Loose Threads — Consumer, retail, fashion and commerce

Loose Threads — Consumer, retail, fashion and commerce

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From the Earth to the Sun — with Vanessa Stofenmacher of Vrai & Oro
Nov 21 • 23 min
On the 47th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Vanessa Stofenmacher, the founder of Vrai & Oro, a direct to consumer jewelry company pioneering the use of sustainably grown…
Sleepless Nights — with Ariel Kaye of Parachute Home
Nov 14 • 42 min
On the 46th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Ariel Kaye, the founder of Parachute home, a direct to consumer brand bringing a new lifestyle to the home. Ariel founded the…
Specs and Specialization — with David Barton of David Kind
Nov 7 • 36 min
On the 45th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with David Barton, the founder of David Kind, an eyewear brand focused on high quality specs at an honest price. David founded the…
Spiders and Sustainability — with Dan Widmaier of Bolt Threads
Oct 31 • 45 min
On the 44th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Dan Widmaier, a co-founder of Bolt Threads, a biotech company engineering spider silk and a range of other fully sustainable materials from…
Decent Debt — with Max Levchin of Affirm
Oct 24 • 43 min
On the 43rd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the new consumer economy, I talk with Max Levchin, a co-founder of Affirm, a company redefining consumer lending, bringing much-needed transparency to a space that is usually riddled with…
Short Shorts and Long Attention Spans — with Kyle Hency of Chubbies
Oct 17 • 44 min
On the 42nd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Kyle Hency, a co-founder of Chubbies, a brand that started bringing back the short short that’s now trying to own the weekend. Kyle started…
Waking Up the Home — with Andres Modak of Snowe
Oct 10 • 36 min
On the 41st episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Andres Modak, a co-founder of Snowe, a company reinventing home essentials at a more affordable price point. Andreas and his…
Democratizing the Swimsuit — with Moshe Laniado of Swimsuits For All
Oct 4 • 39 min
On the 40th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the new consumer economy, I talk with Moshe Laniado, the founder of Swimsuits for All, the first company to focus on swimwear for women of all different sizes. Moshe started the business after…
Angularity and Optionality — with Jeff Johnson of The Arrivals
Sep 27 • 34 min
On the 39th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Jeff Johnson, a co-founder of The Arrivals, an outerwear-focused brand inspired by the form and function of architecture. Jeff…
For Your Eyes Only — with Eric Varady of Topology Eyewear
Sep 20 • 45 min
On the 38th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Eric Varady, the founder of Topology Eyewear. Eric founded the company after struggling to find a pair of glasses that worked for…
The Evolution of Influence — with Melissa Duren Conner of JBC
Sep 13 • 35 min
On the 37th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Melissa Duren Conner, a partner at JBC, a PR and communications firm helping modern brands tell their stories. Melissa started…
Feet First — with Alexa Buckley of Margaux
Sep 6 • 35 min
On the 36th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Alexa Buckley, a co-founder of Margaux, a brand making modern shoes for modern women. Margaux is home to a really interesting…
Back to Basics — with Brian Berger of Mack Weldon
Aug 30 • 37 min
On the 35th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Brian Berger, a co-founder of Mack Weldon, a company reinventing men’s basics with a modern shopping experience and technical…
Modernizing the Hidden World of Ecommerce Imaging — with James Ingram of Splashlight
Aug 23 • 38 min
On the 34th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with James Ingram, the CEO of Splashlight, a company at the forefront of ecommerce photography and video. Every time someone goes…
Pivoting the Pro Shop — with Nik Bando of Bogeybox
Aug 16 • 35 min
On the 33rd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Nik Bando, a co-founder of Bogeybox Golf Club, a company that helps golfers modernize their style. For many, golf apparel is one…
Reinventing Plus Size From The Ground Up — With Nadia Boujarwah of Dia&Co
Aug 9 • 38 min
On the 32nd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Nadia Boujarwah, a co-founder of Dia&Co, a company built with an exacting focus on serving the plus size market, which remains…
Leather, Data and Grit — with Evan Fript of Paul Evans
Aug 2 • 36 min
