Power Suits — with Eleanor Turner of Argent

#72. Argent makes smart workwear for women. We talk with co-founder Eleanor Turner about creating function-driven and aesthetically-minded womenswear—traits that men’s clothing has prioritized for decades—and building a community that empowers…


Agency — with Tony King of King and Partners

#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…


All-Inclusive — with Fran Dunaway of TomboyX

#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…


Kidproof — with Rachel Blumenthal of Rockets of Awesome

#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…


Thread Journeys — with Carolyn Yim of Ply-Knits

#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…


Globetrotting — with Sarah Nakintu of Kintu

#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 high-quality but aspirationally priced bags with a global image—a brand…


Social(ism) — with Brian Schechter of SelfMade

#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…


Squad Goals — with Brian Watkins of Rep the Squad

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…


Passing the Baton — with Micky Onvural of Bonobos

#64. Bonobos was a healthy product-driven company, built on a strong vision and a small, but loyal audience. But since 2016, and Bonobos' Walmart acquisition, co-president Micky Onvural has helped steer the company into a resonating brand. We had a…


Blazers of Glory — with Jack Carlson of Rowing Blazers

#63. Rowing Blazers brings all the quirks of a blazer to life, quickly growing into a Supreme-meets-Brooks Brothers lifestyle brand. We talk with Founder Jack Carlson, about how the company sprung out of his rowing career and his years-long quest to…


Trending and Timeless — with Alex Fogelson of Taste Beauty

#62. Taste Beauty is a manufacturing company working at the forefront of the quickly evolving beauty industry. We talk with Co-Founder Alex Fogelson about how his company is bringing trend-driven products to more than 50,000 beauty retailers…


Manufacturing the Moment — with Ben Kaufman of BuzzFeed

#61. BuzzFeed Commerce, the media company’s commerce and product arm, has proved in only a short span of time that it might be the most agile and prolific team in consumer products. We talk with its director, Ben Kaufman, who joined the company with…


FaceTime — with Michael Pollak of Heyday

#60. Heyday unbundles the facial from the spa, opening it up to a whole new audience. We talk with Co-Founder Michael Pollak, about the company’s origins, the excitement of being a retail-first business, and how highly-trained and qualified…


Creation over Commodities — with Joe Ferrara of Resonance

#59. Resonance is a venture-operating company that is helping designers scale their brands at record speeds. We talk with its co-founder, Joe Ferrara, who started the company with Lawrence Lenihan after spending close to a decade investing in…


Tactical and Timeless — with Luc Lesénécal of Saint James

#58. Saint James is the French heritage brand known for its sweaters and stripes—and, the oldest brand we've had on the podcast. We talk with President Luc Lesénécal about the power of heritage brands, the opportunities and challenges of evolving…


Trend Trailblazers — with Mariah Chase of Eloquii

#57. Eloquii is turning into the destination for on-trend plus-size fashion. We talk with CEO Mariah Chase, who has led Eloquii along with members of its original team since The Limited shut it down. Together, they have revitalized the company as it…


Hyper-Value — with Ryan Babenzien of GREATS

#56. GREATS is the first digitally-native footwear brand that is hyper-focused on bringing extreme value to the sneaker market. We talk with Founder Ryan Babenzien about how GREATS has prioritized quality and simplicity and flourished into a booming…


The Gold Standard — with Karen Young of Oui Shave

#55. Oui Shave is a direct-to-consumer shaving brand for women. We talk with Founder Karen Young who started the company after she grew tired of using products built for men. Notably, Karen started with the product, working to bring the best…


Clothing Currents – with Eliza Brooke of Racked

#54. Racked covers shopping with a unique lens, taking a consumer perspective on the industry rather than solely focusing on the business side. We talk with Eliza Brooke, a senior writer at Racked, about her career, her favorite and most interesting…


Denim Dynasty — with Alejandro Chahin of Mott And Bow

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.…


Not So Small — with Jeff Hansen of Peter Manning

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,…


Antiscale — with Charlie Ambler of Strike Gently Co

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…


The Loose Threads Podcast at 50

Today we released the 50th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast. I started the podcast with a simple goal: to have candid, detailed conversations with leaders across the consumer economy. My original impulse was to discuss a guest’s strategy,…


Episode 50: Inception — with Charlie Giannetti of Giannetti Factory

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…


Shoes and SKUs — with Jodie Fox of Shoes of Prey

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…


From Down Under — with Jonathan Shokrian of MeUndies

On the 48th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Jonathan Shokrian, the founder of MeUndies, one of the early direct to consumer subscription brands that is injecting some…


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

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…


Sleepless Nights — with Ariel Kaye of Parachute Home

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…


Specs and Specialization — with David Barton of David Kind

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…


Spiders and Sustainability — with Dan Widmaier of Bolt Threads

On the 44th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Dan Widmaier, a co-founder of Bolt Threads, a biotech company engineering spider silk and a range of other fully…


