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Pillow Talk — with Ashley Merrill of Lunya

6/13/2018
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#76. Lunya makes luxury sleepwear that puts equal emphasis on function and aesthetics. We talk with founder Ashley Merrill about how her business is breathing new life into a frequently forgotten, but everyday apparel category. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy. — Show Notes — Lunya https://www.lunya.co/ Edited by George Drake Jr. Music by Lucas Brahme — About Loose Threads — http://LooseThreads.com Join the...

Duration:00:42:24

Full Circle — with Jeff Denby of The Renewal Workshop

6/6/2018
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#75. The Renewal Workshop partners with apparel brands to recycle and resell surplus inventory and damaged products. We talk with co-founder Jeff Denby about building a circular business model, as well as the factory and the technology necessary to breathe new life into apparel headed for the landfill. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy. — Show Notes — The Renewal Workshop https://renewalworkshop.com/ Edited by...

Duration:00:51:02

Trick or Treat — with Gabby Slome of Ollie

5/30/2018
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#74. Ollie delivers human-grade pet food straight to the dog bowl. We talk with co-founder Gabby Slome about how she and her team created a nutritious alternative to the dog food already on the market and how the company is expanding to serve a growing population of canines. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy. — Show Notes — Ollie https://www.myollie.com/ Edited by George Drake Jr. Music by Lucas Brahme — About...

Duration:00:48:02

Joy Bomb — with Natalie Mackey of Winky Lux

5/23/2018
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#73. Winky Lux is a quickly growing beauty brand built around accessible and fun products. We talk with co-founder Natalie Mackey, who started the company after realizing the mass market opportunity around drugstore-priced cosmetics that embody playfulness and delight. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy. — Show Notes — Winky Lux https://www.winkylux.com/ Edited by George Drake Jr. Music by Lucas Brahme — About...

Duration:00:46:54

Power Suits — with Eleanor Turner of Argent

5/16/2018
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#72. Argent makes smart workwear for women. We talk with co-founder Eleanor Turner about creating function-driven and aesthetically-minded womenswear—which have been priorities in menswear for decades—and creating a community that empowers women. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy. — Show Notes — Argent https://argentwork.com/ Edited by George Drake Jr. Music by Lucas Brahme — About Loose Threads —...

Duration:00:42:59

Agency — with Tony King of King and Partners

5/9/2018
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#71. King & Partners is a creative and technology agency that works with leading brands. We talk with founder Tony King about his long career in helping brands embrace ecommerce and what it’s like working with a new crop of brands while maintaining integrity and control. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy. — Show Notes — King & Partners https://www.kingandpartners.com/ Edited by George Drake Jr. Music by Lucas...

Duration:00:45:29

All-Inclusive — with Fran Dunaway of TomboyX

5/2/2018
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#70. TomboyX makes underwear and other essential products for everyone, regardless of gender, size, geography or economic status. We talk with Fran Dunaway, who founded the company with her partner Naomi after struggling to find a brand that spoke to their aesthetic and values. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy. — Show Notes — TomboyX https://tomboyx.com/ Edited by George Drake Jr. Music by Lucas Brahme...

Duration:00:48:14

Kidproof — with Rachel Blumenthal of Rockets of Awesome

4/25/2018
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#69. Rockets of Awesome creates modern children’s clothes, conveniently delivered to busy parents. We talk with Founder and CEO Rachel Blumenthal, who started the company after running a previous business that made mothers’ lives easier, and has gone on to build a service that both mothers and kids love—a particular challenge as the buyer and the user are two different people. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy....

Duration:00:42:27

Thread Journeys — with Carolyn Yim of Ply-Knits

4/18/2018
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#68. Ply-Knits is a knitwear label that marries a modern, direct-to-consumer approach with a high level of technical development and refined aesthetics. We talk with Ply-Knit’s Creative Director Carolyn Yim about the lessons she has learned from her family’s three generations of knitwear manufacturing expertise, what it’s like operating a consumer-facing business while also providing Original Equipment Manufacturing to brands, and how to approach customers as human beings in the age of...

Duration:00:34:52

Globetrotting — with Sarah Nakintu of Kintu

4/11/2018
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#67. Kintu is an internationally-inspired and -produced handbag brand that works with artisans in Uganda and Kenya. We talk with Founder Sarah Nakintu about her impulse to create more high-quality but aspirationally priced handbags with a global image—a brand with a unique aesthetic that also creates jobs in the economy she grew up in. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer economy. — Show Notes — Kintu...

