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Rank #160 in Fashion & Beauty category

Arts
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Fashion & Beauty
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American Fashion Podcast is the 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, with an emphasis on sustainability and innovation. Hosted by Charles Beckwith and Cathy Schepis.

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American Fashion Podcast is the 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, with an emphasis on sustainability and innovation. Hosted by Charles Beckwith and Cathy Schepis.

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Amazing & Very Informative

By Vezika - Nov 15 2016
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Learned so much. Thank You.

OUTSTANDING

By Baily Rose - Nov 08 2016
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I love listening! Very informative and inspirational. I don't know what I would do without it !

iTunes Ratings

77 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
6
2
4
4

Amazing & Very Informative

By Vezika - Nov 15 2016
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Learned so much. Thank You.

OUTSTANDING

By Baily Rose - Nov 08 2016
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I love listening! Very informative and inspirational. I don't know what I would do without it !
Cover image of American Fashion Podcast - exploring fashion as an art and business

American Fashion Podcast - exploring fashion as an art and business

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American Fashion Podcast is the 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, with an emphasis on sustainability and innovation. Hosted by Charles Beckwith and Cathy Schepis.

Rank #1: 185 – About Charles James, with Michele Gerber Klein

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Michele Gerber Klein is a philanthropist and the president of legacy clothing brand Joan Vass. She recently published an extensive new biography, Charles James: Portrait of An Unreasonable Man. It is the first full biographical work on Charles James, one of the most influential designers of the 20th Century. This interview with the biographer explores how the book came about and touches on several key periods of the designer’s life, as well as his major influences.

purchase Portrait of An Unreasonable Man on Amazon

Jul 19 2018

30mins

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Rank #2: 089 – Zero Waste Fashion For The Gold

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Lisa Koenigsberg, Timo Rissanen, Daniel Silverstein, and Tabitha St. Bernard are in the studio. Lisa Koenigsberg is the president of Initiatives In Art and Culture, which produces several conferences around the fashion and luxury goods industries, and has one coming up on gold. Timo, Daniel, and Tabitha are zero waste fashion designers, and educators in that field.

zero waste highlights:

  • “If I may be so bold as to reduce this to a very simple concept: if you want to be a zero-waste designer, stop throwing things away. You might not have the solution when you start the journey, but if you stop and intercept the issue, which is waste, you an always accumulate a critical mass of your leftovers until the point where they reveal a solution to you.” – Daniel Silverstein (17:12)
  • “There’s very few items in our lives in America that we pay the real price for.” – Timo Rissanen (39:49)
  • “I think the system is desperate and broken, that we require everyone to run out and fight each other to learn the most, elbow and shove and push to get to the top, and when you get there there is nothing to be had.” – Daniel Silverstein (52:24)
  • “But then, I’m so curious, how is H&M making any money? Because if people didn’t get paid to make it, and you can’t make a living working in the store, who’s opening stores?” – Daniel Silverstein (54:29)
  • “I would say that I make clothes that are visually dynamic, and that are comfortable, and that are incredibly versatile. I take great pride in the fact that the women who buy my clothing, they wear it constantly. I just got an email from one of my customers and she told me she had a baby about a year ago, and she bought my dress a couple years ago, and she was able to sort of adjust it to fit over her belly. So, that makes me really happy. That’s how I view my clothing. I want my clothing to have a long life. I want it to live a long time in people’s wardrobes. I want them to have a relationship with it. I want them to grow old with it.” – Tabitha St. Bernard (56:36)

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Mar 08 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #3: 090 – Naeem Khan, In The Atelier With An American Treasure

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World-renowned fashion designer Naeem Khan invites the American Fashion Podcast team into his showroom for a poignant discussion of work, life, and the future of the fashion industry.

Naeem Khan highlights:

  • “We have amazing craftsmen in this country. When Italy or Japan, where you have such high paid labor, can produce, why can’t America?” – Naeem Khan (10:05)
  • “Unless and until you don’t have something different and something new to offer, if every designer has the same kind of looking clothes, it becomes a nightmare. I was studying the business which is the lower end business of what I do… I walked into stores like Neiman’s, Saks, and… there’s so much product. It made me afraid– how do you find your place in there, number one… number two, how do you make it so it’s viable that the store can sell it and not come back to you and say, ‘we need X million in markdown,’ because the whole thing is done on agreements with the stores, and that is a most dangerous game to play, because if you don’t meet those numbers, the next thing you know, the successful side of your business is going to be coming down with this new business that you’ve started. “- Naeem Khan (36:38)
  • “You know, you go up, and you have to come down in order to go back up again, because you need to find that other. What is the next thing? But it always comes. In all of my years of designing, I know that’s it’s a cycle, so don’t get depressed. Hold yourself. You’re going to go through it. It will be all fine.”- Naeem Khan (41:07)
  • “It was important to m father and my grandfather that we keep the tradition of the family alive, but my kids grew up in America. So, at first I was very worried that they grew up so modern, they went to Dalton, they went to amazing colleges… that they would not be interested. They would become victim to our society. So, I made it a point that I introduced it to them in the most fun way.”- Naeem Khan (44:31)

