashion. Plus, I have a very "cool" playlist today, dedicated to winter. You'll hear tracks from The Loom, Wintersleep, The Subjects, Say Hi, The Bees, and even a song featuring guest vocals by Feist. An action-packed show gets your year off to a great start, here on BTR!