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Business of HYPE with host jeffstaple is a weekly interview series that dives into the successful careers of well-known creatives, brand-builders and entrepreneurs from various corners of youth culture. We learn about the realities behind the dreams they?


Olivier Rousteing
Jul 13 • 58 min
For our season 8 finale, we bring back our “Stay @ Home” series with French fashion designer and creative director of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing. In 2011, at the age of 25, he took over the luxury fashion house and for nearly a decade held this title. The…
Introducing: Asian, Not Asian
Jul 8 • 7 min
While we’re coming to a close on Business of HYPE S8, we’d like to bring attention to another show, Asian, Not Asian podcast by giving you a preview of their episode Comedians vs Asian Audience Members. Hosted by comedians Fumi Abe and Mic Nguyen, Asian,…
FaZe Nikan of FaZe Clan & Daryl Butler of HP
Jul 1 • 40 min
On today’s special episode, jeff hosts a live panel discussion from OMEN with two key players in the progressive gaming industry. Nikan Nadim aka FaZe Nikan plays a large role in shaping the creative concept for major esports organization FaZe Clan. Daryl…
Alexandra Hackett aka Mini Swoosh
Jun 22 • 72 min
Alexandra Hackett is the founder of Studio ALCH (short for her name: Alexandra Louise Champion Hackett) and also known by many as “Mini Swoosh.” In just a few short years, the brand has shown at London Fashion Week, partnered with global retailers and…
Stay @ Home With Andy Fallshaw of Bellroy
Jun 18 • 57 min
Around a month ago we featured our special Stay @ Home series, with former guests of the show and today we’re back for another special episode with Andy Fallshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of Australian accessories brand, Bellroy. Founded in 2009 alongside…
Hommyo Hidefumi of atmos
Jun 15 • 48 min
Hommyo Hidefumi is the founder of legendary Tokyo-based sneaker boutique, atmos. The store is more than a retail space, but a cornerstone of streetwear culture that helped cultivate the early sneaker scene in Japan. Many attribute the store to having not…
Sébastien Kopp of Veja
Jun 1 • 85 min
Sébastien Kopp is the Co-Founder of popular French footwear brand Veja. The brand is known for its slate canvas body with a distinctive “v” logo, which has been worn by numerous figures from Meghan Markle to Eddie Redmayne, and sold in stores across the…
Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc of Maison Kitsuné
May 25 • 62 min
Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki are the Co-Founders of the popular french fashion label, Maison Kitsuné. Since 2002, the pair have been reinterpreting French classics through a chic and modern take with a nod to Japanese fashion. What most may not know is…
Ronny Chieng
May 18 • 77 min
Ronny Chieng is comedian and actor. By day he’s the Senior Correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, by night he’s a stand-up comedian, with sold out shows worldwide and also an actor, having recently starred in the box-office hit, Crazy Rich…
Tim Brown of Allbirds
May 11 • 70 min
Tim Brown is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO alongside Joey Zwillinger of footwear company, Allbirds. In just under a five years, the company has amassed over 500 employees, 17 retail locations and over a billion dollars in valuation. What most may not know is…
CJ Hendry
May 4 • 70 min
***Important Note: We excuse the audio quality of Jeff’s interludes as they were recorded during COVID-19. CJ Hendry is an artist who’s work blur the lines between art and photography. From still life and portraits to abstract ideas, CJ’s drawing are…
Daniel Arsham
Apr 27 • 62 min
Daniel Arsham is a prolific artist who blurs the lines between art, architecture and fashion. From creating eroded casts of contemporary objects to designing dystopian future spaces under his architecture firm, Snarkitecture, Arsham is renowned for his…
Stay @ Home With Sean Wotherspoon
Apr 24 • 32 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with Round Two Co-Founder and vintage aficionado, Sean Wotherspoon (previously S4, E7 & E8). Calling in from Los Angeles, he updates us on the many projects he’s been working on from opening his first web shop and delaying…
Stay @ Home With Errolson Hugh
