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By Hosted by Zara Korutz
Labels belong on clothes, not people! Tune IN for real talk on all things fashion and culture with a global point of view.

Hosted by Zara Korutz who is a London based American who completed an MA in Fashion Critical Studies at Central Saint Martins in 2020. Zara has over a decade of experience in the advertising space as a consultant, multi-media strategist, and content creator including at The Washington Post and OUTFRONT Media. As a classically trained hairstylist since 2005, her work has been in Vogue Italia, Good Morning America, and CNN.
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The Psychology of Fashion: Dr. Carolyn Mair

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Starring American Celebrity Hairdresser: Ted Gibson
This episode is a conversation with Icon American celebrity hairdresser Ted Gibson who is known for his couture hair both on the runways and in magazines including Vanity Fair, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, In Style, Vogue, WWD, and Allure.  Ted's long list of Hollywood clients includes Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o, Anne Hathaway, Priyanka Chopra and Jessica Chastain, to name a few.  Ted along with his husband and colorist Jason Backe opened the World's First Smart Salon in Los Angeles named Starring by Ted Gibson designed by architect Francisco Gonzalez Pulido. In 2020, Ted and Jason launched The Worth Up Alliance Foundation which is a coalition of change agents, dream makers and emerging beauty entrepreneurs supporting the industry with education, coaching, mentoring, networking, and start-up capital grants.
54:58
September 22, 2021
Masculinity Redefined: Fashion Designer Tokyo James
This episode is a conversation with British-Nigerian Fashion Designer Tokyo James and American-Nigerian Photographer and Creative Director Mikey Oshai who is the man behind the brand's visual imagery.  Tokyo's studio is based in Lagos and since the brand's launch in 2015, has taken the fashion world by storm with impeccably tailored designs, strong cultural meaning and intensity of storytelling which is re-defining the modern man with an unapologetic intersectional aesthetic of individual thought and identity. Tokyo has received global acclaim by Vogue, I-D, W, CNN African Voices, and Harper's Bazaar U.K.  Recently, Mikey Oshai was featured in CNN Africa. In partnership with Jaqueline Pham and The Asian Journal we are launching a new segment highlighting fashion through the lens of Asian culture. Please tune in after the conversation for intriguing fashion insights by Jaqueline reporting from Vietnam.   Special thanks to Will Fitzpatrick at Soho Radio in London for sound production.   
57:49
September 14, 2021
The Psychology of Fashion: Dr. Carolyn Mair
This episode is a conversation with Dr. Carolyn Mair who is a London based author, educator, speaker, consultant, Charted Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  In 2012, Dr. Mair developed the Psychology Department at London College of Fashion and created the world's first Psychology for Fashion Masters degrees (MA and MSc).  In 2018, Dr. Mair published The Psychology of Fashion.  The idea of 'fashion psychology' has now become a growing global phenomenon thanks to the original work by Dr. Mair who has been cited in numerous press outlets including Refinery 29, Vogue Business, NBC News, WWD, The Observer, ELLE, The Guardian, Harpers Bazaar, and The Atlantic to name a few.   Follow Carolyn on social media, particularly Twitter @Carolyn_UK and Instagram as Psychologyforfashion. 
44:11
September 8, 2021
I Deserve Couture: Hanan Besovic
Season 2 kicks off with a conversation with fashion commentator Hanan Besovic a.k.a the Instagram handle "I Deserve Couture". Hanan holds the self-professed degrees of PhD in meme, Masters in throwing shade, and a minor in fashion. 
