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Bold Brands: Technology and Innovation in Apparel eCommerce

Bold Brands: Technology and Innovation in Apparel eCommerce

By Morgan Linton
The Bold Metrics podcast celebrates apparel brands and retailers who focus on innovation to thrive in good times and bad.
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15 - Interview with Andy Fine of Sartoro
In this episode we speak with Andy Fine, founder of DTC suiting company, Sartoro. Andy launched Sartoro in February 2020, just as the world was poised on the brink of a global lockdown due to COVID-19. Finding himself stuck in Vietnam, where he had been overseeing production, Andy used the time to further develop the brand and learned how to adapt to global challenges, especially supply chain disruptions. Listen to discover how Sartoro turned the epic challenges of 2020 into opportunities for eCommerce growth.
May 4, 2021
14 - Josh West and Blake Cocanougher, CEO and VP of Sales at Blue Delta Jeans Co.
Bespoke denim pants company and official jean of the US Ryder Cup, Blue Delta Jeans has been crafting custom-made denim jeans for discerning customers since 2012. The Mississippi-based company, founded by Josh West and Nick Weaver, makes all their jeans in the USA, leveraging local seamstresses' skills and expertise to create their signature five-pocket denim using only the finest raw materials. Recently, the company introduced an online fitting tool that allows customers to be fit from anywhere in the world. In this episode of BOLD Brands, we speak with CEO Josh West and Blake Cocanougher, VP of Sales & Director of Wholesale Operations, to find out how they are building a scalable DTC model for custom jeans using cutting edge fit and sizing technology.
April 4, 2021
13 - Stephanie Benedetto, Co-founder of Queen of Raw
In this episode of BOLD Brands, we speak with former corporate attorney turned fashion tech and sustainability entrepreneur, Stephanie Benedetto. The CEO and Co-Founder of Queen of Raw—an online marketplace to buy and sell unused textiles—shares her motivation to turn pollution into profit and keep textile waste out of landfills by leveraging data analytics and technology. Featured on NPR, Good Morning America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Vogue, Stephanie is a 2020 Inc. Female Founders 100. Find out how she grew Queen of Raw during COVID-19 and her forecast on the technology that will change the future of apparel retail and fashion eCommerce.
February 26, 2021
12- David Wolfe, CEO of Olivers
Californian brand Olivers is all about premium athletic staples reimagined for the 21st century. Designed with LA-living in mind, this direct-to-consumer menswear label focuses on high-quality innovative fabrics sourced from as far afield as Australia and Peru to create high-performance, good-looking apparel. Listen to hear how their focus on customer feedback and innovative performance fabrics has led to higher conversions and helped expand their business online.
January 24, 2021
11- Juli Lee, Co-Founder of Julianna Rae
Selling luxury sleepwear and lingerie online might have seemed unlikely to succeed when Julianna Rae launched in 2005 but a quality product range combined with excellent customer service and care meant that the brand built up a loyal fan base quickly and has continued to grow. Now in its 16th year, this digitally-native company owes its success to paying close attention to what its customers want, while also focusing on creating a seamless online shopping experience. We speak with co-founder, Juli Lee, to discover how the brand has pioneered luxury lingerie eCommerce.
December 4, 2020
10- Kelly Watters, Co-Founder of Western Rise
Telluride-based Western Rise grew out of a personal need for high-quality clothing to serve an adventurous modern lifestyle. Founders Kelly and Will Watters were outdoor guides in Vail, Colorado who quickly realized that lugging a duffle filled with different performance gear was something that could, and should, be improved upon. So they created their own line of premium, menswear classics that focused on performance and versatility, leveraging on their roots in textile design to introduce innovative technical fabrics and designs that could go from managerial meetings to weekend warrior. Find out how they grew their DTC business during a crazy 2020 while stepping up on the brand's sustainability and social responsibility.
November 19, 2020
09- Carla Hogg, Co-founder of Gentle Fawn
Vancouver-based Gentle Fawn has established itself as a leading purveyor of chic, feminine, and yet effortless, clothing for women. A wholesale to eCommerce success story, the brand is celebrating its 18th year in the highly competitive world of apparel retail and fashion. We speak with co-founder Carla Hogg to discover the power of listening, why sustainability is a core part of the company culture, and how they work with retailers and customers to get back on track in a post-COVID world.