Apr 24 • 24 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with Errolson Hugh, Founder of Acronym (previously S3, E3). Calling in from London, he updates us on how the climate has changed in Europe. Despite the current crisis, Errolson tells us that Acronym “operates outside the…
Stay @ Home With James Jean
Apr 23 • 33 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with artist James Jean (previously S1, E8). Offering us a unique perspective inside the art world, he updates us on what has changed and why for him, time is moving by very fast during social distancing. Thank you so much…
Stay @ Home With James Whitner
Apr 23 • 26 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with James Whitner of The Whitaker Group (previously S3, E7). The retail mogul tells us how he’s been prepped for the pandemic months ahead and how he’s working on a strategy to maintain his business. With lots of of…
Stay @ Home With Joe Freshgoods
Apr 22 • 28 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with pop-up and T-shirt connoisseur, Joe Freshgoods (previously S6, E10). Having come off a recent NBA All-Star collaboration, he tells us why he feels blessed and what he’s learned from this time. With many future…
Stay @ Home With Asa Akira
Apr 22 • 29 min
Warning: This show contains explicit language and subject matter. Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with prolific porn star and entrepreneur Asa Akira (previously S3, E2). She updates us on the hard truths she’s learned through this time, how the porn…
Stay @ Home With Jaysse Lopez
Apr 21 • 21 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with Jaysse Lopez of Urban Necessities (previously S4, E9). Calling in from Las Vegas, he updates us on the drastic changes he’s seen on the Strip to having to delay his future collabs and much more. Thank you so much for…
Stay @ Home With Luke Tadashi of Bristol Studio
Apr 21 • 17 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with Luke Tadashi of Bristol Studio (previously S5, E6). Coming off some recent highlights such as Lebron James sporting the basketball lifestyle brand and partnering with a wholesale brand for a new collection, Luke…
Stay @ Home With Mike Cherman
Apr 21 • 18 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with Mike Cherman, Founder of ICNY and Chinatown Market (previously S1, E5). He updates us on the current learning curves the pandemic has taught him from having to push back potential collaborations to changing how his…
Stay @ Home With Aaron Levant
Apr 20 • 24 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with entrepreneur Aaron Levant (previously S1, E3). He is the Founder of Agenda, Seventh Letter, ComplexCon and NTWRK. Aaron updates us on what changes have happened since his episode aired back during Season 1. As an…
Stay @ Home With Dre Hayes
Apr 20 • 30 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with Dre Hayes, Co-Founder of The Foundation (previously, S7 E8). The Foundation is a full service agency that owns, licenses and distributes various fashion, home goods, lifestyle and tech accessory brands. Repping brands…
Stay @ Home With Miguel McKelvey
Apr 19 • 36 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with Miguel McKelvey (previously S6, E8) Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork. Calling in from London, he updates on his current work situation from the UK and what changes and values WeWork as a company is going…
Stay @ Home With John C Jay
Apr 19 • 26 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series is with John C Jay, (previously S5 E1 & E2) former Executive Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy and current President of Global Creative at Fast Retailing and Uniqlo. Calling in from Portland, Oregon, he updates us on how his…
Stay @ Home With Roy Choi and Nick Morgenstern
Apr 17 • 68 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” series offers a deeper look into the food industry. Roy Choi (previously S4, E2) is a restaurateur and chef, known for his various restaurants, but in particular his famed Kogi Truck that disrupted the former fine-dining-based food…
Stay @ Home with Christina Paik and Liz Beecroft
Apr 16 • 53 min
On today’s “Stay @ Home” series we have artist Christina Paik (previously S6, E7) and psychotherapist Liz Beecroft (previously S6, E6). Both calling in from NYC, they update us on how their daily lives have changed being in the epicenter. Christina briefs…
Stay @ Home With Jessica Washick and Melody Ehsani
Apr 15 • 64 min