41:30
September 1, 2021
The Fashion Archives: Odunayo Ojo
This episode is a conversation with Odunayo Ojo, an English Nigerian, who is a London based fashion wonder boy that has taken the fashion world by storm with his critical point of view rooted in deep research. His free-thinking perspective has created a fanbase with over 70k subscribers on his YouTube channel-- The Fashion Archives. Currently, Ayo is a BA Fashion Journalism student at Central Saint Martins.  He also writes for BOF and has launched his own publication The Fashion Archive Magazine. Please join me as I talk with Ayo about his Nigerian roots, fashion journey including becoming a YouTube fashion sensation, obsession for fashion, and academic life at Central Saint Martins. Connect: The Fashion Archive YouTube Channel  IG: @ashionroadman  @thefashionarchivemag
30:49
August 4, 2021
The Power of Fancy Dress Costume
This episode is a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Wild who is a U.K. based cultural historian specialising in the study of Fancy Dress Costume. Dr. Wild has authored many pieces of work including books A Life in Fashion The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton (2016) and Carnival to Catwalk: Global Reflections on Fancy Dress Costume (2020).  Additionally, he is co-host with Lucy Clayton of the Dress Fancy podcast.  Dr. Wild is a Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies at The Manchester Fashion Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Fancy Dress also known as Costume or Fancy Dress Costume is defined by Dr. Wild as a performative form of dress, imaginative and incongruous, work for a discrete occasion and limited time that disrupts the place of the individual within the social and political relationships of a specific community (2020, p. 1).  In this episode, we explore ideas of history and culture reflected in fancy dress costume both in society and on the runway. 
38:46
July 28, 2021
Making a New York Fashion Show
This episode is a conversation with Mykel C. Smith whose New York based namesake creative agency is a think tank for all things fashion. In 2020, Mykel was featured in a CFDA article by Karyl Truesdale who described him as, "a most amazing and very grandiloquent creative who brings the drama to everything he touches!"   Mykel has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years as an event producer, celebrity stylist, casting director, event planner and creative director. Currently, Mykel is producing the S/S 2022 Cult of Individuality X HVMAN runway show called ASCENSION which takes place on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Cult Lab located in New York, NY. Cult of Individuality was founded in 2009 by founder and designer Ron Poisson and has forged a reputation as the Jeansmith rooted in badass rock and roll. The brand ethos is a community of people who beat to their own drum of individuality and identify as a misfit, outsider, dreamer, trail blazer, and contrarian.  The global denim streetwear brand is all about quality and being a "Cult of One...The Cult of you."
20:37
July 21, 2021
Senegalese Fashion Design: Nio Far By Milcos
This episode is a conversation with Milcos Badji who is a Senegalese fashion designer from Dakar. His eponymous brand Nio Far by Milcos means "We are together" in Wolof.   The design ethos of Milcos is deeply connected to heritage with research at the center of his artistic process. He uses a mud based fabric known as ‘Bògòlanfini’ (often referred to as Bògòlan) or mud cloth that gives his fashion designs cultural depth, rich in meaning and "the quintessence of authenticity".  The latest hand made collection of Nio Far by Milcos is named "Po Tolo" inspired by the Dogon tribe central to Malin in West Africa. The legends of the Dogon tribe lies in their unique ability to give precise locations of astronomical bodies and phenomena for centuries pre-dating modern science.  Nio Far by Milcos is unisex and handmade.  Orders can be placed on-line at https://www.niofarbymilcos.com/ . 
36:58
July 14, 2021
Fashion Critical Studies
This episode is a conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Kutesko who is the MA course leader for Fashion Critical Studies at Central Saint Martins in London. Elizabeth published the book Fashioning Brazil: Globalization and the Representation of Brazilian Dress in National Geographic (Bloomsbury 2018) which examines the dynamics between subject, photographer and viewer exploring Brazilian dress and fashion practices within key global cultural debates.   Dr. Kutesko earned her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca Arnold. Elizabeth's research interests are Latin American bodily practices and the intersections of fashion, cultural identity, representation and power.  This talk examines the idea of decolonisation and ideas of power and representation along with notions of popular cultural trends within the fashion industry. 
