Covering the ins and outs of all things footwear, from sneakers to heels, loafers to slippers and every type of shoe in between. Brought to you by the FDRA and FFANY, the footwear industry’s associations focused on retail, trade, politics and fashion…helping create and enhance conversations on all things footwear.
Covering the ins and outs of all things footwear, from sneakers to heels, loafers to slippers and every type of shoe in between. Brought to you by the FDRA and FFANY, the footwear industry’s associations focused on retail, trade, politics and fashion…helping create and enhance conversations on all things footwear.
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Sourcing Journal Radio is thought leadership brought to life. Each podcast episode provides apparel industry executives with a platform from which to showcase their personalities and share their perspectives on a range of engaging topics, enabling listeners to consider new points of view and plot their next steps.
Rank #1: Practicing Responsible Sourcing, One Tree at a Time.
More than 150 million trees are logged each year and turned into cellulosic fabric, many from ancient and endangered forests. As a result, irreparable damage is being inflicted upon the roots connecting our world’s facilities. In this podcast, Amanda Carr, director of strategic initiatives at Canopy, talks about the problem and her organization's efforts to raise awareness and slow the erosion of this natural resource. And Franco Costantini, managing director at Control Union, provides details on his company’s Connected traceability platform and how it helps brands and retailers establish and stick with responsible sourcing. Canopy's CanopyStyle initiative, now in its fifth year, seeks to end logging from these threatened areas while supporting the development of alternative fibers and advancing large-scale conservation efforts. Canopy's latest initiative is ForestMapper, a web-based publicly available tool that enables all purchasers of forest products to discern whether they’re at risk of sourcing from these areas. “Studies are showing that when intact forests are cleared or degraded, there’s a reduction in cloud cover and rainfall,” noted Carr. “We can think of forests of a sort of simple ecosystem on the planet, or we can start connecting them in our minds to all of the services they provide.” Above all, the interactive ForestMapper tool intends to bring transparency to the supply chain so brands, retailers, manufacturers and designers can make the necessary changes to stop sourcing from these vulnerable areas. With Connected, Control Union helps brands and retailers meet their CanopyStyle commitments by providing visibility throughout the entire supply chain. Costantini added that not only does increasing transparency help companies identify where they’re sourcing from, the aggregation of data can also bring to light inefficiencies and previously unknown cost savings. Consumers, meanwhile, are seeking more transparency into their apparel purchases, and they are placing a higher value upon the products and brands that share this information, according to Costantini. “We are at the moment of a cultural change,” said Costantini. “People are more aware of sustainability issues. Brands, by consequence, are able to implement their [strategies]. It’s like snowballs: The more people who are aware, the more momentum is created.” Listen to the podcast to learn: • The role that trees play in the health of our planet• The scalability of some of the newest alternative raw materials• The catalyst behind the growing awareness of sustainability—and the level of education still required• Who carries the responsibility in educating consumers• How to get C-Suite executives on board with making these necessary changes• Why marketing is contributing to confusion in the marketplace• The role that governments should have in creating protected areas• Subscribe to the Sourcing Journal Podcast on Spotify, Apple iTunes, Google Play and Tune In.
Rank #2: Rivet 50: Alberto Candiani .
Alberto Candiani, the global manager of Candiani Denim, the famed 80-year-old Italian denim mill, shares how he's pushing his family's business into a new era of sustainability, innovation and transparency.
SoleCollector.com's Rich "Maze" Lopez and Brendan Dunne sit down with sneaker insiders to discuss the biggest stories of the week and lay out recommendations for what to buy (and what not to buy) this weekend.
Rank #1: Emily Oberg Shuts Down Wannabe Influencers I Full Size Run .
Complex alum Emily Oberg returns to tell the truth about sneaker influencers and answer once and for all if the Full Size Run crew falls into this category. She also speaks on her life after Complex, Supreme lineups, the “Dad Shoe” trend, Adidas Yeezys and more.
Rank #2: What are the best sneakers to release so far in 2017?.
In the latest episode of Full Size Run from Sole Collector, we break down the best shoes from 2017. Yes, we're only in July, but we're still taking some time to pause and reflect on the past months of footwear launches. Also: Big Baller Brand has more tomfoolery and a Yeezy basketball model is on the way.
A show where a bunch of guys sit around a table to talk about life, lifestyle, music and all things sneakers.
Rank #1: Starting Over - S02E20.
