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It’s Debt Week here on BTR, and while debt is often something to avoid, every now and then it can be a good thing: we can, for example, owe a debt of gratitude to someone who helped us out along the way. This week’s Sew & Tell guests will stand to collect a lot of gratitude in future years – Rosa Thurnher and Regina Weir are founders of Factory Girls, a new fashion incubator in downtown Atlanta that’s working to support the local industry and burgeoning new talent. From studio space to production connections, mentoring relationships to educational resources, Factory Girls offers Atlanta’s design community a wealth of resources that give independent designers the boost they need to get their labels off the ground and into stores. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Regina and Rosa about the evident needs that sparked their concept for Factory Girls, the specific ways in which they support and bolster Atlanta’s independent design community, how they’re able to serve as mentors to Factory Girls’ Designers in Residence, some of the highlights of Atlanta’s contemporary fashion scene, and more. Plus, a playlist with exciting new releases from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Toronto’s The Rural Alberta Advantage, D.C. punk band Ex Hex, and pop/psych/funk duo Foxygen. So join us today as we learn what it takes to turn a city’s fashion industry into a central creative community, right here on BTR.
The future of fashion is closely intertwined with the future of technology, and one of the biggest innovations of the last five years has been the introduction of 3D printing into fashion’s production process. Aaron Rowley is the co-founder of Electroloom, a new 3D printing company based in San Francisco that’s working to make desktop garment design and output a reality. On today’s show, Aaron will share about the company’s inception, the printed prototypes that their team is currently working on, how the Electroloom printer differs from traditional 3D printer models, the future possibilities of Electroloom, and more. And I’ve got a playlist chock full of new music today, featuring a brand new single from Galway garage pop band So Cow, Dublin’s The Might Stef, North Carolina duo The Rosebuds, Seattle’s Lusine, and Toronto’s beach pop group Alvvays. So join us now for a look at the future of fashion, on BreakThru Radio!
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Today we talk about the latest LP from Philadelphia based band The War on Drugs. Lost in the Dream, released on March 18th by Secretly Canadian, is the first album from the group since 2011’s Slave Ambient. Melding grassroots American indie rock, psychedelia, and shoegaze, this timeless record offers a lot of good grooves in the vein of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sting, and ‘80s production in general. It is very referential, but does transcend those influences at points through compelling chord changes and interesting song structures. Definitely worth checking out.
This week on Sew & Tell, I got to speak with Jesse Finkelstein, one half of the entrepreneurial team behind a new group of web-based platforms dedicated to paving the way for independent and custom designs. Jesse and his sister Meredith launched their inaugural design site, Byco, in 2011. Two years later, they introduced the pattern-centric Print All Over Me, a site which allows users to upload their own photos or prints to one of eight different blank templates, ranging from accessories to garments. Not surprisingly, Jesse and Meredith’s sites are revolutionizing the landscape of independent design; on today’s show, Jesse joins me to talk about the origin of Byco, how his team is able to produce small-batch and limited run pieces, why strict perimeters are a designer’s best friend, some upcoming design platforms and new projects for his team, and more. Plus, a playlist dedicated solely to the first 2014 releases, featuring brand new music from Portland’s Ages and Ages, Santa Barbara-based Gardens & Villa, Wilco members’ side project The Autumn Defense, and Brit folk band Peggy Sue. So practice your best Tim Gunn impersonation, because today, we’ll show you how YOU can “make it work!”
“Being resilient is a quality that you get over time, but you can also get it if you really believe in something and you’re not afraid to fail.” – John Patrick, of Organic 2013 was a banner year for Sew & Tell, and we’re not slowing down in 2014! The first guest of the year rings it in with a bang: designer John Patrick, founder of the exquisite line Organic and sustainable fashion visionary. Join us today as John Patrick shares about the ways in which Organic has developed and evolved over the last ten years, some of the critical changes he sees as necessary for long-term improvement in the fashion industry, and the importance of beautiful, timeless design. Plus, I have an improvement-themed playlist for you today that touches on the various aspects of an attempt to change, featuring tracks from the UK’s Treetop Flyers and The Stranglers, Canada’s Montag and The Besnard Lakes, along with brand new music from Daytona, The Pixies, and more. Join us on BreakThru Radio as we turn over a new fashion leaf for 2014!
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Sew & Tell of 2014! Before we run full steam ahead into a new cycle of fashion trends, news, designs, and iconic moments, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at 2013. It was a year of genuinely remarkable, distinguished guests; so much so that it was very difficult for me to narrow down the content for today’s show! But in the end, I selected clips from a handful of interviews that I felt defined the breadth and diversity of Sew & Tell’s 2013 broadcasts. Today, you’ll hear brief excerpts from my interviews with: Jenn Rogien, costume designer for HBO’s “Girls” and the Netflix original “Orange Is the New Black;” Jenni Avins, fashion journalist for NY Magazine’s “The Cut,” Wall Street Journal’s style section, and her own site, Closettour; designer Eden Miller of Cabiria, who had the historic distinction of being the first ever plus size label to show during New York Fashion Week; and Sari Azout and Sari Bibliowicz, two childhood best friends with a fashion obsession, who turned their compulsive clothes sharing habits into one of this year’s hottest fashion merchandise sites. Plus, I’ve culled music tracks for today’s show from a few of my personal favorite releases of 2013 – you’ll hear songs today off this past year’s releases from Foxygen, Phosphorescent, Volcano Choir, and Chvrches. So join us as we say a fond & fashionable farewell to 2013; out with the old & in with the new on BreakThru Radio!

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