157 – Too Much Minimalism?

too much minimalism? bannerEliza Brooke is a writer at Racked, who recently wrote an article, “Why Does Every Lifestyle Startup Look the Same?” In the studio, she speaks with Charles Beckwith and Cathy Schepis about how minimalist design is probably the hardest style in which to design well, not just in clothing but in architecture, graphic design, and user interfaces.

“I just feel like we’re at an oversaturation point, where it’s kind of like if everything looks like this it doesn’t mean anything anymore.”
– Eliza Brooke

Eliza also wrote pieces titled “How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl: The origins and consequences of everyone’s favorite Parisian fantasy” and “The Myth and Magic of California Style.” The conversation gets into this a bit as well.

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156 – StartUp Fashion Brings A Fashion Posse

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Nicole Giordano is the founder of the online designer community platform StartUp Fashion, where she helps designers figure out what’s next and how to keep moving forward with their businesses and brands. She has brought along a group of designers from the community to talk about what they do and how they collaborate through the StartUp Fashion platform.

Maggie Gillette is the founder of The Giving Bride, a specialty lingerie line for brides, which is making a big splash at bridal showers. Julia Ahrens is the founder of Miakoda, an ethical fashion label where she strives to get closer to the mark on making an impact with her clothing without making an impact with her clothing. Lisa Selwitz is an advertising world creative who started making a collection called Lily-Lark, which is all UV sun-protective parasols.

The discussion gets into thoughts on wholesale versus direct sales, how the designers define success, and how one gets into lingerie.

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155 – Is It Fit To Wear?

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A conversation with two designers whose businesses are very much about the fit of clothing. Melissa Mendez of Melissa Mendez Design Studio is a freelance technical designer who spends a lot of time working with clients who “just have an idea” and don’t know much about the engineering of clothing, helping them bring visions into reality. Kristen Allen’s label Exclusively Kristen is designed for women with ample bosoms who tend to look a little too provocative when putting on normal clothing items. She sought out to solve her own #bustygirlproblems and created a product line with a fiercely loyal following. Also in the discussion: email marketing advice and plus-size lingerie insights.

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154 – Van Cleef & Arpels CEO With Artist Robert Wilson

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Jewelry brand Van Cleef & Arpels, part of the Richemont group of companies, has an exhibition of new one of a kind jewelry pieces in a special experience space created by renowned American artist Robert Wilson. The “Noah’s Ark Inspires Van Cleef Arpels” exhibition is at the Cedar Lake event space on West 26th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan. As Ruth La Ferla in The New York Times says, “From Nov. 3 to 19, visitors will be treated to a display of the jeweler’s menagerie of exotic animals, designed as brooches and showcased in a series of recessed glass enclosures cresting and dipping rhythmically along the walls.” For tickets to see the installation, go to ARKVCA.com.

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This episode has two parts. First is an interview conducted by Filmmaker Katharina Otto-Bernstein, with the artist Robert Wilson and Van Cleef & Arpels CEO Nicholas Bos. Second is an interview conducted by Charles Beckwith and Cathy Schepis, with the same two gentlemen, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Bos.

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Among other things, Charles asks Mr. Wison to talk about light, and Cathy wants to know more about fashion collaborating with the art world.

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American Fashion Podcast is a fashion show for fashion people, diving deep into the designing, making, and selling of garments and accessories through long-form interviews with people at all levels and in all corners of the business. Past guests have included Ralph Rucci, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Teri Agins, Tim Gunn, Lauren Sherman, Nick Graham, Simon Collins, Mickey Boardman, Deb Johnson, Jeff Staple, threeASFOUR, Anita Dongre, Yeohlee Teng, and many others.

153 – True Gault’s Footwear Fashiontech

Fashiontech: True Gault CEO Sandra Gault on American Fashion Podcast

Sandra Gault is the CEO of True Gault, a fashion technology start-up company which uses a mobile app to measure your feet and build custom-fitted high heels at a far lower price point than the average for bespoke footwear. In this interview, she talks about the measurement, fabrication, the thought behind the product, and Nikola Tesla.