Universole — with Billy Price of BILLY Footwear

#98. BILLY Footwear exchanges laces for zippers. We talk with co-founder Billy Price about how the adaptive shoe brand spiraled out of a personal need, only to grow into a solution for a wide swathe of customers in search of both convenience and…


Support System — with Chat Razdan of Care+Wear

#97. Care+Wear creates apparel and accessories for medical patients and providers by merging function with style. We talk with co-founder Chat Razdan about how the company was founded to give clinicians and patients a better experience, working…


Drips and Drops — with Zak Normandin of Dirty Lemon

#96. Dirty Lemon quenches thirst with direct-to-consumer beverages. We talk with co-founder Zak Normandin about how the company uprooted the antiquated beverage industry to rapidly develop products and communicate with customers via text message.…


Artistic License — with Tze Chun of Uprise Art

#95. Uprise Art revolutionizes art collecting and discovery for the digital age. We talk with founder Tze Chun about how she built an online-first gallery that connects emerging artists with collectors. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth…


Global Roots — with Carmen Tal of Moroccanoil

#94. Moroccanoil took a single product and gave it a global footprint. We talk with co-founder Carmen Tal about how she popularized oil-based hair care through traditional distribution methods after making a discovery of her own. The Loose Threads…


Bootstrapped — with Paul Hedrick of Tecovas

#93. Tecovas is taking Westerns online with direct-to-consumer cowboy boots. We talk with founder Paul Hedrick about the innovations and challenges behind crafting and selling high-quality, timeless and affordable leather goods in the digital age.…


Gut Feel — with Tom Patterson of Tommy John

#92. Tommy John doesn’t take underwear too seriously, as long as it moves with you. We talk with co-founder Tom Patterson about starting a wholesale-driven men’s basic brand and later maneuvering into direct-to-consumer and physical retail—all…


Short Stories — with Sam Alston of Big Lives

#91. Big Lives brings together emerging designers and showcases them in unique and ephemeral retail experiences. We talk with co-founder Sam Alston about applying the best lessons of customer relations to harness the power of high-touch and…


Counter Culture — with Eunice Byun of Material

#90. Material designs modern kitchen tools for the modern cook. We talk with co-founder Eunice Byun about Material’s quest to become the go-to, trusted brand in the kitchen, selling curated fundamentals to cooks of all calibers. The Loose Threads…


Breathing Room — with Ellie Burrows of MNDFL

#89. MNDFL's studios make meditation accessible. We talk with co-founder Ellie Burrows about why she gave the mindfulness practice a physical footprint and how the company differs from the fitness and yoga business. The Loose Threads Podcast…


Smile, You’re on Camera — with Rachel Silver of Love Stories TV

#88. Love Stories TV broadcasts wedding videos and the filmmakers, venues and vendors that make them possible. We talk with founder Rachel Silver about how the company identified a missed opportunity in wedding videos, rather than photography, and…


Money Grows on Trees — with Eliza Blank of The Sill

#87. The Sill reimagines how younger generations can interact with plants, buy plants and keep plants alive. We talk with founder Eliza Blank about growing a modern-day gardening center both online and offline. The Loose Threads Podcast features…


Roasted — with Kara Cohen of Dripkit

#86. Dripkit makes artisan drip coffee that's accessible both at home and on the go. We talk with co-founder Kara Cohen about how her company is filling the void between instant coffee and retail coffee without sacrificing quality for convenience.…


Raising the Bar — with Rachel Winard of Soapwalla

#85. Soapwalla is raising the bar on clean skincare. We talk with founder Rachel Winard about staying true to her origins and growing her business organically, but not recklessly. The Loose Threads Podcast features in-depth discussions with leaders…


Ringleader — with Bouchra Ezzahraoui of AUrate

#84. AUrate is creating a new gold standard for accessible and direct-to-consumer fine jewelry. We talk with co-founder Bouchra Ezzahraoui about building an international supply chain that aims to change the way and frequency that women buy…


Small Footprint, Big Steps — with Barry Beck of Bluemercury

#83. Bluemercury took cosmetics out of department stores, pioneering small-format beauty retail. We talk with co-founder Barry Beck about starting the company with his wife Marla and navigating through various retail cycles to grow their business to…


Kiddie Cup — with Miki Berardelli of Kidbox

#82. Kidbox personalizes shopping for kids. We talk with CEO Miki Berardelli about how the company is improving kids’ and parents’ lives with its try-before-you-buy model, evolving offerings and social mission. The Loose Threads Podcast features…


Grab Bag — with Melissa Mash of Dagne Dover

#81. Dagne Dover creates bags and accessories that stand the test of morning commutes, happy hours and overseas flights. We talk with co-founder and CEO Melissa Mash about building a brand—and a mentality—that doesn't compromise on performance or…


Singin’ in the Rain — with Jackie De Jesu of SHHHOWERCAP

#80. SHHHOWERCAP is not your grandma’s shower cap. We talk with founder Jackie De Jesu about reinventing an antiquated product for use both in and out of the shower—a cross between fashion-forward headwear and waterproof functionality. The Loose…


Circle of Life — with Ariane Goldman of HATCH

#79. HATCH is a maternity brand that serves women before, during and after pregnancy. We talk with founder Ariane Goldman about creating apparel that celebrates fashion and comfort equally and how HATCH is forging a community for women in its retail…


Organic Growth — with Holly McWhorter of PLANT Apothecary

#78. PLANT Apothecary is a fully organic skincare brand that has a big focus on environmental friendliness and bold design. We talk with co-founder Holly McWhorter about her research-minded process and how she’s scaling a company that nurtures her…


Soft and Soulful — with Michelle Toney and Stephanie Cleary of Morrow Soft Goods

#77. Morrow Soft Goods makes luxury textiles and soft products for the home. We talk with co-founders Michelle Toney and Stephanie Cleary about building a brand that marries high-end materials with design that has a soul. The Loose Threads Podcast…


Pillow Talk — with Ashley Merrill of Lunya

#76. Lunya makes luxury sleepwear that puts equal emphasis on function and aesthetics. We talk with founder Ashley Merrill about how her business is breathing new life into a frequently forgotten, but everyday apparel category. The Loose Threads…


Full Circle — with Jeff Denby of The Renewal Workshop

#75. The Renewal Workshop partners with apparel brands to recycle and resell surplus inventory and damaged products. We talk with co-founder Jeff Denby about building a circular business model, as well as the factory and the technology necessary to…


Trick or Treat — with Gabby Slome of Ollie

#74. Ollie delivers human-grade pet food straight to dog bowls. We talk with co-founder Gabby Slome about how she and her team created a nutritious alternative to the dog food already on the market and how the company is expanding to serve a growing…


Joy Bomb — with Natalie Mackey of Winky Lux

#73. Winky Lux is a quickly growing beauty brand built around accessible and fun products. We talk with co-founder Natalie Mackey, who started the company after realizing the mass market opportunity around drugstore-priced cosmetics that embody…


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…