Loose Threads — Inside the new consumer economy

Loose Threads — Inside the new consumer economy

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The Loose Threads Podcast explores the new consumer economy. Hosted by Richie Siegel, the founder of Loose Threads, each episode features an in-depth conversation with one guest that spans a range of topics, lasting about an hour. The unifying thread is always the rapid change facing the consumer, retail and commerce industry and how entrepreneurs are responding. You can listen to the podcast on any player of your choice: iTunes, Soundcloud, Overcast, Google Play. If you’d like to recommend a guest (including yourself!), don’t hesitate to get in touch: hello@loosethreads.com. http://LooseThreads.com


Offense vs Defense: How The Sill doubled down on its strengths to survive COVID
May 21 • 22 min
#152. In our latest episode of Offense vs Defense we talk with Eliza Blank, the founder of The Sill, a modern plant company. We discussed how the brand is approaching advertising, customer communication, and what changes will remain once life is back to…
Offense vs Defense: How Jenni Kayne rebuilt momentum in a time of crisis
May 14 • 26 min
#151. In our third episode of Offense vs Defense we talk with Julia Hunter, the CEO of the lifestyle brand Jenni Kayne. We discussed her views on a rebalanced retail strategy and how the crisis has pushed her to realize how much of a business’s trajectory…
Offense vs Defense: How Outlier has leaned into transparency during COVID-19
May 7 • 22 min
#150. In our second episode of Offense vs Defense we talk with Abe Burmeister, the co-founder of Outlier, a menswear brand pushing the limits of materials and performance. We discussed how the brand has handled supply chain woes, invested more in social…
Offense vs Defense: How Blueland is taking the coronavirus crisis in stride
Apr 30 • 24 min
#149. In our first episode of Offense vs Defense we talk with Sarah Paiji Yoo, the co-founder of Blueland, a brand reimagining cleaning products to eliminate single-use plastic packaging. Blueland has seen a huge spike in demand in the last two months but…
Will Loop’s complex and costly recycling model replace single-use packaging?
Mar 11 • 13 min
#148. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss Loop, a reusable packaging consortium’s decision to move into retail and whether or not the…
Why is Elite Model Management launching its own fashion brand?
Mar 4 • 15 min
#147. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss Elite Model Management’s decision to launch its own apparel brand and whether or not the…
Will KIND’s new product launches expand or confuse its customer base?
Feb 26 • 14 min
#146. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss KIND Snacks’ expansion into four new product categories and if the brand can be more than just…
Will Atari’s hotels bring the gaming company into the modern era?
Feb 19 • 13 min
#145. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss Atari’s decision to open a handful of hotels across the U.S. and whether or not this move into…
Is Simon and Brookfield’s $81 million acquisition of Forever 21 worth it?
Feb 12 • 15 min
#144. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss Simon and Brookfield’s decision to buy Forever 21 out of bankruptcy and whether or not the…
Will Shake Shack’s four-day workweek impact its employee retention?
Feb 5 • 15 min
#143. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss Shake Shack and Taco Bell’s approach to employee retention and whether or not these new…
Are used cosmetics holding the second hand beauty market back?
Jan 29 • 19 min
#142. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss the rise of second hand beauty platforms and the host of complications that could keep this…
Will Goop’s expansion into Sephora help or hurt the brand’s long-term success?
Jan 22 • 15 min
#141. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss Goop’s expansion into Sephora and whether or not the brand’s products will stand out beyond…
Espresso: Will Walmart’s influence boost SmileDirectClub’s revenue and reach?
Jan 15 • 13 min
#140. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy to understand the upside and downside of the brand’s approach. We discuss SmileDirectClub’s retail and product extension into Walmart and how both moves push the…
Espresso: Inside Drybar’s wacky $255 million sale to Helen of Troy.
Jan 8 • 16 min
#139. Every week on the podcast we’ll challenge a recently-announced business strategy. This week we discuss Helen of Troy’s recent acquisition of Drybar’s product business and what drove the brand towards a sale.
How Jenni Kayne went back to basics to fuel its growth
Dec 18, 2019 • 42 min
#138. Jenni Kayne is a well-known California lifestyle brand. We talk with CEO Julia Hunter about her journey plotting the brand’s next chapter after a decade of existence and how her back to basics strategy fueled the company’s growth. The Loose Threads…
Espresso: Macy’s and Nordstrom’s flawed holiday partnerships with hotels; Airbnb’s new Cooking Experiences are making food-related hospitality more accessible.
