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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

Hyper-Value — with Ryan Babenzien of GREATS

1/24/2018
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On the 56th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Ryan Babenzien, the founder of GREATS, the first-digitally-native footwear brand that is hyper-focused on bringing extreme value to the sneaker market. GREATS has prioritized quality and simplicity in the sneaker market and flourished into a booming online and now offline business. Now Ryan is seeking to extend GREATS’ sneakers to new categories and branch out internationally....

Duration:00:40:34

The Gold Standard — with Karen Young of Oui Shave

1/17/2018
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On the 55th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Karen Young, the founder of Oui Shave, a direct to consumer shaving brand for women. Karen started the company after she grew tired of using products built for men, and she worked to engineer a shaving experience for women from the ground up. Importantly, this started with the product and Karen worked to bring the best possible razor to market. — Show Notes — Oui Shave...

Duration:00:46:30

Clothing Currents - with Eliza Brooke of Racked

1/9/2018
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On the 54th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Eliza Brooke, a senior writer at Racked, a publication that covers shopping from all different angles. Racked takes a consumer perspective to covering the industry, rather than solely focusing on the business side, which makes its lense unique. We had a great talk about Eliza’s career, her favorite and most interesting stories, and where the industry is headed as complexity...

Duration:00:52:35

Denim Dynasty — with Alejandro Chahin of Mott And Bow

1/2/2018
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On the 53rd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Alejandro Chahin, the founder of Mott and Bow, a direct to consumer denim brand injecting some much-needed value into the denim market. Alejandro started the company after realizing the opportunity to undercut traditional wholesale brands on price while delivering better quality. We had a good talk about the brand’s founding, its product strategy, and how it built affinity...

Duration:00:35:04

Not So Small — with Jeff Hansen of Peter Manning

12/26/2017
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On the 52nd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Jeff Hansen, a co-founder of Peter Manning, a menswear brand for not so tall guys. Jeff joined Peter, the company’s eponymous designer, to help realize the large and much needed opportunity to build a brand specifically for guys that are a bit on the shorter side. We had a great talk about how the brand started, the opportunities and challenges of scaling it, and how retail is...

Duration:00:05:47

Antiscale — with Charlie Ambler of Strike Gently Co

12/20/2017
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On the 51st episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Charlie Ambler, the founder of Strike Gently Co, a company that started off making pins and patches and expanding into a growing assortment of soft and hard goods. Charlie was the first guest when I started the podcast almost two years ago, and as part of the 50th episode celebration, I wanted to check back in on how his company has evolved and how he’s approaching growth with...

Duration:00:38:07

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

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