This week on The Sneaker Podcast we talk about some of the latest news and releases in the world of sneakers, We pretend that we are starting our sneaker collections over from scratch, and we dive into some "Mail Time" with listener questions. Listen Now! #TheSneakerPodcast
Rank #2: Love & Hate From Inside A Shoebox - S03E29.
This week on The Sneaker Podcast, the crew considers the importance of a shoe-of-the-year contender for old and new sneakerheads, the gang justifies the addition of two huge upcoming sneaker drops to their hunt list, and we teeter between love and hate within sneaker culture as we discuss the contrast between having and having-not! We could've kept going with this one... So it's time to listen up! #TheSneakerPodcast
Extraordinary Happens features compelling conversations with some of the biggest names in sports. Host Mark King, President of adidas Group North America, explores the stories from on and off the field of play that are shaping the sports landscape today.
Rank #1: Ep 3: Don Garber on Extraordinary Happens.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber joins Mark King and talks about his start with the NFL, joining the MLS, and how he’s reshaping and growing soccer in America. Garber discusses the importance of having big aspirations and how he’s evolving his marketing strategy to reach a new generation of sports fans.
Rank #2: Ep 18: Casey Wasserman on Extraordinary Happens.
Casey Wasserman, CEO of Wasserman Media Group and Chairman of the LA 2024 Candidature Committee, joins Mark King. Casey discusses his family’s legacy and how he forged his own path in the sports industry.
A show about sneakers for sneakerheads, by sneakerheads. Hosted by...Nick Engvall, former Editor of Complex Sneakers, Finish Line Content Manager, StockX Director of Content, and Founder of Sneaker History. Robbie Falchi, writer for Sneaker History, Nice Kicks, Finish Line, and Modern Notoriety.Mike Guillory, writer for Sneaker History, photographer, and sneaker connoisseur.
Rank #1: History Lesson - Michael Jordan's First NBA Sneaker: The Nike Air Ship w/ @MJO23DAN & @MR_UNLOVED1S.
On this special edition of the Sneaker History Podcast, the guys are joined by two experts on the early years of Michael Jordan's sneaker line, Marvin Barias (https://www.instagram.com/mjo23dan/) and Kenneth Myers Jr (https://www.instagram.com/mr_unloved1s/), for a deep dive into the storied history of the Nike Air Ship.For more on the Air Jordan 1: https://sneakerhistory.com/air-jordan-1/For more on the Air Jordan 2: https://sneakerhistory.com/air-jordan-2/Join our Patreon for more exclusive episodes and content...https://www.patreon.com/sneakerhistory23 Air Jordan Colorways That Have Never Retroedhttps://fave.co/30ZCkPDBreaking Down the Air Jordan XXX4https://www.patreon.com/posts/patreon-podcast-29850252Support the pod! Cop some Sneaker History merch: https://sneaker-history.myshopify.com/Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/sneakerhistoryTalk to us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sneakerhistoryNick - https://instagram.com/nickengvallRobbie - https://instagram.com/rahbee702Mike - https://instagram.com/madwatch3r789Leave us a review! fave.co/2HIuWSX https://sneakerhistory.com/air-jordan-1/ https://sneakerhistory.com/air-jordan-2/ https://sneakerhistory.com/nike-air-ship/
Rank #2: How Does Leaked Release Info & Images Happen? 2020 Air Jordan Retro Release Preview.
Ever wondered how all the mock-ups of upcoming colorways happen? On this episode we discuss the upcoming Air Jordan Retro releases that are planned for 2020, which includes a new Union x Air Jordan 4, Chicago 1s and 3s, a new Levi's x Air Jordan 6, and many more. Links for this episode:adidas AlphaEdge 4D for 30% Off: https://fave.co/2NnzrVQNike Adapt BB: https://fave.co/2Zl9xIANice Kicks Jordan Preview: https://fave.co/2NmdgPKThe latest Patreon exclusive episode: YEEZY Basketball, The New 350 V3 & Kanye West's Best adidas YEEZYs: https://fave.co/2Z2JuqgJoin our Patreon for more exclusive episodes! https://www.patreon.com/sneakerhistorySupport the pod! Cop some Sneaker History merch: https://sneakerhistory.com/shopFollow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/sneakerhistoryTalk to us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sneakerhistoryNick - https://instagram.com/nickengvallRobbie - https://instagram.com/rahbee702Mike - https://instagram.com/madwatch3r789Leave us a review! fave.co/2HIuWSX https://sneakerhistory.com/sneaker-podcast/
K-Swiss Radio presents CEOsWear sneakers, Turning Pro, and Inside K-Swiss. Every week we deliver interviews with CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Creatives who inspire and educate. Hosted by president Barney Waters and Social Media Manager Omar Prestwich.