Dec 11, 2019 • 25 min
#137. Espresso is a new talk show from Loose Threads where we dissect two different business strategies from the past two weeks, putting them under the microscope to see if they hold up or fall apart. In our third episode, we discuss legacy department…
Inside Richer Poorer’s journey to buy back its brand
Dec 4, 2019 • 48 min
#136. Richer Poorer is a men’s and women’s elevated basics brand. We talk with co-founder Iva Pawling about her journey selling her company, buying it back and taking control of the brand’s future. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions…
Espresso: Birchbox’s 500 Walgreens pop ups and the implications for subscription boxes; Ferrari’s pull back from licensing and leap into luxury goods.
Nov 20, 2019 • 18 min
#135. Espresso is a new talk show from Loose Threads where we analyze important developments in the consumer economy. In our second episode, we discuss Birchbox’s 500 store partnership with Walgreens and Ferrari’s quest to pull back on licensing and shore…
How STATE Bags is balancing growth and giving back
Nov 13, 2019 • 47 min
#134. STATE Bags is a mission-driven accessories brand for men, women and children. We talk with co-founders Scot and Jacq Tatelman about how they balance building a thriving business while still giving everything they can to others. The Loose Threads…
Espresso: Rebag’s new appraisal tool and fractional ownership; Brooklinen’s twisted take on wholesale.
Nov 6, 2019 • 18 min
#133. Espresso is a new talk show from Loose Threads where we analyze important developments in the consumer economy. In our first episode we discuss how Rebag’s new pricing index tool relates to what fractional ownership means today and Brooklinen’s new…
How Clare is reinventing the painting experience from top to bottom
Oct 23, 2019 • 47 min
#132. Clare is a direct-to-consumer brand reimagining the experience around painting one’s home. We talk with founder Nicole Gibbons about how she relied on her background in interior design and customer feedback to simplify the painting process. The…
How Health-Ade kombucha grew from one farmers’ market to 25,000 doors
Oct 16, 2019 • 46 min
#131. Health-Ade is one of the fastest-growing and earliest small-batch kombucha brands. We talk with co-founder Vanessa Dew about how she grew the brand from one farmers’ market to over 25,000 doors nationwide. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth…
How Cha Cha Matcha is expanding outside of retail
Oct 9, 2019 • 41 min
#130. Cha Cha Matcha is a beverage brand with five retail locations and a recently-released line of canned drinks. We talk with founders Matthew Morton and Conrad Sandelman about how they played a role in popularizing matcha. The Loose Threads Podcast…
How Michel et Augustin is importing French dessert staples to the U.S.
Oct 2, 2019 • 46 min
#129. Michel et Augustin is a French confectionary brand that entered the U.S. market in 2016. We talk with Evan Holod, the CEO of U.S. operations, about the challenges of making a popular French cookie resonate with Americans. The Loose Threads Podcast…
Inside Recess’ approach to standing out in the CBD category
Sep 25, 2019 • 34 min
#128. Recess is a CBD-infused beverage company. We talk with founder and CEO Ben Witte about how he set out to dominate the CBD category through a superior product offering and distinct marketing approach. The Megaphone Podcast features marketers,…
Zeus is reimagining semi-permanent housing and hospitality
Sep 18, 2019 • 48 min
#127. Zeus is a platform reimagining the corporate housing market. We talk with the founder and CEO Kulveer Taggar about how Zeus fills the gap between Airbnb and legacy players within the space. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions…
02 wants to speed up your post-workout recovery
Sep 11, 2019 • 48 min
#126. O2 is an oxygenated recovery drink for athletes. We talk with founder and CEO Dave Colina about being the first to scale and commercialize an oxygenated recovery beverage. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across…
New Stand wants to enhance your daily routine
Sep 4, 2019 • 47 min
#125. New Stand merges your favorite blog and favorite bodega in a convenience store pop-up. We talk with co-founder and CEO Andrew Deitchman about the challenges and triumphs of merging physical products and space with digital content and experiences.…
Made In wants to simplify your kitchen toolkit
Aug 28, 2019 • 37 min
#124. Made In is a direct-to-consumer cookware brand. We talk with co-founder and CEO Chip Malt about how he set out to create a curated and intentional set of products that satisfied everyday kitchen needs while chipping away at entrenched brands like…
