145 – Anita Dongre, A Visitor From India

Anita Dongre

Almost every week a new store is opening in SoHo, and this week that store is Anita Dongre’s Grassroot, at 484 Broome Street. The store feature’s the premiere Indian designer’s vision of sustainable fashion, featuring the Grassroot line which provides employment to artisan villages in India, as well as a bridal boutique.

In this interview, she discusses where the concept for the label came from, what she hopes to accomplish in New York City, and how she approaches management of the vast House of Anita Dongre fashion company.

Anita Dongre

Recorded at Voyager HQ in Manhattan.

Guest co-host Pavan Bahl joins for this episode from the Fashion Is Your Business podcast.

144 – Philadelphia Fashion Incubator – Part 2

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator

This is the second half of American Fashion Podcast’s roadtrip to the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI).

This roundtable is with current members of the incubator class, Janell Wysock: www.janellwysock.com, Latasha Hall – facebook.com/Lillie-Designs-by-Latasha-172429349472334/, and Sara Keel – www.penrosedesignstudio.com/shop. Executive Director Elissa Bloom helps lead the discussion. Conversation centers on the launch point for new designers and new brands, touching on design, marketing, business strategies, social media, and runway shows.



note: transportation for this episode was paid for by the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator

143 – Philadelphia Fashion Incubator – Part 1

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator

Charles is in Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, speaking with PFI founder and executive director Elissa Bloom, as well as incubator alumni Nigel Richards, Milan (Milano di Rouge), Sherrill Mosee (Minkee Blue).

“The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, Center City, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, Macy’s Center City, Center City District, and various educational institutions devoted to fashion design in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator is the first of its kind in Philadelphia. The city is fortunate to be home to nationally-recognized fashion design schools including Moore College of Art, Drexel University and Philadelphia University.”

Nigel Richards produces a menswear line, which rebranded while he was participating int he incubator. Milan produces streetwear and has a heavy media / events tie-in, and Sherill Mosee produces are handbags with modular sections.

note: transportation for this episode was paid for by the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator



142 – Understanding Influencers with Brittany Hennessy

Brittany Hennessy

As the Director of Influencer Talent in the Hearst Branded Content Studio, Brittany Hennessy connects influencers with brands for collaboration. The content they produce is featured by dozens of Hearst publications, including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Seventeen, and Redbook. Influencer marketing is a hot business right now. Brittany shares how she cuts through some of the noise to see the players and the field.

Brittany and her husband Alexander are the Co-Founders of CreatorsCollective, which provides advice to influencers and brands about how to work with each other.

“I think it works best when all of the pieces work together. People are very quick to move all their money into influencer marketing, or pull all their money from TV. It works best when it’s all a cohesive plan. And I think that’s the struggle most people have, is they can’t figure out how to make everything work together.” – Brittany Hennessy

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141 – Mizzen and Main – Performance Fabric Menswear

Kevin Lavelle is CEO of Mizzen and Main, on American Fashion Podcast

Mizzen and Main

Kevin Lavelle is CEO of Mizzen and Main, a menswear line that prioritizes function over tradition in its fabric selection. In this interview, the conversation covers…

  • running a clothing business from Dallas
  • competitive AdWords strategy for e-commerce
  • YachtCaptcha and the coming of SkyNet
  • making menswear that doesn’t have your customers asking “what was I thinking?” in ten years
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