On the 31st episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Evan Fript, a co-founder of Paul Evans, a brand bringing the best luxury Italian footwear for men to the states at a contemporary…
Renting Out Your Underutilized Clothing — with Lona Alia of Style Lend
Jul 26 • 36 min
On the 30th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Lona Alia, the founder of Style Lend, a company pioneering peer to peer fashion rentals. Many people know of Rent The Runway, the…
Making Dumb Clothing Smart — with Janett Martinez of Loomia
Jul 19 • 38 min
On the 29th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Jannett Martinez, the CEO of Loomia, a company building the components and experience to make our clothing smart. Most clothing…
An Umbrella Obsession — with Dave Kahng of Davek
Jul 12 • 33 min
On the 28th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Dave Kahng, the founder of Davek, a luxury utility brand focused on making the best umbrellas in the world. Dave had been…
Challenging Unrealistic Standards of Beauty — with Carrie Hammer
Jul 5 • 40 min
On the 27th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Carrie Hammer, the founder of her namesake brand and the movement Role Models Not Runway Models. Carrie has been working to…
Rethinking the Purpose of a Store — with Alana Branston of Bulletin
Jun 28 • 36 min
On the 26th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Alana Branston, a co-founder of Bulletin, a company known as the WeWork for retail that gives brands flexible options for…
Performance & Perspective — with Yehua Yang of Pivotte
Jun 21 • 23 min
On the 25th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Yehua Yang, a co-founder of Pivotte, a brand creating performance apparel that women can wear in everyday life. Yehua started…
When the Social Mission Comes First — with Olivia Wright of Rallier
Jun 14 • 27 min
On the 24th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Olivia Wright, the founder of Rallier, a brand inspired by modern uniform dressing with a social mission that aims to decrease…
The Cross Country Opportunity — with Kevin Lavelle of Mizzen + Main
Jun 7 • 50 min
On the 23rd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Kevin Lavelle, the founder of Mizzen + Main, a company bringing performance fabrics to the workplace. Kevin founded Mizzen +…
Dusting off the Luggage Industry — with Josh Udashkin of Raden
May 31 • 42 min
On the 22nd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Josh Udashkin, the founder of Raden, an emerging smart luggage company that marries the best of luggage, hardware and software…
An Unexpected Journey to the Source — With Matt Scanlan of Naadam Cashmere
May 24 • 56 min
On the 21st episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Matt Scanlan, the founder of Naadam, a direct to consumer brand that is reinventing the cashmere supply chain. Matt started…
Pushing Wood to the Absolute Limit — with Giancarlo Paternoster of Giancarlo Studio Furniture
May 17 • 57 min
On the 20th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Giancarlo Paternoster, the founder of Giancarlo Studio Furniture, a workshop that is pushing wood to the absolute limit.…
The Amorphous Evolution of Retail — with Rachel Shechtman of Story
May 10 • 47 min
On the 19th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Rachel Shechtman, the founder of Story, a company that has the point of view of a magazine, that changes like a gallery and…
Monopolies & Opportunities — with Andrew Lipovsky of Eponym
May 3 • 45 min
On the 18th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Andrew Lipovsky, the founder of Eponym, a company that designs, manufactures and sells eyewear for a range of fashion and…
Leveling the Playing Field for Independent Designers — with Amanda Curtis of Nineteenth Amendment
Apr 26 • 48 min
On the 17th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Amanda Curtis, a co-founder of Nineteenth Amendment. Her company is leveling the playing field for independent designers by…
Keys To The Closet — with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson of Fitz
Apr 19 • 43 min
On the 16th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, the founder of Fitz, a company that starts by helping people organize their closets. From there, it…
Saying a Lot with a Little — with Matt Orley of Orley
Apr 12 • 48 min
On the 15th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Matt Orley, a co-founder of Orley, a knitwear brand based in New York City that Matt runs along with his wife Sam and his…
Data and Details — with Seph Skerritt of Proper Cloth
Apr 5 • 52 min
