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Loose Threads — inside the fashion business-logo

Loose Threads — inside the fashion business

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Episode 50: Inception — with Charlie Giannetti of Giannetti Factory

12/12/2017
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For the 50th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Charlie Giannetti, who I ran a menswear line with for two years, which led to the creation of Loose Threads, the podcast and now the entire ecosystem we’re building. Charlie and I talked about our brand’s beginnings, all of the lessons we learned, how the original incarnation of Loose Threads started, and what he’s working now as our paths have diverged a bit but remain...

Duration: 00:59:22


Shoes and SKUs — with Jodie Fox of Shoes of Prey

12/5/2017
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On the 49th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the new consumer economy, I talk with Jodie Fox, a co-founder of Shoes of Prey, a company that allows women to custom design their own shoes and get them delivered in two weeks. Jodie founded the company after coming across a custom shoe maker on a trip abroad. She quickly realized that other people were looking for the same flexibility and no one had been able to figure out how to customize shoes at scale—until now. I really...

Duration: 00:42:50


From Down Under — with Jonathan Shokrian of MeUndies

11/28/2017
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On the 48th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Jonathan Shokrian, a co-founder of MeUndies, one of the early direct to consumer subscription brands that is injecting some fun into a traditionally boring category of products. Jonathan founded the brand after a subpar shopping experience, and realized that he needed to reimagine everything from the how the products were made to how they were delivered, in order to...

Duration: 00:38:27


From the Earth to the Sun — with Vanessa Stofenmacher of Vrai & Oro

11/21/2017
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On the 47th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Vanessa Stofenmacher, the founder of Vrai & Oro, a direct to consumer jewelry company pioneering the use of sustainably grown diamonds. Vanessa started the company after seeking out more affordable and transparent fine jewelry. This quest took her on a unexpected journey, leading to a serious partnership with company at the forefront of sustainable diamonds, and now...

Duration: 00:23:53


Sleepless Nights — with Ariel Kaye of Parachute Home

11/14/2017
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On the 46th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Ariel Kaye, the founder of Parachute home, a direct to consumer brand bringing a new lifestyle to the home. Ariel founded the brand after realizing that no brand owned bedding products, in addition to the home more broadly. We had a great talk about the brand’s founding story, its early growth trajectory and where it’s headed as it expands offline and into new...

Duration: 00:42:27


Specs and Specialization — with David Barton of David Kind

11/7/2017
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On the 45th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with David Barton, the founder of David Kind, an eyewear brand focused on high quality specs at an honest price. David founded the brand after seeing a hole in the market for high end but still affordable direct to consumer eyewear. David Kind prides itself on its online and offline experience and its high quality products. We had a great talk about David’s career in...

Duration: 00:36:04


Spiders and Sustainability — with Dan Widmaier of Bolt Threads

10/31/2017
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On the 44th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Dan Widmaier, a co-founder of Bolt Threads, a biotech company engineering spider silk and a range of other fully sustainable materials from the ground up. I’ve gotten to know Dan over the past few months and Bolt is one of the most fascinating company I have ever interacted with. The size of the vision is massive, the technology is as cutting edge as it gets, and the potential...

Duration: 00:45:20


Decent Debt — with Max Levchin of Affirm

10/24/2017
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On the 43rd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the new consumer economy, I talk with Max Levchin, a co-founder of Affirm, a company redefining consumer lending, bringing much-needed transparency to a space that is usually riddled with predatory lenders. Affirm focuses on point of sale lending, an option available to shoppers who want to finance a big purchase such as a table or a bike. The company makes it simple and easy to take out a specific loan for these purchases and...

Duration: 00:43:07


Short Shorts and Long Attention Spans — with Kyle Hency of Chubbies

10/17/2017
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On the 42nd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Kyle Hency, a co-founder of Chubbies, a brand that started bringing back the short short that’s now trying to own the weekend. Kyle started the brand with three friends from Stanford, after admiring the short shorts their dads were wearing in the 80s. The brand has come a long way from the early days selling the shorts in person, one at a time. Today, it has a thriving...

Duration: 00:44:27


Waking Up the Home — with Andres Modak of Snowe

10/10/2017
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On the 41st episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Andres Modak, a co-founder of Snowe, a company reinventing home essentials at a more affordable price point. Andreas and his co-founder and wife Rachel started the company after realizing the fragmentation and expense of setting up a home from scratch. There was little brand recognition, tons of discoverability problems, and it was easy to break the bank. Snowe...

