Creation over Commodities — with Joe Ferrara of Resonance

On the 59th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Joe Ferrara, a co-founder of Resonance, a venture-operating company that is helping designers scale their brands at record speeds. Joe…


Basics brands are commodities. Why do people keep building them?

The hidden secret of most businesses is that the more boring the business, the better the business—the flashier, the worse. This heuristic is especially true in the consumer goods landscape, where brands run the hazard of seeking attention over…


Dear Zara: One Thing I Would Do

Working in the consumer products space, I have examined many different companies, but Zara remains one of the most fascinating studies. Your accomplishments—from a supply chain, retail, digital and culture perspective—rival few others because of the…


The Plus Size Opportunity

There’s a significant divide in the apparel industry between the sizes available in stores and the sizes women wear—a divide that’s becoming increasingly important as retailers seek to differentiate themselves from fast fashion and Amazon. Over…


Could localized manufacturing be the solution to endless markdowns?

Today, two seemingly different questions are top of mind for many physical goods brands: 1) How do we end the catastrophic parade of endless sales and markdowns?; and 2) Is there a way to bring back domestic manufacturing in some capacity? But are…


Building Bulletproof Brands — Part I: Why don’t brands last like they used to?

How does one build a brand that lasts for centuries? Today, in the consumer goods space—specifically in apparel, fashion, footwear, beauty, cosmetics, accessories, and furniture—it's an especially challenging quandary given the ferocious speed at…


Mickey Drexler and the death of a supply-driven world

J.Crew’s Mickey Drexler Confesses: I Underestimated How Tech Would Upend Retail read the headline of a big feature in the Wall Street Journal, which ricocheted around the retail and technology world last week. The piece highlighted J.Crew's…


The CFDA Report, Zara’s innovations, and Kanye’s fluidity—with Adam Wray of fashionREDEF

On the second episode of Loose Threads, I talk with the always astute and articulate Adam Wray of fashionREDEF about the CFDA Report, the under appreciated aspects of Zara, the pioneering release of The Life of Pablo, innovating our way out of…