On the 14th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Seph Skerritt, the founder of Proper Cloth, a company using tons of data and technology to make customized men’s apparel…
The (Invisible) Long Tail of Packaging — with Stephan Ango of Lumi
Mar 29 • 46 min
On the 13th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of fashion, technology and commerce, I talk with Stephan Ango, a co-founder of Lumi. Stephan’s company is simplifying the process of designing and producing all sorts of…
Getting Better, Not Just Bigger — with Steven Alan
Feb 2 • 41 min
On the 12th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Steven Alan, the founder of his eponymous brand that started as a retail store in 1994 and grew into the international empire it is today. We had an awesome talk about how Steven got started;…
Focusing on the Rules of Business, Not the Glamour — with Vishaal Melwani of Combatant Gentlemen
Jan 11 • 54 min
On the 11th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Vishaal Melwani, CEO and co-founder of Combatant Gentlemen, about the brand’s founding; how the team decided to build a suiting essentials brand meant to scale; how they incorporated technology…
Pioneering Wholesale in a Direct to Consumer World — with Garrett Leight
Dec 14, 2016 • 46 min
On the 10th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Garrett Leight, the founder of his eponymous optical brand. We had an awesome talk about the founding story of Garrett Leight; the path towards building a wholesale-first brand in a…
The Fashion Industry Is Not Exactly Broken — with Marc Bain of Quartz
Nov 30, 2016 • 40 min
On the 9th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Marc Bain, the fashion reporter at Quartz, about his path to covering the fashion industry, which included working for a fashion brand in New York; how he found his reporting beats and how the…
By Hand, Not by Machine — with Tull Price of FEIT
Nov 16, 2016 • 58 min
On the 8th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Tull Price, the founder of FEIT. The episode covers the evolution of Tull’s career that led him to start FEIT; why Tull is mostly interested in making the best products from the best materials…
Building the Future of Clothing and Unlocking Social Mobility — With Abe Burmeister Of Outlier
Sep 27, 2016 • 40 min
On the seventh episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Abe Burmeister, one of the founders of Outlier, a New York label that set out to build the future of clothing. What started as a brand aimed as casual urbanists who used bicycles as their…
Creating a Shopping Street on the Internet — with Chris Morton of Lyst
Aug 8, 2016 • 47 min
On the sixth episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Chris Morton, the founder of Lyst, the fashion platform that acts as a shopping street on the internet. We talked about Chris’ previous career as an investor; how Lyst was started and how it…
Building the Knitwear Platform of the Future — with Ben Alun-Jones of UNMADE
Jun 7, 2016 • 53 min
On the 5th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Ben Alun-Jones, CEO and co-founder of UNMADE, a fascinating fashion tech company based in London. UNMADE is building a platform that brings legacy knitwear machines into the 21st century, and…
Navigating the Legal Complexities of the Fashion Industry — with Doug Hand of HBA, LLP
May 16, 2016 • 57 min
On the fourth episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Doug Hand of HBA, LLP about navigating the complexities of the fashion industry. We discussed Doug’s journey to become a leading fashion lawyer; the reactivity of the law; how IP protection…
3D Printing a Personalized Future with Jon Schwartz of Voodoo Manufacturing
Apr 11, 2016 • 48 min
On the third episode of Loose Threads, I talk with Jon Schwartz, co-founder of Voodoo Manufacturing, about the recent advances in 3D printing; how 3D printing has evolved since his last startup; the growth of bridge manufacturing; Voodoo’s work with…
The CFDA Report, Zara’s innovations, and Kanye’s fluidity with Adam Wray of fashionREDEF
Mar 27, 2016 • 56 min
On the second episode of Loose Threads, I talk with the always astute and articulate Adam Wray of fashionREDEF about the CFDA Report, the under appreciated aspects of Zara, the pioneering release of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, innovating our way out…
Pins, Patches and the Post Office with Charlie Ambler of Strikegently.co
Mar 16, 2016 • 31 min
On the inaugural episode of Loose Threads, I talk with the founder of Strike Gently, Charlie Ambler, about why he started a pin company and where it fits within the fashion world. — Show Notes — http://www.strikegently.co — About Loose Threads — Inside…