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Mar 10 2016

58mins

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Rank #4: 093 – Fashion Unfiltered Wants Conversations

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Katharine Zarrella’s Fashion Unfiltered

Katharine Zarrella, former news editor at Style.com, senior editor at V Magazine and VMAN, and prolific contributing fashion writer all over, has branched out on her own with the new fashion site, fashionunfiltered.com, which seems to have a cleaner mission than any we’ve seen in the recent past.

We’re joined in the studio for this episode by WWD‘s Media Editor Alexandra Steigrad.

highlights:

KATHARINE: “I would like to shift the consumer focus away from the Kardashians and whoever is wearing whatever on the red carpet, and make them think about the clothes that they’re putting on their body, whether it’s from a conceptual and artistic perspective, whether it’s from a green perspective (you know, what is this doing to the environment, how is this affecting other people, how are the factories that are making these things affecting the factory workers), and I just want people to be excited about fashion. I want them to love fashion as much as I do, and see all the different facets and sides of the industry.” (5:28)

KATHARINE: “What’s online needs to be a little more digestible, whereas print is an opportunity to really dive in to these incredible stories that are visual, or journalism, and kind of lose yourself in it as you would with a book, and I think that’s what’s happening with print. It’s a tangible thing that’s precious and kind of luxurious in a wold that feels very impermanent and fleeting. It’s something to get lost in and hold on to.” (35:57)

KATHARINE: “If you’re not breaking a story, there’s no rush to get it up. And, I think, so many editors think that, “oh, my God, Womenswear just broke that this is happening at Lanvin. We need to get somethign up about it ASAP!” No you don’t. If you don’t have anythign to say about it that’s different than the Womenswear story, you don’t need to get it up ASAP. Send out a tweet and maybe link to the Womenswear story (which is obviously not great for clicks for you site) or just send out something that’s informational. But if you’re not breaking the story, you don’t need to be first. Wait until you have something to add.” (43:06)

ALEXANDRA: “When you hear certain CEOs of big magazine companies talk about future plans, they’re talking about their advertising partners as if, ‘we’re creating content for them.’ There’s a shift in thinking there, and it’s problematic. You guess you can do a great video, but it has to be sponsored by ‘brand X,’ and I think throwing money at a journalist and letting them go crazy is not really what’s happening right now.” (59:15)

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Mar 31 2016

1hr 24mins

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Rank #5: 091 – No, Seriously, Robots Don’t Make Your Clothes

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Just To Clarify, Robots Don’t Make Your Clothes

Young designers Julie Mollo and Louis Mairone (Dominic Louis) have two very different aesthetics and approaches to business for their companies. Julie’s first client was pop star Katy Perry, and she successfully spins influencer marketing publicity into wholesale and e-commerce sales as a sole operator, while Lou plays a more slow and steady game. This episode gets deep into the mindset of two emerging designers fairly representative of the spectrum: Julie with her off the wall hearts and polka dots pop star costumes sold off the seasonal calendar, Lou with a more traditional but still colorful energetic approach, and both of whom would like consumers to know that soylent fashion is people.

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Mar 17 2016

49mins

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Rank #6: GQ Magazine's Will Welch, Editor In Chief

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Will Welch recently took over as Editor In Chief at GQ Magazine. This interview features a conversation about music, menswear, magazines, and the future of culture.

Jun 11 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #7: 208 – Sarah Flint Brings Comfort To Luxury Women’s Footwear

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Sarah Flint is the designer, founder, and CEO of her namesake footwear label, Sarah Flint. In this interview, she discusses women’s footwear, switching from wholesale to direct to consumer, and her adventures getting comfortable shoes made for women in Italy.