Respectful Uncertainty: How I interview people and make it real

When I started the Loose Threads Podcast, the goal was to have real conversations with real people who were working across the consumer economy. I use the word “real” twice since I wanted to give people the space to tell their story in their own…


Decent Debt — with Max Levchin of Affirm

On the 43rd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the intersection of consumer, retail and commerce, I talk with Max Levchin, a co-founder of Affirm, a company redefining consumer lending, bringing much-needed transparency to a space…


Waking Up the Home — with Andres Modak of Snowe

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…


Democratizing the Swimsuit — with Moshe Laniado of Swimsuits For All

Moshe Laniado got into the swimsuit business to earn a little beer money. Eight years later, Laniado is the founder of Swimsuits for All, a company that focuses on swimwear for women of all different sizes. He discussed his company’s unique…


Angularity and Optionality — with Jeff Johnson of The Arrivals

Jeff Johnson specializes in outerwear, but 2017 will see The Arrivals co-founder tackle a sometimes-intimidating frontier for online-first brands. The offline world. Johnson talked about the direction of his brand and how an architectural…


For Your Eyes Only — with Eric Varady of Topology Eyewear

Eric Varady wants to make glasses for everyone. It doesn’t sound like such a grand idea, until you realize—as Varady did—that eyewear stores have spent years making glasses for people who aren’t real. “It’s kind of crazy that a store that…


The Evolution of Influence — with Melissa Duren Conner of JBC

Melissa Duren Conner is well versed in the language of PR, but one word she mentions more than almost any other is “learning.” “When we work with a brand it’s a partnership,” she said. “There’s a trust level in our expertise and what we know,…


Feet First — with Alexa Buckley of Margaux

Alexa Buckley won’t be joining the ranks of Mark Zuckerberg or Matt Damon. After all, she neglected the path of these Harvard dropouts and actually graduated from the school. However, Buckley turned down a corporate position just a few days…


Back to Basics — with Brian Berger of Mack Weldon

In the confusing world of men’s underwear and socks, Brian Berger would like to be your guide. “It all came to a head when my wife threw out all of my tattered underwear and socks, and I had to go to a department store,” Berger said on the 35th…


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

James Ingram is not in the restaurant business. But as the CEO of Splashlight, an innovative photography and video provider, Ingram talked about the importance of “setting the table” on 34th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast. “When you think of…


Pivoting the Pro Shop — with Nik Bando of Bogeybox

There are a few different places you could kick off the Bogeybox story. Sure, it makes sense to start on the golf course, where founder Nik Bando fell in love with a sport closely associated with fashion, even though it doesn’t require a…


Reinventing Plus Size from the Ground Up — with Nadia Boujarwah of Dia&Co

Nadia Boujarwah co-founded the styling service Dia&Co in 2014, but the idea for the company began with an experience Boujarwah had while growing up. "I have distinct and formative memories of what it felt like to shop in larger sizes. I think…


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

For Evan Fript, creating Paul Evans was a carefully planned escape from the world of finance. Always doing capital markets-focused work and equity capital markets… I hated working in banking and finance,” Fript said on the 31st episode of the…


Renting Out Your Underutilized Clothing — with Lona Alia of Style Lend

After traveling to a base camp on the slopes of Mount Everest, Lona Alia had an epiphany about how the fundamentals of the fashion industry.  “I traveled with only one piece of luggage, which was very small, for four months,” Alia said. “I…


Making Dumb Clothing Smart — with Janett Martinez of Loomia

If you take the apparel industry and strip away all of the noise, you’ll find a company called Loomia trying reinvent the very foundation of how industry interacts with technology. And you’ll find Loomia CEO Janett Martinez detailing her vision…


An Umbrella Obsession — with Dave Kahng of Davek

“One simple motion, eight arms extend themselves synchronously, it’s a surprisingly complex mechanism.” David Kahng talks about umbrellas the way a scientist might talk about the advanced robotics of the Hubble space telescope. But this…


Challenging Unrealistic Standards of Beauty — with Carrie Hammer

When you listen to Carrie Hammer talk about everything that came before Role Models Not Runway Models, it’s easy to see why she known for so much more than just designing clothes. On the 27th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, Hammer talked…


Rethinking the Purpose of a Store — with Alana Branston of Bulletin

Alana Branston is the kind of person who believes retail isn’t dead. After all, she used to work in a toy store. But on Episode 26 of the Loose Threads Podcast, Branston talked about co-founding Bulletin, a start-up that is rethinking retail by…


Performance & Perspective — with Yehua Yang of Pivotte

The women behind Pivotte started their clothing company with a simple realization: Performance apparel that flies in the workplace doesn’t need to be exclusively for men. Pivotte is here to do more than just bring gender equality to fashion. But…