29:19
July 7, 2021
Both&
This episode is a conversation with Finnegan Shepard who is a writer and founder of Both&--a start-up clothing brand which answers the needs of the transmasculine or gnc-identified community.  The ethos of Both& is evidence-based fashion design stemming from personal conversations that creates a space for a diverse and underserved population.  Each capsule drop is made in small batches and garments are sustainably and ethically produced.  Finnegan, who grew up in both America and England, shares his journey of becoming an entrepreneur through being a renaissance man. Finnegan shares wisdom learned on his journey starting with a love of academia and pursuing a PhD at Cambridge to becoming the founder of a fashion brand. His nonlinear path is filled with experiences good and hard which led to discovering the importance of humanity in business.  --------------------------- As we celebrate Pride month, may we be reminded of the importance of honouring the unique specialness of ourselves and each other.  One of the challenges that the trans community faces is labels on dressing rooms.  If you want to help, please start advocating for a friendlier retail experience for all by asking brands to remove gender specific dressing rooms.  Together we can uplift and amplify the voice and visibility of the trans community.
36:49
June 30, 2021
BONUS: The Dandy as Original Street Style Innovator
This bonus episode is an academic talk by host Zara Korutz focused on the dandy as the fashion innovator of street-style using style as agency. Dandy fashion connects to authenticity as a creative expression and position within society. In this talk, I explore the notion of fashion capitals, the style of the dandy, social meaning behind the fashion, and black dandies with roots in Africa and the Caribbean.   Dandyism's historical roots creates a myth of authenticated personal identification. The word “myth” is not an untruth but rather a complicated system that theorist Roland Barthes describes as a form of communication.   If you geek out over fashion theory, then this talk is for you… Please engage with your thoughts afterwards on social media or with a personal voice note. References:  Barthes, R (1957) Mythologies  Breward, C. (2016) The Suit. London: Reaktion Books.  Croll, J. (2015) Fashion that Changed the World. London: Prestel.  Lewis, S.P. (2017) Dandy Lion. First edition. New York, N.Y: Aperture.  Meinhold, R. and Irons, J. (2014) Fashion Myths. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.  Musgrave, E. (2019) Sharp Suits. GB: Pavilion.  Rocamora, A and O’Neill, A (2008) ‘Fashioning the Street: Images of the Street in the Fashion  Simmel, G. (1905) “Fashion” International Quarterly, 1,22, pp. 130-155  Woodward, S (2009) ‘The Myth of Street Style’, Fashion Theory, 13, 1: 83 – 102  Cover Art Photo of Dandy Wellington By Julia Bahlsen
27:59
June 23, 2021
A Baby Boomer's Personal Journey to Becoming Out and Proud
This episode is a conversation with Ken Regnier who came out as an openly gay man at the age of 28 in 1991. Being raised Catholic in Aurora, IL, a mid-west manufacturing suburb outside of Chicago, the pressures to conform to a straight existence in society prevented him from living his authentic self.  Ken shares his personal journey of moving away from his hometown in order to live his true identity as an openly gay man. His story reveals trials of self-acceptance, heartaches of loss, and triumphs of love. Ken currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband Carl and double-doodle dog Ollie. Ken works in hospitality leadership for a scientific research institute and is an advocate of DEI within the scientific ecosystem. He is a certified open water scuba diver who loves to explore the deep blue sea.  He also volunteers with the Animal Rescue League, and loves to cook and bake.  
37:36
June 16, 2021
A London (Soho) Underground Fashion Factory
This episode is a conversation with Terence (Tee) Ayuk Eben who is founder of the Never Fade Factory -- a futurist fashion brand showroom based in Soho, London.  The flagship underground concept store and creative space is focused on innovation, social impact, technology and sustainability. The creative-process is the heartbeat of the Never Fade Factory which promotes artistic community for fashion, art, photography, design and exhibition. The ethos of the Never Fade Factory is to incubate and accelerate emerging talent by providing free work space and commercial opportunity to showcase their art fostering a knowledge based ecosystems of support, teaching and sharing human resources within the creative industries. This philosophy creates brand collaborations between emerging brands and corporate partnerships focused on tech and sustainability. Please join us for an on-location conversation that took place on a sunny Saturday in the window of the Never Fade Factory located on Old Compton Street where we discuss Tee's journey of being the only black owned business in Soho and examine fashion from a zeitgeist point of view including circular fashion and the Factory's #swapfactory partnership with Lablaco.
