Hey there, fashion fans! Hope you’re all enjoying these last few weeks of December as we hurry into a brand new year! And speaking of the new year… on today’s Sew & Tell, I’m joined by fellow BTR DJ, editorial staffer, resident foodie, and fellow fashion aficionado, Dane Feldman; together, we’ll take a look back at 2013 in fashion. You’ll hear about some of the trends we loved and hated, a few of the year’s defining moments in fashion, and our favorite additions to our personal closets this year! Plus, a holiday-rific music playlist full of tracks from top indie artists like The Rural Alberta Advantage, Pink Mountaintops, Mum, and more. Join us as we reminisce on a hallmark year as it comes to close, celebrating the holidays in style with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Hey there fashion fans! Welcome to an all new Friday of Sew & Tell on BTR! In honor of this week’s Energy theme on the station, I had the incredible opportunity to speak with the design/production team behind Appalatch, a newly launched brand for sustainable knitwear, and what could possibly be the world’s first solar-powered sweater! Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin are friends with a shared passion for classic, durable, sustainably produced knitwear. They launched their Asheville-based brand earlier this year, but have already gained a loyal following through savvy use of social media and Kickstarter, combined with quality knitwear classics that are ethically built to stand the test of time. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Mariano and Grace about how the idea for Appalatch was formed, why the brand’s ideal location is in North Carolina, their recent acquisition of a high-end knitting machine from German manufacturer Stoll, and some developments in the works for 2014 that will raise the Appalatch label to an impressively pure standard of ethical and sustainable production. Plus, a energizing playlist full of thematically-appropriate tracks from artists like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kurt Vile, Best Coast, Free Energy, and more. So join us this hour for Sew & Tell, and get inspired to spring into the new year with energetic & sustainable fashion, right here on BreakThru Radio!
Calling all fashion fans! It’s Multitasking Week here on BTR, and I have got one master multitasker for you on the show today! Marci Zaroff is an unstoppable eco-entrepreneurial force; President of Portico Brand Groups, Marci developed and oversees its subsidiaries Under the Canopy and FASE, two eco-fashion (which, by the way, is a term she coined back in 1996) labels. And as if that weren’t enough, she and her husband Eric are co-creators of I AM Enlightened Creations, an herbal/Ayurvedic supplement line, *and* Marci is currently co-producing a documentary about the environmental impacts of the fashion industry, called “Thread.” With that much to discuss, we’ll be multitasking our way through today’s show! Marci will share about her transition from a career in food to a focus on fashion, the development of her labels Under the Canopy and FASE, the “Thread” documentary and its mission, and a few of her own favorite multitasking wardrobe pieces. Plus, I have a great playlist chock full of recent releases for you, including the latest from British singer-songwriter sensation Anna Calvi, Bay Area garage rockers Thee Oh Sees, folk sister duo Lily & Madeleine, and more. So tune in while you do some holiday shopping, and multitask with sustainable style on BreakThru Radio!
Happy Thanksgivukkah! I hope you're enjoying a great weekend full of celebrations, food, friends, and family. I have a really fun Sew & Tell for you today: in honor of BTR's Screen Week theme, I thought it would be fitting to take a look at some fashion from the silver screen. Now, fashion in film is a huge, broad topic, so I called in my good friend and fellow sartorially-minded cinephile Anthony Platipodis to help me break it down. Each of us chose a favorite vintage fashion film and a favorite contemporary example, and on today's show, we'll be discussing the style in four movies: "Top Hat," (1935), "Leave Her To Heaven" (1945), "Great Expectations," (1998), and "The Fifth Element" (1997). Plus, I've got some great new music in the mix - fresh tracks from the new solo debut by The Babies frontman Kevin Morby, and Cali garage group Pure Bliss, as well as a track off one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year to date, Blood Orange's sophomore release "Cupid Deluxe." All that, plus a ton more goodies (some fashion film recommendations from fellow Sew & Tell listeners, a great Thanksgiving leftovers recipe, more gorgeous gift ideas!), so whether you're fighting the Black Friday crowds or curled up at home, tune in and join us for a stylishly entertaining hour here on BreakThru Radio!
