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Material Is Your Business
28 minutes | Sep 21, 2018
058 – Ivan Poupyrev of Google and Paul Dillinger of Levi Strauss – Tech, Textiles, and Project Jacquard
The thinking behind, logistics and journey of Project Jacquard… Dr. Ivan Poupyrev, Director of Engineering at Google, and Paul Dillinger Head of Design Innovation for Levi Strauss, join Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at FIT for WEAR Conference. MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: Building technology into a jacket The move to put tech into both hard and soft goods Power factory How tech can be integrated into textiles that are flexible, stretchable, and can withstand the burning of denim during manufacturing process Brands learning from each other Trust between companies is critical Corporate egos, understanding, admitting what you’re good and bad at, supplement deficiencies, finding right partner to fill deficiencies Co-creation was a key word defining the Google/Levi Strauss relationship The jacket was designed for use by urban cyclists, designed to improve your life when cycling Explored opportunity for tactile interface without having to put screen in face Now with product out there, how one uses the jacket is discovered and you can have more capabilities embedded, and amplify such as an interface with ride share Actual product you can buy and try, buy from Levi’s store online (exciting because it is not in an electronics store, but instead in an apparel store) Jacket takes the burden off of one device, consumer can avoid being orphaned by loss of one device, every object being able to have some function Pricing reflects tremendous R& D that’s gone into it, but Levi’s has other jackets at a higher price point Production supply chain, new considerations, but utilizing many standing resources and avoided disruption, ease of integration IP protection, trusting suppliers See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17 minutes | Sep 8, 2018
057 – Carol Chyau of SHOKAY – Yak, Oysters, and Ecomarine
Socially responsible premium yak down… Carol Chyau, Co-Founder and CEO of SHOKAY (committed to benefitting the communities that produce yak down, conscientiously selecting the right partners, creating timeless products, and using the best business principles), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at the 2018 WEAR Conference at FIT. In this episode: SHOKAY sustainably sources hand-combed yak down from the remote Himalayan Highlands to bring incredibly light and beautiful textiles with a soft texture. Working with unconventional materials The yak car comes only from locations in Himalayan regions How it is like cashmere, warmer than wool, more breathable than cashmere What can be created from these materials Yak and ecomarine (recycle plastic bottles blended with oyster shell composites, offering anti bacterial and anti odor qualities) Coordinating with brands to innovate Working with a garment manufacturer with wearable tech, utilizing the materials into a piece that can be worn in a lot of circumstances including monitoring of EKG and heart rate Much coordination required for innovation between everyone in ecosystem of manufacturers, innovation is incremental China and a focus on sustainability, a lot of production delays because so many shops are shutting down because they don’t meet regulations Taking things from conversations into real tangible action See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | Aug 30, 2018
056 – Rickard Rosendahl of Inuheat – Printing Wearable Warmth
A wearable heating platform… Rickard Rosendahl, CEO of Inuheat Group AB (a developer and manufacturer of the Inuheat Wearable Heating Platform – an entire eco system with all components and materials needed for a clothing manufacturer (the apparel brand) to design and manufacture apparels with active battery powered heating built in), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at the 2018 WEAR Conference at FIT. In this episode: How Inuheat has developed platform components to build in heat to apparel Gloves, socks, base layers Applications in medical, performance, military Users can stay out longer, focused Bringing heat onto skin safely and comfortably Creating a system that is cost effective in production, material sourcing, knitting Printing a flexible, smooth heating panel directly on garment Plus, a data platform! Testing certification, a need to develop their own tests and standards, considering setting up an accreditation process Durability, washability Sending data to the user Heptic feedback Inuheat’s partnership with DuPont for volumes with high quality printing, embroidery Medical applications Monetizing to make cost effective, working with 15-20 brands, volume allows them to put more money into development and quality Inuheat’s expertise combined with Inuheat results in added value – meeting a versatile group of end-user requirements on comfort and performance See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
055 – Francesca Rosella of CuteCircuit – Gold Plated Hugs
Interactive fashion wearable technology brand… Francesca Rosella (bio), Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of CuteCircuit (a global leader in interactive fashion integrating new beauty and functionality through the use of smart textiles and micro-electronics), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on locations at the 2018 WEAR Conference at FIT. In this episode: How Rosella started working in the field in 2001 How people can use technology to connect with one another, express themselves Creating the first fashion wearable technology brand in world One of the first thing worked on was hug shirt, a t-shirt lets you hug someone over a distance, transferred in a hug message sent over mobile app Why start with a hug? Overcoming a disconnect between design and technology How CuteCircuit did not want wires in garments Pieces of fabric coated with nano-particals to be transparent and conductive Exciting project with Mercedes, designing a pilot suit, sensors for emotions of pilot, lights up in response to sounds and other stimulus, played in theaters What is the definition of “wearable”, must be a garment The ability to have the same electronics in a bracelet as in your shirt Must have fashion meet function Washability issues Sustainability considerations, recycling, use certified textiles, all electronics have restrictions of hazardous substances, and are all gold plated Have recycling program, send back garment, and recycle components, and discount on new garment Creating la ot of costumes for performers The sound shirt that allows deaf people to feel vibration of instruments in a concert MouthMedia Network studios are powered by Sennheiser.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
054 – Ben Christensen of SAP – Imagine It, Build It
3D printing, partnerships, and from science fiction to science fact… Ben Christensen, Startup Mentor, Maker Evangelist, Keynote Speaker, Global Lead for SAP Next-Gen Science Fiction Community, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortez in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: Christensen on what he’s caring about and identity, always starting things, helping companies explore what’s possible to make partnerships If you can imagine it you can build it SAP – his focus on the global sci fi community Sci fi shows what’s possible From science fiction to science fact, designing today The liquid – PLA – polylactic acid The possibilities of creating almost anything via 3D printing, an accelerating industry 4D printing and what it can be, do, and inspire A lot of trash results from 3D printing, how can you reuse the discarded materials How 3D printers can become stations in the community where things can be synthesized SAP Next Gen SAP started a campaign with UN Women, the “#SheInnovates Initiative” Partnering with The Startup Guide, for the first one for NYC Christensen on joining the circus, then working for a software company How 800M jobs could be eliminated through automation, but it is a crucial awakening for humanity Implications and opportunities for automation As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is at the center of today’s business and technology revolution. SAP helps you streamline your processes, giving you the ability to use real-time data to predict customer trends across your entire business. SAP is committed to helping every customer become a best-run business. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Jul 26, 2018
053 – Panel – Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Proper Governance
The impact of social responsibility, sustainability, and proper governance on the growth and expansion of companies… Rob Sanchez, CEO of Mouth Media Network, moderates an impressive expert panel on material development, governance, and sustainability as part of an event at Spring Place sponsored by Financial Executives International, including: Karina Givargisoff, Founder and Editor in Chief of MISSION Magazine Beth Colleton, Founder of Purpose Strategies Danielle Joseph, Investment Officer at Closed Loop Partners William Reinisch, Venture Partner at Paladin Capital Group In this episode: The importance of consideration of social responsibility at early stages of planning a company, ESG and sustaibablity, in idea generation stage, how this has dramatically changed and become complete sector and way of thinking about it How for the next generation this wont be an add on, will be a fundamental part of building an industry Doesn’t work well when it is down the hall Using for growth, generating more opportunity, turning it into value, the more growth the more material a company is saving, correlated to growth, the more you can do — the more money you make Structuring business models around turning a waystream into a revenue stream Evolving, next generation space EVRNU, Bolt Thread as great examples of innovation Growing and scaling Gen Z and Millennials have the most stake in it, and trying to take into account their buying habits and influence, listening to a younger audience helps us keep on track to grow in the right direction Scalability in creating efficiencies in supply chain and recycling defective garments When fabric technologies create rcyclaaed textiles indistinguishable from originals Repurposing textiles Driving revenue generation by allowing people to purchase items that support the changing habits The planning side of raw materials, how we must be thinking about resilience A lot of unanswered question about how to integrate sustainable raw materials into the manufacturing process Making sure to avoid seeming tone deaf to the public, and the important of governance Investors looking at long-term value in companies, and the importance of sustainability The critical nature of transparency, and to lead from the top and follow through that it is a driving force and part of the DNA of a company The up and coming work force wants purpose in their employer, is a valuable part of retention strategy Critical: an actionable purpose strategy that is authentic Photo credits: Jason Drago, ARENAISSANCE FILMS See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | Jun 29, 2018
052 – Joe Castaldo of The Style Council – The Speed of Fashion
Setting the standard for both hand painting and computer aided design with The Style Council… Joe Castaldo, President of The Style Council (the USA’s leading textile design and service studio), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samantha Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: The way business keeps pace with the pace of changing fashion How Castaldo’s background as a clothing designer provides value The process creative people go through, travel, being able to look at every designer’s work, life, what’s in museums, and on the street, and bring it into what the Style Council does Putting together trends, giving the intel to artists who will do the best with it Predicting colors, palettes Designing prints Creating and impacting CAD software Going back to handpainting, and how that helps with copyright concerns, products so different than others, and that luxury has expense It is like a science project how dyes and heat react to fabrics, and how The Style Council is constantly pushing the envelope with what’s possible Castaldo works with 4-5 people who have been there 36 years, and his sense of responsibility and obligation, like family, The fight to be organic and natural given the cost How working with designers can connect you to the world Education vs. spirit of wanting to change the world See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | Jun 15, 2018
051 – Bruce Thomson of BrightLabel – The Label is the Story
Digital product labeling that enables consumers to go beyond the traditional label to learn more about product origin, materials and features, and to help brands establish a new, digital channel to engage directly with and learn from their customers… Bruce Thomson, Co-founder/CEO of BrightLabel (a software platform that leverages mobile technology to enable digital product labeling in the textiles and apparel sector), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: Getting dynamic transparaent info on material certifciations in hands of consumers Consumers looking for more out of porducts, to make more informed decsions on what they purchase and wear Most labeling contains little practical info Why this hasn’t been done before, regulatory regimes around the world dictating what labelled on products FTC regulated in America Unfortunate that the story of products isn’t told – Made in Mexico but with Amercian cotton? Symbols on labels mean little BrightLabel builds a label system — more informed and better for customer while building something that works for manufactorers and brands themeleves Built a platform to integrate info about a product, including dynamic value chain map, provides elegent package attached to the product in retail environments Designers being responsive, value it generated in brand loyalty and what you stand for as a company, and content story piece, outwieghs any competitive challenges Integrating into a digital label provides additional info to consumer assuring high quality BrightLabel not generating new content yet, or reinventing information or content, partnerships of value Important to engage with brands across supply chain Behavioral change with consumer will be necessary to get the, to scan it Partnerships with companies like Lenzing FTC is exploring options to move to more modern format of labeling, and scale up and push out digital labeling standard Focusing on sectors where this can have added value Scanning a product label can translate a label to native languge Implementing “DNA” into thread, and the intersection with Bright Label work Able to extract significant value i.e. verifying fill count or material origins, differentiate quality work from substandard Fly fishing, and how spending a lot of time traveling inspired business Economics See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Jun 11, 2018
050 – Julie Golden and Amy Adair of ADAY Clothing – Technically Conscious Clothing
Repurposing everyday clothing with one of a kind intelligent fabrics… Julie Golden (Operations Manager) Amy Adair (Production) of ADAY Clothing (consciously designed clothing reinvented with technical fabrics) join Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: How ADAY Clothing was founded by Meg He an active runner and Nina Faulhaber a competitive gymnast, different in everyday activities and clothing they wore at work Comfy, great for travel, filling void in market Sweat wicking, breathable , all stretchy, many are wrinkle resistant, all machine washable, making life easier Company started buying from stock fabric companies environmentally conscious, and eventually developed own fabrics as they’ve grown, which drape nicely, and polyester is recycled All about seeking fibers and fabrics that feel great or have properties they love, no internal R and D team developing fibers Aim to get the best of both worlds – performance and feel beautiful to touch An ethos of minimalism Using one fabric in a garment How the company doesn’t think in seasons, wanting clothing to be a staple worn multiple times a week for different purposes Creating a hero piece that can be worn over something else “Something borrowed shirt” the most popular item A color palette primarily of neutrals and blacks, navys, launching some greens As colors go in and out of seasons, that palette allows clothing to be more versatile despite trends, including whit Initial problems in construction were identified and solved by customer feedback Supply chain, some US, some internationally – criteria for choosing factories includes both technical and sustainability abilities Why ADAY started working with a Portuguese factory How design helps manage return rates New developments in new collection – “Experiments in Conscious Design” – focusing on working out how to optimize an improve the way they are designing A jacket made from 41 recycled plastic bottles Working with women doing amazing things like Britt Bergmeister. ODM/ODC (Off Duty Model, On Duty Citizen), and Summer Rayne Oakes, model and super environmental activist, who are using their platform for their efforts The company culture Moving from corporate America to a fashion startup Considering a one year rotation in London See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | May 10, 2018
049 – Steve Greenberg of Pointcarre – Photoshop on Steroids
Textile design software to create fabric realistic weaves, knits and prints Steve Greenberg, President, Pointcarre, North America, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: CAD textile software, computer aided design, allows almost anyone to design own fabric and print and simulate before end product to see exactly what it would look like Loom networking to send immediately to a loom anywhere in the world Can see yarns, determine knit and woven structure (more than 4,000) Set up gauge correctly, and in correct weave structure Working with a print and repeats of the design Easy to pick up software if you have basic knowledge Different kind of materials, even utilizing silver, want to know attributes of fibers to know how they will react Software does costing too How this software allows changing business model, cost structure Take any photo of your product, apply grid, then can map and wrap with any fabric/pattern and fully envision the product Full Pantone color palette People are trying so many new types of stitches and structures 3D envisioning software Can go right to digital print in tonal ranges, big thing with watercolors Doing what you love See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
45 minutes | May 3, 2018
048 – Matt Kolmes of Supreme Corporations – Yarn, Conduction, and Sharks, Oh My!
Conductive smart yarns… Matt Kolmes, CEO of Supreme Corporations (creator of the VOLT Smart Yarns) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: Doing military work, being approached by military defense contractors, Top Secret, who said “Don’t ever say our name,” – what did this mean, and they realized the contractor probably realized they had perfect equipment for making conductive yarn, and an “aha “ moment How Kolmes was always jealous of wearable tech and smart yarns Most yarns had metal on the outside of the yarn, which exposed the conductive service How Supreme assessed they were disappointed, evaluated there was a solution, and designed insulation that could be soldered without stripping Sewing thread is the superhero of yarns Invention of protected copper wires so won’t break 185 patents in 54 years in 60 countries, with 15 more pending Why it is important to only protect what is protectable, what’s new, novel, and hasn’t existed before, looking at prior art (other patents relatable) How Supreme makes sure to keep half the invention a trade secret How a father’s offer changed Kolmes’ career path All their yarns are composite yarns, and they adding one new yarn per month Conductive yarn that changes color at a certain temperature, color shift yarn, can set temperature color changes Why North Carolina is a great place for fashion Changing color of yarn with electricity How apparel with conductive yarn can have a logo that can become an on-off switch A reality show, and sharks How yarn is exciting. A passion for savings lives, and a yearning for filmmaking, and how being a dad gives him the best moments of his week See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
45 minutes | Apr 27, 2018
047 – Manon Clavel – Dressing Delta
Producing uniforms for Delta Airlines, and successful business development and consulting for textile and garment manufacturing companies from around the world with Manon Clavel… Manon Clavel is a Business development professional and consultant for textile and garment manufacturing companies working with apparel Industry leaders across categories including Levis, Nike, Ralph Lauren, the VF corporation, Vans, Theory, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Brooks Brothers, Burton Snowboards, Athleta, Gap, Banana Republic, Target and other US brands. Clavel joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: How Delta Airlines decided to renew uniforms, trying to make more comfortable and make more stylish Working with a designer like Zac Posen and what that means strategy wise How new uniforms raises image of the airline around the world The importance of an American company and American designer Stretch and stretch fabrics and why bi-stretch is important Testing and testing, with so many technical aspects for textiles, apparel and uniforms to produce high quality, and the challenges to accomplish that Everyone is going to be wearing the same uniforms in an airline, so they have to look alike, they can’t have variance, and color consistency is important Need to work with a factory that has the ability to maintain consistency over a long period of time Clavel’s consulting business, and getting a start into a brand, with vendor and supplier, and understanding them and what makes them different Keeping internal drive and motivation, needing a certain type of personality to avoid getting discouraged, some wins Clavel’s proud of such as Nike The crucial nature of sustainability and the continued learning curve for the industry Traveling to Europe, and loving a new family See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25 minutes | Apr 20, 2018
046 – Alejandro Muther of Kimetric – Map, Measure and Trace Real Time Retail Data
Measuring consumer behavior and provide real time analytics for brick and mortar stores… Alejandro Muther, CEO of Kimetric (increases sales by creating unique customized experiences for consumers at point of sale while collecting and analyzing information about their profiles and behavior) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at NRF Big Show. MouthMedia Network is powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: With Kimetric, a 3D camera tracks reactions and how consumers are looking at touching or picking up products Real time data analytics Aggregating data so a retailer can know how things are working in the store The process Is not recording personal info, but instead general attributes and generating a profile of consumer Is can be as big or small an area as wanted, each camera covering 60 square feet 3D sensors create a 3D map Neck, elbows, feet, etc. as data points Changing lighting, smells in a retail space in reaction to the data gathered Kimetric was one of the first participants in a Microsoft accelerator Consumer goods companies are paying more attention to measuring customer behavior, but physical retailers are behind Getting data to store associates in real time for employee reactions Access to raw data and monthly/weekly report raw data to actionable items Map, measure and trace is not something enough people are paying attention to See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21 minutes | Apr 12, 2018
045 – David Marimon of Catchoom – From One Picture, The World
Image Recognition and Artificial Intelligence solutions… David Marimon, PhD, CEO & Co-founder of Catchoom (easy, flexible, reliable tools for branded mobile apps and websites.) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at NRF Big Show 2018 in New York. MouthMedia Network is powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: Taking a picture and allowing the tech to translate info on what it is, including type of fabric and more How there are a lot of data and marketplaces which manage more and more products from different brands, and they don’t have time to create all the descriptions How those brands and marketplaces can do better job, more efficiently, training a system with AI with all aspects, type of sleeves, collar, neck, finish, etc. Machine learning is a component – as the AI fails as people can fail, then the system learns and gets better and better than humans, and learning from its own mistakes and making corrections, then doesn’t make the same mistake as often Also, static page of advertisement, but hovering over it with the iPad it became 3D and content and story from a piece of paper with Augmented Reality Connecting online with the physical and what’s on the shelves It is about making the connection The pattern itself in the image is the code, the image must be designed to contain it and be recognized Various use cases and partners, how Catchoom has special focus on recognition of objects, different than others on scalability and reach Running a pilot is one thing, but afterwards both vendor and brand want to be more successful Measuring results, why one shouldn’t just implement a solution from an innovation perspective, but instead think about how it can increase business A lot more people search by camera — even smaller businesses should be thinking about how people can purchase by taking a photo of a product Vendors are eager to help brands do better See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | Apr 4, 2018
044 – Natasha Franck of EON-ID – Fashion Birth Certificate
Smart textiles for the future, with RFID and the first global system for recycling powered by the internet of things, advancing the circular economy for the fashion industry… RFID technology lives in thread and is embedded in fabric, and can carry all information on that product forever, helping business with counterfeit control, inventory tracking, and improving sustainability. It can connect everyone it touches, and is new technology with endless possibilities. How will we create the future with it? Natasha Franck CEO/Cofounder of EON-ID (developing the first global system for textile recycling powered by the internet of things) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: The intersection of physical assets and the blockchain, something that gives products a digital identity, with RFID tags, and connecting it with a cloud, on RFID platform and on blockchain It’s a thread, a chip and antenna, giving a product a birth certificate One of the biggest barriers to recycling is material transparency RFID info will help with a system to sort and sepearte intelligently, then upcycle from that Tracking inventory in real time to affect turnaround time of products and meet customer needs, By combining IoT, RFID and circular economy you get great benefit for business Weaving vs. aseembly, attached in the seam during assmbly, and will eventually change into integration into weaving No geo-locate, not sending a signal from the RFID What is future vision, for brands, connected supply chain, how to use IoT in the future, then design to address those business needs All parts of a brand acting as one brain instead of supply chain not talking to production not talking to retail etc, and not being so siloed. Embedding tech into what you’re already doing, versus designing something from scratch The need to layer this into standard business practice, as things will happen more organically and faster, instead of looking at it as a sustainability expense. By reducing waste, we’re improving a business See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Mar 29, 2018
043 – Sourcing Journal Summit – Sourcing Trends
Sourcing trends and what the apparel sector should learn from both traditional and retail startups, at the 2017 Sourcing Journal Summit… Panelists: Mark Rose, SVP, American Eagle Outfitters Liz Hershfield, Chief Supply Chain Offer, Bonobos Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Offer, PVH Bjorn Bengtsson, Chief Merchandising officer, UNTUCKit About Sourcing Summit 2017: Pain Points + Pivots – October 17, 2017 It’s no longer news that sourcing is facing uncertain times or that retail is evolving faster than most companies can adapt. So now it’s time to talk about which points along the supply chain are causing the most pain and how to pivot and move forward. Today’s consumers are all but easy to please, Amazon is testing drones that can deliver product in as little as 13 minutes and though most things trade have been verbally upended, nothing concrete has yet been settled or confirmed. With all this considered, sourcing companies can’t afford to keep doing what they’ve always done. The Sourcing Journal Summit is the most exclusive gathering of supply chain executives leading the sector’s latest initiatives. Top thought leaders will share key insights, talk about how they’re transitioning in this altered landscape and discuss the kinds of pivots and plans that will keep bankruptcy at bay—all through keynotes and interactive panel discussions designed to bring today’s sourcing issues to life. More news and information at SourcingJournal.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | Mar 23, 2018
042 – Fiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux of Hyloh – Material Specialists
Design, manufacturing and business from a materials perspective… Fiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux, Co-Founders of Hyloh (a global collective who approach design, manufacturing and business from a materials perspective and consult, create and educate) join Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network Studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: The Hyloh website and why there is not much info there, screaming by whispering Looking at products and seeing the materials, how Anastas and Ternaux have eyes that do not look at things the same way as others Why the Hyloh team has the background to understand materials in an elevated manner Doing practical activities helps people to understand materials — they bring that process and thinking to the work Not everyone will know everything about materials, so a technical vernacular doesn’t work The “value prop” of Hyloh, being all designers, less serious, like a sharing economy of knowledge and ecosystems Why plastics can be an awesome material The opportunity for startups to start with material and innovate instead of starting with a product and finding differentiation with materials Understanding processes of integrating materials into garments is helping people think about materials more these days Series of lectures called “After Tomorrow” – answering the question starting with several scenarios of what tomorrow could bring, many outcomes, and how sustainability a key question Connected devices are giving garments more functions they can do, the possibilities of humans becoming immortal, living on Mars Considering materials in space exploration, finding new materials, and 3D printing in space Several polymers can offer qualities of degradability, even compostable, and materials such as a slice of a mushroom, rabbit fur Touching velvet, and growing up sewing in Australia Challenging materials, and why every material is a challenge to replace See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
60 minutes | Mar 7, 2018
041 – Patrick Duffy of Global Fashion Exchange – The Power to Make Change
Innovative clothing swap events, curated talks and cultural activations globally… Patrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange (an international platform promoting sustainability in the fashion industry with inspiring forums, educational content and cultural events, which through interactive clothing swaps empowers consumers to take action for a better environment while they stylishly renew their wardrobe and save hundreds of thousands of cloths from going to landfill), joins Stephanie Benedetto, Samanta Cortes, and guest host Charles Beckwith (American Fashion Podcast) in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: Duffy discusses how the Global Fashion Exchange has become something which travels all over the world, how it started when he did a collaboration with the UN Peace Boat with an information booth along with other sustainable fashion organizations How he was later invited to the UN, then asked to be a moderator, how so many people thought the travel industry was fluff and realized how much more there was later once the info was deployed Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) started as a clothing swap to engage people en masse Now GFX takes the mission around the world, promoting sustainability and what to do with clothing consumers and brands don’t want How GFX has turned into a communications platform and a consultancy, with a global network of people who want to create change in the fashion industry GFX’s partnership with major brands, and a fashion week in Lisbon Duffy explains how people bring clothing, creating a swapping experience that looks and feels like a high end department store, and after the exchange people keep clothing and recycle the rest GFX Local, having a clothing