Today’s “Stay @ Home” guests are two creatives currently killing it in the streetwear landscape. Jessica Washick (previously S7, E7) is a nail artist and Nike’s Senior Color Designer and Melody Ehsani (previously S1, E6) is a designer of her own popular…
Stay @ Home With Ben Baller
Apr 14 • 57 min
Today’s Stay @ Home guest needs no introduction. Ben Baller (previously S2, E5) is a celebrity jeweler and frequenter on the Business of HYPE. On today’s episode, he updates us on how he’s been coping during COVID-19. Calling in from California, the…
Stay @ Home With Jerry Lorenzo & Nicole McLaughlin
Apr 13 • 44 min
You guys asked, and we answered. As COVID-19 is gripping the world right now, Jeff interviewed former guests of the show to see how they are staying home and staying afloat through the pandemic. During the next couple weeks, we’ll be dropping new episodes…
Joshua Vides
Mar 8 • 80 min
On the season 7 finale, we sit down with artist, Joshua Vides. Today he is a well-known figure who’s monochromatic stencil work can be seen on sneakers, purses, installations, chapels and more. The California native originally started in streetwear where…
Nick Morgenstern of Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
Mar 1 • 89 min
Nick Morgenstern is the founder of Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, one of New York’s most popular ice cream parlors. Founded in 2014, Morgenstern’s boasts of the most unique array of 88 home-made flavors from pistachio strawberry pesto and mango chili to…
Dre Hayes of The Foundation
Feb 23 • 92 min
Dre Hayes is the Co-Founder of The Foundation, a full service agency that owns, licenses and distributes various fashion brands, home goods, lifestyle and tech accessory brands. Founded in 2007 alongside Co-Founders, Antwain Freeman, Ari Langsdorf and…
Jessica Washick of Nike
Feb 16 • 83 min
Jessica Washick is a Senior Color Designer at Nike focusing on primarily on Air Force 1’s for Men’s Footwear. When she’s not creating your favorite Nike AF1’s (think interchangeable swooshes or double stacked eyestays) by day, she’s a professional nail…
Mister Cartoon
Feb 9 • 81 min
Mister Cartoon is a tattooist, graffiti artist, muralist, painter, designer, animator and most importantly a legendary artist from Los Angeles whose work stretches over four decades. His work can be seen on the arms of famous rappers, at local basketball…
Aurora James of Brother Vellies
Feb 2 • 58 min
The New York based designer, by way of Toronto, created her cult label Brother Vellies in 2013 after discovering her love for Veldskoen (known as vellies or “desert boots”) during a trip to Africa. Worn by numerous celebrities from Beyonce and Solange to…
Salehe Bembury of Versace
Jan 26 • 100 min
Salehe Bembury is Versace’s Senior Designer of Men’ Footwear and Sneakers. You might recognize one of his famous designs before even realizing he was behind it. From Yeezy’s military boot and Cole Haan’s LunarGrand shoe to Versace’s Chain Reaction…
Drieke Leenknegt
Jan 19 • 83 min
Drieke Leenknegt is a Global Brand Innovator and Marketing Executive who worked at Nike for twenty years. Her work has been crucial in Nike’s early development of Nike Sportswear, Nike Energy Marketing and Nike collaborations to name a few. The Belgium…
Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss
Jan 12 • 89 min
Kerby Jean-Raymond is the Founder of Pyer Moss and Artistic Director of Reebok Studies. Merging luxe and streetwear, Pyer Moss is the mens-and womenswear label changing the fashion industry by storm. Since 2013, Pyer Moss has had an impenetrable force…
Edson Sabajo & Guillaume “Gee” Schmidt of Patta
Jan 5 • 64 min
For our Season 7 opener, Jeff sits down with Edson Sabajo and Guillaume “Gee” Schmidt, Co-Founders of Dutch streetwear brand Patta. For the past 15 years, they’ve built a cult following where they’ve pioneered the movement of streetwear becoming…
Special Ep: Behind the Baller Podcast with Ben Baller
Dec 22, 2019 • 76 min
As Business of HYPE preps for season 7 in the coming new year, we wanted to bring your attention to another podcast, Behind the Baller Podcast with Ben Baller: http://behindtheballerpod.com/. Previously, jeff interviewed the famed jeweler on an episode of…
The Making of Business of HYPE
Dec 8, 2019 • 90 min
On the heels of its seventh season, the team behind Business of HYPE wanted to take advantage of this seasonal break to offer some insight into how each episode is produced. What most may not know is that our team consists of members situated all over the…
