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…


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…


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,…