Derris defined direct-to-consumer communication strategy
Aug 21, 2019 • 52 min
#123. Derris is a communications and brand consultancy that has been at the forefront of the direct-to-consumer revolution. We talk with founder and CEO Jesse Derris about how the fashion and tech press has changed the ways in which people discover and…
Rhone is creating the performance lifestyle toolkit for men
Aug 14, 2019 • 53 min
#122. Rhone engineers performance lifestyle products for men. We talk with co-founder and CEO Nate Checketts about Rhone balanced its ecommerce and wholesale channels early on how it has evolved the business from activewear to broader performance products…
Pressed Juice: How Glossy found its lens on fashion and business
Aug 7, 2019 • 28 min
#121. Glossy tracks and analyzes the intersection of fashion, beauty, digital and tech. We talk with editor-in-chief Jill Manoff about Glossy’s evolution and the changing tides of the press more broadly. Pressed Juice, a podcast by Loose Threads, talks…
Dame seeks to close the pleasure gap for women
Jul 31, 2019 • 44 min
#120. Dame’s products aim to close the pleasure gap for women. We talk with co-founder Alexandra Fine about how Dame is overcoming the challenges of marketing its products and how big the opportunity is ahead. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth…
How west~bourne puts neighborhood hospitality at the center of everything
Jul 24, 2019 • 49 min
#119. west~borune is a restaurant group focused on neighborhood hospitality. We talk with founder Camilla Marcus about the process of building a restaurant group from scratch and how she built a workforce where everyone can do every job. The Loose Threads…
Rally Road is building the stock market for cars and other luxury goods
Jul 17, 2019 • 48 min
#118. Rally Road democratizes investments in collector cars, turning them into stocks that anyone can purchase through an app. We talk with co-founder Rob Petrozzo about how he’s merging the worlds of finance, consumer goods and pop culture to create…
How DRY Soda preempted the alcohol-free beverage boom
Jul 10, 2019 • 44 min
#117. DRY Soda makes alcohol-free sparkling beverages. We talk with founder Sharelle Klaus about her path climbing the ladder of national food and beverage distribution and how she survived the 2008 recession’s impact on her business and the landscape…
How Huckberry has evolved from a third-party retailer to a brand builder
Jul 3, 2019 • 34 min
#116. Huckberry is an outdoor apparel brand made for men in the city who love spending time in nature. We talk with co-founder Richard Greiner about evolving from a digital retailer stocking once-unknown brands to one selling a growing roster of its own…
Dada Daily is elevating snacks for the couch and dinner table
Jun 26, 2019 • 45 min
#115. Dada Daily adds surrealism and fun to healthy snacking. We talk with founder Claire Olshan about merging high-end design, forward-thinking recipes and accessible pricing to make a snack brand that breaks common perception. The Loose Threads Podcast…
Pressed Juice: Inside the world of media training with Dan Broden
Jun 19, 2019 • 46 min
#114. Broden Communications coaches figures ranging from C-suite executives and athletes to celebrities and job applicants on persuasive communication and media skills. We talk with founder Dan Broden about his work training executives on how to best…
Retail is Alive: How Pressed Juicery scaled to 100+ stores
Jun 12, 2019 • 43 min
#113. Pressed Juicery is a California-based juice brand. We talk with founder Hayden Slater about how the company attacked offline retail from day one, when Pressed Juicery’s store consisted of a single refrigerator, and how the company grew to the more…
Full Exposure — with Holly Thaggard of Supergoop
Jun 5, 2019 • 50 min
#112. Supergoop is an SPF-first skincare brand. We talk with founder Holly Thaggard about how she decided to raise awareness in a highly misunderstood category while innovating products that put health and sun protection at the forefront. The Loose…
Drop the Base — with Andreas Palm and Christian Larson of CDLP
May 29, 2019 • 46 min
#111. CDLP keeps it brief with minimalist men’s underwear. We talk with co-founders Andreas Palm and Christian Larson about how their background and passions in film, music and live experiences, as well as heritage and direct-to-consumer brands, combined…
The Megaphone Podcast: How Reddit and Instagram Live are driving Outlier’s growth
May 22, 2019 • 51 min
#110. Outlier is a men’s techwear brand. We talk with co-founder Abe Burmeister about how the company is using Reddit, Instagram Live and Depop to drive conversation and sales. The Megaphone Podcast features marketers, analysts and advertising…