Sarah Flint – https://www.sarahflint.com/

Feb 23 2019

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Rank #8: 175 – Fashion Manufacturers United In Los Angeles

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“It’s a very exciting time in fashion right now. It’s exciting because anyone that has a passion to start a clothing line– ten years or so ago you would have to go overseas, you would have to get big production, you would have to get into all the big box retailers, if you couldn’t get into them you weren’t selling– now with the advent of the Internet and we can sell online, there are so many brands that are strictly online. So, you could literally draw a sketch of an idea you have, or as long as you could convey your message to a production house in America, anything could be done. The production that we can make in America is amazing, and we’re all previewed to a free brand name that no one knows about, it’s called Made In USA. Made In USA is a great brand name. It’s the same if you and I go buy a suit and it’s Made In Italy. We’re like, ‘oh, it’s great quality.’ That quality still exists in America, so if people want to get into the business, just put your heart into it. Don’t spend a dollar to save ten cents. Do your development– do everything– correctly. Launch it with a small collection, and as long as you are willing to put your efforts into it, people are willing to buy it. Made In America is having a huge comeback. We have a lot of clients who are growing.” – Adam Khoda

Adam Khoda is a long-time garment manufacturer, president of The Elite Fashion Group and founder of veterans-support brand Never Forgotten Apparel. He fled Iran with his family at age 11 and came to the USA when he was still fairly young. He is very proud to be an American citizen and cares a great deal about Made In USA. Adam coordinates factories for both overseas and Made In USA production, but as you’ll hear in this interview he has a definite preference between those two options.

This interview is part of a Los Angeles Fashion mini-series.

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May 17 2018

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Rank #9: 205 – The New York Fashion Week Pregame Show With Lauren Sherman and Gary Wassner

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New York Fashion Week will soon be upon us again, and it’s best to be prepared. We’ve assembled a team of the world’s top experts for The New York Fashion Week Pregame Show to help you navigate the confusion many often feel when Fashion Week is going on.

Timecode for reference: 00:00 Intro and Design Flaw / 06:00 NYMD Designers / 16:26 Yeohlee / 22:23 Featured Guests

This show was recorded with a live audience of American Fashion Podcast fans, friends, and fashion industry insiders at The Cutting Room in Manhattan. As part of Design Flaw, a portion of ticket sales goes to fashion industry-related charities. We had a wonderful guest emcee for the evening, Mr. Robert di Mauro.  Our featured guests are Business of Fashion Chief New York Correspondent Lauren Sherman and fashion financier Gary Wassner, Chairman of Interluxe Holdings and CEO of Hilldun Corporation (“Hilldun is in fashion”). They were joined on stage by American Fashion Podcast hosts Charles Beckwith and Cathy Schepis, as well as former co-host Seth Friedermann, who is a fashion business consultant.

In addition to the deep dive interview, first up were some surprise guests, designer Yeohlee Teng representing womenswear, and from the New York Men’s Day event Matteo Maniatty and Suwana Perry from  Descendant of Thieves, Venus Lo who is the designer of Chan Chit Lo, Dae Lim from Sundae School, and Vasilis Loizides of the namesake label Vasilis Loizides. They were joined on stage by representatives of Agentry PR, which organizes New York Men’s Fashion Day, Henry Kessler and Joe Yang.

If you aren’t already getting invitations to be in the audience at our public shows, be sure to sign up for the Fashion Industry Events list on this page: https://www.mouthmedianetwork.com/inviteme

References:

Design Flaw Charities List – https://designflaw.wtf/charities/
Chic Savages (book) – https://www.amazon.com/Chic-Savages-John-Fairchild/dp/0671683349/
Robert di Mauro – https://www.robertdimauro.com/
Garry Wassner on Twitter – https://twitter.com/gary_wassner
Lauren Sherman on Twitter – https://twitter.com/lapresmidi
Seth Friedermann on Twitter – https://twitter.com/sethfriederman
AFP on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/americanfashionshow/
Business of Fashion – https://www.businessoffashion.com/
Interluxe Holdings – http://www.interluxeholdings.com/
Hilldun Corporation – http://www.hilldun.com/
The High School of Fashion Industries – https://fashionhighschool.net/
Course of Trade – https://www.courseoftrade.com/
Agentry PR – https://www.agentrypr.com/
Yeohlee – https://yeohlee.com/
Descendant of Thieves – https://descendantofthieves.com/
Sundae School – https://sundae.school/
Chan Chit Lo – https://www.chanchitlo.com/
Vasilis Loizides – https://vasilisloizides.com/

To find more episodes of the series or search for a specific guest, refer to our Episode List page. If you would like to be a guest on the show, there is a Be A Guest page. You can find press coverage of the show on our Press page. There is also a Media Kit if you’re interested in partnering with us or sponsoring the series. Our email address is info@americanfashionpodcast.com and our voicemail line is 646-979-8709. You can find American Fashion Podcast on Facebook, on Instagram @americanfashionshow and on Twitter @afpod. To sign up to attend our live shows, visit the Live Shows page. Thanks for listening!

