Fashion's Only Fashion Show. Hosted by designer, Recho Omondi.
Marcelo Gaia is the designer behind the "instagram brand", Mirror Palais. After working as a stylist or 10 years; (which included working for Lady Gaga's Stylist) he launched his own label. I sit down with Marcelo at his Lower East Side apartment in Manhattan to discuss how her did it. Also! All full episodes are now available on Patreon, only! www.patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor
Brian Phillips founded the Fashion PR Company Black Frame which operated from 2004 until 2020. We discuss his POV on a what makes a talented publicist, what he's learned along the way and his ideas for the future. patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor
Leandra Medine was the founder of Man Repeller. A blog turned media company that operated from 2010 - 2020. In 2020 she stepped down from her company after she and the company were criticized for their performative solidarity with black lives. Leandra reflects on her time running a company and what she's learned about racism in America. Patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor Leandra Medine: @leandramcohen Crystal Anderson: @beerbottles_chainsaws Mecca James Williams: @meccajw Sebastian Baptiste: @sebastianbaptiste Chrissy Rutherford: @chrissyford
I launched a Patreon! Patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor Mickey Drexler has been in the fashion industry otherise known as "the rag trade" for over 40 years. Best known for running The Gap for 18 years and later Old Navy, J.Crew, Madewell and now working alongside his son Alex Drexler who founded Alex Mill, Mickey has a unique approach to leadership, shopkeeping, and selling goods at great value. INSTAGRAM: @OMNDI TWITTER: @OMONDIPRESENTS PATREON: PATREON.COM/THECUTTINGROOMFLOOR
Ibrahem Hasan describes his role as a Senior Creative Director at Nike. Today, we dig into the structure of Nike as a huge, global organization or as Ibrahim calls it, "The Matrix." How many categories are there? What are their functions? Who are the appointed creative directors? How big are the teams and who's in charge of what? Born with raw talent on the south side of Chicago, Ibrahem learned on the job what it means to be a creative for a corporation. Today he describes the unspoken transition from being a "maker" to a "manager."
This a great episode for a young designers. I speak to Shira Carmi who is the former president of Mansur Gavriel and has since been named the CEO of Altuzarra. Shira is a business person; the kind that every design talent needs to know. She sits pole position between business and creativity with an understanding of how to service both sides. There's a lot a great business advice here. We talk about the challenge of over-distribution among e-commerce partners, why the CFDA/VOGUE/BARNEYS recipe doesn't guarantee a brand success and how true scarcity can help or hinder a brand depending on its authenticity. IG: @shirasuecarmi
Peter Do is greater than the sum of its parts. While his name is on the door, Peter makes clear that this is not a one man show. This is a company built on friendship and craftsmanship. I sit with the founders of Peter Do, LLC at their Brooklyn Studio.
James Scully is a prominent casting director starting his career in PR & production over 25 years ago. This episode covers a lot. James walks us through Vogue Magazine before Anna Wintour, his time as a buyer at the avant garde NYC retailer Chari Vari and his experience producing Tom Ford's first show at Gucci. He describes the evolved role of the stylist & casting directors; some of which abused their power, revealing the dark side of the modeling industry.
In 2020 Mara Hoffman celebrated her 20th year in business, no small feat for any independently owned NYC brand. Today we speak on the many reincarnations of Mara Hoffman, finding sustainability in your existence, and the importance of never being 'too cool'.
Teri Agins covered fashion at The Wall Street Journal for 20 years. In 1999, she published her first book, The End of Fashion; How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever. A friend lent me the book and it collected dust on my desk for months before I decided to pick it up; at which point I couldn’t put it down. This book is fashion reporting unlike I’ve ever seen of the industry. As Vanity Fair declared, “The End of Fashion rips into the underbelly of a world where marketing is king and often the emperor has no clothes.”