Duration: 00:36:53


Democratizing the Swimsuit — with Moshe Laniado of Swimsuits For All

10/4/2017
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On the 40th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the new consumer economy, I talk with Moshe Laniado, the founder of Swimsuits for All, the first company to focus on swimwear for women of all different sizes. Moshe started the business after selling off some inventory from his family’s business, and realized that there was something to build on. We had a great talk about Moshe’s journey building Swimsuits for All, how the company approached marketing in its own way, how the...

Duration: 00:39:40


Angularity and Optionality — with Jeff Johnson of The Arrivals

9/27/2017
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On the 39th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Jeff Johnson, a co-founder of The Arrivals, an outerwear-focused brand inspired by the form and function of architecture. Jeff founded the brand along with Kal Vepuri, who was an early investor in a range of direct to consumer brands. The Arrivals aesthetic takes strong cues from Jeff’s architecture background, which comes to fruition in the brand’s product, overall...

Duration: 00:34:40


For Your Eyes Only — with Eric Varady of Topology Eyewear

9/20/2017
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On the 38th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Eric Varady, the founder of Topology Eyewear. Eric founded the company after struggling to find a pair of glasses that worked for him, realizing that stock eyewear no longer cut it. He set out to reinvent the entire manufacturing process in order to make entirely custom eyewear a reality. I was lucky enough to visit their office and factory when I was out in San...

Duration: 00:45:23


The Evolution of Influence — with Melissa Duren Conner of JBC

9/13/2017
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On the 37th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Melissa Duren Conner, a partner at JBC, a PR and communications firm helping modern brands tell their stories. Melissa started the firm along with Jennifer Bett, after realizing that a new generation of brands needed a new type of communications approach. JBC works with a diverse slate of companies, some of which have been on the podcast previously, as they figure...

Duration: 00:35:45


Feet First — with Alexa Buckley of Margaux

9/6/2017
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On the 36th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Alexa Buckley, a co-founder of Margaux, a brand making modern shoes for modern women. Margaux is home to a really interesting made to measure business, as Alexa and her team found that many people were wearing the wrong size shoe. But with made to measure, Margaux is helping women find their right size and then ensuring they can stick with it across all of their...

Duration: 00:35:41


Back to Basics — with Brian Berger of Mack Weldon

8/30/2017
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On the 35th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Brian Berger, a co-founder of Mack Weldon, a company reinventing men's basics with a modern shopping experience and technical fabrics. Although there is a lot of activity in the basics space right now, most of it is incremental. Mack Weldon wanted to rebuild the entire shopping experience, as well as the materials that men rely on every day. Brian and I had a great...

Duration: 00:37:34


Modernizing the Hidden World of Ecommerce Imaging — with James Ingram of Splashlight

8/23/2017
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On the 34th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with James Ingram, the CEO of Splashlight, a company at the forefront of ecommerce photography and video. Every time someone goes shopping, they’re looking at dozens of images. Some have models in them, some are just product shots, and others are from people in the wild all over social media. Someone has to produce these images, and given the increasing speed of the...

Duration: 00:38:21


Pivoting the Pro Shop — with Nik Bando of Bogeybox

8/16/2017
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On the 33rd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Nik Bando, a co-founder of Bogeybox Golf Club, a company that helps golfers modernize their style. For many, golf apparel is one of the sleepiest verticals in the industry, known for the baggiest clothing and the blandest aesthetics. But there is a new crop of golfers coming up that want to maintain their style to seamlessly both on and off the green. This is where...

Duration: 00:35:48


Reinventing Plus Size From The Ground Up — With Nadia Boujarwah of Dia&Co

8/9/2017
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On the 32nd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Nadia Boujarwah, a co-founder of Dia&Co, a company built with an exacting focus on serving the plus size market, which remains one of the largest growth opportunities in apparel today. Nadia founded the company as plus-size shopper herself, as few players were taking the category seriously and delivering the experience that its shoppers wanted and deserved. Dia&Co...

Duration: 00:38:48


Leather, Data and Grit — with Evan Fript of Paul Evans

8/2/2017
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On the 31st episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Evan Fript, a co-founder of Paul Evans, a brand bringing the best luxury Italian footwear for men to the states at a contemporary price point. Evan founded the company after questioning why luxury footwear was so expensive. This sent him down a rabbit hole as he tried to reverse engineer high quality footwear at a more affordable price. Evan and I had a good talk...

Duration: 00:35:59

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