34:16
June 9, 2021
Success and the City
This episode is a conversation with Bruce Weldyn who is a New York City based luxury fashion business insider, author of 'If You Can Put Ketchup on it, Don't Eat it' and co-founder of ALL11-- a sales training platform with a 'talk show' style format.  For over 20 years, Bruce's retail leadership success has extended across luxury fashion brands including Prada, Gucci, Armani, John Varvatos, David Yurman and Bergdorf Goodman.  Recently, Bruce completed an Instagram Vlog project called '75 Success Secrets in 75 Days'--daily conversations with guests on topics based on the book 'Do The Right Thing Do It All The Time: 75 Success Secrets Listed for Fast Reference by Frank Leigh (2020). Join us as we talk about the reflection of Bruce's 75-day journey as he shares his secrets to success in life, business, and in the city or wherever you may live.  
32:04
June 2, 2021
The Bronx Gender-Free Fashion Style
This episode is a conversation with New York based, Bronx raised freelance men's fashion stylist Victor Lopez. He has styled international creative campaigns for GQ, Vogue, MM Scene, Bello, 365 Male, Cool Korea and Travel Magazine France. Victor's unique visual style is personal and best described as a marriage between his passion for the 90s Hip-hop fashion combined with an innovative gender-neutral undertone which creates a fresh yet classic aesthetic.    As told to VoyageLA, Victor says, "as a young boy from the Bronx. I have never struggled when it came to style and fashion. I remember when I was younger, the kids at school would always ask me questions of 'where did you buy this?' For some reason, I always felt quite good when that happened. As I got older, I become more driven reading magazines like Vibe and XXL where I got most of my style from."  Please join us as we talk about the cultural influence of the Bronx on fashion, 90's Hip-hop, and the art of styling men in gender-neutral clothing.
34:02
May 26, 2021
The Fashion Battle of Versailles
Have you seen Netflix's biopic miniseries 'Halston'? This episode is with London based fashion historian and curator Scott Schiavone, who you may know from his YouTube channel Fashion &.  This timely conversation is about the 1973 fashion show (with Halston) that transformed fashion history--known as 'The Battle of Versailles'.    This monumental fashion competition is a story between the French, who were considered the giants of Haute Couture, and the Americans, who were the underdogs of Ready-to-wear. The French team was a roster of fashion kings including designers Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent,  Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, and Emanuel Ungaro. The American team was a diversified roster of designers including Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Halston and Oscar de la Renta.    The gala fundraiser is described by Robin Givhan (2015) in the prologue of her book The Battle of Versailles as follows,  "On November 28, 1973, the world's social elite--men in dashing tuxedos and women dripping with diamonds--gathered in the majestic Theatre Gabriel at the Palace of Versailles.  Originally conceived as a publicity stunt and fund-raiser for the dilapidated French landmark, the Grand Divertissement a Versailles had become an international fashion extravaganza, bloated with pomp and passion.  Style writers and society columnists; royalty, tycoons, diplomats, and politicians; the creme de la creme of the jet set; stagehands, set designers, burlesque dancers, ballet starts, drag queens, glamorous models, famous choreographers, and one Academy Award-winning triple threat all watched in eager anticipation as five kings of French fashion faced off against five unsung American designers.  By the time the spotlight dimmed and the curtain came down on the evening's spectacle, fashion history had been made and the industry had been forever transformed."  Please join Scott and myself as we talk about this historical event that changed the global landscape of fashion by cementing the switch from the era of Haute Couture to the global explosion of Ready-to-wear fashion. If you love an underdog story woven with threads of beauty rooted in diversity, then this conversation is for you.   
48:20
May 18, 2021
Emotions in Your Clothes
This episode is a conversation with Lucy Love who is the founder and voice behind Purely Being Guided Meditations.  In her decade long pursuit of living with transformation, Lucy has developed the art of meditation which she shares in her blog, Youtube channel, Instagram, Pinterest and weekly podcast Purely Being Guided Meditations.  Lucy's meditation philosophy is a "daily practice of tuning-in that allows you to recharge your body and mind while creating space to move from habitual living to inspired being." Please join us as we talk about what meditation is as a practice, fashion as a reflection of your internal light, the power of love to heal, and living in your purpose. 
