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Wow, what a week! For all those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the thoughts & hearts of all the BreakThru Radio staff are with you, and we wish you safe and swift recovery. There are a host of opportunities to help out, whether you live in the NYC area or elsewhere, and you'll find a list of resources at the bottom of today's show page. The fashion industry marched on through the storm, bringing with it a host of stories from the inspriational to the ridiculous, to the er, well, more ridiculous. And let's not forget that it was Halloween this week, too, which gave fashionistas everywhere an excuse to get even more flamboyant. Here on the station, we've been celebrating with Unsolved Mysteries week, taking this opportunity to examine some of the inexplicable, unfathomable, and downright strange phenomenon in culture, science and society. The fashion side of mystery can, in my opinion, most easily be found in vintage goods, and this week's Sew & Tell guests are the perfect example of how repurposed antiques can become updated treasures, oozing with historic mystique. Margaux and Walter Kent are a husband-and-wife team that form the creative collaboration behind Philadelphia-based Peg & Awl, a line of home, garden, and fashion accessories. Margaux and Walter's creations all borrow their lives from antique material, and to own a Peg & Awl piece is to own a rare piece of history. On today's show, Margaux and Walter will share the story of how they started Peg & Awl, where they find their unique source materials, and some of the processes they use to craft their beautiful goods. Plus, I have a sleuth-worthy playlist, with tracks from Timber Timbre, Levek, Midnight Magic and more. So invite your power-less friends over, gather around the kitchen table, light some candles, and tune in as we solve this Friday's fashion mystery...
Formerly Ghost Bees, Tasseomancy talks about the change of their name and sound for their newest album Ulalume.
This week on Sew & Tell, we're taking a look at one of the best fashion accessories out there: the wristwatch. Watches blend form and function like almost no other wardrobe item can, doing double duty by offering exquisite style and substance. Surprisingly, there are relatively few independent watch designers on the scene today, but I was fortunate to sit down and chat for a bit with not just one of the only, but one of the best. Martine Ilana launched La Mer in 2001, when, out of her own frustration with the dearth of fashion-forward women's watches, she designed one for herself. That set her on a path to revolutionize the market, and thanks to her efforts and exquisite designs, La Mer is now carried in many of the big-name boutiques and retail chains, worldwide. Utilizing a mixture of materials from metal to leather, and lucite to diamonds, Martine creates unique designs for every time of day, every season, and every type of woman. On today's show, she'll talk about the frustration and passion that got her started, the travels that inspire her designs, and the amazing website she built, which allows visitors to become genuine "time travelers" as they explore her collections. Plus, there's a whole playlist of time-centered music on the show, including tracks from a lot of my favorites - Damien Jurado, Tom Waits, Sun Airway, Timber Timbre and more. So get your weekend fashion on early with BTR and La Mer - it's about time!