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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!
It's Grace Kelly! It's Audrey Hepburn! No, it's... you! On today's show, I talk with Leslie Tessler, the design talent and passion behind a beautiful new line of elegant capes. Inspired by her grandmother's collection of vintage capes, Leslie set out to modernize the dramatic elegance of yesterday for today's woman. Her pieces are bold, classic, and so chic they make a solid case for the indispensability of a cape in every woman's wardrobe. On the show, we'll hear from Leslie about how her love affair with the cape began, when she decided to start her line, some of the beautiful materials she uses, styling tips, and future plans for the line. Plus, music from the BTR Discovery Artist Dan Mangan, along with The War on Drugs, Mumford & Sons, San Francisco newcomers the Evil Eyes, and more. So tune in for your weekly fashion tune-up with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
I've got the perfect summertime style show for you today on Sew & Tell - Leah Reena Goren is a young Brooklyn-based textile print designer, and recent graduate of Parsons. Since her graduation this spring, Leah has already gone on to have her work featured in the Textile Arts Center retail shop, she did a collaboration with Anthropologie's "Made In Kind" designer collection, and was recently spotlighted on Etsy as a "Featured Shop." All this success comes as no surprise when you look at her whimsical, dreamy, feminine prints and contemporary-but-classic cuts. On today's show, Leah shares about how growing up with a painter for a mom influenced her own work, her print-making process, and some great business advice for new designers looking to follow in her footsteps of success. Plus, I dish about the Prada/Schiaparelli Met exhibit, a new eco-fashion shopping site I just discovered, the fabulous weekend sale at Kaight, and MTV's resurrection of "House of Style." All that, and a playlist covered in great new tracks from Heavenly Beat, Cate Le Bon, Eternal Summers, and more - Friday is officially here on BTR!!
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!
Ever wish your cocktail gown could glow in different colors and patterns? Ever need a hug when no one's around? Or maybe you're always looking for your phone, and wish you could just wear it. Whatever your technology fantasy is, chances are good that the forward-thinking team at CuteCircuit can tackle the problem! Two years ago, CuteCircuit made a splash on the red carpet fashion radar when Katy Perry wore one of their exclusive couture designs to the Met Gala. On first glance, the dress is a beautifully-constructed chiffon gown, with appliqué flowers and a flirtatiously high slit. That is, until Katy turned on a small power pack in her bustier, and… the dress was suddenly glowing! CuteCircuit have created several special project designs with their LED fabric technology, but also recently launched a ready-to-wear street fashion collection! In addition to LED textiles and garments, Francesca and Ryan have created other prototypes of what they call "interactive fashion," fulfilling the CuteCircuit motto "future fashion now." On today's Sew & Tell, Francesca talks with me about how she and Ryan started CuteCircuit, the hard work and patience they've put into their inventions, and exactly how you can use your dress to make a phone call… Plus! New music from the Ty Segall and White Fence collaboration, Best Coast, Twin Shadow and more. So prepare to take notes on the future of fashion, because it's here!
I know that NYC is still celebrating the Superbowl hardcore, and I hope you fully enjoyed the amazing, nail-biting win... BUT. Let's be serious. The Superbowl of Style is just around the corner - NY Fashion Week! So we're gonna get down to business and talk fashion today. And speaking of business - I have the honor of highlighting an incredible organization and business venture on today's show. Awamaki is a non-profit based in Peru, that works with local women to preserve indigenous weaving techniques, and to further their skills as craftspeople. Towards that end, Awamaki recently launched a design residency program, spearheaded by Annie Millican. The Awamaki Lab residency offers young designers an opportunity to create a collection of clothing, built around these beautiful traditional Peruvian textiles. Awamaki Lab just celebrated the launch of its second collection, F/W 2012, designed by collaborators and fellow Parsons grads Andria Crescioni and Courtney Cedarholm. The pieces are timeless yet modern, with references to menswear that retain a thoroughly feminine sensibility. On today's show, Andria and Courtney talk about their experiences in Peru, learning about local fibers and natural dyes, and how anthropologists and explorers from the turn of the century led to these gorgeous garments. Plus, tons of great new music today from Dr. Dog, Sharon Van Etten, of Montreal, Young Magic and more! So prep yourself for Fashion Week with your first collection of F/W 2012...
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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