Jan 30 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #10: 177 – Fish Leather In Virtual Reality

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“Los Angeles is basically one of the largest cities that all of America does garment production in, so we have a lot of vendors that have buttons, trims, whatever. So, technically if you have a wholesale license and you Google deep enough you can find it.” – Christine Ko

This interview with Los Angeles-based Venia Collection designers Christine Ko and Keeter Ly involves a lot of tech talk. The sustainability-focused brand, which sells to fashion-forward knowledge workers around the world, spends a lot of energy on R&D. They sourced fish leather from Canada, hang out with the Silicon Valley crowd, and are part of the group developing the Neue VR marketplace and its proposed shoppable immersive online experiences. A fascinating conversation with two designers who aren’t afraid to try new things.

May 29 2018

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Rank #11: 199 – The Retail Apocalypse Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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Robin Lewis (The Robin Report) and Jan Rogers Kniffen (veteran retail executive and a regular contributor to CNBC) are back to weigh in on the continuing rapid bloodbath and rebirth cycle that defines the current retail environment. Recorded with a live audience at a Retail Marketing Society lunch and learn networking event.

To find more episodes of the series or search for a specific guest, refer to our Episode List page. If you would like to be a guest on the show, there is a Be A Guest page. You can find press coverage of the show on our Press page. There is also a Media Kit if you’re interested in partnering with us or sponsoring the series. Our email address is info@americanfashionpodcast.com and our voicemail line is 646-979-8709. You can find American Fashion Podcast on Facebook, on Instagram @americanfashionshow and on Twitter @afpod. To sign up to attend our live shows, visit the Live Shows page. Thanks for listening!

Dec 19 2018

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Rank #12: 211 – Indie Source’s Fashion Manufacturing Resources in Los Angeles

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Zack Hurley is Founder and CEO of Indie Source, a Los Angeles-based manufacturing and product development service provider that serves as an independent fashion hub for resources and education, and is helping many local independent designers build their businesses.

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ABOUT AFP: If you would like to be a guest on the show, there is a Be A Guest page. You can find press coverage of the show on our Press page. There is also a Media Kit if you’re interested in partnering with us or sponsoring the series. Our email address is info@americanfashionpodcast.com and our voicemail line is 646-979-8709. You can find American Fashion Podcast on Facebook, on Instagram @americanfashionshow and on Twitter @afpod. To sign up to attend our live shows, visit the Live Shows page. Thanks and keep listening!

Apr 01 2019

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Rank #13: 174 – Los Angeles Fashion, Fighting In Style

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Continuing our Los Angeles fashion adventure, Charles speaks with two men who are changing how boxers and MMA fighters dress for work.

Will Hoover is a veteran designer who knows downtown L.A. fashion like few others. He is the founder and designer at Paul Dunne, a co-founder with J.R. at I.G.M.O.B. Clothing, and teaches at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). Hoover discusses what L.A. fashion is all about, the impact of runaway real estate development in the Los Angeles fashion district and surrounding areas, and how fashion students are learning their trade on the West Coast.

The FIDM campus is downtown, and in the face of this real estate pressure, they are still expanding. FIDM has been providing associates degrees for some time but is now introducing bachelors degree programs and adding a menswear track as the school expands.

Also in the studio, J.R., whose I.G.M.O.B. label stands for I Got My Own Back. The brand that started as a personal trainer’s basic marketing approach now produces high-end high-performance clothing for the world’s top MMA fighters. J.R. entered fashion sideways after finding himself drawing looks in his real estate office. A very interesting story.

https://www.instagram.com/igotmyownback_fighter/

https://www.instagram.com/pauldunnestyle/

http://www.igotmyownback.com/

http://fidm.edu/

May 10 2018

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Rank #14: 201 – Donna Karan

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The icon, Donna Karan, interviewed in the event space at her Urban Zen store in Greenwich Village, NYC, December 2018.

Urban Zen – https://urbanzen.com/
Urban Zen Foundation – https://urbanzen.org/

To find more episodes of the series or search for a specific guest, refer to our Episode List page. If you would like to be a guest on the show, there is a Be A Guest page. You can find press coverage of the show on our Press page. There is also a Media Kit if you’re interested in partnering with us or sponsoring the series. Our email address is info@americanfashionpodcast.com and our voicemail line is 646-979-8709. You can find American Fashion Podcast on Facebook, on Instagram @americanfashionshow and on Twitter @afpod. To sign up to attend our live shows, visit the Live Shows page. Thanks for listening!