It's Milk Week here on BTR & for fashion fans, that can only mean one label: Black Milk! On today's show, I have an interview with Cameron Parker, Marketing & Operations Director for the hot young Australian-based label, who will talk about how he got involved with the company when designer James Lillis was still working out of his kitchen, his strategy to build the brand using social media in lieu of advertising, Black Milk's impressive in-house production infrastructure, and a few of their most popular collections and collaborations. Plus, a subtly milk-themed playlist full of tracks from great indie releases of 2013, including Love Inks, Cold War Kids, Typhoon, Cheyenne Mize, and more. So tune in and do that body good with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
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!
This week on Sew & Tell, I have the honor of featuring a true visionary in the field of fashion: designer Pia Interlandi. Pia's work began as an exploration of dissolvable textiles and garment deconstruction; eventually, through that work and the personal loss of her grandfather, Pia started to question the ways in which we traditionally dress bodies for burial. Her investigations ultimately led Pia to launch her own bespoke burial garment business, Garments for the Grave. On today's show, you'll hear from Pia about her dissolvable fabric designs, the moving experience that led her to investigate burial garments, her forensic studies of textile disintegration, and the philosophies and practices behind the grown natural burial movement. Plus, a playlist featuring brand new tracks from Candian artists Sebastien Grainger and Megan Bonnell, along with Brooklyn's The Can't Tells, Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina, a brand new Bavarian trio called Aloa Input, and more. So tune in and learn how to be a conscientious fashionista, even in the afterlife…
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!
On today's show, I have a plethora of fall fashion goodies - a conversation with the founder of my new favorite (sustainable) fashion webshop, Modavanti, along with a host of last-minute Halloween ideas for all you procrastinating fashionistas out there! Two years ago, David Dietz left an established career in journalism and Middle Eastern politics to grow a sustainable fashion webshop. Modavanti launched just a year and a half ago, but has already made a significant name for itself as a leader in the small-but-growing market of online sustainable resources (plus, it's one of my personal favorites!) On today's show, you'll hear David talk about the path that took him from covering the Arab Spring to starting Modavanti, the philosophies and principles that guide his ethically oriented shop, and some new developments and future plans that will add to Modavanti's steadily growing base of loyal customers. Plus, a playlist that features the latest from Cass McCombs, Moonface, and Black Hearted Brothers, along with a preview track from next week's Maria Taylor release. All that and more in the hour ahead, so tune in, turn it up, and stay stylish with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
My guest this week is film director & cinematographer Andrew Morgan, whose personal passion for storytelling has led him to create a series of beautiful, intimate pieces. His team's latest film is "The True Cost," a exciting documentary that takes an in-depth look at the broken links in today's fashion production system and supply chain. On today's show, we'll hear from Andrew about his start in filmmaking, the moment that triggered his mission to create "The True Cost," and how he and his team have been changed through the process of researching and developing this film. Plus, a full-throttle music mix today featuring new tracks from Johnathan Rice, Saint Rich, Love Inks, Lizzo, MiniBoone, and more! So tune in and join us for an inspirational look at the future of fashion…
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!
Which one of us hasn't dreamt of getting away with wearing pajamas 24/7, yet somehow staying stunningly stylish? With the delicate creations from this week's featured designer, you'll be having sweet dreams day and night! Cristina Lynch just launched Mi Golondrina, her line of cotton sleepwear and bedding, this summer, but she's already gained a devoted following with her bedtime fashion. Inspired by her Mexican heritage and its tradition of embroidery, her luxe, feminine, simple pieces are equally at home on the beach, at brunch, or in bed. On today's show, Cristina will talk about her mother's early influence in teaching Cristina about her Mexican cultural heritage, her path from being an econ/theater major to working for Oscar de la Renta to launching her own line, the women in the Oxaca region who embroider each Mi Golondrina piece by hand, and some of her upcoming projects for the label. Plus, a sleep-y playlist full of music that will keep you wide awake, from artists like Deer Tick, Man Man, Iron & Wine, Phosphorescent, and more. So prepare to make your favorite pi's jealous with our elegant Sleep Week feature, here on BTR!
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!