Rank #1: Turning Pro | Episode 02.
On this episode of Turning Pro. Omar welcomes to the podcast Accomplished photographer Arem Keleshian. Armen is known for being one of Complex top 30 photographers and has shot photos for artists such as Travis Scott and Post Malone. Armen talks about not being fulfilled as a creative person and ultimately leaving his IT job to pursue photography in the music industry. Finally, Armen shares his projects that are in the work and leaves us with great tips on networking and pursuing your passion. Listen to all our past episodes: https://kswiss.com/pages/kswiss-radio Follow Arem on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/armenkeleshian/ Show Produced by Christian XIAN Williams: https://www.instagram.com/xianmusic/
Rank #2: Tuning Pro | Danielle Lao.
On this episode of Turning Pro, Omar welcomes a member of Team K-Swiss, professional tennis player, Danielle Lao. Danielle aka the Little Giant is currently ranked 196 in the world with a strong designer to win. She starts by sharing the ups and downs of becoming a professional tennis player and the mental toughness required to pursue this career. She compares it to a dream job, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Danielle shares how turning pro requires more than just yourself, but a team of people to help you along the way. She goes into detail about how having the right people on your side helps you overcome the dark moments of being a professional. Finally, Danielle gives some great advice on getting brand deals and how to properly tap into your network. Please show us love by leaving a review and rating the show! Let us know what you’d like to hear us talk about next. Listen to all our past episodes: https://kswiss.com/pages/kswiss-radio Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/kswiss Follow Danielle on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelittlegiant/ Show produced by Christian (XIAN) Williams. https://www.instagram.com/xianmusic/
The Sneaker Box is the ultimate source to keep sneaker lovers updated weekly with news and information about upcoming sneakers. The show is hosted by Rashone Bryant (Afrikan Caesar) and Mark ‘Jumpman’ Bostic and is recorded in the Basement of the J’s. The podcast features discussions on sneaker news and Air Jordan Release Dates information for Air Jordans, Nike, Adidas, plus many more brands.
Rank #1: TSB Podcast: Episode 237 – Our Top 5 Sneaker Silhouettes of all Time.
In Episode 237 of TSB, Caesar, Guru, Dunks, and Geeno are in-studio. The “SBB 3.0” Air Jordan 1 finally dropped. Was the release what you expected? Speaking of Jordan 1s, the WMNS “Fearless” Air Jordan 1 released. Does it seem that Jordan Brand half asses their women’s releases? It’s a sneaker fire sale. Feels like damn near every brand is getting rid of their CEOs, or someone equally important. Mark Parker of Nike, Kevin Plank of Under Armour, and Eric Liedtke of Adidas. But while most of them are no longer holding the title of CEO, they’re still with their prospective brands, holding a different–more powerful–position within the company. Guru unveils what could be the most ugliest sneaker we’ve ever seen in our show’s history. Dunks is literally training for Complex Con: Long Beach. He wants to make sure he can outpace the other resellers who will descend upon the event. Is it hard to market a football players sneaker? Will there be another Mike Vick? Geeno loses a debate to Dunks. Geeno actually said that Victor Cruz’s Nike Trainers looked just like Kanye’s Nike Yeezys. Can Under Armour ever compete with the likes of Adidas and Nike? One day we’ll read one of the worse marketing rundowns sent to us in the past by Dick’s Sporting Goods. It was SO bad that we refused to read it at the time. Dunks almost successfully turned Guru into a hypebeast live on the show. And finally, each member of the crew tries to pick their top 5 sneaker silhouettes of all time, but they all find it difficult to narrow down. So they agreed to come back next episode with their top 15.
Rank #2: TSB Podcast: Episode 235 – Travis Scott responds to the backlash over his recent Air Jordan 6 release.