ICYMI: Melody Ehsani Tells Us How She Broke Into Streetwear’s Infamous Boys’ Club
Nov 24, 2019 • 60 min
While Business of HYPE currently takes a seasonal break, revisit our episode with Melody Ehsani from season 1 (ICYMI: in case you missed it). The designer, known for her namesake label, is known for her infectious designs ranging from jewelry, clothing,…
adidas MakerLab Event Live at Brooklyn Creator Farm
Nov 10, 2019 • 108 min
With season 6 under wraps, we bring you a special bonus episode as we prep for season 7. In this episode, jeffstaple sat down with three innovative footwear designers around the globe—Helen Kirkum, Shun Hirose of RECOUTURE and Alex Nash—and is later…
Joe Freshgoods
Oct 27, 2019 • 89 min
Joe “Freshgoods” Robinson is a designer from Chicago whose quirky collaborations and pun-intended designs have garnered him a cult following. His brick & mortar store, Fat Tiger:http://www.fattigerworkshop.com/, is a creative space that hosts pop-ups,…
Rob Cristofaro and Treis Hill of Alife
Oct 21, 2019 • 80 min
Rob Cristofaro is the Co-Founder of Alife and Treis Hill is the Partner and General Manager of Alife. An all-in-one footwear, art, streetwear store also serving as a creative agency, the brand has been a forerunner in the streetwear industry, laying the…
Miguel McKelvey of WeWork
Oct 13, 2019 • 63 min
Earlier in the year, jeff sat down with the Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork, Miguel McKelvey. What started as a single office in New York to now being located in 100 cities globally, the former architect details how he built his massive…
Christina Paik
Oct 6, 2019 • 85 min
Christina Paik is a photographer who’s worked with a major labels from Stüssy and Kith to Off-White and Comme des Garçons and plenty more. While she’s made a name for herself in fashion, Christina is also a fine art photographer, consultant, stylist and…
Liz Beecroft
Sep 29, 2019 • 66 min
Liz Beecroft is a psychotherapist and licensed master social worker currently focusing in foster care who was recently chosen for Nike’s “NYC By You” sneaker design contest. With a stylish Instagram that integrates fashion, footwear and mental health…
Mike Cherman, Jeanne Grey and Scott Patt
Sep 22, 2019 • 47 min
Mike Cherman is a designer and founder of Chinatown Market. Jeanne Grey is an influencer and founder of GREYLAYERS and Scott Patt is an artist and Chief Creative Officer of Cole Haan. In this intimate, live recording inside Cole Haan’s Soho location,…
Jason Markk
Sep 15, 2019 • 82 min
Jason Markk is the founder of his name-sake cleaning solution that changed the landscape of the sneaker industry. After reading Rich Dad Poor Dad, the California native was inspired to view his life through a lens of opportunity and has since applied this…
Sharifa Murdock of Liberty Fairs and ENVSN Festival
Sep 8, 2019 • 69 min
Sharifa Murdock is the Co-Owner of Liberty Fairs and Founder of ENVSN Festival. From working retail at Atrium to partnering with Sam Ben-Avraham to change the landscape of trade shows, she details the value of hard work, the desire to give back to her…
Tremaine Emory aka Denim Tears of No Vacancy Inn
Sep 1, 2019 • 90 min
Tremaine Emory is the co-founder of No Vacancy Inn — a global, nomadic collective featuring a medley of nightlife mixed with art and fashion, catching the likes of A$AP Mob, Virgil Abloh and GOOD Music to name a few. He sits down with jeffstaple to…
Alexandre Arnault of RIMOWA ft. Kim Jones of Dior Men’s
Aug 25, 2019 • 54 min
Alexandre Arnault is the CEO of RIMOWA and Kim Jones is the Artistic Director of Dior Men’s. On the season 6 premiere of Business of HYPE, jeff sits down with both to discuss their cutting-edge collaboration that not only elevates the culture of travel,…
Special Finance Q&A
Aug 18, 2019 • 32 min
Business of HYPE is a show that centers around entrepreneurs and their paths to success. Often times some of the most important questions when it comes to building your own business are around financial investments. We noticed a number of incoming…
ICYMI: Lupe Fiasco Breaks Down How Martial Arts Impacted His Life
Aug 11, 2019 • 79 min
While Business of HYPE currently takes a seasonal break, we’d like to bring to attention our other podcasts under the HYPEBEAST Radio network. HYPETALKS rebroadcasts live recordings from HYPEBEAST-hosted events around the world, so you can listen to gems…
