This week’s guest is distinguished fashion journalist Jenni Avins, whose inexhaustible curiosity has led her to explore every nook and cranny of fashion production, culture, and philosophy. After getting her undergraduate degree in Global Studies, Jenni, armed with ambition, enthusiasm, and drive, entered the fashion industry workforce of NYC to learn more about exactly how the things in our closets end up there. So began a journey that took Jenni from landing containers of housewares for Casabella, to managing overseas knitwear production for Edun, to her current status as an acclaimed contributor to the style sections of myriad high profile publications, most regularly New York Magazine’s The Cut, and The Wall Street Journal. Jenni also curates her own diverse multi-media web publication Closettour, which she uses as a platform to rigorously express her adventures in re-framing fashion through a fresh, frank, and funny voice.
Tune in today to hear Jenni talk about her early-developed love for experimental style, the insight she gleaned from working within the industry, and how her current Closettour project keeps her returning to the same wardrobe with fresh eyes.
Plus, some great new music in the mix today from CSS, Yellowbirds, and The Love Language, along with older tracks from Phosphorescent, My Best Fiend, and Girls. Tune in and turn up – it’s #fashionFriday on BTR!
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: Falling (II) – Lace Curtain)
02:41 Interview with Jenni Avins of Closettour
10:39 DJ Marie
11:56 Too Hot – CSS
15:44 Mean Maybe – Yellowbirds
18:33 First Shot – The Love Language
21:43 DJ Marie
23:00 Interview with Jenni Avins
30:06 DJ Marie
31:22 Promise Of The West – The Jealous Sound
35:32 Lazy Bones – My Best Fiend
41:05 Be Dark Night – Phosphorescent
44:55 DJ Marie
46:23 Interview with Jenni Avins
51:19 DJ Marie
52:49 Lust for Life – Girls
Closettour, by Jenni Avins
(Photos courtesy of Jenni Avins, unless otherwise indicated)
Jenni in her polka dot ruffle dream dress…
…which is STRIKINGLY similar to Kylie Minogue, revealing a fashion sophistication beyond Jenni’s young years…
Jenni’s piece on Free-Range Fur, courtesy of VICE
Jenni’s piece on Custom Dyeing, for The Cut
Jenni’s mom wearing the sweater, around 1970
“Bruised banana” sweater pre-professional-dye
Jenni in the same sweater, post-custom-dye…
…and beautiful blue dyed dress
(Photo by Melissa Hom for New York Magazine)
Read the first installment of Jenni’s Summer Swimsuit Search (Pt. 2 Coming Soon!!)
Jenni’s beloved but worn Missoni suit… where will she find a replacement?! Stay tuned…
Jenni with the Edun team!
*I know I’m always recommending things on Sew & Tell, but if you take *nothing* else away from this show… take Jenni. Srsly, guys, her coverage is amahhzing – this interview just scratched a tiny surface portion of the experiences she’s had! Take a few minutes to poke around Closettour and her personal website, and see if you don’t agree… she is up to some fascinating fashion shennanigans! Best ways to keep up with her latest under cover ops? Her Facebook and Twitter, obvs.
Odds & Ends
*Parks and Rec fans! John-Ralphio has a dad. And you can bet it’s gonna be funny as *$%.
*Speaking of expletives, what the h-e-double-hockey-stix was Cate Blanchett wearing this week at the “Blue Jasmine” premiere?! My husband totally hates it… I (reluctantly) kind of like it. She’s taking risks and staying elegant, which is tricky business! What do you think?
*This new line of bamboo undershirts promises to decrease pit stains… would you wear one? I’m a little skeptical that I would just get hotter, but I’m willing to try & be happily wrong!
*Contemplating some fashion faux pays? Well, here are a few opinionated voices on what is OK and (mostly) NOT OK to do: Crimes Against Fashion Travel via CNN, Forbes’ list of Men’s 10 Worst Fashion Sins, and Real Simple’s common sense guide to Modern Style Do’s and Don’ts. Do you think these guides are wrong? Right? Don’t want anyone else telling you what to do? Sound off (stylishly) in the comments below!
(Photo by Mariana Juliano)
Aug 1 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
Aug 2 – Limelight – Belfast, United Kingdom
Sept 21 – Plug – Sheffield, United Kingdom
Sept 22 – Heaven – London, United Kingdom
Sept 23 – Le Trabendo – Paris, France
Sept 24 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 26 – Berghain/Panorama Bar – Berlin, Germany
Sept 27 – Rust – Copenhagen, Denmark
Sept 29 – Botanique – Brussels, Belgium
Oct 2 – Rote Fabrik, Clubraum – Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 4 – Backstage – Munich, Germany
Nov 16 – Harvest Festival @ The Domain – Sydney, Australia
(Photo by Dina Maccabee)
Aug 1 – Sam Bond’s Garage- Eugene, OR
Aug 2 – 4 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
Aug 5 – Hopmonk @ Sonoma Tavern Stage – Sonoma, CA
Aug 6 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
Aug 7 – Bootleg Bar – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 23 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
The Love Language
(Photo by Cheater Slicks)
July 26 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
July 27 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
July 28 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
July 30 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
July 31 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Aug 1 – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
Aug 2 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
Aug 3 – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar – Charlottesville, VA
Aug 27 – Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
Aug 28 & 29 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
Aug 30 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
Aug 31 – Czar Bar – Kansas City, MO
Sept 2 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
Sept 3 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 4 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
Sept 6 – Cosmic Pizza – Eugene, OR
Sept 8 – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room – Seattle, WA
Sept 10 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Sept 11 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 12 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Sept 13 – Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
Sept 19 – Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
Sept 20 – Masquerade Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
Oct 27 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX