044 – Natasha Franck of EON-ID – Fashion Birth Certificate


Smart textiles for the future, with RFID and the first global system for recycling powered by the internet of things, advancing the circular economy for the fashion industry…

EONRFID technology lives in thread and is embedded in fabric, and can carry all information on that product forever, helping business with counterfeit control, inventory tracking, and improving sustainability. It can connect everyone it touches, and is new technology with endless possibilities. How will we create the future with it? Natasha Franck CEO/Cofounder of EON-ID (developing the first global system for textile recycling powered by the internet of things) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • The intersection of physical assets and the blockchain, something that gives products a digital identity, with RFID tags, and connecting it with a cloud, on RFID platform and on blockchain
  • It’s a thread, a chip and antenna, giving a product a birth certificateEON
  • One of the biggest barriers to recycling is material transparency
  • RFID info will help with a system to sort and sepearte intelligently, then upcycle from that
  • Tracking inventory in real time to affect turnaround time of products and meet customer needs,
  • By combining IoT, RFID and circular economy you get great benefit for business
  • Weaving vs. aseembly, attached in the seam during assmbly, and will eventually change into integration into weaving
  • No geo-locate, not sending a signal from the RFID
  • What is future vision, for brands, connected supply chain, how to use IoT in the future, then design to address those business needs
  • All parts of a brand acting as one brain instead of supply chain not talking to production not  talking to retail etc, and not being so siloed.
  • Embedding tech into what you’re already doing, versus designing something from scratch
  • The need to layer this into standard business practice, as things will happen more organically and faster, instead of looking at it as a sustainability expense. By reducing waste, we’re improving a business

043 – Sourcing Journal Summit – Sourcing Trends

Sourcing trends

Sourcing trends and what the apparel sector should learn from both traditional and retail startups, at the 2017 Sourcing Journal Summit…


Mark Rose, SVP, American Eagle Outfitters

Liz Hershfield, Chief Supply Chain Offer, Bonobos

Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Offer, PVH

Bjorn Bengtsson, Chief Merchandising officer, UNTUCKit

About Sourcing Summit 2017: Pain Points + Pivots – October 17, 2017

It’s no longer news that sourcing is facing uncertain times or that retail is evolving faster than most companies can adapt. So now it’s time to talk about which points along the supply chain are causing the most pain and how to pivot and move forward.

Today’s consumers are all but easy to please, Amazon is testing drones that can deliver product in as little as 13 minutes and though most things trade have been verbally upended, nothing concrete has yet been settled or confirmed.

With all this considered, sourcing companies can’t afford to keep doing what they’ve always done.

The Sourcing Journal Summit is the most exclusive gathering of supply chain executives leading the sector’s latest initiatives. Top thought leaders will share key insights, talk about how they’re transitioning in this altered landscape and discuss the kinds of pivots and plans that will keep bankruptcy at bay—all through keynotes and interactive panel discussions designed to bring today’s sourcing issues to life.

More news and information at SourcingJournal.com


042 – Fiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux of Hyloh – Material Specialists


Design, manufacturing and business from a materials perspective…

HylohFiona Anastas and Elodie Ternaux, Co-Founders of Hyloh (a global collective who approach design, manufacturing and business from a materials perspective and consult, create and educate) join Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network Studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • The Hyloh website and why there is not much info there, screaming by whisperingHyloh
  • Looking at products and seeing the materials, how Anastas and Ternaux have eyes that do not look at things the same way as others
  • Why the Hyloh team has the background to understand materials in an elevated manner
  • Doing practical activities helps people to understand materials — they bring that process and thinking to the work
  • Not everyone will know everything about materials, so a technical vernacular doesn’t work
  • The “value prop” of Hyloh, being all designers, less serious, like a sharing economy of knowledge and ecosystemsHyloh
  • Why plastics can be an awesome material
  • The opportunity for startups to start with material and innovate instead of starting with a product and finding differentiation with materials
  • Understanding processes of integrating materials into garments is helping people think about materials more these daysHyloh
  • Series of lectures called “After Tomorrow” – answering the question starting with several scenarios of what tomorrow could bring, many outcomes, and how sustainability a key question
  • Connected devices are giving garments more functions they can do, the possibilities of humans becoming immortal, living on Mars
  • Considering materials in space exploration, finding new materials, and 3D printing in space
  • Several polymers can offer qualities of degradability, even compostable, and materials such asHyloh a slice of a mushroom, rabbit fur
  • Touching velvet, and growing up sewing in Australia
  • Challenging materials, and why every material is a challenge to replace

041 – Patrick Duffy of Global Fashion Exchange – The Power to Make Change

Patrick Duffy

Innovative clothing swap events, curated talks and cultural activations globally…

Patrick DuffyPatrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange (an international platform promoting sustainability in the fashion industry with inspiring forums, educational content and cultural events, which through interactive clothing swaps empowers consumers to take action for a better environment while they stylishly renew their wardrobe and save hundreds of thousands of cloths from going to landfill), joins Stephanie Benedetto, Samanta Cortes, and guest host Charles Beckwith (American Fashion Podcast) in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:Patrick Duffy

  • Duffy discusses how the Global Fashion Exchange has become something which travels all over the world, how it started when he did a collaboration with the UN Peace Boat with an information booth along with other sustainable fashion organizations
  • How he was later invited to the UN, then asked to be a moderator, how so many people thought the travel industry was fluff and realized how much more there was later once the info was deployed
  • Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) started as a clothing swap to engage people en masse
  • Now GFX takes the mission around the world, promoting sustainability and what to do with clothing consumers and brands don’t want
  • How GFX has turned into a communications platform and a consultancy, with a global network of people who want to create change in the fashion industry
  • GFX’s partnership with major brands, and a fashion week in Lisbon
  • Duffy explains how people bring clothing, creating a swapping experience that looks and feels like a high end department store, and after the exchange people keep clothing and recycle the rest
  • GFX Local, having a clothing swap in one’s hometown, with the goal to get 100 cities by end of year
  • Why Duffy is a man without a physical address, after he had an “aha moment”, and when from the tail end of running a restaurant, to self education in industry and soul searching, and ultimately decided to go full on into it, become nomadic with his efforts, and got rid of everything he owned
  • The main goal of a million tons of clothing swapped
  • How lack of knowledge in the industry causes ignorance of the issue and a need for action
  • And how positioning as for planet and profit can get more brands on board
  • Duffy discusses the massive excess of goods sitting in warehouses costing money, and what if you can monetize that
  • The need for legal regulation to force
  • Deforestation in fashion manufacturing
  • How Duffy works out twice daily, pushing heavy things
  • What’s possible given the inspiration of what Duffy has accomplished, from singing on tables to speaking at the UN, and the power to make change

040 – Brennan Lowery – Lasting Impact

Brennan Lowery

Looking at Kate Spade’s successful supply-chain social responsibility program in Rwanda…

Why would Kate Spade New York, an iconic brand with a global presence, extend a part of its supply chain, taking on major challenges, to go into a developing country? A fashion consultant supported a social responsibility program that was successful, with profitability and lasting impact focused on empowering women. Brennan Lowery, a consultant in the social responsibility and business development space, and a former Program Manager for Karisimbi Business Partners, a partner of Kate Spade New York’s On Purpose CSR program in Rwanda, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • A look at why Kate Spade New York decided to undertake the program and initiative in Rwanda
  • The meaning for employees of a brand that’s willing to spend money outside of their internal needs
  • Being committed to seeing women empowered in different parts of world, transforming community, creating a new cutting-edge model for the space of social enterprise
  • The opportunity for a developing country to compete in a world of global suppliers
  • Participation by a number of partners and experts as part of plan in Rwanda, plus cooperation and support by both US and Rwandan governments
  • Each Rwanda employee (mostly women) averages 4.5 dependents, and the initiative resulted in positive impact on other local business
  • The need for a brand to be telling a story about the specific products coming out of a developing country that it is benefitting
  • The goal to work oneself out of a job, and hire a Rwandan in one’s place
  • The need in more parts of East Africa, and between Central and South America
  • Find pockets and create jobs, teach skills and provide training
  • Evaluating what space a brand wants to impact, greater meaning for employees and consumers, and the need to see transformation
  • What motivated Lowery and what planted the seed with the brand
  • A dream of hospitality with meaning
  • How there is still a lot of work to be done, and a need to do something

039 – Vince Lebon of Rollie Nation – Designing a Playful Community

Rollie Nation

Making perfect travel shoes that are incredibly light and ridiculously comfortable…

Rollie NationVince Lebon, Founder of Rollie Nation (the shoe lifestyle brand for the young at heart), joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

Rollie Nation

  • Meeting Stephanie on a sustainability panel
  • Rollie Nation, a footwear brand started around 5 years ago in Australia, lightweight, extreme risk with color and prints
  • A community that wants to express themselves through footwear, just living and enjoying life
  • Lace Up, a reality TV show, designing sneakers for celebrities
  • Wanting to take a design sabbatical, working with the ex creative director of Jordan brand and first materials designer at Nike
  • The power of persistence in getting in, how he thought the show is docudrama and it became real reality show, not a great environment to create
  • The amount and level of work one can create was amazing
  • Growing up playing basketball in Australia, getting a job in afootwear company as multimedia designer, how he got good at designing shoes realistically in Photoshop that weren’t even made and selling them
  • Spec sheets for footwear
  • How the Rollie Nation shoe is lighter than a pair of flip-flops, but fully functional
  • Well-made shoes, how he took out shanks, and created an invisible heel to distribute weight, and don’t need the shank
  • Found thin plastic counterweights which hold shape, taking things out, keeping what’s necessary
  • Most customers are not designers, don’t know how materials work together etc.
  • Customization can be for or with you, and can be from performance to materials to appearance
  • Protecting IP, the bigger Rollie Nation gets, the more they get copied, including an entire line being copied before release — brand loyalty helps protect IP
  • Material science will be increasingly very important
  • Lebon feels the future holds satellite factories closer to market, will be heavily robotic-focused
  • Synergy amongst designers, collaboration is the biggest focus
  • Rollie Nation is not a shoe company, but an experience brand that makes footwear
    Lebon’s interest in designing a hotel
  • Where the name Rollie Nation came from (and it is not where you think), playfulness and community
  • The goal of no waste with other materials, genetically modified leathers
  • Semi-transparent leather
  • Lebon’s favorite mobile apps
  • Why not to get complacent