November 4, 2020
08 - Kyle Bergman, Founder of The Great Fantastic
Imagine a pair of overalls made from sweatpants material. Sounds great? Well, Kyle Bergman thinks so too. The founder of The Great Fantastic has the enviable title of Chief Swoveralls Officer and has created the world's most comfortable pair of overalls. Find out how he built up a successful brand while balancing a commitment to producing quality apparel that champions sustainability. From collaborations with influencers to artists, discover how Bergman is turning Swoveralls (Sweatpants + Overalls, geddit?) into The Next Big Thing.
October 20, 2020
07 - Charlie Burgwyn, Founder of Stitch Golf
Founded in 2012 as a headcover company, Stitch became known for designing and creating products with precise attention to detail, all the way down to the last stitch. In this episode, we speak with Charlie Burgwyn, Stitch’s entrepreneurial founder and chief creative designer on how to create a brand that connects effortlessly with its audience. With exacting attention to detail, Burgwyn has created an enviable brand in one of the fastest-growing sports categories while remaining true to the sport of golf. Discover how authenticity and consistency have played a role in the brand’s fast-growing success.
October 13, 2020
06- Marc C. Close of Six Atomic
As a former fashion business owner, Marc had a front-row seat to the struggles of inventory and supply chain management and how it can have a huge impact on a small fashion start-up. Six Atomic was born of the need to address the inefficiencies of traditional fashion and apparel supply chains.  Find out how Six Atomic's A.I-powered supply chain solutions enable brands to automate trend analyzation, patternmaking, and grading to accomplish what had formerly taken months, in mere minutes. 
September 27, 2020
05 - Ben Chiang, CEO of Forma
Using computer vision and graphics technology, Forma builds photorealistic avatars that are a dynamic and personalized extension of a person’s online identity. From just a single image, users can create a flexible visual identity instantly, and photo-realistically, allowing individuals to try on any outfit virtually. BOLD Brands speak with co-founder and Forma CEO, Ben Chiang, to find out how, and why, the next fashion moment will take place in VR.
July 19, 2020
04 - Jessica Couch, Founder of Luxor and Finch
Jessica Couch is the founder of Luxor and Finch, a leading business and technology consultancy for apparel retailers. As a powerhouse consultancy for brands and retailers looking to overcome retailing challenges using the latest in technology, Jessica leverages her experience of the common pain points affecting brands, especially when it comes to solving sizing, to connect the dots for success. Learn how fixing fit is essential to improving sustainability as well as addressing inclusivity and diversity issues, all big topics facing brands today. A must-catch episode.
July 14, 2020
03 - Desiree Buchanan, Founder of PopLinen
Desiree set out to start a new kind of apparel brand, with clothes designed to fit all people and made locally in Los Angeles. When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, Desiree quickly pivoted to making masks and she's prepared to continue to innovate as the world continues to change. If you're looking for inspiration on why following you should follow your dreams, you won't want to miss this episode.
April 30, 2020
02 - Andrew Parkes, Co-Founder of Eph Apparel
Eph Apparel make some of the best custom clothing in the world, they've been doing it for years and they've found people love their clothes so much, they've developed a global following. Making sure customers have a great experience online and in-store is paramount of Eph Apparel, and Andrew, one of Eph's founders has some great insights for other brands looking at starting small and someday expanding globally. 
April 30, 2020
01 - Diana Ganz, Co-Founder of The Groomsman Suit
Groomsman Suit set out to create a new solution for black tie attire: a sharp-looking tuxedo that could be purchased for less than the cost of a traditional rental. Jeanne and Diana, two childhood friends, joined forces to launch The Groomsman Suit in February 2016. Since then, the company has had the honor of being a part of countless weddings helping thousands of men look sharp. In this episode Diane shares more about the early days of the company, how they've leveraged technology, and what they're doing to keep things moving forward during the Coronavirus pandemic.
April 27, 2020