I have a seriously sartorial trailblazer for you on today's show: meet designer Courtney Allegra, who debuted her eponymous ready-to-wear women's line at last fall's LA Fashion Week. She's been featured on The Today Show alongside Rachel Roy, appeared in the pages of Seventeen, Girl's Life, Essence, Huff Po, and Avant Garde, and her label has been worn on the red carpet. She's also in high school. On today's show, you'll hear from Courtney about what it's like to launch and run a label at age 16, where she gets inspiration for her bold, fresh, sophisticated-yet-playful designs, and her amazing post-graduation ambitions. Plus, a playlist full of great songs off just a handful of this week's new releases - tracks in the mix from Dent May, The Dodos, Califone, and Franz Ferdinand (they're back!!) So tune in and get ahead of the fashion curb with Sew & Tell on BTR!
On today's show, an intriguing look inside a fascinating, under-examined phonomenon in fashion history: fashion as propaganda. My guest is author, professor, curator and textile historian Dr. Jacqueline Atkins, whose book Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States 1931 - 1945, details some of the most unique, intricate, and culturally significant examples of fashion propaganda. On today's show, you'll hear from Dr. Atkins about a fascination with fabrics that has been with her from her first portable Singer sewing machine to discoveries in the vintage kimono shops of Japan, some of the incredible, rich propaganda textiles from the Asia-Pacific War and their cultural significance, and some current research and upcoming projects. Plus, tracks in the playlist today off this week's brand new releases from artists like Julianna Barwick and Golden Suits, plus a premier single from newcomer Lola Johnson. All that and more is just ahead, so be a good fashion citizen and tune in to this week's Sew & Tell on BTR!
Have you ever found a too-good-to-be-true designer deal on eBay? Well, chances are, it might actually BE too good to be true: you could be spending all your hard-earned cash on a fake! On today's Sew & Tell, I'm joined by fashion authentication expert Fei Deyle, whose personal passion for designer goods turned her Herve Leger blog into a sorely-needed online designer goods retail platform called Lollipuff. Unlike most other resale sites, Lollipuff offers 100% authentication of goods bought and sold, and, not surprisingly, it has grown rapidly since its launch just eight months ago. On today's show, you'll hear from Fei about how a personal blog led to a revolutionary retail website, her personal passion for designer goods (and, of course, Herve Leger!), and a few telltale signs that can alert a buyer to a fake. Plus, a great playlist of new music including the latest from Superchunk, The Dismemberment Plan, DIANA, Julia Holter, and more! So turn it up and tune in for some *authentically* stylish radio, 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!
In keeping with BTR's Tour Week, I have a guest on today's Sew & Tell who will help you stay stylish (and organized) on the road. Noah Guy is the founder & designer behind the U.S.-made, San Francisco-based line Joshu + Vela. Joshu + Vela embodies all the any travel bag should be, in a myriad of sizes and purposes: from weekender to wallet, Noah's designs have you covered in conscientious, practical style. On today's show, you'll hear what Noah learned about construction while working for Levi's, the meant-to-be resurrection story of Joshu + Vela, the challenges and rewards of Noah's commitment to make his product in the USA, from U.S.-sourced materials, and the beautifully dynamic quality of the leather Noah uses to create Joshu + Vela bags. I've also got some great music on the show from artists like Dawes, Lia Ices, and Jenny Wilson, along with brand new tracks from Deer Tick, Golden Suits, and Julia Holter - PLUS travel style & packing tips in today's Odds & Ends!! So much good stuff on the show today - just tune in, turn it up, and let BTR get you ready for your next vacay (before summer ends… shhhhh!!)
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 55:08 Finish 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! CSS (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 Yellowbirds (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
On this week's show, we explore the concept of "shopping without spending," with Sari Azout and Sari Bibliowicz, the two co-founders of a trendy new swapping site, Bib + Tuck. In our conversation, Sari A. and Sari B. talk about how their friendship and shared love for fashion led to this pioneering project, the nuts and bolts of how Bib + Tuck functions as a swap site, what makes Bib + Tuck a unique clothes-share resource, and a few of their own memorable bibs (gives) and tucks (takes). Plus, a playlist chock-full of awesome music, including new tunes from Gauntlet Hair, Pure Bathing Culture, Travis Bretzer and Grant Hart, as well as some not-new (but still beautiful) tracks from Loney Dear and Denison Witmer. All that's coming your way this hour, so stay tuned to Sew & Tell on BTR!
Hey there, fashion fans! This week, we're taking a look at an important and under-recognized phenomenon: shopping addiction. While not addressed by the professional therapeutic community until just recently, an addiction to compulsive shopping has been a struggle for people over centuries. Author and freelance writer Avis Cardella opened up about her own difficult experiences in "Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict," and I had the pleasure of talking with her this week. On today's show, Avis will share about her work as a professional in the fashion industry, the process through which she realized her shopping addiction, her subsequent road to recovery, and how that experience has changed her perspective on style. Plus, a great mix of music that includes a reissue from North Carolina's Ashrae Fax, new music from Woods and Owen, and a few Francophile tracks sprinkled in as well. You don't want to miss this one, so tune in and turn it up - it's Sew & Tell on BTR!
Happy 5th of July! It's officially the peak of summer heat, so I thought we'd cool off this week on Sew & Tell with my new favorite beachwear discovery: Australian-based label We Are Handsome. Indhra Chagoury and Jeremy Sommers' wild, limited-edition prints are the stuff of fashion dreams, adorning swimsuits and loungewear that capture the quintessence of summers spent in surf and sand. On today's show, the two designers join me to talk about the start of their unique collaboration, some trademarks of Australian style, a few of their favorite beaches to visit, and more. Plus, I've got a playlist full of beachy tracks from some of today's best Australian indie rockers - you'll hear songs from Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Twerps, Cut Copy, Tame Impala, and more. So settle back on your beach blanket, tune in, and turn up your style here on BreakThru Radio!
This week on Sew & Tell, we examine the lack of transparency within fashion production, and how that's changing in the wake of April's tragic factory collapse in Bangladesh. I'm joined by Kaytee Riek, Campaign Manager for an organization called Sum of Us, who generate campaigns to hold global corporations accountable for their business practices. Kaytee will talk about the fast fashion's fundamentally broken production system, the Bangladesh Safety Accord vs. the Gap/Walmart alliance, and what consumers can do to pressure brands into cleaning up their act. Plus, Dane's back to dish about last Sunday's Mad Men Season 6 mega finale, and we'll hear a bunch of great new music from Mavis Staples, The Stranglers, Lightning Dust, and more! So tune in and wisen up - we're tackling fashion transparency here on BTR!
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…
A new editorial intern wornette reminisces about clothing items past, and balancing the bold with the basic.
There's slow cookers, slow motion, slow pokes… but what about slow style? This week on Sew & Tell, we take a look at a counter-culture movement within fashion that (unlike the rest of the industry) actually encourages shoppers to buy *less*. My guest is Crystal Grover, a member of the Slow Fashion Forward partnership and half of the talented design team INDO. Crystal works as both a sustainability-focused educator and interior architect, and on today's show, she'll talk about the key principles and values that underly the concept of slow fashion, the mission of SFF, her own design work with INDO, and Chicago's growing slow craft scene. Plus, I have a slew of slow fashion resources for you on today's playlist page, along with music in the mix from Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Sonny & The Sunsets, Phosphorescent, UK classical electronic artist Jon Hopkins, and more. So ease into your weekend with this special slow-fashion-dedicated Sew & Tell, on BTR!
This week on Sew & Tell, I'm honored to feature an interview with a woman of many talents, Cecilia De Bucourt. She started a modeling career at the tender age of 14 and traveled the world, gracing the pages of top fashion publications like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle. At 28, she shifted her focus to behind-the-scenes work, and received a fashion design degree from FIT. While she was still a student, her designs were picked up by Barney's, and she went on to supply top brands like GUESS, Bebe, and Arden B. Cecilia is now focused on developing her eponymous label, which is a favorite of celebs like Heidi Klum, Jessica Simpson, and Paris Hilton. She's also busy creating new photography work, and pursuing her unending passions for dance and design! On today's show, Cecilia will talk about the lessons she learned from working as a model for 14 years, what led her to pursue fashion design, how she gained business savvy before going solo, an upcoming jewelry line, and her pick for favorite iPhone app. Plus, brand new music from the debut album of SoCal's GRMLN, London's Americana folk group Treetop Flyers, the sophomore release from Eleanor Friedberger, and more. So stick around for some serious style on BreakThru Radio!
This week's Sew & Tell is a re-broadcast, perfect for BTR's "Best of Summer" theme! Today I have two fabulous guests whose line of sun-protective clothing will help get you and your wardrobe ready for all that summer sun in the months ahead! "But wait," you say, "don't all clothes protect you from the sun?" Well, yes and no. While your favorite organic cotton white tee might shield you from a burn, it doesn't keep out the rays that can cause longer-term damage and contribute to your risk of developing skin cancer. What's a beach-loving lady or lad to do? Anne Botica and Monique Moore developed just what the doctor ordered: Mott 50. This line of stylish garments are well-constructed, fashion-friendly basics, and each piece has an SPF of 50 or higher! Which means that you can relax and enjoy beach days, picnics, and summer music festivals with confidence. On today's show they'll share about how they developed the idea for Mott 50, what makes these clothes so sun-friendly, and a few important skin care statistics that everyone should know. Plus, some great music tracks from artists like Agnes Obel, Julian Lynch, of Montreal, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more! It's fashion Friday here on BTR...
It's Craft Week here on BTR, and craft + fashion can only mean one thing: DIY project time! I'm joined this week by Jenni Radosevich, editorial staff member at InStyle, and creative mastermind behind the popular fashion project blog I Spy DIY. From make-it-yourself crystal necklaces to the latest nail art trends, sprucing up a pair of shoes, or adding a unique look to that Ikea lamp, Jenni's tutorials have you covered. Plus, she's got a ton of great inspiration posts that keep you up-to-date on all the latest styles! On today's show, Jenni will talk about the start of I Spy DIY, how *not* learning to sew made her who she is today, a few of her favorite style icons, and her top shops for craft supplies. All that, plus a set of brand new music from artists Mikal Cronin, Wampires, and Bibio, along with a set dedicated to the stylistically diverse roster of Toronto's record label Arts & Crafts. Grab that glue gun, and get ready to bedazzle here on BTR with Sew & Tell!
When you hear the phrase "plastic dress," chances are, at least for fans of the uber-popular fashion phenom TV show "Girls" on HBO, you think of character Marnie's wave-making dress from Season 2. This week's guest needs no further introduction - I had the amazing opportunity to chat with Jenn Rogien, costume designer and style mastermind behind the youthful Brooklyn styles. (Incidentally, Jenn made the infamous plastic dress herself!) Join us on Sew & Tell to hear Jenn talk about her path from chemical engineering to fashion, the work of a costume designer, the boys of "Girls," a new Netflix series she just designed, her weakness for British costume dramas, and more. Plus, a playlist full of "Girls" soundtrack-inspired songs, including Oh Land, Generationals, fun., and Lia Ices. So break out your sleeping bag coat and best fascinator, and join us for an hour of "Girl"-y fashion here on BTR!
This week's guest is Jessica Schreiber, Program Manager for New York City's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling. Jessica share details about re-fashioNYC, the city's textile recycling program, and how you can participate to help reduce the 200,000 tons of textile waste produced each year in New York City. She'll also talk about the ingenious idea behind Directional Dining, the food blog she co-authors with roommate Jules, and a few of her favorite eateries in the city. Later in the show, Dane and I dissect the red carpet styles from Monday's punk-themed Met Gala, and recap last Sunday's action-packed episode of Mad Men, in anticipation of big changes ahead for SCDP. Plus! The latest music from artists like She & Him, Small Black, AM & Shawn Lee, and ADULT. Celebrate Friday in fashion on BTR!
The warm weather is here, and it's time to start getting all those cute summer clothes back out! This week's guest knows a thing or two about summer style: Calley Dawson is a designer for the label Free People, and curator/editor of trend-centric fashion blog The Cult of Style. On today's show, she'll talk about the art of trend forecasting, the perks and challenges of designing for a major label, and what it takes to grow a solid blog following. Plus, new music from Daughter, Alessi's Ark, !!! and more, along with tons of headlines from this week in fashion and entertainment (Gwyneth! Gatsby! Punk! Don Draper! Oh my!) So turn up, tune in, and stay on trend with Sew & Tell on BTR!
In honor of BTR's Earth Week, I'm joined on Sew & Tell today by special guest Natalia Allen, a pioneer in sustainable fashion design and technology. After graduating as Designer of the Year from Parson's, Natalia worked as a consultant for top-level fashion brands, helping them create accessories and apparel that merged fashion with new technology. It wasn't long before Natalia had seen enough of fashion production to know that it needed to change, and she decided to address those changes by launching her own sustainability-focused company and eponymous label. On today's show, Natalia will talk about the path she took from corporate fashion consultant to sustainable design pioneer, what "sustainable" means for her company and production process, the carefully considered aesthetics of her designs, what it means to be a Young Global Leader, and more. Plus, the latest music from John Grant, No Joy, Beacon, Phoenix, The Thermals, and more in today's mix! (Sadly, we have no update with Dane this week, but he'll be back again next week to talk Mad Men and menswear!) So turn up the volume and celebrate Earth Week with us, as we learn more about how technological advancements can help create responsible fashion!
In honor of the approaching Earth Day, this week's Sew & Tell guest is a designer who has found a solution for waste management through stylish design. Sheila Odessey weaves together cotton and strips of plastic grocery bags to create fashion-forward, functional handbags and totes! Her Spring 2013 Collection is full of bright colors, whimsical ginghams, and beach-friendly bags. On today's show, Sheila will talk about her decades of experience as a weaver in New York's Garment Center, how she got the idea to turn plastic waste into a chic accessory, the incredible range in "hand" of plastic bags, a few future plans for her line, and more. Plus, Dane and I talk favorite bags and gossip about the latest on Mad Men, and there's a mix full of brand new music from Akron/Family, Oberhofer, Houses, and more. Get ready for some seriously earth-friendly style, here on BTR!
Spring marks the return of bountiful fresh, local food, but what about fresh, local… fashion? Kate Huling and Andrew Tarlow, the husband-and-wife team behind Williamsburg foodie establishments Marlow & Sons, Diner, Roman's, Reynard's, and Marlow & Daughters, decided to tackle that challenge, and take a local, seasonal approach to apparel and accessories with Marlow Goods. Using the leftover hides from their farm-fresh meat, along with locally sheered wool, Kate has designed a beautiful collection of hand-crafted sweaters, leather bags, and home accessories. On today's show, Kate joins me to talk about the chain of suppliers and craftspeople involved in Marlow Goods, the challenges and joys of seasonal farm-based fashion, and some of her own favorites for springtime style and food. Plus, late in the show, Dane weighs in on the Mad Men Season 6 premier with some thoughtful insights about character development, and we'll hear new music from Luxury Liners, Kurt Vile, Kids On A Crime Spree, and more. Who cares what it's like outside? It's springtime here on BTR!
What could be better than a vintage boutique that stays open until 2 am? Browsing that boutique with a cocktail in hand! And thanks to The Dressing Room on NYC's Lower East Side, you can do just that! On today's show, I'm joined by co-founder and retail curator Alex Adame, who maintains a tastefully eclectic mix of vintage pieces and new designs from local and independent labels. On the show, Alex will talk about turning their inventive vision into reality, how The Dressing Room has changed as its grown, some of the independent designers they carry, a few of her own vintage wardrobe treasures, and more. Later, Dane & I will talk cocktail shop, and there's a playlist full of new music from artists like Bettie Serveert, Sanders Bohlke, Little Green Cars, and more. Give your Friday a makeover with vintage style on Sew & Tell!