Amy Smilovic, the founder of Tibi, took a lifelong passion and created a burgeoning fashion label. Listen in as she relates why she took the leap into creating fashion, why she later made a major pivot in her brand, and what it has taken to keep everything moving and evolving in the ever-changing world of fashion. Amy is completely transparent about what it took to create Tibi as well all the twists and turns she’s navigated throughout the past 20 years since its creation. You won’t want to miss this in-depth look at a paragon of the fashion industry. TIME STAMPS (00:19) Welcome back to the last show of 2019 with the founder of Tibi, Amy Smilovic. (02:06) Learn about the competitors of Tibi before the rebrand. (03:00) Amy shares the meaning behind the name and her early inspiration. (04:45) The birth of Tibi, the first collection, and the gap the brand filled. (08:02) Why did Amy’s designs turn in to a labor of hate? (10:30) When did Amy decide to make a change? (13:33) How did she get her staff on board with the new direction? (15:47) Amy chats about the birth of 4.collective and how it funded the new Tibi. (18:39) How was the original Tibi initially funded, built, and promoted?> (24:16) Hear how Amy’s husband’s opinion of Tibi has changed over the years. (27:43) Learn how Amy’s marketing background helped propel Tibi into American stores. (31:14) After four years Amy and her husband relocated to the U.S. (33:21) Amy reminisces over the terrors of shipping guidelines and having her mom ship products. (35:49) Sustainability was important from the beginning as was keeping the local feel. (38:52) Amy’s dad’s advice led to the true establishment of Tibi in Soho. (43:54) Hear how that same advice helped her to let go of her need to be recognized by the establishment in fashion. (45:17) Learn how the lack of coverage on the Tibi brand in U.S. fashion publications speaks to the country’s opinion of women as designers. (52:18) When should the leaders in the establishment pass the baton to the next generation? (53:53) Amy shares two of her proudest accomplishments with her business. (57:53) How social media has helped keep Tibi and Amy relevant in today’s world. (1:01:30) Amy chats about the imposter syndrome she’s dealt with for 20 years. (1:04:18) Connect with Amy. Links & Resources: OMONDI on Instagram OMONDI on Twitter OMONDI Newsletter Tibi Tibi on Instagram Tibi on Facebook Tibi on Pinterest Tibi on Twitter Amy on Instagram What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack Acquired Podcast Jack Ma Song: Hell N Back by Bakar
What happens to our clothes once we get rid of them? Sustainability encourages that we ask *how* our clothes are made but few ask where they go at the end of their life cycle. Recorded at the University of Cincinnati, we sit down with former DAAP educator Elizabeth Ricketts about the clothing waste crisis, the invisible world of the second-hand clothing economy as seen in Accra, Ghana. TIME STAMPS (00:24) Learn more about The Indx (00:57) Intro: Liz’s Back Ground (02:02) Today’s Topic: The Afterlife of Clothing (02:51) What is sustainability and what it's not (05:08) We are past the point of conferences (05:37) Extracting finite resources (06:57) Start with Waste (07:47) Dissonance: Clothing as Waste (08:33) Waste: Assumed Part of the Business (09:19) Abundance vs Excess (Grocery Store) (11:42) Recycling New Savior (13:15) Deficit Myth (14:20) Not “Goodwill” Deficit Statistics (16:30) Research in Ghana: Landfill or Donate? (19:35) Went to Ghana with 3 Questions (21:17) Kantamanto and Ghana’s independence (24:40) The Value of Clothing Bails (26:04) The Importers and the Retailers (27:24) What are Selections? (29:00) Waste-Streams in Ghana (30:29) Asana’s story (34:29) Why Katamanto represents the future of fashion. (36:03) How do we get people to care? (38:32) The future is local (41:52) Knowledge is Experience - and how this applies to fashion (45:03) Age and dissonance (46:23) What you can do today to understand the waste crisis. (50:12) Why single-use t-shirts are killing the industry. (52:54) Connect with Liz: @theorispresent, @SFI_cincinnati, Dead White Man’s Clothes Links & Resources: The Indx The University of Cincinnati - DAAP School of Design Burberry Clothing Fire Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough
Live at the Brooklyn design studio A/D/O we listen in as Nesli Danisman, founder of Angora Group, shares how she became an expert in sourcing materials around the world. Starting in as an assistant to Ralph Lauren and sourcing for nearly a decade for Marc Jacobs, Nesli describes her mission with Angora Group to help companies develop the best products with the best factories around the world. We close it out with some heavy-hitting questions from the audience that you won’t want to miss. TIME STAMPS (00:15) Welcome back! We are live from Greenpoint Brooklyn at A/D/O (01:12) Live introduction to the group at A/D/O. (03:44) Special shout out to our sponsor, Indx. (06:44) Intro: Nesli Danisman found of Angora Group. (08:25) What does Angora Group do? (10:11) … and what they don’t do. (11:57) Is it true that more designers come to Angora Group versus just people with money? (13:38) Nesli breaks down the 30/30/30 model. (15:27) The vision behind Kanye’s pieces… that never came to fruition. (16:40) Nesli shares some of the brands Angora Group has worked with. (17:36) Learn about the movement that was Charivari? (20:58) What it was like to work in Ralph Lauren’s home and then in his company. (22:16) Lab dips: what are they? (23:33) FIT and Marc by Marc Jacobs. (25:57) Why did Nesli leave MBMJ and how did she know she was ready to go out on her own? (27:39) MBMJ was Nesli’s first client and the Apple collaboration. (29:02) How does Nesli know so many people around the world? (30:11) What is a factory rat and why Nesli identifies with them? (31:15) Why is going to the factories so important and what do you learn? (33:59) Discovering new factories for the best products and materials. (36:31) Why teaching the client to fish is more economical and ethical than catching the fish. (39:11) The difference between development and production. (41:03) How PLMs help create efficiency in business and reduce waste. (42:43) Trends: what’s reoccurring? (44:24) Audience Q&A: superpower and where does Africa stand in the future of business. (46:51) Characteristics that successful people tend to have? Blindspots? (49:38) Does skillset and traditional schooling still matter? (52:08) Is it possible to teach the big players how to be more responsible and sustainable? (53:45) When did Nesli realize what she wanted to do? (54:56) Final thank you’s and acknowledgments. (57:57) Learn more about A/D/O. (58:52) Shout out to Mr. Omondi Links & Resources: A/D/O Indx Angora Group Nesli Danisman Liz Claiborne Christopher Bailey Burberry Marc Jacobs Rebecca Minkoff UNTUCKit Outdoor Voices Charivari Tom Ford Bergdorf Goodman Armani Yohji Comme The Antwerp Six Ralph Lauren Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) LVMH Hermes Vuitton Yunique PLM Flex Backbone Hill House Home
Live at Notre Chicago, Ava Niuri (@avanope) is head of special projects at Marc Jacobs. We discuss her Australian upbringing, her time at Helmut Lang and what she describes as "catfishing" of the creative brain. TIME STAMPS (0:39) @avanope (1:12) Ava’s Background (2:22) Fashion in Australia (4:00) Fashion Writing (5:00) Opening Ceremony (6:37) Bootlegs (12:33) “Entering the Fashion Industry” (13:45) Instagram & Hiring (14:27) Helmut Lang (16:42) Marc Jacobs (19:19) Collabs (20:00) Marc Jacobs Sweatshirt (21:42) Women in Streetwear (23:36) Keanu Reeves Project (29:33) Ken Park Project (32:50) Fashion before the internet (34:45) Vetements (35:51) DIY Culture (36:56) Questions (40:00) Magazines (Dazed and Confused) (42:00) Sustainability/ ethical brands (43:00) Regionalism
A denim specialist with over twenty years of experience tells us why the best studied at the house of Levi's. TIME STAMPS (1:14) Adriano Goldschmeid (2:42) Levi Strauss (3:39) Tiia at Levi’s (4:10) Levi’s tabs (5:05) Tiia’s Work History (6:40) Denim History (8:27) Tommy Hilfiger x Hip Hop (11:04) Marc Jacobs Denim (12:10) Designer Jeanswear (13:00) Genuine Denim (14:30) Stretch Denim (19:46) Calvin Klein (21:52) Denim Pollution (22:18) Laundries (Denim process) (24:24) Role of a Denim Specialist (25:09) Denim Finishes (26:32) Stone washing (27:30) Indigo (28:39) 7 for All Mankind (29:30) Premium Market (30:56) Raw “Japanese” Denim (33:11) Selvedge Denim (33:11) Selvedge Denim (35:55) Not a Purest (37:00) Denim is a canvas (38:56) Angora Group (42:30) Black - Non Indigo Denim (46:00) Partnering & Outsourcing (48:00) Overseas & Local Manufacturing
Previously at FarFetch & Shopbop, Stephanie Horton explains the fundamentals that go into a fashion business, why there are no shortcuts when it comes to e-commerce and the things she looks for in an employee.
A very candid look at the business of fashion photography. Working in-house for commercial clients like Pharell, Beyonce & Kanye West, Driely Carter explains why magazine editorials make no money, the scam of sponsored content and how the fashion industry has survived on free work.
Today we are talking with Matthew Henson about what it means to be a stylist to his clients being A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd. We discuss how Henson’s time directing Mens’ Editorial for Complex Magazine led him to develop a specific skill-set and a unique eye that are key to curating the perfect image.
In our first episode, we speak with The Fashion Law’s Julie Zerbo and New York Mag; The Cut’s Emilia Petrarca about what it means to be critical of fashion in a world where everyone’s opinion has a platform. This episode takes a real look at the shortcomings of modern fashion journalism and why it is important to remain knowledgeable and critical of the fashion industry today.