In this episode of TSB, Caesar, Guru, Geeno, Dunks, and Sarena are in studio. Dunks gets a new nickname. They debate why hypebeasts seem to get offended whenever we call them out for being hypebeast. Someone calls in on the new voicemail hotline to ask about the upcoming “Playoff” Air Jordan 11 Retro. Doesn’t the “YouTube” Nike KD 12 look like it’s own fake? Caesar strikes out on the “Chicago” Air Jordan XXX4 and he’s not happy about it. Especially when you hear the reason why. Nike needs to expand their NikeiD options, from colorways to sneaker models. Imagine if they put Jordans on NikeiD. They’d be printing their own money. Is Kanye’s Sunday Service genuinely inspired by gospel music or is he disingenuously capitalizing on it to regain favor in the black community and make money? Travis Scott responds to the backlash over his recent Air Jordan 6 release. His statement gives the impression that he’s going to do something about the reseller problem that surrounds most hyped releases, but will he? And even if he wanted to, can he really do anything that’ll make a difference? Why is Brad Hall still a thing? Someone made a custom sneaker with holy water injected into the air bag of a Nice Air Max 98 and sold it for $1,400 each. A sucker is born everyday. Is there any way Nike can revive the Air Force-1 line? And finally, who’s the worse movie love interest? Rose from “Titanic” or Jenny from “Forrest Gump”? If you think about it, the decision is a lot harder than you’d assume.
Retail impacts everyone, every day, everywhere. Join the National Retail Federation for authentic, insightful conversations with the industry's most interesting people. Hear retail executives, industry experts, entrepreneurs and influencers discuss trends, their career stories and the future of retail. Learn more at retailgetsreal.com.
Rank #1: #8 The future of the retail store.
Bluemercury has 140 stores across the United States and is opening three new locations every week. On this episode, co-founder and COO Barry Beck explains how the brand stays ahead of changing retail trends. While technology is an important part of the experience, Beck says success is more about understanding evolving consumer behavior. Listen to this week’s episode to hear more about the company’s strategy and Beck’s views on the future of retail.
Rank #2: #47 A new kind of customer: What’s driving retail evolution.
Retail is going through rapid transformation driven by changing consumer behavior — consumers simply don’t shop the way they used to anymore. NRF’s Director of Research and Consumer Insights Katherine Cullen explains generational differences in shopping habits and the consumer preferences shaping today’s retail, including trends in fulfillment and experiential retail.
Deep dive into MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING with the QUEEN OF RAW Stephanie Benedetto, SAVE THE GARMENT DISTRICT's Samanta Cortes, and business strategist Rob Sanchez. Join them for in-depth interviews with industry notables and insights into trends, business and technology within the material sciences industry.
Rank #1: 009 – Julius Sobizack of ZSK Embroidery Machines – Old Makes New Possible.
Modern uses for embroidery Machines with ZSK… Julius Sobizack (President of ZSK Stickmaschinen (ZSK Embroidery Machines), the market leader in single and multi-head industrial embroidery machines) joins hosts Samanta Cortes and Stephanie Benedetto in the MouthMedia Network Studio at Voyager HQ. New uses in manufacturing, 3D printing vs. embroidery, and zig-zag stitches Sobizack discusses developing what was there before on the field of technical embroidery to create a new field solving 21st Century problems. Logos, lettering, embellishments are also a big industry of embroidery, and used in fashion and the home textile world. Heated car seats a great example of the use of embroidery, with wires stitched to foam or backing that is electrified and heats the seats. Different kinds of embroidery heads with different functions, a wide variety of materials that can be laid down “fixing” with a zig-zag stitch, a “wire hit” detection system to avoid undetected damage, creating electrodes for the wearable market, why embroidery machines are used for these jobs, and how frames can move in X and Y directions with almost no loss of very expensive material. ZSK producing the machine, consulting and supporting work for customers, comparing laying down of fiber vs. 3d printing, and how embroidery requires more human interaction than 3D printing and other methods. Creating new products using old methods, sequins, and wearables Carbon glass fibers and normal threads, and zig-zag stitches to hold materials down, most products different than typical embroidery which creates the final product because other products will need many processes for the final products. ZSK selling in more than 100 countries, and using sequin devices to hold down electronic devices. With wearable tech, power gets woven in with embroidery machines, delivering solutions with solar and batteries, how these kind of projects lead to development in embroidery methods, and creating interest in expanding development in US. Traveling, business attire and brunch Personal questions in a round of “Remnants” cover traveling without a laptop, work as a passion and hobby, movies, Sunday AM brunch, fast developing countries, the difference in business attire in difference cultures.