Introducing Our Newest Podcast Series: The Anthropology
Aug 4, 2019 • 25 min
With five seasons deep into Business of HYPE, we want to thank all of our listeners for subscribing and keeping up with the show. We’ve had an amazing roster of guests from entrepreneurs and streetwear og’s to artists and athletes. As we prep for our next…
A$AP Ferg
Jul 21, 2019 • 70 min
The triple-platinum selling rapper discusses his multi-facted career with jeffstaple. Telling us why he’s more than just a rapper he details his background in fashion, fine art, repping Harlem, meeting Dapper Dan and more. For Ferg it’s all about working…
Woody of Sneaker Freaker
Jul 14, 2019 • 83 min
The founder of Sneaker Freaker, Woody began his successful publication from what as a Nikon Coolpix and just a mere 32 pages. From making a zine to cop free gear and showcase his design skills to what is now a globally recognized publication, he details…
Jason Stein of Laundry Service, Cycle Media and Steins
Jun 30, 2019 • 74 min
Founder of Laundry Service, Cycle Media and investment management company, Steins, Jason Stein sits down with jeffstaple to discuss his early beginnings. He discusses finding clients on Craigslist to landing powerhouse brands such as Jordan and Beats by…
Luke Tadashi of Bristol Studio
Jun 23, 2019 • 70 min
Luke Tadashi is the co-founder and creative director of Bristol Studio. Alongside Maasai Ephraim and Jake Fenster, they run the brand which caters towards modern day sportswear. In this episode, Luke used Bristol Studio’s first collection as a visual…
Louis Colon of FILA
Jun 16, 2019 • 90 min
FILA’s VP of Heritage & Trend, Louis Colon details their unique approach to marketing and how the brand’s comeback is here to stay. He tells us about his rocky beginnings from calling quits on his sneaker businesses to party promoting to working in temp…
Daniel Kasidi of Rastaclat
Jun 9, 2019 • 44 min
Rastaclat founder Daniel Kasidi tells us the meaning behind his bracelet company. What started as a shoelace that has grown into a global movement, Rastaclat came from a simple idea that Daniel had while skateboarding. Today the brand aims in building…
Nicole McLaughlin
Jun 2, 2019 • 69 min
Nicole McLaughlin is an unconventional conceptual designer. If you’re unfamiliar with her name, you have most likely come across her Instagram account. From slippers made out of Ikea bags, to sweaters made from Carhartt beanies, Nicole’s side hobby of…
John C Jay - Part 2
May 26, 2019 • 59 min
John C Jay details working with Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai to become the Global Creative of Fast Retailing. Despite his seasoned resume, John admits there is never an end to learning in this business. “Experimenting in your life is the most valuable…
John C Jay - Part 1
May 19, 2019 • 89 min
John C Jay is the President of Global Creative at Fast Retailing and Uniqlo and formerly the Executive Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy. On the Season 5 premiere of Business of HYPE, in part 1 of a two-part series, jeffstaple sits down with the…
Miki Agrawal
Apr 14, 2019 • 50 min
Miki Agrawal is the founder of Wild, Thinx and Tushy. On the season 4 finale jeffstaple sit down with the entrepreneur and author to discuss how she started her three companies: Wild, a gluten-free pizza restaurant, Thinx, period-proof underwear and…
Jaysse Lopez of Urban Necessities
Apr 7, 2019 • 70 min
Jaysse Lopez is the founder of Urban Necessities. In this episode he details how he turned $20 into a $20 million dollar business and why he chose to partner with American Eagle. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE.…
Sean Wotherspoon - Part 2
Mar 31, 2019 • 55 min
In part 2 of a two-part series, Round Two owner Sean Wotherspoon reflects on his Nike collaboration. Sparing us no details, he talks sustainability, being an “average joe”, haters and much more. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and…
Sean Wotherspoon - Part 1
Mar 24, 2019 • 67 min
Co-Founder of Round Two, Sean Wotherspoon sits down with jeffstaple in part 1 of this two-part series to discuss how he became a household name in streetwear. The vintage expert and recent Nike collaborator tells us how it all started from a vintage Polo…
Eric Koston
Mar 17, 2019 • 45 min
Eric Koston is a skateboarding legend, labeled often as the “Michael Jordan” of skateboarding. In this live recording, he details on his early rise to the sport, the complexities of sponsorships, creating his own brand and the interwoven cultures of…
Jaden Smith
Mar 10, 2019 • 45 min
Jaden Smith is a cultural icon who’s gained a following for his acting, modeling, music, clothing and humanitarian efforts. To only associate Jaden Smith with his parents, Will and Jada, would be downplaying the massive career he’s built. In this special…
David X Prutting of BFA
Mar 3, 2019 • 77 min
Co-founder of BFA, David X Prutting tells us how he went from assisting photographers to running his own business. He shares his insight on the competitive industry and how BFA became one of the most coveted sources for event photography. As always, thank…
Peter Lundgren of T-Post
Feb 24, 2019 • 36 min
Peter Lundgren is the founder of T-Post. Started 14 years ago, T-Post is a wearable magazine that delivers monthly t-shirts to your doorstep with a graphic on the outside and editorial feature printed on the inside. T-Post aims to reinvent storytelling…
Roy Choi
Feb 17, 2019 • 56 min
Roy Choi is a chef and restaurateur known for his game-changing business Kogi Truck. As he reflects on his ten-year milestone of being in the business, he discusses his thought process, early beginnings and newest venture, Best Friend. As always, thank…
Jerry Lorenzo
Feb 10, 2019 • 65 min
Jerry Lorenzo is the founder of popular streetwear brand, Fear of God. Recorded in his Los Angeles studio, Jerry begins the episode with a look back at his recently-launched collaborative line with Nike. The designer then recounts his time as a club…
Jon Wexler of adidas
Jan 6, 2019 • 94 min
Jon Wexler is the Vice President of Global Entertainment and Influencer Marketing for adidas. He has a job that everyone wants, but no one knows how to get it, so listen in as he details his journey, from losing thousands of dollars booking gigs in…
BlackRainbow
Dec 30, 2018 • 47 min
BlackRainbow is a creative marketing agency and media brand founded by Greg Hervieux and Jay Smith. The Parisian businessmen discuss BKRW’s mysterious origins, why print will never die, balancing the digital and real worlds, creating your cool no matter…
Benny Gold
Dec 23, 2018 • 76 min
Benny Gold is a San Francisco-based designer and accidental clothing brand founder. He tells us how hard-work and acting on impulses is a means to entrepreneurial success. Listen in as Benny documents the progression of his accomplished career, from…
James Whitner
Dec 16, 2018 • 83 min
James Whitner is the founder of The Whitaker Group, an East Coast retail empire that includes A Ma Maniere, Social Status, Prosper and A.P.B. On this show, James talks about getting shot and going to prison in Pittsburgh, finding his escape in fashion,…
Kevin Liles of 300 Entertainment
Dec 9, 2018 • 72 min
Kevin Liles is the co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment. The music mogul talks about hip-hop’s entrepreneurial spirit, protecting the art, maintaining an intern mindset, being of service, finding purpose in your work, mentoring and so much more. As…
Stephen Vanasco
Dec 2, 2018 • 74 min
Stephen Vanasco, formerly known as Van Styles, is a photographer extraordinaire and entrepreneur. Vanasco opens up about the importance of legacy, coming up directing adult films, the needs for flexibility as an entrepreneur, and the effect of social…
Mai Ikuzawa
Nov 25, 2018 • 42 min
This week we welcome the magnetic Mai Ikuzawa. Many of our past guests have been single-minded experts in one particular field, Mai however is a creative entrepreneur with a pulse on a wide range of industries, including automotive, high-fashion, film and…
Errolson Hugh
Nov 18, 2018 • 87 min
Errolson Hugh is the co-founder and principal designer of ACRONYM. In this episode we learn how Hugh has become your favorite designer’s favorite designer, spawning a new generation of street-minded technical fashion brands. He talks about discovering the…
Asa Akira
Nov 11, 2018 • 96 min
Warning: This show contains explicit language and subject matter. On this week’s episode of Business of HYPE With jeffstaple, the one and only Asa Akira opens up about the entrepreneurial side of the porn industry. This jam-packed episode features the…
Shepard Fairey
Nov 4, 2018 • 59 min
Shepard Fairey is a world-renowned street artist, activist and entrepreneur. Fresh off the launch of his most ambitious project to date, one that brings his work into the world of virtual reality, the 48-year-old dives into the genesis of his “Andre the…
Best of Season 2
Oct 21, 2018 • 12 min
The HYPEBEAST Radio team is hard at work, putting together amazing stories for Season 3 of Business of HYPE. In the meantime, we’ve compiled this mini episode in case you missed any of the many gems dropped in Season 2. And in case you did, go back and…
BLAMO!: How Jen Rubio Took Luggage Up, Up and AWAY
Sep 21, 2018 • 64 min
On this week’s episode of Business of HYPE, jeffstaple plays an episode of one of his favorite episodes from the BLAMO! podcast featuring AWAY founder Jen Rubio. “We saw an opportunity in this space to make a brand that people care about, talks about…
ICYMI: How Stadium Goods Flipped the Script on Retail (Redux)
Sep 21, 2018 • 56 min
Revisit our interview with the entrepreneurs bringing resale to the masses. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/businessofhype/support
HYPEBEAST Founder Kevin Ma Announces HYPEFEST
Sep 17, 2018 • 19 min
On this special episode of Business of HYPE, HYPEBEAST’s Founder and CEO Kevin Ma announces plans for our most ambitious project to date, our first ever festival, aptly dubbed HYPEFEST. Although he doesn’t dive too deep into the specifics just yet, be…
Yassine Saidi of PUMA
Sep 9, 2018 • 72 min
Yassine Saidi, head of PUMA’s lifestyle and collaborations division, details his exciting career path with some stellar advice along the way. On the Season 2 finale of Business of HYPE With jeffstaple, you’ll hear Jeff address in his opening, the success…
George Bamford
Sep 2, 2018 • 61 min
George Bamford of Bamford Watch Department – the first company to offer full personalization of the world’s most iconic watches — explains how the once “antichrist” of the watch-world inspired the industry to rethink its approach to building brand…
Josh Luber of StockX
Aug 26, 2018 • 80 min
Josh Luber, CEO and Co-Founder of StockX details the rise of his unique business, a story, as he often tells it, of serendipity. As you’ll discover however, StockX was built on nothing short of hard work and sacrifice. As always, thank you for tuning into…
Julia Lang
Aug 19, 2018 • 53 min
Julia Lang is a brand consultant and digital marketing specialist. The Tanzanian-German marketing specialist details her budding career in curating the digital voice and image for celebrities, boutique stores and large corporations around the globe. As…
Bobby & Ben Hundreds of The Hundreds
Aug 12, 2018 • 74 min
Bobby and Ben Hundreds of The Hundreds dive into their brand’s origin story, one many revere as the first streetwear brand born on the internet. In discussing everything from their first run of shirts, to their first employee and first trade show, we…
Ben Baller
Aug 5, 2018 • 90 min
Jeweler of the stars Ben Baller recounts his humbling rise from his moniker’s hardwood origins to multi-millionaire status hot on the heels of retirement…if his entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t spark yet another career metamorphosis, that is. Listen in and…
Samuel Ross of A-COLD-WALL*
Jul 29, 2018 • 85 min
Samuel Ross is the founder of A-COLD-WALL* . In this episode, jeffstaple visits the designer in London to discuss his career trajectory thus far, from trading Instagram follows with Virgil Abloh, to working as a top designer at DONDA, and finally moving…
Shirt - Rapper, Artist, Maker of Things
Jul 22, 2018 • 105 min
Shirt is a rapper, artists and maker of things. He talks at length about navigating the music industry, signing to Jack White’s label, his bootlegged adidas x Nike project, parlaying a master’s degree and so much more. As always, thank you for tuning into…
Live at WeWork Creator Awards
Jul 16, 2018 • 31 min
jeffstaple hosts a panel discussion on disruption in creative culture with designer Benny Gold, Boss Babe founder Natalie Ellis and dancer/fashion designer Dusty Button. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE. Please…
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
Jul 9, 2018 • 70 min
Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda opens up about Chester’s passing, while discussing the band’s origins. His career is one of many highlights. Linkin Park’s massive success at the turn of the century earned Shinoda a place on the pop pantheon: the group’s…
jeffstaple: Ask Me Anything Episode
Jun 17, 2018 • 74 min
On this week’s episode of Business of Hype With jeffstaple, our host answers some of your questions on this AMA. He goes long on the Pigeon Dunks, its haters, and the nitty-gritty business savvy behind the streetwear industry. As always, thank you for…