Jan 11 2019

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Rank #15: 192 – Washington’s Sudden New 25 Percent Tariff On Handbags

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Accessories Council President Karen Giberson discusses the devastating effects of Washington’s new trade policy, and what you need to know about it.

https://accessoriescouncil.org/

Oct 24 2018

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Rank #16: 183 – Trina Turk – Letting The Fabric Speak For Itself

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The iconic California Style designer, Trina Turk, reflects on changes in her company’s approach to commerce and responding to customer needs.

“At the heigh of the contemporary market, our customers wanted new deliveries every single month, and that’s how we ended up with eleven. We don’t deliver in December or January or something like that. But, because there is so much product out there, and because of the whole shift in the way people are shopping, we’re really starting to question whether eleven deliveries per year is still necessary.” – Trina Turk

“Really what it makes sense to make in L.A. are things that are relatively simple styling. And the reason that we’re still able to produce in Los Angeles when many of our competitors no longer produce in Los Angeles is because our styles are more about letting the fabric speak for itself, and we don’t really do lots of complicated fussy styling. Our styles are usually about silhouette and about fabric. And of course there’s detail on the clothing, but we don’t do a lot of super-complicated styling. So what would make sense would be something that had simple lines, not a ton of needlework or sewing detail. Definitely, nothing embellished. Any type of embellishment could not be done in L.A. because it would be too expensive. And you know, our dresses can see from anywhere between, well — you know, we have a less-expensive collection called Trina by Trina Turk, so there may be a dress would be $128, and then our most expensive dresses would be up to $600. So we have a little bit more room to play with pricing in our contemporary world, than if you were in another department in a department store, say.” – Trina Turk

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This is the final interview in our Los Angeles mini-series, which looks at the garment industry in Southern California.

Jun 29 2018

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Rank #17: 193 – Where Are We With Eco-Friendly and Fair?

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A discussion of ideas from two new sustainable fashion books, Sustainable Fashion: Governance and New Management Approaches, a collection of essays edited by Sarah Margaretha Jastram and Anna-Maria Schneider, as well as Eco-Friendly and Fair: Fast Fashion and Consumer Behaviour, also a collection of essays, edited by Mark Heuer and Carolin Becker-Leifhold.

In the studio, we have Mark A. Heuer, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, Susquehanna University; Prof. Dr. Sarah Jastram, Hamburg School of Business Administration, Dr. Jürgen Meyer Chair of International Business Ethics and Sustainability, Department of Strategy & Leadership; and Zara Berberyan, Research Assistant, Hamburg School of Business Administration, Department of Strategy.

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To find more episodes of the series or search for a specific guest, refer to our Episode List page. If you would like to be a guest on the show, there is a Be A Guest page. You can find press coverage of the show on our Press page. There is also a Media Kit if you’re interested in partnering with us or sponsoring the series. Our email address is info@americanfashionpodcast.com and our voicemail line is 646-979-8709. You can find American Fashion Podcast on Facebook, on Instagram @americanfashionshow and on Twitter @afpod. To sign up to attend our live shows, visit the Live Shows page. Thanks for listening!

Nov 06 2018

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Rank #18: 180 – Director of The Universal Studios Costume Department, Poppy Cannon-Reese

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Discussing the logistics of managing one of the world’s largest costume rental houses with the Director of the Universal Studios Costume Department, Poppy Cannon-Reese.

Poppy is a former costume designer who stepped into the role a few years ago and brought new organization and technology solutions to the massive Universal Studios working archive.

This is Part 11 of our Los Angeles mini-series.

Jun 14 2018

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Rank #19: Menswear Designer Joseph Abboud

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Joseph Abboud keeps busy running design for his namesake label, Men's Wearhouse, and the Jos A. Bank brand. He manufactures his collection domestically at a factory in New Bedford. But how did he get to here? Listen and find out.

https://www.josephabboud.com/

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Apr 25 2019

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Rank #20: Even The Real Bags Are Fake - Raphael Lombardo Says Show Me The Leather

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A conversation with leather patternmaker Raphael Lombardo, recorded on location in Florence, Italy, at a new leather design and manufacturing school, the Filo Firenze Fashion Academy, inside the walls of Palazzo Pucci.

Aug 21 2019

32mins

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