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BTR’s Timothy Dillon gets us stoked for season three of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Plus, How Old Saint Nick keeps up with new technology.
It’s First Time Week on BTR, and we’re celebrating it in style with Sew & Tell’s first ever knitwear designer! Carlo Volpi is an award-winning, up-and-coming young knitter whose first collection for men, titled “Lipstick Stab Wounds,” is colorful, challenging, and playfully & masterfully executed. Combining pop art references with sports and comic heros, Carlo’s designs recall both sculpture and graffiti, introducing punk to its newest platform: the sweater. On today’s show, Carlo will talk about how he started knitting, what inspires him to create his unique designs, the genius of Missoni, and some of his upcoming projects. Plus, a subtly holiday-ish themed playlist, with tracks from Sleigh Bells, Wise Blood, Mimicking Birds, Purse Snatchers, and a brand new, beautiful, heartbreaking Christmas song from Damien Jurado. So turn up the volume, pour yourself some egg nog, and join me for a conversation with Sew & Tell’s first knitwear guest!
A new company called Z!NG Revolution decks out the WIRED store for the first time. Plus, some landmark changes in U.S drug policy.
Have you ever wished that scouring the internet for second-hand designer goods could be more like Polyvore and less like Ebay? Well, this week’s guest is the answer to our pre-owned fashion prayers. Kelly James is the founder and CEO of Boulder, CO-based 27 Perry, a new, innovative online shopping platform for consignment goods. On today’s show, Kelly will talk about her background as a buyer for corporate fashion, the uniquely personal and poetic vision (literally!) that led to 27 Perry, and some of her own criteria for shopping used wares. Plus, a set list full of the latest from bands like Dr. Dog, Bleeding Rainbow, Young Rivals, Wild Yaks, and, of course, another Sufjan Christmas track! All that, plus your search for a pair of gently-worn Jimmy Choos is over: tune in to crack the code for first-rate fashion at second-hand prices!
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!
DJ Wynn explains why he doesn’t like Christmas music, but still plays holiday tunes from Sufjan Stevens and new music from Action Bronson, Clinic, and Rubblebucket
Happy Friday, and happy official start to the holiday shopping season! On today’s show, I’m joined by Alice Wu of Feral Childe clothing, one of my personal favorite lines. I first interviewed Alice last August, and we spoke about her and partner Moriah’s design work, the launch of their collaborative label, some of the challenges of sustainable production, and their copyright suit against Forever 21, due to the theft of one of their original print designs. Today, I get to catch up with Alice about the resolution of the law suit, their current F/W 2012 collection titled “Infinite Librarian,” and some exciting changes and opportunities that have come to Feral Childe over the last year. Plus, news on some Small Business Saturday shopping opportunities, along with a playlist full of new tracks from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The Babies, Only You, and more from the new Sufjan Stevens Christmas album. So join us in giving thanks for independent design & music, on BreakThru Radio!
This week, I’m joined by the multi-talented, multicultural designer Nina Egli, creator of not one, but *two* great lines, Toujours Toi and Family Affairs. Nina started Toujours Toi in 2002 – 2003, as a charm bracelet side project for extra cash. It quickly took center stage, and her quirky, elegant combinations of charms, cast metal, sequins, and crystals captivate the imaginations of women everywhere. In 2008, Nina and her mother, Kaya, also a designer, began to work together on a line of women’s clothing. Not surprisingly, their Swiss/New York cross-continental label, appropriately called Family Affairs, took off just as quickly as Nina’s jewelry. Their collections are full of whimsical prints, paired with classic, vintage-inspired cuts for a look that’s full of elegance and magic. On today’s show, Nina will talk about how she began Toujours Toi, the stories and cinema that inspire her, and some brand new Family Affairs projects for the coming collections. Plus, music from Sufjan’s Christmas epic, a Jonti re-do, and Toro Y Moi’s new single – all that and more in this hour of fashion, so tune in as we keep fashion in the family on BTR!
A spooktacularly frighting mix of awesomeness awaits—yep, we said it—with as many puns as fresh tracks. Tune in for brand new Of Montreal and Mumford & Sons. Plus check out info on the traveling Fun Festival, including this weekend’s third edition: Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX featuring the Head and the Heart. And for good measure, a set with a beat also awaits you featuring Metermaids and Lord T. That’s your Halloween mix with DJRePete on BTR!
Kathleen Day of the Center for Responsible Lending talks predatory lending, and more with Kevin Diamond of Shark?
On this week’s Sew & Tell, I’m joined by Owyn Ruck, co-founder and General Manager of the Brooklyn-based Textile Arts Center. Since it opened in 2009, TAC has become an indispensable part of the New York fashion, craft, and fine art community. With two facilities dedicated to educational workshops and classes, a gallery space, a resource library, and a storefront, the Textile Arts Center offers both enthusiasts and professionals an opportunity to learn more about a variety of textile-based processes, from weaving to screen printing, natural dyeing to leather work. On today’s show, Owyn will talk about the impetus for opening TAC, the structure of their Artist Residency program, her thoughts on where textiles fit into the sustainable fashion conversation, and the continued development of textile recycling. Plus, some great music, new and old, from artists including Deleted Scenes, Foxes, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, and MNDR. All that and more, so turn it up & welcome the weekend in style on BreakThru Radio!
Baltimore-based band Gary B & the Notions play loud and spunky indie-rock that’s full of bold, crunchy guitar riffs intertwined with catchy, power-pop melodies. Made up of Gary Lee Barrett, Jr., Kristofor Heath, Rick Bowman and Bryan Elliott, the four-piece has shared the stage with the likes of Joan Jett, Sufjan Stevens and Of Montreal. Their latest record, How Do We Explode, was recorded by friend and fellow musician J Mendicino of Pretty & Nice.
She may be a Joni Mitchell in the making, but LA-based singer-songwriter Kyla Graves didn’t always make her money through the explorative anecdotes of her guitar playing.

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