ICYMI: The Business of HYPE With jeffstaple, Episode 1: Hiroshi Fujiwara of fragment design (REDUX)
May 18, 2018 • 40 min
While Business of HYPE takes a brief hiatus, revisit our interview with the fragment design head honcho where he explains how he makes lightning strike twice, over and over again. This episode contains references to the following: (02:28) Undercover…
The Shoe Surgeon
May 6, 2018 • 76 min
Dominic Chambrone, better known as the Shoe Surgeon opens about how he went from a counterfeiter to the customizer of choice for celebrities like Justin Bieber. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE. Please don’t forget…
Levi Maestro
Apr 29, 2018 • 90 min
Levi Maestro is a videographer, consultant and social media jack-of-all-trades. In true early adopter fashion, Maestro has since migrated from platform to platform, consulting brands as he goes, designing and steering brands with his agency becomb. He’s…
James Jean
Apr 22, 2018 • 68 min
Illustrator and artist James Jean explains how he made the leap from comic book covers to galleries worldwide. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment and subscribe to our other shows…
Yoon Ahn of Ambush
Apr 15, 2018 • 52 min
Yoon Ahn of Ambush talks about breaking into the industry from Dior and beyond. Yoon Ahn is a bit of a polymath: her duties have ranged from music packaging to jewelry design and everywhere in between, but it is her consistent work ethic that have made…
Season 2 Teaser
Apr 1, 2018 • 6 min
Get a taste of some highlights from the upcoming season of HYPEBEAST Radio’s The Business of HYPE With jeffstaple. Featuring artist James Jean, vlogger Levi Maestro, Yoon from Ambush, celebrity jeweler Ben Baller, and Dominic Chambrone, AKA The Shoe…
Melody Ehsani
Mar 25, 2018 • 60 min
Designer Melody Ehsani explains how she broke into Fairfax’s infamous boys’ club. On this week’s episode, Jeff sits down with Melody Ehsani at Sole DXB in Dubai to discuss how she navigated her career to become a namesake in the streetwear world. As…
Mike Cherman, ICNY & Chinatown Market
Mar 18, 2018 • 81 min
Mike Cherman is the founder of ICNY and Chinatown Market. Despite his myriad contributions to streetwear, Mike’s working hand was largely invisible. Much of his work is instantly recognizable, though: he designed all of KITH’s branding from the box logo…
Michael Camargo of Upscale Vandal
Mar 11, 2018 • 79 min
Michael Camargo of Upscale Vandal explains why doesn’t have interns, why he bought the house he grew up in, and why everything really is Pusha T. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE. Please don’t forget to rate,…
Season 1 Teaser
Mar 10, 2018 • 7 min
Here are some highlights from Season 1 of HypeRadio’s The Business of HYPE With jeffstaple. Featuring Hiroshi Fujiwara, Sarah Andelman, Ben Baller, Aaron Levant, Melody Ehsani, and Michael “Upscale Vandal” Camargo. Business of HYPE airs Sundays on…
Aaron Levant, Agenda & ComplexCon
Mar 4, 2018 • 67 min
jeffstaple, entrepreneur Aaron Levant explains how he moved from graffiti to the streetwear world, and his attitude of ‘oppositional defiance.’ As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE. Please don’t forget to rate, comment…
Sarah Andelman of colette
Feb 25, 2018 • 48 min
On the second episode of Business of HYPE, jeffstaple sits down Sarah Andelman —the petite mastermind behind the French concept store colette. Sarah and her mother, the storefront’s namesake, created a singular experience at 213 Rue Saint Honoré: a…
Hiroshi Fujiwara of fragment design
Feb 11, 2018 • 38 min
On the Season 1 premiere of Business of Hype With jeffstaple, Hiroshi Fujiwara explains how he makes lightning strike twice. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio and Business of HYPE. As always, thank you for tuning into HYPEBEAST Radio…
HB•R: Announcing Our New Radio Series, ‘Business of HYPE’ Hosted by jeffstaple
Feb 9, 2018 • 57 min
The streetwear OG goes long on everything Staple, except the Pigeon Dunk. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/businessofhype/support
Introducing: Business of HYPE
Jan 28, 2018 • 0 min
From HYPEBEAST Radio, we introduce our newest podcast, Business of HYPE. Hosted by streetwear veteran, sneaker connoisseur, designer and founder of Staple Design, jeffstaple dives into an immersive conversation with some of the industry’s biggest names.…