swap in one’s hometown, with the goal to get 100 cities by end of year Why Duffy is a man without a physical address, after he had an “aha moment”, and when from the tail end of running a restaurant, to self education in industry and soul searching, and ultimately decided to go full on into it, become nomadic with his efforts, and got rid of everything he owned The main goal of a million tons of clothing swapped How lack of knowledge in the industry causes ignorance of the issue and a need for action And how positioning as for planet and profit can get more brands on board Duffy discusses the massive excess of goods sitting in warehouses costing money, and what if you can monetize that The need for legal regulation to force Deforestation in fashion manufacturing How Duffy works out twice daily, pushing heavy things What’s possible given the inspiration of what Duffy has accomplished, from singing on tables to speaking at the UN, and the power to make change See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | Mar 2, 2018
040 – Brennan Lowery – Lasting Impact
Looking at Kate Spade’s successful supply-chain social responsibility program in Rwanda… Why would Kate Spade New York, an iconic brand with a global presence, extend a part of its supply chain, taking on major challenges, to go into a developing country? A fashion consultant supported a social responsibility program that was successful, with profitability and lasting impact focused on empowering women. Brennan Lowery, a consultant in the social responsibility and business development space, and a former Program Manager for Karisimbi Business Partners, a partner of Kate Spade New York’s On Purpose CSR program in Rwanda, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: A look at why Kate Spade New York decided to undertake the program and initiative in Rwanda The meaning for employees of a brand that’s willing to spend money outside of their internal needs Being committed to seeing women empowered in different parts of world, transforming community, creating a new cutting-edge model for the space of social enterprise The opportunity for a developing country to compete in a world of global suppliers Participation by a number of partners and experts as part of plan in Rwanda, plus cooperation and support by both US and Rwandan governments Each Rwanda employee (mostly women) averages 4.5 dependents, and the initiative resulted in positive impact on other local business The need for a brand to be telling a story about the specific products coming out of a developing country that it is benefitting The goal to work oneself out of a job, and hire a Rwandan in one’s place The need in more parts of East Africa, and between Central and South America Find pockets and create jobs, teach skills and provide training Evaluating what space a brand wants to impact, greater meaning for employees and consumers, and the need to see transformation What motivated Lowery and what planted the seed with the brand A dream of hospitality with meaning How there is still a lot of work to be done, and a need to do something See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
039 – Vince Lebon of Rollie Nation – Designing a Playful Community
Making perfect travel shoes that are incredibly light and ridiculously comfortable… Vince Lebon, Founder of Rollie Nation (the shoe lifestyle brand for the young at heart), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. In this episode: Meeting Stephanie on a sustainability panel Rollie Nation, a footwear brand started around 5 years ago in Australia, lightweight, extreme risk with color and prints A community that wants to express themselves through footwear, just living and enjoying life Lace Up, a reality TV show, designing sneakers for celebrities Wanting to take a design sabbatical, working with the ex creative director of Jordan brand and first materials designer at Nike The power of persistence in getting in, how he thought the show is docudrama and it became real reality show, not a great environment to create The amount and level of work one can create was amazing Growing up playing basketball in Australia, getting a job in afootwear company as multimedia designer, how he got good at designing shoes realistically in Photoshop that weren’t even made and selling them Spec sheets for footwear How the Rollie Nation shoe is lighter than a pair of flip-flops, but fully functional Well-made shoes, how he took out shanks, and created an invisible heel to distribute weight, and don’t need the shank Found thin plastic counterweights which hold shape, taking things out, keeping what’s necessary Most customers are not designers, don’t know how materials work together etc. Customization can be for or with you, and can be from performance to materials to appearance Protecting IP, the bigger Rollie Nation gets, the more they get copied, including an entire line being copied before release — brand loyalty helps protect IP Material science will be increasingly very important Lebon feels the future holds satellite factories closer to market, will be heavily robotic-focused Synergy amongst designers, collaboration is the biggest focus Rollie Nation is not a shoe company, but an experience brand that makes footwear Lebon’s interest in designing a hotel Where the name Rollie Nation came from (and it is not where you think), playfulness and community The goal of no waste with other materials, genetically modified leathers Semi-transparent leather Lebon’s favorite mobile apps Why not to get complacent See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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