038 – Alexandra Suzanne Greenawalt of Alexandra Stylist – Chosen Carefully

Alexandra Stylist

Choosing the right fabrics for personal styling…

Alexandra StylistAlexandra Suzanne Greenawalt, Founder of Alexandra Stylist, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • Fabric is important as personal stylist
  • Today’s consumer is more educated, more interested in fabric content
  • Prices going up made consumers more conscious of the nature and origins of fabricAlexandra Stylist
  • Greenawalt’s target and origins of customers, all on a mission, someone who has been through a change (jobs, divorce, weight change, inner issues, etc.) take a look at closet, what they’ve been doing isn’t working, wanting to change and feel better.
  • How clothing is sized unevenly all over the world
  • Brands are not employing internal stylists enough, not matching what consumers want with what is displayed and in inventory in physical retail stores
  • How her book came about
  • Alexandra StylistA lot of people talking about dressing for cheap, look like a lot, or high end, very few talking about real woman in the middle who wants to just look good every day
  • Made in America and sustainability, and customization—how does this play into
  • Greenawalt’s styling process and selections
  • Why shoes are the number one pain point of clients
  • The price of being visible, and Greenawalt’s strangest business experience
  • A secret passion, and kicking the door down for success

037 – Meredith Finkelstein of Print All Over Me – Out of This World Customized Apparel

Meredith Finkelstein

Online platform for pro and amateur designers…

Meredith FinkelsteinMeredith Finkelstein, Co-Founder of Print All Over Me (an online platform for pro and amateur designers to create, share, sell, and collaborate) joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

Creating a platform, being a small business, and leveraging a brother’s studio

Finkelstein discusses founding the company with her brother Jesse, creating a platform for collaborating and creating customer apparel and accessories. Being a small business, programming, sampling, traveling, having factories in US and overseas, working with family, wanting to integrate fashion and manufacturing, and integrating democratization. A bomber jacket with company brand and logo on it for Stephanie, and standing out, being able to have an apparel company. Leveraging the studio her brother Jesse already had and modifying it to do this.

The fragmented consumer, fabric geeks, and using the platform

Meredith FinkelsteinLooking at Made in USA, customization, how many people they work with to launch their own brands, a social element, being able to test items, a paradigm shift, and fragmentation of American consumer. Sampling items seen in magazines and online and making apparel from them. Sourcing of materials, an abandoned plan of access to a library of 5,000 fabrics to offer online. Being fabric geeks, the process of using the Print All Over Me platform, silhouette selection, uploading a print, and how the platform does a layout for you with flexibility and functionality. Machine learning tools, running against a database of images, and the possible liability for use of copyrighted images.

Collaborations, clothing for outer space, and customization

A collaboration with Target for the opening of a new store, collaborating with various artists, goals for manufacturing domestically, and eyes on making clothing for outer space. Zero marginal cost clothing, self-repairing apparel, printing in space, Meredith’s block party about crypto currency, and transparency on supply chain. Customization, incorporating embroidery, flocking, not being able to take on everything at once, focusing on core competencies, and three people she would bring to outer space.

036 – Timur Yumusaklar of Schumacher – Style, Taste, and Innovation

Timur Yumusaklar

Fabrics, wall coverings, trimmings, furnishings, and floor coverings from Schumacher

Timur YumusaklarTimur Yumusaklar, CEO of F. Schumacher and Co, a 128 year old company offering fabric, wallpaper, trims, rugs and carpets (and according to Wikipedia “the only supplier of decorative textiles from the 19th century”), still privately owned and managed by direct descendants of its founder, joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes in the MouthMedia Studios powered by Sennheiser.

A long-standing design company, linen and wool, and success in the face of a changing industry

Timur YumusaklarYumusaklar discusses the importance of looking beyond customers, understanding how far fabric can go, the love of an incredible fabric that didn’t sell, and being one of the longest standing design companies in America, from the Roosevelt’s to the Kennedy’s. Being a global business and helping people understand textiles in a digital sphere, working with decorators, Belgian linen, alpaca wool, the best wool, customization and pricing in the face of changing spending habits and political and economic climates, and how these are impacting Schumacher.

Inspiring conversion, focusing on trends, and Made in America

Timur YumusaklarBalancing conversion and a reputation for luxury, and the value of not being pushed through a sales funnel but instead just inspiring them. A focus of looking for trends, getting them right, not having to always get into detail of numbers. Why it is important to bring trades back to USA, Made in America, storytelling, luxurious fabric and textiles, and embroidery on wallpaper.

Impact, curiosity, and red vs. blue

Thinking about new considerations with fabric and interiors and materials. Wanting to make an impact, a German upbringing, rational things and psychology, red vs. blue, curiosity, and why we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously.