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.

Charles Beckwith, Robert Wilson, Cathy Schepis, Nicholas Bos

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.


152 – Ecofashion Knitwear NIA Clothing

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Merica Kahn is the designer of NIA Clothing (link), a Brooklyn-based knitwear label that is using technology to push a sustainability agenda. She’s been using the resources of the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator to learn about full-garment knitwear printing and currently has her first three products available for sale. An early stage conversation to be sure, but a recent one, so perhaps a valuable look into how things are changing (or not changing) for emerging designers in terms of access to resources in the New York City area.



151 – Outlier.nyc Co-Founder Abe Burmeister

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Abe Burmeister just wanted a better pair of pants, but the quest has taken him and Outlier co-founder Tyler Clemens on a long strange road through the depths of the fashion industry. They now release a new product every week, constantly developing new ideas and trying them out on eager fans. The company has a strong ethical fashion ethos, and a fascinating product development process, which Abe details in this interview. Continue Reading

150 – Is Brandboom Reinventing Wholesale?

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Amy Zhou is COO of the online fashion wholesale marketplace Brandboom (link), which is giving bulk purchasing of luxury apparel a digital dimension for brands and retailers.

Thorsten Roth is a veteran fashion and lifestyle photographer who currently teaches a continuing education photography course at the School of Visual Arts entitled Photographic Identity: Artistic Self-Expression and Professional Application.