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Some iconic fashion labels have couples at the helm – Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, and The Row, just to name a few – and often owe the strength of the brand to the strength of the relationship at their center. Karen Stewart and Howard Brown of Stewart + Brown are just such a stylish pair, proving that two heads are better than one. The husband and wife are pioneers of the sustainable style movement who founded their women’s wear brand in 2002 before sustainable style was on anyone’s radar. Leading by example, they showed fellow indie designers that sustainable can be synonymous with fashion-forward style, and ethics and aesthetics can co-exist. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Karen and Howard about how the fashion industry has changed since they launched their line, the WGSN award they received for “Most Sustainable Brand,” how they hope to inspire the next generation of indie designers, the unique fabrics and textiles they use in their line, and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist dedicated to the highs and lows of relationships, featuring tracks from Swedish artist Loney Dear, Sufjan Stevens, Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture, and She & Him. So grab your bff, your SO, your pet, or whoever else might be the Dolce to your Gabbana, and join us as we examine relationships from a fashionably forward perspective.
What if you could wear your favorite yoga pants to work, and still look beautifully polished, professional, and commanding? That’s exactly what Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of Project Gravitas, has set out to do with her new line of women’s wear. Not only are Project Gravitas pieces comfortable and well-constructed classics, the designs are created with a variety of body shapes and sizes in mind. (Imagine that! A line of clothes for women, actually *designed* for more than one woman!) Project Gravitas is just two years old, but in that time, the label has been featured in top fashion publications including InStyle, Marie Claire, Elle, and Women’s Wear Daily, and has made multiple appearances in the O Magazine, after being selected as one of Oprah’s favorite things. An impressive resume, to say the least! Join us for a wonderfully inspiring, engaging talk with Lisa Sun, as she shares about the moment that ultimately led her to launch a new fashion label, what makes Project Gravitas designs unique, and some of the brand’s exciting new projects ahead! And to go along with this empowering style, I’ve got a playlist full of empowering indie women. You’ll tracks in today’s mix from Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten, Beach House, Sylvan Esso, and Lia Ices. So join us for a Friday fashion happy hour and enjoy a shot of confidence, with Project Gravitas on BTR’s Sew & Tell!
It’s (almost) spring!! While we are technically still one week out according to the calendar, the snow has started to thaw, grass is showing, and the sun is shining, so we here at BTR are celebrating! And what better way to ring in the spring than with some beautiful, beachy fashion? Brooke Goldman launched her line DISTRICT Collection three years ago, and in that short time, her label has grown to be synonymous with flirtatious, fashion-forward styles that are incredibly versatile. It’s no wonder that Blake Lively is counted amongst Brooke’s fan base – Brooke’s designs offer effortless elegance. On today’s show, Brooke will talk about discovering her fashion path while majoring in anthropology, the insights she gained while working in buying and merchandising that helped her build a successful brand, the DISTRICT aesthetic, her textile-driven creative process, and more. Plus, I’ve got new material in the mix today from Canadian musician Travis Bretzer, Brooklyn band Grooms, Virginia musician/producer Matthew E. White, and a track off the debut from a new project, Young Guv. All that’s coming up this hour, so ignore the fact that it’s only 40 degrees: put on your sandals and join us as we celebrate spring style in full bloom, with Sew & Tell on BTR!

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