Rank #2: 014 – Michael Kennedy of Kennedy Fabrications – Models of All Shapes and Sizes.
Materials in architectural models with Kennedy Fabrications… Michael Kennedy, Owner/Creative/Engineering Director of Kennedy Fabrications (Interactive real estate development displays, retail / museum installations and architectural model fabrication – (bio)), joins hosts Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes at the MouthMedia Network Studios. The impact of 3D printing, machines to cut and shape, and model-making as a career Kennedy discusses his architectural model shop making high-end residential architectural models around the world for more than 25 years. How he had one of the first 3D printers, dealing with the change in architecture shapes, how 3D printing is very useful, the changes in material technology and changing polymers, and looking at a blueprint sand instantly knowing how to build a model. The complexity of using machines to cut and shape, why there aren’t a lot of people who start companies in the model-making industry, how people just want something interesting and awesome, and model-makers need years of training and what matters is an artistic eye in the end. Lights vs. data, working with the best architects, and function vs. form The collaborative ways technology can be used to light a unit while creating tracking data, changes in LED technology, the number of projects Kennedy can work on at the same time, working with some of the best architects in the world and the rigorous process to get engineering material structure, looking beyond structure, and how function precedes form. Vacuum-forming, Dubai is Disneyland, and sticking to your guns How models affect the process of choosing or changing materials, a vacuum-form machine forms polymers into a custom form and softens edges. Traveling with his son, why Dubai was like Disneyland, who sees his job as one normal people had, trips to many countries, creating comfort with traveling, new buildings coming up, great architecture, avoiding isolation from creative people, and listening to other people but sticking to your guns.
The world of sneakers is growing and we put together Tiffany Beers, Nick Engvall, and Jacques Slade for a new podcast discussing the latest and greatest. Outside The Box covers the latest happenings in all the things that we do from three unique perspectives shaped by over three decades of experience.
Rank #1: What's Happening to BASKETBALL shoes? #OutsideTheBox.
Whats with all the hype around basketball shoes? A quick talk with Nick Engvall and Brandon Edler on #OutsideTheBox.Subscribe to Kustoo!: http://www.youtube.com/user/kustoo?sub_confirmation=1Follow Brandon:►https://twitter.com/MrBrando3►https://instagram.com/mrbrando3/Follow Nick:►https://twitter.com/nickengvall►https://instagram.com/nickengvallFollow Jacques:►https://twitter.com/kustoo►https://instagram.com/kustooJacques 'Kustoo' Slade highlights daily updates and reviews on the best performance, lifestyle, and retro sneakers in Home of Today in Sneaks and The Week in Sneaks. Currently a contributing editor at Complex (and having previously worked Kicksonfire and NiceKicks), you don't need to look any further for best news coverage of the biggest footwear brands. Stories I've written for Complex Magazine: http://bit.ly/15lNx9e
Rank #2: Sneaker Brands “Stay Woke” or Just Bad Marketing.
On Episode 2 of Season 2, we answer questions from YOU! What do sneaker patents actually do and how or why do they exist? How many can one shoe have? 18:00 - How has PUMA been so successful in the past 12-18 months? 23:00 - Sneaker Brands Trying To Be "Woke" 31:00 - Augmented Reality Kicks! Virtually try on your sneakers through your phone. Can this ever replace the real thing? 35:00 - The Future of Revolution-Airs Type Contests (Sean Wotherspoon) 39:08 - YEEZY Sales Grow 600% True or False? 42:40 - The Future of the YEEZY Brand, competing with adidas, Jordan, Nike, PUMA and more. 48:30 - It Takes Time to Become a Success - Does Kanye West have the patience? 53:15 - Nike is in Hot Water Over a New Offensive Air Max Logo & Nike's repeat offensive mishaps with Muslims. 55:30 - Nike Air Bakin History (Tim Hardaway) 59:59 - What we are excited about right now. What we want to learn right now. The world of sneakers is growing and we put together Tiffany Beers, Nick Engvall, and Jacques Slade for a new podcast discussing the latest and greatest. Outside The Box covers the latest happenings in all the things that we do from three unique perspectives shaped by nearly three decades of experience. iTunes: https://fave.co/2JhdsLa Google Play: https://bit.ly/2MzMOzM SoundCloud: https://bit.ly/2FTdXgG Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2TiFcnM Thanks for watching. Subscribe for more. ►SUBSCRIBE TO TIFFANY: https://www.youtube.com/user/rumblebeers Twitter: https://twitter.com/TiffanyBeers Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiffanybeers/ ►SUBSCRIBE TO NICK: https://www.youtube.com/sneakerhistory Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nickengvall Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickengvall ►SUBSCRIBE TO JACQUES: http://www.youtube.com/user/kustoo Twitter: https://twitter.com/kustoo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kustoo
@MattHalfhill and @NickDePaula of Nice Kicks discuss the latest in the shoe industry. From upcoming kicks to NBA shoe deals to exclusive interviews, this podcast covers everything the industry has to offer and more.
