A lingerie brand and an accessories brand, both relatively new companies, both selling some wholesale and some direct to consumer, both making a name for themselves in the marketplace. This is a conversation with Aaron Luo, CEO of Caraa (which is designed by Carmen Chen Wu), and Thistle and Spire founders Lily Chen and Maggie Bacon. Their approaches to the redefined marketplace and new selling dynamics, despite existing in relatively disparate product sectors, are remarkably aligned.
Elizabeth Pulos is an expert in the field of CSR, or Corporate Social Responsibility, and has been an overseas factory inspector in many places around the world. In this interview, she speaks about her experiences in China, Bangladesh, and South America, and how compliance issues affect the fashion supply chain.
We have a large number of technical references for this episode:
- Sustainable Accounting Standards Board – SASB – https://www.sasb.org/
- Global Reporting Initiative – GRI – https://www.globalreporting.org/
- Social & Labor Convergence Project – https://slconvergence.org/
- Sustainable Apparel Coalition – https://apparelcoalition.org/
- Maker’s Row – https://makersrow.com/
- Accord on Fire and Building Safety In Bangladesh – http://bangladeshaccord.org/
- Alliance For Bangladesh Worker Safety – http://www.bangladeshworkersafety.org/
- Glasgow Caledonian New York College Fair Fashion Center – https://www.gcnyc.com/fairfashioncenter/
In the mid-1970s the Macys flagship store’s main floor was decorated with bedsheet patterns and bargain bins of dinnerware. The man who changed it, and changed much of how merchandising and retail works is Joe Cicio.
“When you’re distinctive through merchandising, you become an attraction.”
Joseph Cicio – Friends Bearing Gifts (Amazon)
It’s South American Fashion Podcast this week, as we talk with Carlos Jereissati, CEO of Iguatemi, about how his company manages and promotes the most popular malls in Brazil. The conversation covers a bit of South American fashion and a lot of insight on Brazillian fashion culture.
“The mall industry in Brazil is a very different industry from the U.S. First, because our cities are designed differently. They’re much more dense and vertical cities, comparable more to the Asian type of cities than the typical American cities, especially when you think about the suburbs and where the malls started in the U.S. So, we are more in downtown areas, very dense, and we became this meeting point for people. And half of what we have inside our malls are leisure, lots of restaurants, lots of services like fitness centers. We have live theater exhibition areas. So, it’s a much more alive environment that has retail in it, and it’s become very much a part of life in the cities of Brazil.” – Carlos Jereissati
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Kristy Caylor is one of the co-founders of the wildly influential luxury sustainable fashion brand Maiyet, as well as former President of Band of Outsiders. Kristy recently launched her latest business venture called ‘For Days,’ a new circular retail model that addresses the need for fresh basics without costing the environment. The premise is simple – endless access to new, 100% organic t-shirts, made in LA, starting at $4 each. Once you stain, rip, or wear-out a shirt, you just send it back to be recycled, and For Days will send you a new one.
In this interview she discusses the company’s interesting new approach to recycling textiles with the active involvement of consumers. She also talks about her experiences working with the World Economic Forum.