Sizing Up — with Michelle Grant of Lively
May 15, 2019 • 53 min
#109. Lively makes lingerie, swim and activewear for those who wear them—not their significant other. We talk with founder Michelle Cordeiro Grant about how her vast retail experience at Federated, VF Corp, Victoria’s Secret and Thrillist Media Group…
Retail is Alive: Matthew Scanlan of Naadam
May 8, 2019 • 48 min
#108. Naadam democratizes Mongolia-sourced cashmere. We talk with co-founder Matthew Scanlan about how the digitally-native brand began moving offline in 2016 after seeking the legitimacy that comes with going offline, which led it to open its first…
Baggage (Re)claim — with Charles Gorra of Rebag
May 1, 2019 • 55 min
#107. Rebag wants to resell your baggage—just not the emotional kind. We talk with co-founder Charles Gorra about establishing a marketplace for secondhand, designer handbags, entering offline retail and launching a new type of loyalty subscription. The…
Natural Selection — with Hillary Peterson of True Botanicals
Apr 24, 2019 • 45 min
#106. True Botanicals is a direct-to-consumer, all-natural skincare brand that puts clinical trials at the forefront of its marketing. We talk with Hillary Peterson, who founded the company to create the cleanest skincare products possible after being…
The Megaphone Podcast: Luke Droulez of Parachute
Apr 17, 2019 • 53 min
#105. Inside the marketing journey of Parachute, which makes goods for the home. We talk with CMO Luke Droulez who joined the company as its first hire to discuss scaling with constraints and experimenting with a variety of channels and markets. The…
Side Step — with Cheryl Kaplan of M.Gemi
Apr 10, 2019 • 47 min
#104. M.Gemi connects Italian craftsmanship with direct-to-consumer footwear. We talk with co-founder Cheryl Kaplan about M.Gemi’s drop model and emphasis on customer feedback in building an accessible luxury shoe brand. The Loose Threads Podcast features…
Building Blocks — with Galyn Bernard and Christina Carbonell of Primary
Apr 3, 2019 • 56 min
#103. Primary builds basics for kids. We talk with co-founders Christina Carbonell and Galyn Bernard about how they applied their experience from Diapers.com to fuel a direct-to-consumer brand that makes simple and affordable children’s apparel. The Loose…
Role Reversal — with Mia Duchnowski of Oars + Alps
Mar 27, 2019 • 47 min
#102. Oars + Alps is a natural men’s skincare brand founded by women. We talk with co-founder Mia Duchnowski about launching a multi-channel brand from the ground up with a fresh perspective. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with…
Triple Cleanse — with Dave and Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam
Mar 20, 2019 • 53 min
#101. Soko Glam is an online Korean skincare marketplace for education, discovery and connection. We talk with co-founders Charlotte and Dave Cho about building a curated ecommerce platform that brings K-beauty to American audiences. The Loose Threads…
We’ll be back soon
Jan 4, 2019 • 0 min
The Loose Threads Podcast will be back soon with a whole new slate of episodes and shows. Thanks for tuning in to our first 100 episodes featuring in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy.
A Handmade Tale — with Frederick Bouchardy of Joya Studio
Dec 19, 2018 • 59 min
#100. Joya Studio creates candles, perfumes and soaps with design at the forefront. We talk with founder Frederick Bouchardy about his path to building a design manufacturing company that’s collaborated with everyone from A24 to Katz’s Deli. The Loose…
Face ID — with Ming Zhao of Proven Beauty
Dec 12, 2018 • 47 min
#99. Proven Beauty customizes skincare by uniting customer reviews with machine learning. We talk with co-founder Ming Zhao about building a comprehensive database of clinical ingredients that ultimately grew into a vertically integrated company producing…
Universole — with Billy Price of Billy Footwear
Dec 5, 2018 • 47 min
#98. BILLY Footwear exchanges laces for zippers. We talk with co-founder Billy Price about how the adaptive shoe brand spiraled out of a personal need, only to grow into a solution for a wide swathe of customers in search of both convenience and design.…
Support System — with Chat Razdan of Care+Wear
Nov 28, 2018 • 49 min
#97. Care+Wear creates apparel and accessories for medical patients and providers by merging function with style. We talk with co-founder Chat Razdan about how the company was founded to give clinicians and patients a better experience, working alongside…
Drips and Drops — with Zak Normandin of Dirty Lemon
Nov 14, 2018 • 36 min
#96. Dirty Lemon quenches thirst with direct-to-consumer beverages. We talk with co-founder Zak Normandin about how the company uprooted the antiquated beverage industry to rapidly develop products and communicate with customers via text message. The…
Artistic License — with Tze Chun of Uprise Art
Nov 7, 2018 • 40 min
#95. Uprise Art revolutionizes art collecting and discovery for the digital age. We talk with founder Tze Chun about how she built an online-first gallery that connects emerging artists with collectors. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth…
Global Roots — with Carmen Tal of Moroccanoil
Oct 31, 2018 • 44 min
#94. Moroccanoil took a single product and gave it a global footprint. We talk with co-founder Carmen Tal about how she popularized oil-based hair care through traditional distribution methods after making a discovery of her own. The Loose Threads Podcast…
Bootstrapped — with Paul Hedrick of Tecovas
Oct 24, 2018 • 42 min
#93. Tecovas is taking Westerns online with direct-to-consumer cowboy boots. We talk with founder Paul Hedrick about the innovations and challenges behind crafting and selling high-quality, timeless and affordable leather goods in the digital age. The…
Gut Feel — with Tom Patterson of Tommy John
Oct 17, 2018 • 44 min
#92. Tommy John doesn’t take underwear too seriously, as long as it moves with you. We talk with co-founder Tom Patterson about starting a wholesale-driven men’s basic brand and later maneuvering into direct-to-consumer and physical retail—all without…
Short Stories — with Sam Alston of Big Lives
Oct 10, 2018 • 48 min
#91. Big Lives brings together emerging designers and showcases them in unique and ephemeral retail experiences. We talk with co-founder Sam Alston about applying the best lessons of customer relations to harness the power of high-touch and…
Counter Culture — with Eunice Byun of Material
Oct 3, 2018 • 51 min
#90. Material designs modern kitchen tools for the modern cook. We talk with co-founder Eunice Byun about Material’s quest to become the go-to, trusted brand in the kitchen, selling curated fundamentals to cooks of all calibers. The Loose Threads Podcast…
Breathing Room — with Ellie Burrows of MNDFL
Sep 26, 2018 • 48 min
#89. MNDFL’s studios make meditation accessible. We talk with co-founder Ellie Burrows about why she gave the mindfulness practice a physical footprint and how the company differs from the fitness and yoga business. The Loose Threads Podcast features…
Smile, You’re on Camera — with Rachel Silver of Love Stories TV
Sep 19, 2018 • 46 min
#88. Love Stories TV broadcasts wedding videos and the filmmakers, venues and vendors that make them possible. We talk with founder Rachel Silver about how the company identified a missed opportunity in wedding videos, rather than photography, and how it…
Money Grows on Trees — with Eliza Blank of The Sill
Sep 12, 2018 • 44 min
#87. The Sill reimagines how younger generations can interact with plants, buy plants and keep plants alive. We talk with founder Eliza Blank about growing a modern-day gardening center both online and offline. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth…
Roasted — with Kara Cohen of Dripkit
Sep 5, 2018 • 43 min
#86. Dripkit makes artisan drip coffee accessible both at home and on the go. We talk with co-founder Kara Cohen about how her company is filling the void between instant coffee and retail coffee without sacrificing quality for convenience. The Loose…
Raising the Bar — with Rachel Winard of Soapwalla
Aug 22, 2018 • 46 min
#85. Soapwalla is raising the bar on clean skincare. We talk with founder Rachel Winard about staying true to her origins and growing her business organically, but not recklessly. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across…
Ringleader — with Bouchra Ezzahraoui of AUrate
Aug 15, 2018 • 43 min
#84. AUrate is creating a new gold standard for accessible and direct-to-consumer fine jewelry. We talk with co-founder Bouchra Ezzahraoui about building an international supply chain that aims to change the way and frequency that women buy accessories.…
Small Footprint, Big Steps — with Barry Beck of Bluemercury
Aug 8, 2018 • 41 min
#83. Bluemercury took cosmetics out of department stores, pioneering small-format beauty retail. We talk with co-founder Barry Beck about starting the company with his wife Marla and navigating through various retail cycles to grow their business to more…
Kiddie Cup — with Miki Berardelli of Kidbox
Aug 1, 2018 • 50 min
#82. Kidbox personalizes shopping for kids. We talk with CEO Miki Berardelli about how the company is improving kids’ and parents’ lives with its try-before-you-buy model, evolving offerings and social mission. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth…
Grab Bag — with Melissa Mash of Dagne Dover
Jul 25, 2018 • 43 min
#81. Dagne Dover creates bags and accessories that stand the test of morning commutes, happy hours and overseas flights. We talk with co-founder and CEO Melissa Mash about building a brand—and a mentality—that doesn’t compromise on performance or design.…
Singin’ in the Rain — with Jackie De Jesu of SHHHOWERCAP
Jul 18, 2018 • 49 min
#80. SHHHOWERCAP is not your grandma’s shower cap. We talk with founder and CEO Jackie De Jesu about reinventing an antiquated product for use both in and out of the shower—a cross between fashion-forward headwear and waterproof functionality. The Loose…
Circle of Life — with Ariane Goldman of Hatch
Jul 11, 2018 • 46 min
#79. HATCH is a maternity brand that serves women before, during and after pregnancy. We talk with founder Ariane Goldman about creating apparel that celebrates fashion and comfort equally and how HATCH is forging a community for women in its retail…
Organic Growth — with Holly McWhorter of PLANT Apothecary
Jun 27, 2018 • 50 min
#78. PLANT Apothecary is a fully organic skincare brand that has a big focus on environmental friendliness and bold design. We talk with co-founder Holly McWhorter about her research-minded process and how she’s scaling a company that nurtures her…
Soft and Soulful — with Michelle Toney and Stephanie Cleary of Morrow Soft Goods
Jun 20, 2018 • 45 min
#77. Morrow Soft Goods makes luxury textiles and soft products for the home. We talk with co-founders Michelle Toney and Stephanie Cleary about building a brand that marries high-end materials with design that has a soul. The Loose Threads Podcast…
Pillow Talk — with Ashley Merrill of Lunya
Jun 13, 2018 • 42 min
#76. Lunya makes luxury sleepwear that puts equal emphasis on function and aesthetics. We talk with founder Ashley Merrill about how her business is breathing new life into a frequently forgotten, but everyday apparel category. The Loose Threads Podcast…
Full Circle — with Jeff Denby of The Renewal Workshop
Jun 6, 2018 • 51 min
#75. The Renewal Workshop partners with apparel brands to recycle and resell surplus inventory and damaged products. We talk with co-founder Jeff Denby about building a circular business model, as well as the factory and the technology necessary to…
Trick or Treat — with Gabby Slome of Ollie
May 30, 2018 • 48 min
#74. Ollie delivers human-grade pet food straight to the dog bowl. We talk with co-founder Gabby Slome about how she and her team created a nutritious alternative to the dog food already on the market and how the company is expanding to serve a growing…
Joy Bomb — with Natalie Mackey of Winky Lux
May 23, 2018 • 46 min
#73. Winky Lux is a quickly growing beauty brand built around accessible and fun products. We talk with co-founder Natalie Mackey, who started the company after realizing the mass market opportunity around drugstore-priced cosmetics that embody…
Power Suits — with Eleanor Turner of Argent
May 16, 2018 • 43 min
#72. Argent makes smart workwear for women. We talk with co-founder Eleanor Turner about creating function-driven and aesthetically-minded womenswear—which have been priorities in menswear for decades—and creating a community that empowers women. The…
Agency — with Tony King of King and Partners
May 9, 2018 • 45 min
#71. King & Partners is a creative and technology agency that works with leading brands. We talk with founder Tony King about his long career in helping brands embrace ecommerce and what it’s like working with a new crop of brands while maintaining…
All-Inclusive — with Fran Dunaway of TomboyX
May 2, 2018 • 48 min
#70. TomboyX makes underwear and other essential products for everyone, regardless of gender, size, geography or economic status. We talk with Fran Dunaway, who founded the company with her partner Naomi after struggling to find a brand that spoke to…
Kidproof — with Rachel Blumenthal of Rockets of Awesome
Apr 25, 2018 • 42 min
#69. Rockets of Awesome creates modern children’s clothes, conveniently delivered to busy parents. We talk with Founder and CEO Rachel Blumenthal, who started the company after running a previous business that made mothers’ lives easier, and has gone on…
Thread Journeys — with Carolyn Yim of Ply-Knits
Apr 18, 2018 • 34 min
#68. Ply-Knits is a knitwear label that marries a modern, direct-to-consumer approach with a high level of technical development and refined aesthetics. We talk with Ply-Knit’s Creative Director Carolyn Yim about the lessons she has learned from her…
Globetrotting — with Sarah Nakintu of Kintu
Apr 11, 2018 • 38 min
#67. Kintu is an internationally inspired and produced handbag brand that works with artisans in Uganda and Kenya. We talk with Founder Sarah Nakintu about her impulse to create high-quality but aspirationally priced bags with a global image—a brand with…
Social(ism) — with Brian Schechter of SelfMade
Apr 4, 2018 • 45 min
#66. SelfMade provides Instagram-in-a-box for entrepreneurs, giving small businesses the tools and services they need to succeed on social media as conducting business online moves from websites to Instagram accounts. We talk with co-founder Brian…
Squad Goals — with Brian Watkins of Rep the Squad
Mar 28, 2018 • 48 min
#65. Rep the Squad lets passionate sports fans rent any jersey they want, giving them access to an infinitely-expanding collection. We talk with co-founder and CEO Brian Watkins about how Rep the Squad is joining the rental economy in a path pioneered by…
Passing the Baton — with Micky Onvural of Bonobos
Mar 21, 2018 • 50 min
#64. Bonobos was a healthy product-driven company, built on a strong vision and a small, but loyal audience. But since 2016, and Bonobos’ Walmart acquisition, co-president Micky Onvural has helped steer the company into a resonating brand. We had a great…
Blazers of Glory — with Jack Carlson of Rowing Blazers
Mar 14, 2018 • 49 min
#63. Rowing Blazers brings all the quirks of a blazer to life, quickly growing into a Supreme-meets-Brooks Brothers lifestyle brand. We talk with Founder Jack Carlson, about how the company sprung out of his rowing career and his years-long quest to…
Trending and Timeless — with Alex Fogelson of Taste Beauty
Mar 7, 2018 • 40 min
#62. Taste Beauty is a manufacturing company working at the forefront of the quickly evolving beauty industry. We talk with Co-Founder Alex Fogelson about how his company is bringing trend-driven products to more than 50,000 beauty retailers worldwide,…
Manufacturing the Moment — with Ben Kaufman of BuzzFeed
Feb 28, 2018 • 44 min
#61. BuzzFeed Commerce, the media company’s commerce and product arm, has proved in only a short span of time that it might be the most agile and prolific team in consumer products. We talk with its director, Ben Kaufman, who joined the company with his…
FaceTime — with Michael Pollak of Heyday
Feb 21, 2018 • 50 min
#60. Heyday unbundles the facial from the spa, opening it up to a whole new audience. We talk with Co-Founder Michael Pollak, about the company’s origins, the excitement of being a retail-first business, and how highly-trained and qualified employees take…
Creation over Commodities — with Joe Ferrara of Resonance
Feb 14, 2018 • 50 min
#59. Resonance is a venture-operating company that is helping designers scale their brands at record speeds. We talk with its co-founder, Joe Ferrara, who started the company with Lawrence Lenihan after spending close to a decade investing in consumer…
Tactical & Timeless — with Luc Lesénécal of Saint James
Feb 7, 2018 • 39 min
#58. Saint James is the French heritage brand known for its sweaters and stripes—and, the oldest brand we’ve had on the podcast. We talk with President Luc Lesénécal about the power of heritage brands, the opportunities and challenges of evolving them to…
Trend Trailblazers — with Mariah Chase of Eloquii
Jan 31, 2018 • 42 min
#57. Eloquii is turning into the destination for on-trend plus-size fashion. We talk with CEO Mariah Chase, who has led Eloquii along with members of its original team since The Limited shut it down. Together, they have revitalized the company as it…
Hyper-Value — with Ryan Babenzien of GREATS
Jan 24, 2018 • 40 min
#56. GREATS is the first digitally-native footwear brand that is hyper-focused on bringing extreme value to the sneaker market. We talk with founder Ryan Babenzien about how GREATS has prioritized quality and simplicity and flourished into a booming…
The Gold Standard — with Karen Young of Oui Shave
Jan 17, 2018 • 46 min
#55. Oui Shave is a direct-to-consumer shaving brand for women. We talk with Founder Karen Young who started the company after she grew tired of using products built for men. Notably, Karen started with the product, working to bring the best possible…
Clothing Currents - with Eliza Brooke of Racked
Jan 9, 2018 • 52 min
#54. Racked covers shopping with a unique lens, taking a consumer perspective on the industry rather than solely focusing on the business side. We talk with Eliza Brooke, a senior writer at Racked, about her career, her favorite and most interesting…
Denim Dynasty — with Alejandro Chahin of Mott And Bow
Jan 2, 2018 • 35 min
#53. Mott and Bow injects much-needed value into the denim market. We talk with founder Alejandro Chahin about how he built a direct-to-consumer brand that undercuts traditional wholesale brands on price while delivering better quality. The Loose Threads…
Not So Small — with Jeff Hansen of Peter Manning
Dec 26, 2017 • 36 min
#52. Peter Manning is a menswear brand for not-so-tall guys. We talk with co-founder Jeff Hansen about building a brand for a specific demographic and long-ignored market. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the…
Antiscale — with Charlie Ambler of Strike Gently Co
Dec 20, 2017 • 38 min
#51. Strike Gently Co. started with pins and patches and expanded into a growing assortment of soft and hard goods. We talk with founder Charlie Ambler, our very first Loose Threads Podcast guest, about how his company has evolved since 2016. The Loose…
Episode 50: Inception — with Charlie Giannetti of Giannetti Factory
Dec 12, 2017 • 59 min
#50. For the 50th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, Richie Siegel talks with Charlie Giannetti, his former partner at their menswear line, Gioventu, which led to the creation of Loose Threads. Charlie and Richie talk about Gioventu’s beginnings, the…
Shoes and SKUs — with Jodie Fox of Shoes of Prey
Dec 5, 2017 • 42 min
#49. Shoes of Prey sends women their custom designed shoes in two weeks. We talk with co-founder Jodie Fox about how she built a supply chain that customizes shoes at scale—in a world where people don’t always know what they want. The Loose Threads…
From Down Under — with Jonathan Shokrian of MeUndies
Nov 28, 2017 • 38 min
#48. MeUndies injects direct-to-consumer fun into a traditional boring category. We talk with founder Jonathan Shokrian about building a subscription company for underwear. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the…
From the Earth to the Sun — with Vanessa Stofenmacher of Vrai & Oro
Nov 21, 2017 • 39 min
#47. Vrai & Oro pioneers the use of sustainably grown diamonds. We talk with founder Vanessa Stofenmacher about growing a direct-to-consumer brand after seeking out more affordable and ethically transparent fine jewelry. The Loose Threads Podcast features…
Sleepless Nights — with Ariel Kaye of Parachute Home
Nov 14, 2017 • 42 min
#46. Parachute brings a new lifestyle to the home. We talk with founder Ariel Kaye about her quest to forge a brand that owns bedding products and the home more broadly. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the…
Specs and Specialization — with David Barton of David Kind
Nov 7, 2017 • 36 min
#45. David Kind focuses on high-quality specs at an honest price. We talk with founder David Barton about narrowing in on a hole in the market for high-end, but still affordable direct-to-consumer glasses, and the limitations of an online-only brand. The…
Spiders and Sustainability — with Dan Widmaier of Bolt Threads
Oct 31, 2017 • 45 min
#44. Bolt Threads engineers spider silk and other fully-sustainable materials. We talk with co-founder Dan Widmaier about building a biotech company and its potential impact on the apparel industry. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions…
Decent Debt — with Max Levchin of Affirm
Oct 24, 2017 • 43 min
#43. Affirm redefines consumer lending. We talk with co-founder Max Levchin about bringing much-needed transparency to a space that is usually riddled with predatory lenders. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the…
Short Shorts and Long Attention Spans — with Kyle Hency of Chubbies
Oct 17, 2017 • 44 min
#42. Chubbies brought back short shorts and is now trying to own the weekend. We talk with co-founder Kyle Hency about spiraling a well-known brand from a single product to a newsletter and ever-expanding product assortment built for guys who want to have…
Waking Up the Home — with Andres Modak of Snowe
Oct 10, 2017 • 36 min
#41. Snowe reinvents home essentials at a more affordable price. We talk with co-founder Andres Modak about bringing more simplicity to setting up a home from scratch. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly…
Democratizing the Swimsuit — with Moshe Laniado of Swimsuits For All
Oct 4, 2017 • 39 min
#40. Swimsuits for All is the first company to focus on swimwear for women of all different sizes. We talk with founder Moshe Laniado about entering a market most companies have ignored, how the internet has affected seasonal businesses and what it’s like…
Angularity and Optionality — with Jeff Johnson of The Arrivals
Sep 27, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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 28, 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 19, 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…