Rank #1: Episode 19: Getting the World to Swap
The Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) has helped save 19 tons of clothes (nearly 40,000 pounds) from going to landfills through seven events held on three continents, in four global cities. Kate sits down with GFX co-founder Patrick Duffy to discuss getting the world to swap.
Feb 13 2017
Rank #2: Episode 20: Farm-Fiber Fashion
It wasn't until California-born fashion designer Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks settled into Canada that she found her roots and motivations as a designer; to design with respect for people, their traditions & the lands they live on. One of the first to translate fibreshed (the 'localization' of fibre sourcing) to runway, Peggy Sue joins Kate to discuss the interconnectedness of farmer, maker and creator.
Feb 20 2017
Rank #3: Episode 18: Storytelling
Andrew Morgan is an internationally recognized filmmaker focused on telling stories for a better tomorrow. His experience includes a broad range of work that spans narrative and documentary storytelling for multiple film and new media projects. He is probably best know for his film 'The True Cost'. Andrew joins Kate to discuss the role of storytelling to make change.
Feb 06 2017
Rank #4: Episode 21: Fashioning a Less Wasteful Industry
For the past ten years, anti-fashion waste advocate Dr. Christina Dean has been pushing the agenda for a less polluting fashion industry. Today she announces that the EcoChic Design Award, a sustainable fashion design competition challenging emerging fashion designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste is now open to US designers.
Feb 27 2017
Rank #5: Episode 22: Fashion + Feminism
The global textile and apparel industry employs around 75 million people, three quarters of whom are women. With International Women's Day around the corner, this week we sit down with NY fashion designer Mara Hoffman, who is not only shifting her brand and focus towards greater sustainability, but is adding socio-political messaging to use fashion as a platform for solidarity. Fashion as feminism.
Mar 06 2017
Rank #6: Episode 23: The Future of Fashion
3D printing minimizes waste and could revolutionize the future of fashion. Sylvia Heisel is a fashion designer and creative director working with new materials, manufacturing and physical computing for fashion and wearables. She joins Kate to discuss the intersection of technology and the sustainable future of fashion.
Mar 13 2017
Rank #7: Episode 35: The Queen of Raw
When Stephanie Benedetto cofounded a textile company with her college roommate, she was surprised to learn how much excess inventory brands and manufacturers had on their books. Set to fix that problem, she launched Queen of Raw, a technology platform to pair designers, students and brands with low cost inventory (textiles, finishings, even sewing machines). She joins Kate to talk about running two businesses, having a family and trying to save the fashion industry from waste.
Jun 26 2017
Rank #8: Episode 34: Green Beauty
The organic and natural beauty market is booming (the value is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018). Celebrity make-up artist and all around green beauty expert, Katey Denno, joins Kate to discuss the growth and dispel myths about the industry. Can we have clean, green beauty?
Jun 12 2017
Rank #9: Episode 33: The New "R" - for Renew
Seeing a void in the circular economy for apparel brands, the Renewal Workshop aims to help mitigate fashion waste. Co-founder Jeff Denby joins Kate to discuss this new business and how he plans to solve hard problems and create new systems that do what is good and right for people and for the planet.
Jun 05 2017
Rank #10: Episode 32: Technology for Transparency + Supporting Artisans
Kavita Parmar is a fashion designer, serial entrepreneur, founder and creative director of the IOU Project. Through the IOU Project she has built a bridge to connect consumers with artisans. Winner of UNSSC Leadership Award, Winner of the Luxury Briefing Award for Innovation of the Year in London, Winner of SOURCE Awards by Ethical Fashion Forum London, Winner of the Sustainable Luxury Award Latin America in Buenos Aires, part of the New York city NY Venture Fellows program, selected for the Unreasonable at Sea program and more, Kavita joins Kate to discuss open source and the opportunities facilitated by technology to support artisans and their craft.
May 29 2017
Rank #11: Episode 31: Zero Waste Fashion
Disturbed by the textile waste she witnessed in Cambodia, Rachel Faller pivoted and started zero waste fashion brand Tonlé. She's created jobs and mitigated waste all while producing a ready to wear line. She joins Kate to discuss the journey.
May 22 2017
Rank #12: Episode 30: Investing in Cruelty Free
Liz Dee became a vegan as soon as she discovered the realities of factory farming. An ethical vegan and angel investor, Liz joins Kate to discuss veganism, disruptive companies and the future of conscious business models, across fashion, food and more.
May 15 2017
Rank #13: Episode 29: Using Design to Inspire Change
Berlin-based entrepreneur and changemaker Andrea Bury created The ABURY Design Experience (ADEx) in 2015 as the first international contest to match one emerging designers with a traditional craft community to create an accessory capsule collection using traditional crafts knowledge from different cultures. Kate talks with Andrea about: the mission, the contest (which is now open and seeking a designer to work in Ethiopia) and whether design can inspire change.
May 08 2017
Rank #14: Episode 28: Fashion Revolution
Is fashion ready for a revolution? Orsola de Castro and the team behind Fashion Revolution think so. Founded in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Fashion Revolution is a global campaign that seeks greater transparency in the fashion industry. With events in over 90 countries, Orsola shares with Kate why (and how) everyone should get involved.
Apr 24 2017
Rank #15: Episode 27: Building a Vegan Brand
When accessories designer Francisca Pineda got sick from the leather she was working with, she knew she had to make a change. She co-founded Bhava Studio to redefine premium vegan footwear. She sits down with Kate to discuss the slow and steady task of building a (vegan) footwear brand.
Apr 10 2017