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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!
It's Meat and Vegetarian Week on BTR! On today's episode of Third Eye, we look at the recent report from the Stockholm International Water Institute warning that impending water shortages could force the world's population to adopt vegetarian diets. Later, a candid conversation with vegan cookbook author, Terry Hope Romano. BTR Managing Editor Margaret Jacobi talks about Romero's long history in cooking, DIY culture, and not letting her meat-eating friends feel guilt-tripped by her presence.
Outside of the classrooms, these occupations might be your best bet for paying the bills as a musician.
The director of Ace & Son Moving Picture Company discusses animation production.
It's Made In America Week on BTR, and in honor of our founding fathers, I have the mother of all shows for you! U.S. production is a hot-button issue in manufacturing across the boards, but particularly in the fashion industry. Domestic garment production has seen a 90% rate of decline over the last 50 years, but a growing number of designers, advocates, and journalists are working to spread the word about the implications of this loss, and reverse the tide. On today's show, I feature clips from interviews with just a handful of these talented, driven individuals, representatives of a new movement to bring fashion production back to the U.S. You'll hear perspectives on production from designers Alice Wu of Feral Childe, Samantha Pleet, Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, Bron Heussenstamm of Alex Maine, Jeff Garner of Prophetik, Peter Kallen of Nau, and Anna Zeman and Aja Singer of Alex & Eli. You'll also hear from Jasmin Malik Chua, Managing Editor of Ecouterre, and Erica Wolf and Anthony Lilore, two representatives from New York's Save The Garment Center, a trade association working to preserve New York City's garment district. All that, plus an American-centric playlist, with tracks from Electric Guest, Little Scream, Middle Brother, and Iron & Wine. So put another hot dog on the grill, and dig that American flag back out of the closet - we're still celebrating the USA here on BTR!
This week on Sew & Tell, I bring you an interview that I've wanted to feature for a while. The IOU Project is a forward-thinking model of sustainable fashion production and retail, offering consumers the opportunity to make personal connections on an incredibly unique level. Through IOU, you can purchase a beautifully made, thoroughly contemporary, timelessly artisanal garment, and follow the names of those people who created it… from start to finish. You can learn the names of the weavers who created the fabric, where they live, and who their families are. Then you can follow the story to where the fabric traveled next, in order to be made into the garment that is uniquely yours, and whose hands created the deft seams and detail work. IOU offers craftsmen the opportunity to remain masters of craft: to take pride in the work they create, and receive recognition. And it turns the colorful plaid shirt hanging in your closet, into names, faces, and gratitude. On today's show, I am excited and honored to bring you an interview with IOU's founder and driving force, Kavita Parmar. Kavita is a passionate, articulate woman who has worked in fashion since the age of 15, and gained the knowledge, contacts, and faith necessary to create real change. In this interview, Kavita will tell the story that led to IOU's creation, how they tell others' stories with their garments, and a few exciting new projects on the horizon for IOU. All that, plus some amazing new music on the playlist - first original Cat Power in over six years (!!), new Alberta Cross, Post War Years, and an introduction to the UK's next big siren of song: Bebe Black. So tune in, turn it up, and get ready to rock in style on BreakThru Radio!
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!

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