The Grinds: Constellation Brands invests in female-run alcohol startups; Cookware startups challenge All-Clad and its ilk, but compete amongst themselves; More businesses go cashless, excluding shoppers; IKEA plans its first Manhattan store built on customer feedback

Constellation Brands will invest in women-run alcohol brands in an effort to grow female representation in the industry. WHAT HAPPENED: With its new program, Focus on Female Founders, Constellation Brands Ventures—manufacturer of Corona and Svedka…


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.…


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.…


What is the difference between popularity and virality?

From cronuts to fidget spinners, the rise and fall of viral products are clouded in mystique. Largely outside of a company’s control, viral products gain momentum thanks to myriad external factors, as they spread throughout social networks and…


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…


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…


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…


Cop & Flip: Sneakerheads and the secondary market furthered sneaker culture, using brands like Nike as a vehicle for growth

“Lifestyle brand” is a buzzword that has lost meaning in the consumer economy. Either imposed or self-ascribed, companies with the label use it as a justification for their ambition to become much more than a brand, but a way of life. Some are…


The Grinds: Toy retailers seek gains from Toys R Us’ bankruptcy, Fraud-detecting services vet online shoppers, The Wing ushers in a new era of retail real estate, Beauty buffs and sneakerheads form social channels

Big toy retailers like Hasbro and Mattel and independent toy stores hope to gain market share from Toys R Us’ bankruptcy, but Amazon and its competitors may beat them to it. What happened In the wake of Toys R Us’ bankruptcy, toy manufacturers…


Building the Knitwear Platform of the Future — with Ben Alun-Jones of UNMADE

On the 5th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, I talk with Ben Alun-Jones, CEO and co-founder of UNMADE, a fascinating fashion tech company based in London. UNMADE is building a platform that brings legacy knitwear machines into the 21st century,…