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Brands have varying definitions and standards of quality that depend on price point and perceived value to the customer. While quality is subjective, clear expectations of acceptable criteria need to be established prior to beginning production so that it can be measured throughout the process. In this episode, Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitke…
 
Performance clothing requires attention to every detail, because it not only has to look good, it has to function to meet the needs of the activity. It is important to understand the variabilities and nuances of each component in order to make key design decisions. In this episode, Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitker and Chief Strategy Officer, …
 
British designer, Keanan Duffty experienced the beauty and vibrance of Kyiv in October, 2021, just months before the invasion. Duffty was invited to attend Kyiv Art & Fashion Days, a celebration of the art and fashion community in Ukraine. One day after the war began, he immediately started planning a way to help the fashion designers he met on the…
 
Clothing manufacturing is a complex process requiring the coordination of many components from multiple locations around the world. With supply chain issues causing disrputions to delivery schedules it is important to look at the entire manufacturing process and identify efficiencies. In this episode, Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitker and Chie…
 
Fashion trends come and go, but industry trends have staying power. Right now the industry is experiencing a turning point with technology playing a major role in seismic shifts. Paul Raffin, CEO & Founder of The Merchant Matrix is an internationally known C-suite executive who has worked at the top of Li and Fung, Express, J. Crew, John Varvatos, …
 
Supply chain challenges lie in a lack of communication. Tech startup Silq has creaated a solution which uses people inside the factories, compiling data into a system that provides transparency for all stakeholders. We sit down with Silq Founder and CEO, Ram Radhakrishnan, to learn about how he plans to meet his audacious goal of providing a servic…
 
Apparel buyers have the tough task of being brand stewards, ensuring products meet the customers expectations, while also preserving the bottom line to maintain profit margins. In this episode Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitker, and Chief Strategy Officer, Emily Lane, share questions buyers should ask in every phase of the process, from design …
 
Record rates of inflation are catching up to the apparel industry. Increased cost of goods, inflated shipping costs and increased labor costs are just a few of the contributing factors. Stars Design Group, CEO, Bret Schnitker draws from his 30+ years in the apparel business to shares strategies for apparel brands to proactively manage inflation. Th…
 
Finding fashions hottest new designers is no easy task, but one woman has done it time and time again. Nicole Fischelis is ranked as one of the 50 most powerful and influential people in fashion, responsible for championing some of the biggest designers in the industry including Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Chloe and Jeremy Scott. When it …
 
Influencer marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry. As influencers build their social media brands they start to realize the benefit of having their own physical brand. When it comes to the fashion industry, there is a lot to learn to be successful. In this episode of Clothing Coulture, hosts Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane, outline the key ques…
 
The fashion industry is undergoing a rapid evolution as 3D design, digital clothing and E-commerce take hold. Hosts, Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane sit down with Joshua Williams, Fashion Creative Director, Consultant and Educator to discuss preparing students to work in fashion's interconnected global system. Williams shares his insights about: Bala…
 
Fashion trends are constantly changing and so is the way they are determined. Sharon Graubard is redefining fashion trend forecasting with her company MintModa. Graubard has been called a ‘trend oracle’ with a ubiquitous understanding of sociology, history and culture of fashion trends. As a trend forecaster, Sharon takes a different approach to tr…
 
New creative systems are forming around the world allowing rising fashion designers to showcase their work in a larger way. Award-winning designer, author and musician, Keanan Duffty shares his experiences from Kyiv Art and Fashion Days with hosts, Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane. KAFD is bringing local designers, photographers, stylists, craftspeopl…
 
Ruta Zake (@rutaenroute) is known for her sporty chic style and love of blazers, jackets and coats. She believes outerwear is the perfect way to elevate a basic outfit. In this episode, Ruta shares how her background in fashion led her to blogging and eventually becoming an influencer. She also discusses her family history in clothing manufacturing…
 
Caroline Vazzana is referred to as the modern-day Carrie Bradshaw. She is a fashion editor, stylist and author who is known for pairing bold colors and prints. In this episode, Caroline shares how she worked her way up the ranks of fashion magazines, earned a seat at NYFW runway shows and why she decided to share her inside knowledge of the fashion…
 
Tina Lee (@ofleatherandlace) quit her job as a lingerie designer to put all her efforts into becoming an influencer. Tina taught herself photography, video and social media skills, growing her following to 10-thousand in six months. Now she trains others on her techniques through her Full Time Influencer program. In this episode Tina discusses the …
 
In this episode of Clothing Coulture, hosts Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane discuss Fashion’s Digital Future with Alvanon CEO, Janice Wang and MOTIF CEO, Cathy Cole. The conversation centers around the findings of 3D TECH Fest, which featured 3D tech leaders from around the world, discussing and debating digital transformation in the fashion industry…
 
Consumer behavior and expectations have shifted drastically over the past few years, creating challenges and opportunities for brands and retailers. In this episode of Clothing Coulture, host Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane speak with customer experience expert Ruth Crowley about the urgency to move in a different direction to elevate the customer ex…
 
