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Matthias Vriens-McGrath

As the influence of the aesthetics of ‘90’s Paris seems to grow and grow, it’s interesting to get a feel for some of the pieces of the puzzle that made up that particular ecosystem. Then, stylists, photographers, creative directors, press agents and designers were working in a freer, closed world, interacting with each other and allowing for chance work and experimentation that is now difficult to imagine. But photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath remembers it well. He discusses the...

Duration: 00:29:49

There Is No Try

We have spent this past year asking questions like, “What ever happened to the counterculture?” and fighting against sameness, and forming the belief system of the Culture Crush. In light of recent events it seems like our fight is coming to the forefront because not only are certain values under attack, culture itself feels like it’s under attack. With this in mind, our founder Debra Scherer sat down with Donna d’Cruz, founder of Rasa Living, who began her career in the world of music,...

Duration: 00:41:05

There Is Freedom In Manhattan

When we first started to plan for issue 7, I spoke with André D. Wagner about doing a group of images that might be very personal to him. I suggested the possibility of traveling somewhere, or maybe retracing a few steps of his life. He said, “absolutely not!” Because, for him, the streets of New York, now more than ever, are the basis for what he feels is the most personal work he has ever done. We discuss the weight of the city on us all and how he is just hitting what he calls a new...

Duration: 00:37:25

Layers of Culture at Kinfolk

On this episode we talk all things cross culture with Kinfolk’s Jey Perie. Having started as a group of friends working on projects in Tokyo, the team has brought their kind of community to New York where they have built a compound of cool in Williamsburg complete with a shop, bar and nightclub. Often confused with the neat and tidy magazine of the same name, Jey assures us the only relationship they have is through their attorneys. Listen as we discuss the idiosyncrasies of translating...

Duration: 00:46:16

Britta Phillips: Luck or Magic?

Britta Phillips is a vocalist, songwriter, and actress, best known for her role as the singing voice of Jem, the title character of the ‘80’s animated TV series Jem and the Holograms.She also starred in the girl band movie Satisfaction alongside Julia Roberts and Justine Bateman and is the bass player in ‘90’s indie pop band Luna. In 2007, she married Luna and Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham. They have performed together as the duo Dean & Britta since 2003, and have jointly composed film...

Duration: 00:27:10

It’s Totally Tierney

Tierney Finster is a writer, editor, and actor who prefers to unify her variety of creative talents and projects under the title ‘storyteller.’We spoke to Tierney about growing up in Los Angeles, her obsession with video girls, and her undying love for Britney Spears. She muses on the importance of mixing analog journalism and social media, and touches on the underrated power of niche followings. Her insights into today’s corporate-driven media culture ultimately reveal how the...

Duration: 00:51:46

New York, Just Like I Pictured It.

On this week’s episode, documentary photographer Andre D. Wagner pays a visit to The Little Squares studio just as we were finishing the Gotham City issue of the paperzine. For this special issue we focused on New York City and Andre took to the streets during the summer months to create a special portfolio of images just for us. We discuss his arrival in the city and first experiences with the overwhelming qualities of scale and diversity inherent in taking your Leica and pointing it just...

Duration: 00:40:22

Too Big Not To Fail? Talking All Things Retail With Robin Lewis

Robin Lewis is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail and editor-in-chief of The Robin Report. He stops by our Flatiron studio in New York City to talk about everything that’s wrong with the direction of the very complicated and broken system that serves as the middle man between the fashion industry and the consumer. With his 40 plus years on the business side of fashion, unique insight and scathing humor, we discuss much more than just how the industry has evolved but more importantly,...

Duration: 00:51:38

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips Talk Luna Reunion

On this week’s episode, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips invite Debra to their Hollywood bungalow just as they are getting ready to kick off a special limited engagement Luna reunion tour.Debra has worked with Dean and Britta many times documenting their rehearsals and live performances over the past couple of years and the videos are fun sort of patchworks that capture the vibe in that Little Squares way. It’s been ten years since the mem [...]

Duration: 00:45:34

How We Make Our Music With Composer Dan Tepfer

This week, Debra heads out to visit musician and composer Dan Tepfer, one of her most frequent collaborators on The Little Squares short film work. Some of the most beautiful scores are original improvisations Dan has recorded in his studio, on the road and even at The Little Squares studio where, course, there is a piano. They discuss the changing music industry, the relationship between music and comedic improv and Dan even plays a few tunes of his own. Just off touring with Jazz legend...

Duration: 00:59:37

Unintended Consequences For Fashion In the Digital Age

Hosted by the The Little Squares founder Debra Scherer. In this episode The little squares founder Debra Scherer continues the dialogue with fashion industry veteran Mesh Chhibber as they try to address some unintended consequences of the digital age. From the lost role of fashion journalists to the new obsession with wearable technology, it seems both industries are stumbling in this new uncomfortable relationship. While there sometimes can be very little criticism when it comes to show...

Duration: 00:23:07

What Do The Gap and Rough Trade Records Have In Common?

The conversation continues between The Little Squares founder Debra Scherer and fashion communications veteran Mesh Chhibber. On this episode we pick up our discussion about recent editorial projects and continue to find connections between things. What do The Gap and Rough Trade Records have in common? Much more than you might think. Includes interviews with Art Twain, the man who originally branded The Gap and write some of the most memorable ads and jingles for Levi’s and The Gap as...

Duration: 00:21:08