34:28
May 12, 2021
Cosmopolitan India's 2020 Sustainable Fashion Influencer of the Year: Mukul Bhatia
This episode is a conversation with Mukul Bhatia who is an award-winning visual artist from India based in Bali focused on sustainability, travel and fashion.  Mukul has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, GQ and TEDx, and winner of Cosmopolitan India’s  2020 Blogger Award for ‘Sustainable Fashion Influencer of the Year’.  Please join us as we talk about India, the love of sustainable fashion, honest curiosity in gloablised culture, and art of boundless living. 
27:31
May 4, 2021
Modern Slavery in the U.K. Fashion Textile Industry.
This episode is a conversation with Olly Kennedy who is a consultant and PhD Researcher at the University of Liverpool focused on manufacturing operations and supply chain.  In this talk, we examine the U.K. Modern Slavery Act, the exploitation in the fashion textile industry, the notion of boundaries, the power of consumption, and discuss frameworks as possible solutions to these complex social ills.   Recently, the Guardian announced that "the UK government is considering the introduction of a clothing trade adjudicator, who would monitor large retailers’ relationships with their suppliers. A former director of Labour Market Enforcement, Matthew Taylor, has also backed the concept amid fears that voluntary measures have failed to make substantial improvements to pay and working conditions in the fashion industry. The issue has been highlighted in the past year by revelations about conditions in the Leicester clothing factories supplying the online fashion group Boohoo as well as difficulties for overseas suppliers as orders were cancelled because of the global Covid pandemic (Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/22/uk-considers-clothing-trade-adjudicator-tackle-labour-abuses-working-conditions-mps)." "The U.K. Modern Slavery Act will give law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes and enhance support and protection for victims. It received Royal Assent on Thursday 26 March 2015 (Source: gov.uk/government/collections/modern-slavery-bill)." The act will: consolidate and simplify existing offences into a single act ensure that perpetrators receive suitably severe punishments for modern slavery crimes (including life sentences) enhance the court’s ability to put restrictions on individuals where it’s necessary to protect people from the harm caused by modern slavery offences create an independent anti-slavery commissioner to improve and better coordinate the response to modern slavery introduce a defence for victims of slavery and trafficking place a duty on the secretary of state to produce statutory guidance on victim identification and victim services enable the secretary of state to make regulations relating to the identification of and support for victims make provision for independent child trafficking advocates introduce a new reparation order to encourage the courts to compensate victims where assets are confiscated from perpetrators enable law enforcement to stop boats where slaves are suspected of being held or trafficked require businesses over a certain size to disclose each year what action they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their business or supply chains
48:20
April 28, 2021
BONUS: Fashioning the 'Camp' Superman Body
This bonus episode is a talk by Zara Korutz for the DePaul Pop Culture Conference "A Celebration of Superheroes".  Please join the conference on May 1, 2021 by registering at https://popcultureconference.com/2020-superheroes Abstract: Superman, who is a manufactured entertainment superhero character, can be considered an iconic symbol of the Pop-culture Movement in the 1960s— an era when cultural authorities used zeitgeist philosophies, like ‘Camp’, as a way of deciphering new intellectual approaches to artistic sub-cultural phenomena and social revolutions. Superman’s appearance holds cultural power through iconography which is a visual language of social significance that belongs in a larger contextual social structure as outlined in semiotics (Barthes 1995).  Superman’s power is marked by his fashion and is integral to understanding his identity. The often-dramatic transformation from his alter-ego identity allows for the possibility of another truth, and this duality creates a sense of magical escapism which is fundamental to understanding the superhero’s construct— wherein the costume, like a suit, is used as a ‘weapon of style’ (Breward 2016:116) that holds special powers of physical and ideological strength (Brownie and Graydon 2016).  Superman’s fashioned muscular body can be understood as a metaphor for transforming queer modes of representation in society into dominant modes through symbols of commodified hegemonic masculine power. Therefore, Superman’s secret is a paradox of perceived truth that is not fixed but relative to the state of being (Basu 2017). Sincere gratitude to Dr. Jane Tynan, Dr. Royce Mahwatte and Dr. Elizabeth Kutesko for their support of this research.   References Barthes, R. (1995) The Semiotic Challenge. University of California Press. Basu, P. (2017) The Inbetweenness of Things. Materializing Mediation and Movement Between Worlds. London and New York: Bloomsbury. Breward, C. (2016) The Suit: Form, Function and Style. London: Reaktion Books Ltd. Breward, C. (1998) Cultures, Identities, Histories: Fashioning a Cultural Approach to Dress,  Fashion Theory, 2:4, 301-313. Brownie, B. and Graydon, D (2016) The Superhero Costume. London and New York:  Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. Meyer, M. (1994) The Politics and Poetics of Camp. London & New York: Routledge. Sontag, S. (2018) Notes on Camp. Penguin Random House UK. Cover Photo: Courtesy ClipArt.info
08:25
April 20, 2021
Blockchain Basics: Part 2
This episode is part 2 of a 2 part conversation with Maxim Silaev who is an Entrepreneur & Technical leader/ Software Security Designer & Architect/ Quantitive trader based in Australia.  Max is founder of several global companies focused on algorithmic trading, cryptocurrency, Blockchain, artificial intelligence and software engineering.  For more information, please see https://maxsilaev.com Please join us as we talk about Blockchain technology, NFTs and the use of cryptocurrency. 
28:36
April 14, 2021
Blockchain Basics: Part 1
This episode is part 1 of a 2 part conversation with Maxim Silaev who is an Entrepreneur & Technical leader/ Software Security Designer & Architect/ Quantitive trader based in Australia.  Max is founder of several companies focused on algorithmic trading, cryptocurrency, Blockchain, artificial intelligence and software engineering who works with international partners from USA, Australia, UK, Singapore, Russia, Ukraine, India, Laos, and Thailand.   Maxim, who started his career almost 20 years ago as a software engineer designing and coding a number of network utilities and service cores, has since then focusing on the cybersecurity field where he worked with tech giants like Kaspersky Lab, IBM and Microsoft.  For the past 10 years, Maxim's focus is on AI technologies, and development of modelling algorithms and technologies. What makes Max different is the way he examines client’s business and offers bespoke digital solutions.   ——— Max has built over 30 projects in various industries and domains, which includes: - Prediction modelling - Mathematical statistics - Software engineering and team leadership - Big data analytics - Network security threat modelling - Threat and risk analysis - Software security design For more information, please see https://maxsilaev.com. Please join us as we talk about the use of technology to bridge the digital world with the physical world through unique interactive experiences.   In this episode, we talk about artificial intelligence, machine learning, data, and the use of Smart View technology in fashion retail. 
27:11
April 7, 2021
Culture X Fashion: Part 2
This episode is conversation with Rabi Yansane who is a Guinean-Senegalese, Paris-based fashion entrepreneur and cultural intermediary.  She worked for many years as an intercultural language consultant in Germany, and also along side independent fashion designers in Japan, Senegal and France.  While living in Tokyo, Rabi discovered her fashion purpose as an intercultural brand curator bridging together cultures and fashion. Rabi is founder of TAABARA, a clothing distribution company celebrating responsible African fashion in Japan. Please join us for part 2 of a 2 part conversation talking about the beauty of being a fashion outsider, the art of being a cultural bridge, and the importance of acknowledging the artisan and the culture.
32:27
March 31, 2021
Culture X Fashion: Part 1
This episode is conversation with Rabi Yansane who is a Guinean-Senegalese, Paris-based fashion entrepreneur and cultural intermediary. She worked for many years as an intercultural language consultant in Germany, and also along side independent fashion designers in Japan, Senegal and France.  While living in Tokyo, Rabi discovered her fashion purpose as an intercultural brand curator bridging together cultures and fashion. Rabi is founder of TAABARA, a clothing distribution company celebrating responsible African fashion in Japan. Please join us for part 1 of a 2 part series conversation talking about the art of wanderlust, the beauty of discovering your purpose, the personal joy of fashion, and reflections of life.  
25:34
March 24, 2021
In Talks with Fashion Podcaster Danielle Radojcin
This episode is a conversation with Danielle Radojcin who is a London based fashion, art and culture multimedia journalist and podcast producer.  Danielle's clients include Miu Miu, Matches Fashion and the British Fashion Council.  She started her career at Vogue and has worked at GQ, ASOS, Net-A-Porter and is currently a contributing editor for MATCHESFASHION.COM as well as an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins on the MA Fashion Journalism course.  Danielle is founder and host of the podcast In Talks With-- bitesize conversations with luminaries about contemporary culture.  Please join us for a casual conversation discussing Danielle's career as a fashion journalist and her wisdom on success, thoughts on culture and 1990s subcultures, and ideas surrounding fashion in the contemporary world.  
33:08
March 17, 2021
Is a $200K Fashion Education at Central Saint Martins Worth It?
This episode is conversation between Zara Korutz and Aleksandar (Aleks) Mitrovic who both graduated with an MA from Central Saint Martins in 2020 during the pandemic.  Zara graduated with an MA in Fashion Communication: Fashion Critical Studies and Aleks graduated with an MA in Fashion (womenswear pathway).  Aleks spent the past 7 years at Central Saint Martins on the journey of becoming an elite fashion designer earning an MA, BA (Hons) and Foundation diploma in Fashion.  He also received the Ye Lin Scholarship and Nina Stewart award. Aleks is currently is an Associate Designer at DIETY New York and has interned at Hillier Bartley, JACQUEMUS, J.W. Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, and his designs have been featured in Vogue and 1 Granary. When launching his final MA collection during London Fashion Week 2020, Aleks expressed that in some ways the collection is a continuation of his pre-collection that was inspired by 1990’s dull office look. Aleks' final collection structurally stands on its own and is similar to the designer who was born in Serbia during the Bosnian Civil War era.  To Aleks, “The MA is all about looking inside of yourself instead of looking at outside sources.” He continued, “They drum into you it’s all about your vibe and things you are interested in.” This sentiment reinforces the idea that becoming a fashion designer at CSM is rooted in self-expression and is a journey of discovery. Considered to be an elite global fashion training ground, Central Saint Martins (UAL) is an art and design school in London, England with a history dating back to 1896. The MA Fashion course, launched in October 1978 by Bobby Hillson, has birthed internationally renowned fashion designer ‘gods’ like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Craig Green, Sarah Burton, Kim Jones, Ricardo Tisci, Jonathan Saunders, and more.  According to Business of Fashion, the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, led by Fabio Piras, is ranked 1st in the world with a 11% acceptance rate, 56% international student population, 98% graduation rate, and 23:1 student teacher ratio.  At Central Saint Martins, the fashion tuition for international students is as follows: MA is approx. $46,000,  BA is approx. $95,116, and Foundation is approx. $25,315 (source: https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/central-saint-martins).  Please join us for a conversation between two CSM MA graduates of the class of 2020 during the pandemic, fashion school as part of the fashion structural system, and discuss the reality of pursuing a career as a fashion designer.  
29:31
March 16, 2021
Black American Culture Matters
This episode is a conversation with Christian Benjamin who is a Washington, D.C. based cultural tastemaker, thought leader and entrepreneur. Christian is the founder and Creative Director of Story MKTG, a full service creative and marketing agency focused on mission based initiatives with authentic storytelling representing cultures from communities of colour.  Story MKTG's client roster includes brands McDonalds, Ciroc, and Seagram's with a creative portfolio that includes White House Administration initiative My Brother’s Keeper under U.S. President Barack Obama, United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative, San Francisco’s Young Community Developers Organization, and The Made in Africa Experience. Christian is also partner of Eighty5 Cigars, a Black-owned cigar company. Please join us for a conversation discussing the journey of being an entrepreneur, ideas rooted in authentic diversity & inclusion, the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in America, Black American culture, and Kanye West as a cultural change maker. For more information, please see www.storymktg.com and www.eighty5cigars.com
28:55
March 3, 2021
Fashion Forward Think Tank
This episode is a conversation with Doris Domoszlai-Lantner and Sara Emilia Bernat who are co-founders of New York-based not-for-profit think tank Fashion Forward which was established in 2020 to challenge the conventional discourse around the fashion system. Through a multidisciplinary lens, Fashion Forward unravels changes and disruptions in fashion, distilling diverse and unexpected data into intelligent insights, and frames them within accessible media such as exhibitions, white papers, public speaking, cultural guides, and consulting services.  Doris is a New York-based fashion historian and archivist. She holds an M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and a B.A. in History and East European Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a regular author for academic journals and publications, as well as speaker at international conferences, including Oxford University, and the University of Lille, France. Doris has founded and developed several private and corporate fashion archives, and is currently the Archives Manager at one of the world’s largest manufacturers of trims and accessories. Sara is a sociologist brand strategist. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the Humboldt Universitat-Berlin in Sociology, studying sustainability in luxury and fashion, while splitting her time between Europe and the United States.  She graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the American University of Paris. Subsequently, she earned an M.PS. in Branding from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. In tandem with her research, Sara advises private and public organizations on strategic branding and development. Join us as we talk about the importance of a fashion think tank, explore how Fashion Forward is strategically impacting change within the complex global fashion system, and dive into how change happens when you unite industry and academia.    For more information on Fashion Forward, please go to https://www.fashionforward.io/. 
26:43
February 24, 2021
The Power of Cultural Knowledge
This episode is a conversation with Anastasia Karklina who is a cultural analyst, strategist and PhD Researcher at Duke University focused on Black studies and feminist theory. As a cultural intermediary, Anastasia's intellectual work is focused on pop-culture, race, identity and cultural politics. Her knowledge helps brands shape stories that are rooted in cultural intelligence while thinking deeply about lived experience and social behavior. Anastasia's work has been published in Duke Chronicle, Mic, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Medium and Duke University Press.  Please join us as we talk about culture as an interdisciplinary form of critical thinking, and examine the importance of understanding the connected world we live in focused on knowledge leading to equality rather than systemic bias. For more information on Anastasia, please go to www.anastasiakarklina.com
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February 17, 2021
The Art of Conscious Fashion Design
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This episode is a conversation with Jebin Johny who is a sustainable luxury fashion designer based in Kerala, a state on the southwest Malabar Coast of India. Jebin launched his brand Jebsispar in 2015 at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. His designs have been featured in Vogue India, The Indian Express, The Hindu and The Hindu Metro Plus, and worn by Hindi film actresses including Sonam Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin and Vidya Balan.    Jebin's handwoven and handprinted cotton fabric designs are rooted in the cultural identity of his home, inspired by his family and tells the emotional stories of migrants. The ethos of Jebsispar is art and soul as reflected in the brand's ethical way of existing from design to manufacturing.  Please join us as we talk about the fashion system in India, Art of fashion design, culture of Kerala, and examine the importance of consciousness in fashion focused on sustainability and ethical practices.  
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February 10, 2021
The Intelligent Approach to Luxury Fashion Retail
This episode is a conversation with Bruce Weldyn who is a New York City based luxury fashion business insider.  For over 20 years, Bruce's retail leadership experience has extended across brands including Prada, Gucci, Armani, John Varvatos, David Yurman and Bergdorf Goodman. Bruce's success in the luxury fashion retail market is a business savvy approach infused with a unique personal style. The demand for an intelligent approach to the luxury fashion retail industry has led to the launch of his firm All 11 which is a sales training platform leveraging entertainment as education.  Connect on IG: Bruce Weldyn
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February 3, 2021