Season 1 of Clothing Coulture was full of fashion industry innovators in technology, design, and social enterprise. The move to digital and shifting business models during this interesting era created many insightful moments. In this episode, we explore the highlights from our deep-dive conversations that continue to connect our global community.…
 
The fashion industry is constantly changing, recent downsizing and developments in technology have caused larger disruption. In order to remain competitive, it may be necessary for brands to access an outside perspective. In this episode, Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane discuss the viability of consulting to grow a business. Learn why it’s important …
 
The concept of 3D design technology is not new to the fashion world. It has been around for nearly 20 years, yet it wasn't until recently that the fashion industry started adopting the technology. In this episode of Clothing Coulture host Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane speak with Sharon Lim, CEO & Co-Founder of Browzwear, about how fashion technolog…
 
The apparel industry is a global economy. Protecting workers' rights and safety is of the utmost importance. This is a complicated landscape as social compliance shifts from country to country, and region to region. In this episode of Clothing Coulture, host Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane explore how to navigate the process of social compliance in m…
 
Sustainability is an ongoing, core topic of interest around the world. With the apparel industry known as one of the most polluting contributors, it is critical to examine this conversation. In this episode of Clothing Coulture hosts Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane explore the fundamentals of sustainability and the realistic challenges to overcome to…
 
Apparel manufacturing in the United States began declining in the early '80s as America began abdicating manufacturing, moving production overseas. Today, it is making a comeback in the states, alongside the technical foundations. Evolution St. Louis is paving the way to bring innovation and manufacturing back to the U. S. as the premier whole garm…
 
Innovation in the workplace is important to a company and its future. Creating space for employees to share ideas and adopting a spirit of evolution creates a positive atmosphere while generating a better understanding of where the company is going. In this episode of Clothing Coulture, host Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane discuss the difference betw…
 
As a designer who uses her creativity as an agent of social change, guest Lula Mena talks about her journey into the fashion world and the five principles she lives by. In this episode of Clothing Coulture, host Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane learn how Lula Mena transformed the culture around being a working mother in El Salvador by creating sustain…
 
Limitless to what they create, fashion designers are in many cases the hidden gems within the fashion industry. United Coulture, a fashion design community, was created to provide a face and opportunities to designers worldwide. In this episode of Clothing Coulture, host Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane welcome Alexandre Nicaud, fashion designer, foun…
 
The future of fashion is going digital. We talk with guest Valentin Karabanov, founder of digital fashion brand VALENTINS, on topics such as the unlimited creative freedom that comes with using 3D technology, to protecting your art and designs. In this episode of Clothing Coulture hosts, Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane learn how Valentin Karabanov be…
 
For many, starting a brand sounds like a dream come true. Yet, that dream will slip away if the right steps aren't taken during the early stages of creating your brand. In this episode of Clothing Coulture, Bret Schnitker and Emily Lane walk through the fundamental facts of what it takes to start your brand, and the core concepts business owners sh…
 
Motivating and empowering a team to achieve a common goal is the foundation of a company’s culture and ultimate success. Good leaders do it naturally. Leadership in the fashion industry is a bit more complex, requiring skills to manage both creative and analytical personalities, and also navigate the multi-cultural dynamics that comprise a global s…
 
In the year 2021, a lot has changed. With the desire to drive sales, in the fashion industry, the role of the Fast Turn model has grabbed the attention of many brands and retailers. Companies like Zara have shifted the paradigm with their approach to fast turn. With preparation, dedication, planning, and intention it can be done. In this episode of…
 
Fashion is a global industry, when policies like tariffs and trade agreements enter the picture it can have great implications. U.S. tariffs placed on other countries largely return to the U.S. companies who then raise prices, passing the costs on to consumers. In this episode, Bret and Emily discuss the damaging effects a rise of nationalism can h…
 
The apparel industry employs nearly 11,000,000 people, with approximately 349,000 factories globally. With day-to-day challenges, navigating this space can be complicated enough, yet adding further stresses such as COVID and dynamic shifts in consumer behavior create a staggering impact on this industry at all levels of the supply chain. In this ep…
 
Welcome to the world of marketing and advertising. In this episode, the CSO of Stars Design Group, Emily Lane, dives into the beauty of how brands and companies can stay relevant and break through the noise by embracing the fundamentals of marketing. She hits topics such as the importance of authenticity in the market space, the truth behind SEO, i…
 
In flawless, mindful manufacturing, proper vetting of factory partners is essential as the success of your business in apparel depends on it. From navigating cultural differences to evaluating lines, equipment, and skill levels, to understanding what makes a factory "hum" in all the right ways, this episode dives deep into the process of evaluating…
 
This inaugural episode sets the foundation of Clothing Coulture and the podcast mission to provide an expert resource to those in the fashion industry. In this introduction, we learn about our hosts, Emily Lane, CSO of Stars Design Group, and Bret Schnitker, President/ CEO of Stars Design Group. Bret, an expert having been in the apparel industry f…
 
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