Let's hear it for the boys! This week's show is a celebration of stylish details for men, courtesy of master cobbler Tamas "Zen" Pomazi of Minnesota-based Greenwich Vintage. He and business partner Max Miller have created a beautiful empire, dedicated to exquisitely restored and resoled vintage shoes, as well as limited edition collaboration garments & accessories. GV is a one-stop shop for the impeccably dressed man who appreciates great design, and on this week's show, you'll hear from Zen about how his dad's vintage shoes became his new career, the colorful Greenwich Vintage signature soles, a few of Zen's personal fashion icons, and how there comes a time when every man needs to embrace classic style and "step his grown man game up." We couldn't agree more. Plus, Dane and I dish on our own favorite footwear (as well as some guilty pleasure shoes! shhhhh…), AND tracks from this week's new Phosphorescent and Low albums! So tune in, turn up, and ring in spring with a brand new Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
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On last week's show, I introduced Sew & Tell's new addition: fashion correspondent and resident menswear authority Dane Feldman. I wanted our listeners to get to know Dane better, so on today's show, you'll have an opportunity to do just that. Dane is a recent graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied Communications and wrote a lifestyle column for the school's paper, The Daily Collegian. With a fascination for vintage style and an eye for good taste, Dane has crafted a well-curated style for himself that reflects classic sensibilities and formal silhouettes. On today's show, Dane will talk about the widespread impact of AMC's "Mad Men" on fashion, the overlooked style demographic of college men, and he'll share a few of his favorite stores, celebrity fashion icons, and wardrobe essentials. Plus, I have a great playlist full of brand new releases from BTR favorites Helado Negro, Suuns, Shout Out Louds, and Robyn Hitchcock, along with tracks from Bon Iver and Dead Man's Bones. Friday has never looked better on BTR!
What do Katharine Hepburn, Emmylou Harris, Jane Birkin and Coco Chanel have in common? Classic, fearless Tomboy Style! And for today's show, I got to talk with the founder and writer behind this beautiful, award-winning blog and book, Lizzie Garrett. Tune in to hear us chat about tomboy style icons from yesterday and today, and what it takes to be a savvy tomboy. PLUS! Exciting new weekly segment making it's debut on Sew & Tell today - I'm joined by fashion news commentator and dapper gent, BTR's Dane Feldman. Together we'll share some news updates from this past week, talk about Dane's recent trip to the lesser-known Couture Fashion Week, and review Sunday's Oscar looks! And of course, some great new music to go with the great conversation - tracks today from Lia Ices, Cat Power, Beach House, and POLICA. This hour of Sew & Tell is EPIC, so jump-start your weekend right now with fashion fun on BreakThru Radio!
Ready to save money on gorgeous fashion? OK, that was rhetorical - who isn't?? When it comes to budget style, few people are more knowledgeable or well-versed than Dianna Baros, the editorial voice behind the popular blog The Budget Babe. With six years at under her belt, as well as a stint as spokeswoman for TJ Maxx and Marshall's, and a two-year run offering Cybermonday tips to 50+ media outlets, Dianna is an over-qualified resource for designer bargains. The Budget Babe combines celebrity outfit looks-for-less, designer collaboration previews, and daily sale updates for a one-stop budget shopping bible. On today's show, Dianna will tell us about the career & life path that led her to specialize in budget fashion, her thoughts on the designer collaboration trend, and she'll even share a few of her top bargain shopping spots! Plus, new music today from two talented young artists, Grace Woodroofe and Youth Lagoon, alongside Porcelain Raft, CREEP, and a "Ryan Gosling Remix" by the UK band Spector of Florence and The Machine's "No Light No Light." So stick around and get out your budget worksheet - we'll get your wardrobe prepped for spring with cash to spare (perhaps for some new music?) Encore show from January 20, 2012
Spring is approaching fast, and we all know what's just around the corner: bikini weather! If you think it's too early to start prepping your beach bod, think again - it's never the wrong time to hit the gym! And thanks to this week's Sew & Tell guest, you don't have to sacrifice style OR comfort when you do. Dari and her sister Pamela Passarello are long-time passionate runners who happened upon the perfect solution to an age-old problem: how to find a comfortable headband. After fruitless searching, Dari finally made her own, and suddenly found that everyone else wanted one, too! Sparkly Soul Headbands was born, and they now offer a variety of styles and colors, so you can transition easily from workout to work to play, and look effortlessly fabulous the whole time. On today's show, Dari will talk about how Sparkly Soul began, some of the perfect occasions and uses for the headbands, a few new styles in the works, and she even offers some great advice for beginning runners! Plus, another week of fantastic new releases - you'll hear tracks from Gainesville's ASPE, UK's Veronica Falls, the debut from hardcore rockers The Virginmarys, Miracles of Modern Science, a special Jamie Lidell Valentine's single, and more. So tune in, turn it up, and get inspired - spring is just around the corner here on Sew & Tell!