Rank #1: Ep. 16: Kawhi | Supreme x NBA | NK Mailbag.
Nick DePaula, Matt Halfhill and BLK Tray. International Women's Day, Kawhi's Shoe Deal, Supreme x NBA & NK Mailbag
Rank #2: Ep 13: The PG2 Lights Up The League .
Matt Halfhill, Blonde Tray, Nick DePaula and Jade are joined by Nike Basketball designer Tony Hardman for a full overview of Paul George's new PG2 and its PlayStation collab.
The Sneak Diss Podcast: Sneaker and Culture Talk
Rank #1: The Sneak Diss Podcast Episode 50 – What makes a Sneakerhead?.
What makes a Sneakerhead, Sneakercon, Atmos Air Max, Jordan 3 Safari, and Top 10 Worst Sneaker Cops Thesneakdiss.com IG:@thesneakdiss Twitter:@the_sneakdiss Beat by Music Producer Quinn Pillay IG: @Sankaramusic Twitter: @Sankaramusicofficial SoundCloud: Sankaramusic
Rank #2: The Sneak Diss Podcast Episode 108 – Guest Dallas Penn: We talk gentrification of sneaker culture, Kanye West, Influencers.
Guest Dallas Penn: We talk gentrification of sneaker culture, Kanye West, Influencers Dallas Penn IG:@dallas_penn Twitter:@dallas_penn Thesneakdiss.com IG:@thesneakdiss Twitter:@the_sneakdiss
Podcast by Retail Dive
Rank #1: 10 bold retail predictions for 2018.
On the show, retail futurist Doug Stephens envisions a year flush with acquisitions, innovations and reinvention for retail.
Rank #2: Here's what retailers are talking shop about in 2019.
Here's our take on everything you need to know about Shoptalk and how those conversations will shape the rest of the year.
Total Retail Talks is for retail executives who crave the knowledge and insights needed to stay successful in today's fast-paced industry. Through engaging talks and focused interviews, listeners take away useful information and practical advice from a full roster of retail experts, influencers and leaders.
Rank #1: NOBULL's Co-Founder on Fostering Community and Expanding Into Physical Retail.
In episode 228 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Marcus Wilson, co-founder of NOBULL, a footwear, apparel and accessory brand for people who train hard and don't believe in excuses. Wilson discusses NOBULL's story, including its expansion into physical retail and its organic growth into various areas of the training market. He…
Rank #2: How Top Retailers Are Using and Investing in Technology.
In this special episode of Total Retail Talks, Total Retail's Joe Keenan and Kristina Stidham discuss the key findings and insights revealed in Total Retail's 2019 Retail Technology Report, produced in conjunction with Arm Treasure Data, an enterprise customer data platform. The survey was designed to get a better understanding of retailers current usage of…
Fashion Is Your Business is a weekly show about FASHIONTECH, the intersection of fashion business and fashion technology. The podcast is produced through MouthMedia Network. The hosts are entrepreneurial strategist Rob Sanchez, leading fashion technology consultant Pavan Bahl, creative entrepreneur Marc Raco, and fashion tech + sustainability consultant Nataliya Makulova. Guests include the world's foremost fashion technology pioneers, discussing textiles to retail and everything in between, it covers business news from startups to conglomerates, and the show has a fun and accessible morning radio vibe.
Rank #1: 188 – Manish Chandra and Tracy Sun of Poshmark – Commerce Community.