Duration:00:38:40

Social(ism) — with Brian Schechter of SelfMade

4/4/2018
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#66. SelfMade provides Instagram-in-a-box for entrepreneurs, giving small businesses the tools and services they need to succeed on social media as conducting business online moves from websites to Instagram accounts. We talk with co-founder Brian Schechter about the company, where social media is headed, and what it’s like building on a closed and constantly evolving platform. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders across the rapidly changing consumer...

Duration:00:44:55

Squad Goals — with Brian Watkins of Rep the Squad

3/28/2018
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On the 65th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Brian Watkins, the co-founder and CEO of Rep the Squad, which lets passionate sports fans rent any jersey they want, giving them access to an infinitely-expanding jersey collection. As Rent the Runway pioneered the rental economy for women’s clothing, Rep the Squad follows in that path, democratizing the pride and notoriety that comes from sporting your favorite teams colors....

Duration:00:48:44

Passing the Baton — with Micky Onvural of Bonobos

3/21/2018
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On the 64th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Micky Onvural, the co-president of Bonobos, who leads everything that impacts a customer for the brand. Mickey joined the company before it was acquired by Walmart and has helped steer it ever since. We had a great talk about what it's like to take the reins at someone else's company, going through an acquisition and turning a product-driven company into a resonating brand. —...

Duration:00:50:51

Blazers of Glory — with Jack Carlson of Rowing Blazers

3/14/2018
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On the 63rd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Jack Carlson, the founder of Rowing Blazers, a brand that started during Jack’s rowing career and after his years-long quest to understand the origins of the blazer. Jack has one of the most untraditional backgrounds yet it makes his brand incredibly interesting, as it evolves the meaning and purpose of heritage for the modern world. — Show Notes — Rowing Blazers...

Duration:00:49:50

Trending and Timeless — with Alex Fogelson of Taste Beauty

3/7/2018
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On the 62nd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Alex Fogelson, a co-founder of Taste Beauty, a manufacturing company working at the forefront of the quickly evolving beauty industry. Alex and his company bring trend-driven products to over 50,000 beauty retailers worldwide, including Walmart and Sephora, in addition to powering the product licenses for major food and entertainment companies. We had a great talk with Alex...

Duration:00:40:35

Manufacturing the Moment - with Ben Kaufman of BuzzFeed

2/28/2018
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On the 61st episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Ben Kaufman, the head of BuzzFeed Commerce, the media company’s commerce and product arm. Ben and his team joined BuzzFeed in the fall of 2016 after realizing that BuzzFeed thinks about social content in the same way Ben thought about social products. In the last year and a half, Ben and his team have produce a litany of products that span audiences, categories and materials,...

Duration:00:44:29

FaceTime — with Michael Pollak of Heyday

2/21/2018
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On the 60th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Michael Pollak, the co-founder of Heyday, a company that is unbundling the facial from the spa and opening it up to a whole new audience. Michael spoke about the company’s origins, the excitement of being a retail-first business, and how highly-trained and qualified employees takes the experience to the next level, both online and offline. — Show Notes — Heyday...

Duration:00:50:34

Creation over Commodities — with Joe Ferrara of Resonance

2/14/2018
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On the 59th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, we talk with Joe Ferrara, a co-founder of Resonance, a venture-operating company that is helping designers scale their brands at record speeds. Joe started the company with Lawrence Lenihan after spending close to a decade investing in consumer brands and realizing the importance of flexible supply chains and modest capital raising. But Resonance is the pair’s most ambitious...

Duration:00:50:11

Tactical & Timeless — with Luc Lesénécal of Saint James

2/7/2018
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On the 58th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Luc Lesénécal, the president of Saint James, the french heritage brand known for its sweaters and stripes. This was the oldest brand I’ve had on the podcast and Luc and I had a fascinating talk about the power of heritage brands, the opportunities and challenges of evolving them to compete in modern times, and the benefits of domestic production and retaining this expertise in...

Duration:00:39:49

Trend Trailblazers — with Mariah Chase of Eloquii

1/31/2018
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On the 57th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Mariah Chase, the CEO of Eloquii, a company turning into the destination for on-trend plus-size fashion. After The Limited shut it down, Mariah has led Eloquii along with its original team to revitalize the company as it pushes the boundaries for true fashion for plus-size women, who have often been the last to receive attention—if they did at all. Mariah and I had a great talk...

Duration:00:42:15