"... every dollar I spend is a vote that I cast for what kind of systems I want to support. I think often, as consumers, we forget that we have that kind of power when we think about the purchases we make." - Anna Lynett Moss of CHIYOME On this week's show, I talk with Anna Lynett Moss, the talent behind new-to-the-scene studio CHIYOME. Anna's work for CHIYOME currently includes beautiful, sculptural leather handbags, pouches, and backpacks, as well as a collection of gorgeous Bauhaus-inspired quilts. Her recent collaboration piece for Of a Kind sold out in just a few hours, and it's easy to see why: Anna's creations are formal, playful, sleek, well-crafted, and conscientiously made. On today's show, Anna will talk about how she transitioned from RISD art student to self-made designer, her commitment to community ethics in production, a few of the other artists and designers that inform her work, and the upcoming ON-RA, a new line of handbags for 2013. Plus, new music on the show from Dog Bite, Ducktails, Fear of Men, Night Beds, and my favorite music discovery of 2013 (so far), Japanese folk/pop artist Shugo Tokumaru (trust me, you will want to hear this guy). So tune in and turn it up, as we talk design, art, community responsibility, business, indie music and more in this hour of Sew & Tell!
Just in time for Valentine's wish lists, today's show features one of my favorite jewelry lines, Nola Bella. Jill Scharmen has been an avid vintage jewelry collector for years, and in 2002, started to design her own pieces for fun. Not surprisingly, her bold, elegant, ethereal designs were quick to gain fans, and her work went from hobby to second job. Working by day as a fashion industry colorist, Jill brings her eye for form, attention to detail, and dedication to precision to her four gorgeous collections - Atelier, Vintage, Rockstar, and Timeless - offering pieces for stylish every wardrobe and every occasion. On today's show, we'll hear from Jill about how she got started working with jewelry, how she approaches new designs, the materials she works with, her own vintage jewelry collection, and some future plans that could mean exciting new designs for Nola Bella. All that and a ton of great new music in the mix today - the holiday slump of new releases has (finally!) turned a corner, and today you'll hear samples from upcoming releases by Youth Lagoon, Companion, and new-to-the-scene Houses, along with the latest from Toro Y Moi, Radar Brothers, Big Harp, and Foxygen. So tune in and turn it up - we're sensing some serious style on BreakThru Radio!
"I think designers need to be there when the decisions for the first particles are being designed. Not when the fabric is already on the roll, and it's already created, and it already has inherent in it things that can help or not help you." On today's show, I'm joined by fashion designer, artist, professor and innovator Helen Storey. Currently serving as Professor of Fashion and Science at The London College of Fashion, Helen has had an incredible career that began with Valentino in the '80's, led to the development of her own line in the '90s, and now finds her collaborating with chemist Tony Ryan to address problems created by consumer waste, through technologically innovative, elegant solutions. Tune in as Helen talks about her design experiences, the problematic divide between art and science, the creative challenges she faced in designing a collection inspired by embryotic development, and how your jeans can purify the air. Plus, the latest music from Canadian artist Renny Wilson, Philly-based Bleeding Rainbow, Brooklyn's Takka Takka and more. So turn it up and tell your friends - this is one Sew & Tell they don't want to miss!
Happy New Year! I thought I'd take the opportunity, during this week of good intentions and resolutions, to talk with an expert in eco-fashion makeovers. Gretta Eagan - stylist, model, consultant, and founder of the fantastic FASHIONmeGREEN site and services - graciously gave me an hour of her time, and shared her thoughts on the past, and future, of sustainable style. Eagan's organization, FASHIONmeGREEN, couples as a great eco-fashion editorial site and your access to personalized "green" styling services and wardrobe makeovers. On today's show, Greta shares about charting the course to sustainable fashion in an era of skepticism, some practical tips for DIY green makeover, a few of her favorite brands and shopping sites, and some predictions for what's ahead in 2013. Plus, in honor of BTR's Look Back Week, I've assembled a count-down of my favorite tracks from the year. You'll hear music from Firehorse, Cate Le Bon, Tim Damien Jurado, Kopecky Family Band, and more. So sit back, sip your detox juice, turn up the volume, and learn how to detox your closet for 2013, on BreakThru Radio!