Social and participatory fashion commerce mobile and online with Poshmark... Manish Chandra (Founder and CEO – bio) and Tracy Sun (Co-Founder, VP of Merchandising & Strategic Initiatives – bio) for Poshmark (a mobile and online marketplace for primarily women's fashion), join Pavan Bahl, Marc Raco, and guest host Liz Bacelar on location in Las Vegas for Shoptalk 2017. This episode is powered by Olapic. Seller/stylists, connecting to fashion pieces, and participatory commerce Chandra and Sun share why Poshmark is a mixture reflective of part Facebook, part gaming company, part eBay, part Nordstrom, and part Zara, and how it exceeds the size of most retail chains in America. The surprising activity of the Poshmark community users, opening the app an average of 7-9 times daily. How anybody can buy/sell with a huge focus on social, Poshmark’s more than 2 million seller/stylists, and that fashion brands can partner with Poshmark. The beginning of Poshmark, realizing connecting to customer is difficult. How the seller stylist is the last bridge, creating a wide range of ways the product can be used, and transforming the brand in a live way. Inventory transformed and styling different ways allows customers to connect to that piece, how Poshmark is participatory commerce instead of social commerce, not focused on excess fashion.Being everywhere, consumers as sellers, and the heart of Poshmark A user base of mostly women, with men a more recent addition, Poshmark as a broadly distributed opportunity with many stylists in almost every US zip code. Conversations within the app drive a lot of activity and engagement, 75% of business comes from repeat business, “Posh Now” finding favorite faces on Poshmark, Posh Parties, and what it meant when the Poshmark team realized that when they focus on people they win. More than 100 brands, leveraging consumer to be the seller, and looking at a physical experience for Poshmark (pop ups?). How introducing the notion of sharing to make inventory fresh was derived from prior media experience, the consideration of concerns of it making things get noisy, and how it has become the heart and a great source of discovery and customer acquisition. Discipline, what might be next, and grit and gut Working on getting people to walk into conversations already happening, looking to expand into beauty and home, and how it takes time. It’s working like a machine, being disciplined, knowing your business and that you are at a proverbial tipping point, surrounding yourself with great people, the possibilities of drop ship, Rebecca Minkoff on Poshmark, and a dream brand partnership. Off the Grid Questions cover grit, gut, Tinker Toys and Walkman, team conflict and the stress of shelving great ideas. References: Tracy Sun [Episode 42]
Rank #2: Allie Egan of Cynthia Rowley - Connecting with Consumers.
How a women’s apparel brand like Cynthia Rowley adjusts with the identity of women in 2019, and also how they stay relevant and keep up with the conversations in consumers’ lives. President and CEO Allie Egan joins Marc Raco and guest hosts Joe Yakuel (Agency Within) and Catherine Schepis (American Fashion Podcast, and Lean Canvas Advisory). Recorded in the MouthMedia Network studios. To hear more from speakers like Joe and Allie, check out CommerceNext on July 31st & August 1st in NYC. In this episode: The importance of taking the data points about the average consumer’s needs and beliefs and making the brand’s point of view clear through its actions, such as having Halima Aden as a Muslim American model Being open and engaging in conversations with consumers when campaigns take an unexpected term, and how honestly and accountability should be values of any brand The importance of keeping track of supply for brands that sell primarily direct How Cynthia Rowley uses data points to make changes to distribution, production, and supply chain to fill consumer demands and to create limited editions of popular styles to bring in new customers as well as repeat customers The struggle for brands to produce the quantity and quality digital content to keep the brand’s message clear without getting stale, and how Cynthia Rowley’s studio spaces and influencer network allow for a wealth of relatable content to be produced without having to plan out tightly structured content How big data can potentially be used to marketing or customer service actions, and how the evolution of data collection has influenced decision making Ways chat bots and video calling can extend the brand’s ability to provide recommendations, convenience, and a deeper human experience between the consumer and brand when engaging with direct sales The importance of referrals and word of mouth growth for a brand like Cynthia Rowley, and how Allie plans to utilize affiliates, influencers, and social media to get the word out organically to build the brand’s stature organically How first-order profitability has given Cynthia Rowley the flexibility to grow and make actions that aren’t necessarily scalable at its own pace while focusing on brand loyalty and referrals Why strategic parameters with tight guidelines along with a focus testing and analysis has evolved into a successful network of influencers Allie’s background in the beauty industry and extensive digital/e-commerce experience, and how her partnership with Cynthia’s artistic and active lifestyle backgrounds intersect and why their partnership is so strong New ways the brand has been connecting with their consumers, such as the new podcast Plus, some off the grid questions with Allie about how she got started on the path her career that led her to being a brand manager, how that work is like running a marathon, and her intensive note-taking